Archive For October 2009

A History of Food

A History of Food

This book should be republished and retitled THE History of Food. It’s probably the most remarkable book on the subject I have ever had the pleasure of reading. A History of Food is huge in size and comprehensive in depth and breadth of subject. The author, Maguelonne Toussaint-Samat, is a celebrated historian, journalist and writer…

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Easy Baking

Easy Baking

This is one of a series of slim volumes with large page format from Australian Women’s Weekly (see more here). This is a publisher whose books are prized by those who want books to cook from. The reason for that is quite simple: Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks have recipes that work. They are triple-tested, which…

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Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate

Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate

Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate: you have gotta love a book with a title like that. It’s an attention-grabber but it’s what’s between the covers that will intrigue you. Tracey Mann must be one of the UK’s most respected cake makers and decorators. She has had her work featured on covers of numerous magazines…

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Diabetes Recipes from Around the World

Diabetes Recipes from Around the World

Approximately 200 million people worldwide suffer with diabetes and there are millions more who have diabetes but are not yet aware of it. It’s an increasing problem, with more younger people than ever being victims. It’s a serious disease but it is still possible to enjoy life and good food even when diagnosed with the…

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LA’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook

LA’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook

This is one of those cookbooks that gives a warm glow. You don’t have to be from LA. You don’t even have to be American to be able to appreciate a book about a spot that just oozes food-related delight. LA’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook is a picture-book with recipes. A cookbook and travelogue. An…

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One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave

One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave

Quick and Easy Foulsham & Co. might not be the largest cookbook publisher around but they present some of the best small one-topic books. I have reviewed several other of their Quick and Easy series and they have all been clearly written and informative. One Pot of Jam from Your Microwave is another to join…

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A Passion for Potatoes

A Passion for Potatoes

I have only ever met one person who doesn’t like potatoes. What is not to like! They have a mild taste, come in different colours, they change texture depending on cooking method and they are a marvellous vehicle for tangy flavours. It’s not many years ago that most Northern Europeans and Americans would eat potatoes…

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What’s for Dinner?

What’s for Dinner?

I try and be a polite considerate reviewer, ever mindful of the needs of my discerning reader. I tend to avoid authors from non-catering backgrounds with small publishers. I would hate to say something negative about someone’s life’s work, their passion, their literary baby… so I don’t publish the review. Here I was, once again,…

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Caribbean Food Made Easy

Caribbean Food Made Easy

Levi Roots (his real name is Keith Graham) was brought up till the age of eleven by his grandparents in Jamaica. He lived in a house full of extended family where cooking was a continual process. He moved to London to live with his parents and eventually had a successful career as a musician, and…

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World Whisky

World Whisky

Who knew? There are many hundreds of whiskies. I had suspected that there might be perhaps a hundred from small distilleries in Scotland and Ireland and a few in the US. World Whisky lists over 700 whiskies from as far afield as Japan (the Japanese have a reputation as whisky “enthusiasts”) and Australia. I am…

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Tea and Crumpets

Tea and Crumpets

Well, the name ‘Tea and Crumpets’ is tempting but add a subtitle of Recipes and Rituals from European Tearooms and Cafés, and my attention is captured! Tea is a drink (or beverage if you hail from North American shores), yes, that’s true, but it’s also an institution, an event, a ceremony. A mug of tea,…

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