Archive For The “Cookbooks” Category

Bangkok Thai: The Busaba Cookbook

Bangkok Thai: The Busaba Cookbook

Busaba presents modern Bangkok dining, with a dozen or so restaurants around Greater London. Having opened its first restaurant on London’s Wardour Street in 1999, the chain has gone from strength to strength – and now we can replicate a few of their dishes at home. Bangkok Thai: The Busaba Cookbook tempts with 100 recipes…

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Vegetable Cakes

Vegetable Cakes

I have just returned from a trip to delicious Thailand. There were curries, refreshing and spiced salads, and noodles aplenty. There were also desserts, and these were, for the most part, made of vegetables. Seems like we in Europe are a bit behind the wave of that particular culinary classification. Vegetable Cakes: The most fun…

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Rosa’s Thai Café – The Cookbook Review

Rosa’s Thai Café – The Cookbook Review

I have just returned from Thailand where the flavours and indeed textures of that country’s vibrant cuisine reminded me how much I enjoyed those dishes at home. Well, when I say at home I really mean in Thai restaurants in London, and that includes the famed chain of Rosa’s. Rosa doesn’t sound like a very…

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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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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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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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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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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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Cuba: The Cookbook – review

Cuba: The Cookbook – review

Cuba: The Cookbook is a stunning volume from Phaidon, who are celebrated for publishing unique international recipe books to tempt and inspire the home chef. This one is no exception. Cuba’s launch (the book, that is) couldn’t be more timely. News of the island is hitting the headlines at the moment, and people are taking…

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Matt Tebbutt Cooks Country – review

Matt Tebbutt Cooks Country – review

Many of you will recognise this young chef as one of the presenters of UKTV’s Market Kitchen where he introduces the audience to a raft of guests and culinary delights. This book, on the other hand, introduces us to Matt Tebbutt and his world of food. He is the proprietor of The Foxhunter Gastropub in…

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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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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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