Archive For The “Cookbooks” Category

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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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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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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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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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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Whisky The Connoisseur’s Journal – review

Whisky The Connoisseur’s Journal – review

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 – review

The Flavours of Andalucía – review

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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ChariTable Bookings Signature Dish – cookbook review

ChariTable Bookings Signature Dish – cookbook review

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 this considerable tome is encased in a gift sleeve. The ChariTable Bookings Signature Dish is a recipe book with 365 dishes –…

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Risotto! Risotto! by Valentina Harris – review

Risotto! Risotto! by Valentina Harris – review

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 of Italian wine, produce and cooking for decades….

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Perfection in Imperfection by Janice Wong – review

Perfection in Imperfection by Janice Wong – review

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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Craft Spirits by Eric Grossman – review

Craft Spirits by Eric Grossman – review

Well, this is right on trend. Cocktails have become the cornerstone of every restaurant bar, and we want to try our hands at barista-ing at home. Most of the fixin’s are available to civilians and with little equipment some delicious and beautiful cocktails can be ours. Craft Spirits is a comprehensive glossary of worldwide spirits…

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Flavors from the French Mediterranean by Gérald Passedat – review

Flavors from the French Mediterranean by Gérald Passedat – review

It will soon be summer. We start to muse over al fresco dining and lighter fare. Ingredients with colour and freshness will take centre stage and we look toward the Mediterranean for inspiration, and perhaps to a French chef for some help. We need Flavors from the French Mediterranean. Three-star Michelin Chef Gérald Passedat was…

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Umami: THE FIFTH TASTE – guidebook review

Umami: THE FIFTH TASTE – guidebook review

It’s a buzz-word these days: Umami. It’s a very familiar taste, flavour, sensation on the taste buds but we have only relatively recently put a name to this savouriness, this deliciousness. But how do we view it with regard to sake? This was originally a Japanese word and it’s all about a particular taste: of…

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