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Jamie at Home – Jamie Oliver – review

Jamie at Home – Jamie Oliver – review

I am not always too keen to review celeb cookbooks. Any that grace these pages will be there because I think these people are in some way a cut above the average TV chef. Yes, I do enjoy Jamie Oliver. I have been fighting shy of reviewing anything by Jamie Oliver just because he is…

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Looking East by Steve McCurry – review

Looking East by Steve McCurry – review

Looking East by Steve McCurry is a large-format paperback book offering an array of 75 of the very best of Steve’s beautiful and evocative portraits from across South and Southeast Asia. You might not recognise the name, but you will surely recognise at least one of his pictures. Steve McCurry is an American photographer who…

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Flour by Christine McFadden – review

Flour by Christine McFadden – review

Flour: A comprehensive guide to grains and pulses, nuts and seeds: recipes from breads and tortillas to pancakes and pies was bound to be a good read. I have reviewed another of Christina McFadden’s books: Pepper – the spice that changed the world, and it was a lovely volume. My expectations were high, and they…

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The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker – review

The Japanese Garden by Sophie Walker – review

An in-depth exploration spanning 800 years of the art, essence, and enduring impact of the Japanese Garden. The most comprehensive exploration of the art and concept of the Japanese garden published to date, this book covers more than eight centuries of the history of this iconic horticultural genre. One might think of a Japanese garden…

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Japan – Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 – guidebook review

Japan – Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide 2018 – guidebook review

Japan is a country like no other. Ask people where in the world they would dream of visiting and they will likely mention Japan. It is a heady cocktail of tradition and modernity, and it’s easy to feel out of one’s depth. But there is help, and in a very convenient size and format. A…

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The Glass of Ettore Sottsass – art book review

The Glass of Ettore Sottsass – art book review

Ettore Sottsass (1917 – 2007) was an Italian architect and designer. His body of work included furniture, jewellery, glass, lighting, and strangely, office equipment, which later became iconic and collectable. Items such as typewriters were masterpieces of colour, form and contemporary styling. He also designed many buildings and interiors. Sottsass was born in Innsbruck, Austria,…

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Mezcal by Emma Janzen – review

Mezcal by Emma Janzen – review

Emma Janzen has penned a companion to the bartender’s under-utilised spirit called Mezcal. People often assume it is a brand of tequila but in fact the opposite is nearer the truth. Tequila is made from only one variety of agave, where Mezcal is allowed a broader choice and therefore a larger range of taste experiences….

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Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas – review

Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas – review

The Al Thani Collection Treasures of the Mughals and the Maharajas, published on the occasion of the extraordinary exhibition of the Al Thani Collection in Venice,  allows readers to enjoy, at least from a little distance, the jeweller’s crafts and traditions of the Indian subcontinent, from the pre-Raj Mughal period to more recent times. The…

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Mostly Food & Travel Journal Best of 2017 Awards

Mostly Food & Travel Journal Best of 2017 Awards

Here are a few of the items that have been particularly noteworthy this year. I have presented my favourite restaurants here but the following are a couple of very different but inspiring books …and some chocolates to enjoy while reading them. Award for Food Literature 2017 – The Flavours of Andalucía This is a full-colour…

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100 Cakes and Bakes by Mary Berry – review

100 Cakes and Bakes by Mary Berry – review

This is another in the series from My Kitchen Table, offering good-value volumes of easy-to-make recipes, and in the case of 100 Cakes and Bakes those recipes have been penned by none other than the queen of cakes, Mary Berry, who has inspired a generation of would-be home bakers. We have a royal wedding approaching…

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Party-Perfect Bites by Milli Taylor – review

Party-Perfect Bites by Milli Taylor – review

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 by Glenda Rosales Barretto – review

Kulinarya by Glenda Rosales Barretto – review

A Guidebook to Philippine Cuisine 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 Philippines. We might conclude therefore that the food from…

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Côte d’Or: The Heart of Burgundy – review

Côte d’Or: The Heart of Burgundy – review

The Wines and Winemakers of the Heart of Burgundy 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 celebrated…

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Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation – review

Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation – review

A Century of Goldsmith’s Art from the Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation 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 tome which would make the ideal present for any lover of jewellery, craft,…

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New Trends in Japanese Photography – review

New Trends in Japanese Photography – review

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 Japanese Photography offers a collection of pairs of eyes. Do…

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French Pâtisserie – A baking class – review

French Pâtisserie – A baking class – review

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 – review

Mexico: A Culinary Quest – review

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 – review

Classic Food of Northern Italy – review

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 – review

The Palestinian Table – review

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 than the odd recipe here and there, but The…

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Hook Line Sinker – A Seafood Cookbook – review

Hook Line Sinker – A Seafood Cookbook – review

I was expecting something special. It was coming from Face Publications and their books are superb! I wasn’t disappointed with Hook Line Sinker! 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 shimmers. A quality presentation…

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