Archive For The “Cookbooks” Category

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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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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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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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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Craft Spirits

Craft Spirits

Know the makers, infuse your own spirits, create new cocktails 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…

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Flavors from the French Mediterranean

Flavors from the French Mediterranean

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

Umami: THE FIFTH TASTE

Japanese word – universal understanding 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 is it viewed with regard to sake? This was originally a Japanese word and it’s all about…

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Afternoon Tea at Home

Afternoon Tea at Home

Deliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies I was expecting a great book from this well-respected chef, Will Torrent. I wasn’t expecting the volume to have that overwhelming feel-good factor. That comes from a reminder of traditional sweet treats in the recipes, bringing comforting memories. And contemporary innovations bringing the realisation…

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Authentic Recipes from the Philippines

Authentic Recipes from the Philippines

Much that is familiar but there is still more that will intrigue This is a unique book considering a cuisine little known in Europe. How frequently do we say “let’s go out for a Filipino”? Not often, although the dishes would indeed appeal to Europeans as well as Asians. The Philippine archipelago is part of…

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Classic Recipes of the Philippines

Classic Recipes of the Philippines

An extraordinary melting-pot This rather smart little book looks at the unique traditional food and cooking of the Philippines. But many of us know little of these islands and probably even less about its culinary heritage. The Philippines are a cluster of islands with its nearest neighbours being Vietnam, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. Its geographic…

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The Food and Cooking of Japan and Korea

The Food and Cooking of Japan and Korea

A substantial collection of 250 recipes A few years ago our culinary ethnic horizons extended to a Friday night curry and perhaps the occasional Chinese dinner of sweet and sour pork. Often made at home from decent cookbooks, but not often pushing geographic food boundaries. But how about Japan and Korea? These days we are…

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The Chalet Cookbook

The Chalet Cookbook

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, etc. Our thoughts turn to cold-weather vacations and possibly (although not in my case) to sporty pursuits. There will be expectations of snowy vistas, the smell of pine and tables groaning with comforting food. The Chalet Cookbook by the Abinger Cookery School…

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