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The Mezze Cookbook: Sharing Plates from the Middle East

The Mezze Cookbook: Sharing Plates from the Middle East

The Mezze Cookbook is a gift-quality volume which reflects how most of us eat… or would like to. There are 135 recipes suitable for the home chef, and they cover the Middle East with its tradition of delicious sharing plates. These recipes are perfect for intimate evenings as well as for larger gatherings, for vegetarians…

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Vivek Singh’s Festivals

Vivek Singh’s Festivals

Vivek Singh’s Indian Festival Feasts is a vibrant cookbook from one of my favourite Indian chefs, who heads the celebrated and polished Cinnamon Group of restaurants in London and now beyond. Here Vivek presents recipes for celebrations. It is said that in India there is a festival every day of the year. Vivek Singh brings…

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Sight Smell Touch Taste Sound

Sight Smell Touch Taste Sound

Sight Smell Touch Taste Sound: A New Way to Cook, by Sybil Kapoor, is a book that truly does awaken all the senses, and perhaps encourages both the home cook and their lucky diners to appreciate food in a more all-encompassing fashion. How does that song go? ‘New York, New York, So Good They Named…

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Gin: The Essential Guide

Gin: The Essential Guide

Gin: The Essential Guide for Gin Aficionados offers a wealth of information. Gin is one of the world’s best-loved spirits. It has a rich history – made in medieval monasteries it was thought to protect against the plague. The science had come from the Arab world with their elevated knowledge of medicine. Gin’s botanicals were…

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Marco Polo Vienna Guide

Marco Polo Vienna Guide

It’s summer and it’s been a hot one. Europe, and indeed much of the globe, has sizzled in high temperatures, and those pavements tire the traveller on city breaks. But Marco Polo Vienna Guide assists with advice and travel support. This Marco Polo Vienna pocket-sized guide and don’t-leave-home-without-it travel companion is full of indispensable Insider…

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China: A History

China: A History

China: A History is an excellent and authoritative tome by an author who brings this enigmatic land to rich and colourful life. John Keay illustrates that phrase ‘To know who we are we must know where we come from’ or, and perhaps of more interest to us in the West, ‘We must know where we…

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The Bartender’s Book

The Bartender’s Book

This is a little gem of bartending support. The Bartender’s Book, or to give it its full and impressive title The Bartender’s Book: The Essential Guide for Mixologists, by Dave Broom, is something of a barman’s/woman’s almanac. The cover gives a sense of the early 20th century, when cocktails became fashionable. The book offers excellent…

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Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong

Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird, Hong Kong

Chicken is the world’s best-loved meat. When I was a kid, many decades ago, we only had chicken on Sundays as a treat; these days the price is affordable and accessible to all.  Chickens are easily bred on small plots of land or in back yards. Yes, it’s a Yardbird. Chicken and Charcoal: Yakitori, Yardbird,…

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The Halloumi Cookbook

The Halloumi Cookbook

The Halloumi Cookbook offers more than 60 delicious recipes taking advantage of this rather unique cheese. It’s popular with vegetarians and prized for its high melting point.  It can easily be fried or grilled, making it perfect for summer barbecuing. Its texture is loved by meat-eaters, too. Kids will enjoy this cheese for its mild…

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Carl Goes London Islands

Carl Goes London Islands

Carl Goes London Islands is one of a series of alternative travel guide books, and a collection with which I am rather taken. These books cover a selection of destinations and have plain soft binding with just the title on a simple coloured field. They would stand out on the bookshop travel shelves, although I…

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Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy

Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy

We have likely all heard of Hokusai but in truth most people would only recognise The Great Wave off Kanagawa, also known as The Great Wave or just The Wave. It is a woodblock print and an iconic example of this man’s work; it’s prominent on the cover of Hokusai: The Master’s Legacy, a sumptuous…

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Barcelona Sketchbook – book review

Barcelona Sketchbook – book review

Barcelona is a beautiful city and famed for its buildings. Barcelona Sketchbook: Homage to Catalan Architecture allows the reader to view these façades in something of a different light and one that is awash with pastel hues and subtle shadows. Graham Byfield, the artist for this book, ambles with his keen eye through the Ramblas,…

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The Book of Ices by Mrs. Agnes Marshall

The Book of Ices by Mrs. Agnes Marshall

This is a pleasure in pocket-size. A book on ices, but from an age when such things were sheer luxury, a holiday treat, and seldom found at home. The Book of Ices by Mrs. Agnes Marshall is a classic. Mrs. Marshall (1855-1905) was a Victorian lady and one of the most celebrated cooks and writers…

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The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant

The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant

The Indian Vegetarian Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant is a must-have tome from one of the most respected Indian food writers. It’s bound to spend more time in the kitchen than on the bookshelf. Vegetables are the essential element of Indian cuisine, so there is a tradition of making the very best of the seasons’ crops…

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Picasso: Between Cubism and Classicism 1915-1925

Picasso: Between Cubism and Classicism 1915-1925

Picasso: Between Cubism and Classicism 1915-1925 is a unique overview of the artist’s earlier and lesser-known years. This sumptuous volume illustrates Pablo Picasso’s celebrated journey undertaken in 1917, but also the periods just before and just after. He visited both Rome and Naples in the company of Jean Cocteau, French poet, writer, designer, playwright, artist…

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Aska

Aska

Aska is a stunning book from Phaidon Press. Aska has impact, beauty, charm and a great deal of imagination. This might not be the book for the novice cook, but it could be the inspiration for some new dishes for any already-accomplished budding chef. The black leather-look binding indicates that this is a book for…

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Eating Well Everyday by Peter Gordon – book review

Eating Well Everyday by Peter Gordon – book review

Peter Gordon was born in New Zealand but moved to Australia in 1981 and completed a four-year cookery apprenticeship. He worked in Melbourne restaurants for five years before travelling around Asia. This trip evidently had a huge influence on Peter’s gastronomic future. In 1989, after two-and-a-half years running The Sugar Club kitchen, Peter moved to…

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Flying Too Close to the Sun

Flying Too Close to the Sun

Flying Too Close to the Sun is another unique-concept book from Phaidon Press. It is illustrated with every genre of art from every era. There is, however, a common thread and that is ancient mythology. One doesn’t have to have a degree in ancient literature to appreciate Flying Too Close to the Sun: the art…

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Aquafaba

Aquafaba

This liquid called Aquafaba is trending just now. It’s being talked about by professional chefs as if it was a newly-discovered and exotic ingredient from the Amazon or a hitherto-undiscovered region of deepest China. In fact, this is a very humble by-product of cooking chickpeas. The other thing to note is that this isn’t expensive…

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The Museum of Lost Art – book review

The Museum of Lost Art – book review

From the bestselling author of The Art of Forgery, Noah Charney, comes this fantasy art adventure, The Museum of Lost Art. This is a stroll through a museum that could never exist. It’s a visit to a gallery of the ‘once was’, perhaps a wander through a hall of ‘lost forever’, and a tentative toe-dipping into…

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