Archive For September 2008

Food GLorious Food

Food GLorious Food

Incredibly delicious low-GL recipes No, it’s not a mistake. Food GLorious Food is the correct title for this book. Note the GL. That’s the clue. This is full of low-GL recipes and I am sure that is music to your ears if you only knew what GL was, either high, low or average. I confess…

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500 Cocktails

500 Cocktails

Apple Press has a series of books and all are called 500 something or other. They are great value, chunky books and this one, 500 Cocktails, is no exception. The photographs of these classy drinks are gorgeous. Ian Garlick has done a great job. Wendy Sweetser is the author, and she is an expert on…

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Ballymaloe Cookery Course

Ballymaloe Cookery Course

If you only want to own and use one cookbook then you should consider the Ballymaloe Cookery Course. It’s a hefty tome but it’s big for a reason. It’s got probably more information than most of us will ever need. A real one-stop cooking manual. Darina Allen has endeared herself to millions all over the…

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Quick and Easy 20-minute Meals

Quick and Easy 20-minute Meals

This book presents the acceptable face of fast food. The Quick and Easy series of cookbooks are always good value and Quick and Easy 20-minute Meals is another gem. These books spend more time in the kitchen than they do on your smart bookshelf. We would all love the luxury of unlimited time to devote…

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Quick and Easy – Eating for One

Quick and Easy – Eating for One

This well-illustrated book is a must for anyone who is just about to leave home (and mum’s cooking) and start a life alone, or anyone who now finds themselves cooking for themselves. Eating for One is a cookbook full of, as it says, quick and easy recipes but on closer inspection it’s rather more than…

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Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks

Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks

Our language is full of sayings that cover almost every aspect of life. A stitch in time saves nine, All’s well that ends well, Money talks, Like father – like son, It’s a long way to Tipperary…er,…or something like that. Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks, however, focuses on kitchen-based wisdom and gives some…

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Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

Edible Gifts for Friends and Family I find myself on the horns of a dilemma! I’ll explain, dear reader. This is a marvellous book, Simple Pleasures – Edible Gifts for Friends and Family to give its full title, but there is a problem. Should I give this book as Christmas gifts to all my friends,…

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Irish Traditional Cooking

Irish Traditional Cooking

Darina Allen is surely one of the most celebrated Irish cooks of our time. If she isn’t then it’s probable that whoever you might consider worthy of that accolade also has the name of Allen: it’s quite a dynasty. There is no doubt though that Darina must win the contest of quickest smile and she…

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Pizza

Pizza

A Global History The Edible Series of food history books is turning into one of my favourite multi-volume collections. Pizza – A Global History is another title recently published and it has the same characteristic high-end presentation and content as the others I have encountered. These are small books but classy so if you are…

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Ricelands

Ricelands

The World of South-East Asian Food Michael Freeman must be one of the most celebrated and prolific photographers around. Ricelands is his latest book (there are over 100 others) but this one isn’t about photography. Have a look at michaelfreemanphoto.com for more of his work. Michael says of this book: “In it, I write about…

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Hamburger

Hamburger

A Global History Reaktion Books is a publisher that has presented some of the most worthwhile food-related books around. They have just added a new collection of books to their list and you’ll want these if you have ever boasted of having a love of food. The Edible Series has three titles at the moment…

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In Praise of Poteen

In Praise of Poteen

What exactly is Poteen or Poitín? If you are Irish then you’ll already know. If you are American then you will recognise the same beverage under the name of Moonshine. Yes, dear reader, it’s the intoxicating illegal liquor of the Emerald Isle and has a history steeped in folkloric charm and myth. In Praise of…

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