Archive For May 2008

Authentik Gourmet Guides – London and Paris

Authentik Gourmet Guides – London and Paris

These Gourmet Guides are quite exceptional little books. Small in format, I should say, but full of the most useful information sufficient for any enthusiastic food lover. This series is quite eye-catching – the well-designed brown card covers are a stylish trade mark. I have enjoyed the Authentik Gourmet Guides to both London and Paris….

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Wine Travel Guide to the World

Wine Travel Guide to the World

This is yet another Footprint guide and it’s well up to the standard of their regular travel books, but this one is rather unique. It’s a guide specifically for anyone who travels and enjoys wine. It doesn’t focus on any one wine growing region but includes ALL wine-producing areas. The book is divided by country…

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Gourmet Cornwall

Gourmet Cornwall

This is another from that marvellous collaboration of Alison Hodge Publishing, author Carol Trewin and photographer Adam Woolfitt. This book is of the same glossy high standard that we have come to expect and makes a wonderful companion to Cornish Fishing and Seafood that I recently reviewed. I must admit that I hadn’t thought of…

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Absinthe – The Green Fairy

Absinthe – The Green Fairy

Originally produced in the Val-de-Travers region in Switzerland and in Pontarlier, France, Absinthe is a distilled anise-flavoured spirit made from herbs including the flowers and leaves of the plant Artemisia Absinthium, also called Wormwood. Although it is sometimes termed a liqueur, absinthe has no added sugar and is therefore considered as a spirit. Absinthe was…

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La Ferme

La Ferme

If you only have time to visit one shop on a quick trip to Carcassonne, then this must be the one. This little up-market deli/wine/coffee/tea/sweet/fine food shop looks like it’s been there for a hundred years. It’s only been twenty. Before that La Ferme was located just around the corner but away from the main…

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Beans – A History

Beans – A History

I was expecting a pamphlet. What is there to say about beans? Well, lots and it’s much more interesting than I had supposed. The author, Ken Albala, already has a good track record for writing food-related books. His others include Eating Right in the Renaissance and The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late…

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Rick Bayless – from Oaxaca to the Windy City

Rick Bayless – from Oaxaca to the Windy City

Award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality Rick Bayless has done more than any other culinary figure to introduce Americans to authentic Mexican cooking and to change the image of Mexican food in America. I was first introduced to the work of Rick Bayless when we were living in the USA. He is an exceptional…

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Essential Scottish Cookery

Essential Scottish Cookery

We hear so much about the Scots’ passion for deep-fried chocolate bars and not nearly enough about the wealth of fine food that represents the true Scottish culinary heritage. Haggis is the dish that first comes to mind when thinking about traditional Scots fare. I have a favourite one that I’ll review for you over…

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Simply Lebanese

Simply Lebanese

This is a wonderful and well-designed book. It has plenty of pictures in both colour and sepia. The recipes have lots of tips for saving time, for storage or final presentation, and the pages are arranged clearly with even the longer recipes being easy to follow. The author, Ina’am Atalla, introduces us to simple Lebanese…

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Cornish Fishing and Seafood

Cornish Fishing and Seafood

Fishing is Britain’s most dangerous peacetime occupation. Now, there’s a thought! This is a gorgeous, full-colour volume (photographer Adam Woolfitt does fantastic work) that I hesitate to describe as a coffee table book. It’s glossy and lovely but it’s a book you should read. It’s a serious, worrying and inspiring book that I had to…

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Some Asparagus Tips

Some Asparagus Tips

Asparagus officinalis is a flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus, a member of the lily family, from which the popular vegetable known as asparagus is obtained. It is native to most of Europe, North Africa and Asia. Asparagus has been used from very early times as a vegetable and also as a medicine due…

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A Handful of Honey

A Handful of Honey

Annie Hawes, the bestselling author of Extra Virgin, has another cracking book. It’s A Handful of Honey and should be on the required reading list for anyone planning a trip to Morocco or, less probable, a trip to Algeria. At first sight I wondered why the nice people at Pan Macmillan would want me to…

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Traditional Irish Cooking

Traditional Irish Cooking

I confess that the book was bigger than I had expected. I should know better, considering that I am half Irish by blood. Probably there aren’t many outside the Emerald Isle that know very much about Irish cooking, apart from it involving a lot of potatoes! Traditional Irish Cooking has a wealth of recipes but…

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Ode to the Chippie! or From Odeon to Chip Shop

Ode to the Chippie! or From Odeon to Chip Shop

It’s a magazine about Food, Places and Faces, OK? Sometimes all of those things will come together and today is one of those days when memories flow! I am not going to tell you the story of how my friend Tony set light to his car seat (adding a whole new meaning to the word…

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Honey from Clova

Honey from Clova

Or to give the book its full and poetic title:  Honey – A handbook for home, health and happiness by Clova McQueen. That has got to be the most perfect name for a food writer with a health food shop. I wonder if the shop is called Bees Knees as Usual? I am surprised that…

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The Indian Bible

The Indian Bible

We in the UK have a very particular view on Indian food. For most of us it’s visits to restaurants that introduce us to those vibrant spices that give such a distinct flavour to Sub-continental dishes – those which have fiery heat and those which are aromatic and mellow. The Indian Bible offers the reader…

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