Posts Tagged “American”

Las Iguanas Sunday Brunch

Las Iguanas Sunday Brunch

In the heart of Bloomsbury, not far from Russell Square Underground station, one finds a new area of restaurants, cafés and retail outlets. It’s popular every day but at weekends Brunswick Square comes to life! When the sun shines it becomes a magnet for those looking for a bite to eat and a convivial glass…

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Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Co-op 2016 Valle del Bio Bio Malbec from Chile – review

Malbec is a characterful red wine and is becoming more popular with restaurant goers and home sippers alike. This comes from the Bío Bío Valley in the southern part of Chile. The climate is cool and similar to that found in the Mediterranean. The soil is poor and clay-based and low in fertility, so ideal…

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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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Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Jackson and Rye Richmond – restaurant review

Peanut Butter Fudge S’mores was a sweet star What a view! There can be few places more picturesque than the bank of the River Thames by the 18th century Richmond Bridge. It’s beautiful at any time but on a summer’s evening it’s memorable. A seat at Jackson and Rye will give you the best spot….

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The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2013 – cookbook review

The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2013 – cookbook review

America’s PBS TV channel has offered America’s Test Kitchen to its US viewers for decades. Now we can find PBS in the UK and it’s well worth investigating its programme schedule, to discover America’s Test Kitchen for yourself. The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2013 is a paper version of he series. This book is…

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The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook – review

The America’s Test Kitchen Quick Family Cookbook – review

We in the UK can now watch America’s Test Kitchen, hosted by Chris Kimball, on PBS. That’s a non-commercial TV station from the US and they are famed for their quality broadcasting. Yes, they offer programmes that will appeal to American viewers, but so much of that is equally pertinent to us on the right-hand-side…

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Big Easy, Chelsea – restaurant review

Big Easy, Chelsea – restaurant review

There is a little piece of London that will remain forever America. No, it’s not the US Embassy. It’s the award-winning Big Easy, which is an institution where you will be a lot more welcome, and staff are even polite! This casual restaurant is modelled on those American Gulf Coast crabshacks. That might not mean…

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Bean by Bean – a cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon – review

Bean by Bean – a cookbook by Crescent Dragonwagon – review

Bean by Bean, it sounds like a wholesome and perhaps hippie subject and when one notices the name of the author, Crescent Dragonwagon, then one will be convinced that one will have incense burning and tie-dye dishcloths as kitchen companions to this book. Take the trouble to actually open the cover and you will appreciate…

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Little Old Lady Recipes by Meg Favreau – review

Little Old Lady Recipes by Meg Favreau – review

Into every cookbook reviewer’s life comes a publisher who says “I saw this and thought of you.” And so it was that I was the recipient of Little Old Lady Recipes. It’s a charming book written by the aforementioned sassy gals, and is evidently considered a book to be enjoyed by this Little Old Lady….

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The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen – review

The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen – review

We don’t have months and months of good weather in Britain so we make the best of it when the sun does shine: DIY centres are targeted by those looking for charcoal, butchers are full of hunters of the great British banger or the ubiquitous burger, and fire stations are on alert. But there must…

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Weber’s Complete Barbecue Book by Jamie Purviance – review

Weber’s Complete Barbecue Book by Jamie Purviance – review

For the edification of those barbecue virgins, I should explain that the Weber in question is the manufacturer of the celebrated dome-lidded barbecue which is considered by many to be one of the best. Jamie Purviance has sufficient confidence to ally himself to that grill by penning Weber’s Complete Barbecue Book, which bears both his…

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Food Network Favorites – cookbook review

Food Network Favorites – cookbook review

Ahhh, those were the days when I could sit and watch American TV all day long. Hundreds of channels and about a dozen that any thinking person would want to watch. Harsh words, them, but true. My habitual viewing was the US Food Network. I drank in the programmes which introduced me to new recipes…

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LA’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook by JoAnn Cianciulli – review

LA’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook by JoAnn Cianciulli – review

This is one of those cookbooks that gives a warm glow. You don’t have to be from LA. You don’t even have to be American to be able to appreciate a book about a spot that just oozes food-related delight. LA’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook is a picture-book with recipes. A cookbook and travelogue. An…

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The Farmer’s Wife Cookie Cookbook by Lela Nargi – review

The Farmer’s Wife Cookie Cookbook by Lela Nargi – review

If you are a regular visitor to Mostly Food and Travel Journal (and why wouldn’t you be?) then you will be familiar with the series of Farmer’s Wife cookbooks. They are compiled from original recipes found in the magazine of the same name, published between 1893 and 1939 in Minnesota. Cookie baking is an ideal…

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Backroads of Arizona by Jim Hinckley – review

Backroads of Arizona by Jim Hinckley – review

I have reviewed another book by author Jim Hinckley and photographer Kerrick James (about Route 66), so I knew what to expect. A high-quality picture travelogue with images of the past and the present. Images that charm and mystify and eloquently tell the story of the state of Arizona. The state might be the epitome…

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Hot Dog – A Global History by Bruce Kraig – review

Hot Dog – A Global History by Bruce Kraig – review

I am not sure that I even appreciated that there was a global history for a hot dog but it’s true and we know because we see them wherever we travel. They are as American and ubiquitous as the other fast food staple, hamburgers, and have been around for a lot longer… to the tune…

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Historic Colorado by Claude Wiatrowski – review

Historic Colorado by Claude Wiatrowski – review

Claude Wiatrowski has an evident passion for Colorado and another, equal in depth, for trains. He has three degrees in sensible technical and engineering subjects but he also plays drums for a brace of big bands, a gospel quartet and a polka band. A well-rounded character, I’d say. I had never considered a vacation in…

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Gale Gand’s Brunch – cookbook review

Gale Gand’s Brunch – cookbook review

Brunch is a long-established American tradition. It’s easy to understand why it has become so popular. It is an activity that combines social interaction and delicious food… or a way of entertaining friends and family without the fuss and arduous preparation of a full-scale dinner party. Sunday morning (unless you are a priest or a…

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The Farmer’s Wife Cookbook by Martha Engstrom – review

The Farmer’s Wife Cookbook by Martha Engstrom – review

No, dear reader, you don’t have to run off with a farmer to be able to enjoy this book. You won’t need to have furtive visits to your local library proclaiming in a loud voice that you truly are a farmer’s wife to be eligible for a peek between these covers. The farmers’ wives in…

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The Farmer’s Wife Baking Cookbook – Lela Nargi – review

The Farmer’s Wife Baking Cookbook – Lela Nargi – review

The Farmer’s wife in question is not actually a farmer’s wife, or should I say she is hundreds of farmers’ wives. Confused? Then I’ll explain. The Farmer’s Wife was a monthly magazine published in Minnesota between 1893 and 1939. I dare say farmers and their families felt often quite isolated in the days before rapid…

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