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Party-Perfect Bites

Party-Perfect Bites

Delicious recipes for canapés, finger food and party snacks It’s that time of year again. We entertain in grand fashion. There are crowds of folks to feed and we don’t, speaking for myself, have a clue what to do. A nice plate of ham sandwiches will likely impress and perhaps a plate of cheese sandwiches…

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Kulinarya – A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine

Kulinarya – A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine

A cuisine  or, Kulinarya, that is new to us and yet possesses familiar accents There are very few Filipino restaurants in Europe; at least I have not yet had the pleasure of crossing the threshold of any – or indeed of finding a threshold to cross.  We don’t have many cookbooks offering recipes from the…

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Côte d’Or: The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy

Côte d’Or: The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy

Wine from the Côte d’Or was enjoyed by Emperor Charlemagne The name Côte d’Or might not be well known but it is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution. It was formed from part of the former province of Burgundy. This is not only a beautiful part of France but a…

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Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation: A Century of Goldsmith’s Art

Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation: A Century of Goldsmith’s Art

Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation: A Century of Goldsmith’s Art is a paper representation of the skill and passion of a dedicated dynasty of jewellers This is a sumptuous volume with silky fabric cover and a veritable treasure trove of exquisite jewellery within the pages – and there are a lot of those. It’s a superb gift-quality…

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New Trends in Japanese Photography

New Trends in Japanese Photography

Offering examples of totally different styles, genres and subject matter Photographers create stories with their cameras. One can have the most expensive equipment but still never rise to being anything more than a holiday snapper. The eye of the photographer is the piece of kit which finds that illusive evocative shot, and New Trends in…

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French Pâtisserie – A baking class

French Pâtisserie – A baking class

Master Recipes and Techniques from the Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts Mostly Food & Travel Journal Baking Book of 2017 I review many books during the year. The majority of them have great culinary merit and illustrate the passion of those who penned these volumes. They come in all sizes but sometimes they are just…

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Mexico: A Culinary Quest

Mexico: A Culinary Quest

Introduces the reader to the real spirit of Mexican food This is truly a gastronomic coffee-table book. More accurately I should say that it’s a 600-page tome the size of a coffee table. Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it does have generous proportions and considerable heft. Mexico is huge! Mexico: A…

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Classic Food of Northern Italy

Classic Food of Northern Italy

Anna Del Conte is, or so says The Times, ‘The queen of Italian cuisine’ and she is certainly an iconic writer. The original edition (1996) of ‘Classic Food of Northern Italy’ won both The Guild of Food Writers Book Award and the Orio Vergani prize of the Accademia Italiana della Cucina. This is an updated…

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The Palestinian Table

The Palestinian Table

One is introduced to grandmother’s dishes, and mother’s recipes It’s a sign of a fine cookbook! I have turned the pages and have actually mused on presenting a dinner party, family dinner and afternoon tea using offerings from within these covers. It’s not often that I am inspired to cook anything from review cookbooks, other…

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Hook Line Sinker – A Seafood Cookbook

Hook Line Sinker – A Seafood Cookbook

Everything here is achievable without a professional kitchen I was expecting something special. It was coming from Face Publications and their books are superb! I wasn’t disappointed! Hook Line Sinker – A Seafood Cookbook by Galton Blackiston impresses before one even opens the cover: the pages are edged in shining silver. The transparent dust jacket…

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Whisky The Connoisseur’s Journal

Whisky The Connoisseur’s Journal

Christmas isn’t far away. The ads on TV herald the coming season and offer the threat of Yuletide gift giving. Men are famously difficult with regard to pressies but for those chaps and indeed ladies who have a passion for whisky then the problem is solved. Whisky – The Connoisseur’s Journal is the must-have accessory….

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The Flavours of Andalucía

The Flavours of Andalucía

A cookbook laced with personal narrative and charm This is a full-colour illustrated cookbook but there isn’t a single photograph. This is The Flavours of Andalucía by Elisabeth Luard and she is a European food expert and an artist. Her work is displayed here in every element of this beautiful book. Ms Luard has long…

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Calamity and Courage review

Calamity and Courage review

The story of Ethel Grimwood and Manipur Calamity and Courage – A Heroine of the Raj is another in my collection of fascinating books about India and all things Indian that I love so much. It also gave me a surprise as the setting for the aforementioned heroism is in fact the very part of…

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An Organic Architecture

An Organic Architecture

Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the word ‘organic’ into his vision of building We might not all major in architecture but we are all touched by it, and it’s argued that Frank Lloyd Wright has had more impact than most on buildings in both the 20th and 21st centuries. Frank Lloyd Wright introduced the word ‘organic’…

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Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism

Domon Ken: The Master of Japanese Realism

Japan as a country of colour and drama Domon Ken is one of the most renowned Japanese photographers of the 20th century. One might not recognise his name but one will likely have seen some of his work, which is iconic and which spanned decades. This is an excellent book which strives to offer the…

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ChariTable Bookings Signature Dish

ChariTable Bookings Signature Dish

A recipe book with 365 dishes – one for each day of the year – from chefs who are familiar and respected This is a book the size of several bricks. That’s not surprising as it introduces 365 leading British chefs’ main course recipes. Each recipe is presented with beautiful pictures on quality paper, and…

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Drawings for Paintings: in the Age of Rembrandt

Drawings for Paintings: in the Age of Rembrandt

Using modern infrared reflectography we can now see the underdrawings Dutch artists have, for centuries, been admired for the realistic quality of their work. Seventeenth-century landscapes and scenes of ordinary life are all here and one might suppose that the paintings were done directly from life; but it seems that most of them were produced…

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Vietnam Eye – Contemporary Vietnamese Art

Vietnam Eye – Contemporary Vietnamese Art

It will appeal to artists of every genre This is the most comprehensive tome on contemporary art in Vietnam today. It is a page-turner for any art lover but it also appeals to the traveller. Vietnam has developed in every way over the past decade. The world has access to its culture, food and landscape,…

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Risotto! Risotto!

Risotto! Risotto!

The paper representation of a life in risotto Many a cookbook reviewer will start their article with statements of impartiality, even-handedness and cool, professional aloofness. Not me. On this occasion, at least. I am pinning my culinary colours to Valentina Harris’s gastronomic mast with a degree of unashamed pride. This lady has been a supporter…

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Perfection in Imperfection

Perfection in Imperfection

I first met Chef Janice Wong at her deliciously unique dessert bar in Singapore in the early hours. It’s called, unsurprisingly, 2am: dessertbar. It’s a showcase for this talented lady and offers a flavour of this, her literary debut. Janice looks even younger than her young years but she has packed a lot into less…

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