Posts Tagged “British”

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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Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé from Kingsland – drinks review

Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé from Kingsland – drinks review

Willow & Stone Sparkling Rosé British wine is selling at £3.99 and has 8.5% alcohol, so a light-in-every-way alternative to more robust traditional wines. It has a blush peach colour in the glass and is an unchallenging beverage that would be perfect for summer picnics. Reminds me of a Victoria sponge Kingsland’s research showed a…

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The Garden House Restaurant, Leatherhead – review

The Garden House Restaurant, Leatherhead – review

This truly is a ‘garden’ house with the intimate character of a cosy cottage. (Read more about the Garden House here.) It’s part of the Beaverbrook Estate and the smaller of two hotels, the other being the lavish and imposing main house which was once the home of Lord Beaverbrook, one of the most influential…

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The Hedgerow Cookbook by Wild at Heart – review

The Hedgerow Cookbook by Wild at Heart – review

It’s a tradition, still, for many of us. We await the arrival of blackberries, we collect elderflowers, we are entranced by the perfume of wild garlic. If we were lucky enough to have had a childhood spent roaming lanes, fields and forests then it’s likely that some of our most vivid memories are of collecting…

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The Great Northern Cookbook by Sean Wilson – review

The Great Northern Cookbook by Sean Wilson – review

The author of  The Great Northern Cookbook, is Sean Wilson. Yes, that’s a familiar name, or at least it is if you have been a follower of that celebrated Northern institution, Coronation Street. He joined the cast of ‘Corrie’ in 1985 and stayed till 2005, and has since played in Waterloo Road. He has always…

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Modern Twists on Classic Dishes by Andy Bates -review

Modern Twists on Classic Dishes by Andy Bates -review

Andy Bates is the author of Modern Twists on Classic Dishes and a Food Network UK chef and is known for his love of street food.  He has followed the best carts and stalls in the UK and in the US, so some might be surprised by his latest book, which has its focus on…

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Cook – A year in the kitchen with Britain’s best chefs – cookbook review

Cook – A year in the kitchen with Britain’s best chefs – cookbook review

Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an overstatement! Perhaps the phrase might more aptly be “A year in the kitchen with some of Britain’s best chefs” but if that’s the only criticism of this cookbook then the editor need not feel too aggrieved. And, yes, that is my only complaint of Cook – A year…

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Rosemary Shrager’s Yorkshire Breakfasts – review

Rosemary Shrager’s Yorkshire Breakfasts – review

The combination of Rosemary Shrager and Yorkshire Breakfasts is just about unbeatable. She is a lady that glows with passion for food, garnished with great good humour and generosity. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I have been known to graze for several hours on a copious spread of morning delights. Yorkshire…

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The Constance Spry Cookery Book – review

The Constance Spry Cookery Book – review

Grub Street has carved out a great reputation as a cookbook publisher. There are a few of them out there but I am always excited when a Grub Street book arrives – it’s gonna be a classic. People term anything that they like “a classic” but Grub Street publish “the” classics and The Constance Spry…

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The Great British Book of Baking – cookbook review

The Great British Book of Baking – cookbook review

This book goes right into my end-of-year Top Ten cookbook reads for 2010. No deliberation and no waiting in case another contender floats through the letterbox. The Great British Book of Baking is, in my opinion, everything that a good cookbook should be. This chunky volume is the companion to the BBC series of The…

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Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen by Elizabeth David – review

Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen by Elizabeth David – review

Elizabeth David is for many the Grande Dame of British cooking, although she is more famed for her writings on the cuisine of the Mediterranean at a time when the prospect of many Brits travelling to those sun-drenched climes was slim. Spices, Salt and Aromatics in the English Kitchen takes us a little further afield…

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Lotte’s Country Kitchen by Lotte Duncan – review

Lotte’s Country Kitchen by Lotte Duncan – review

I review many cookbooks in the course of a month but this one has had me waiting in eager anticipation. It has arrived, and is just what I had both expected and hoped. Lotte Duncan will be a familiar face to those who watched and loved the much-missed Good Food Live on the UK Food…

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Cookery Year by Readers Digest – review

Cookery Year by Readers Digest – review

Readers Digest never put a foot wrong. They might, however, not be the first books you reach for when browsing the cookery section of your local and no doubt well-stocked bookshop. Cookery Year is a fine example of a book that could so easily be overlooked. It hasn’t got an associated TV series. The author…

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Yes Chef! by James Winter and James Bulmer – review

Yes Chef! by James Winter and James Bulmer – review

How often have I recommended a cookbook because it is not too cheffy, has no complicated techniques, no special equipment, etc? I have encouraged my dear reader to invest in books with home-cooking-style recipes and those that support the novice. Yes Chef is somewhat different but it does nevertheless fill a long-felt want. British food…

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The Great British Storecupboard Cookbook by Paul Hartley – review

The Great British Storecupboard Cookbook by Paul Hartley – review

This is a jolly book and it’s not often a cookbook is described in that fashion. It almost has the feel of an old-fashioned Christmas Annual. It’s vibrant with bold colour and iconic images of products which have stood the test of time for taste and package design. It’s penned by Paul Hartley who has…

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Tea and Crumpets by Margaret M Johnson – review

Tea and Crumpets by Margaret M Johnson – review

Well, the name ‘Tea and Crumpets’ is tempting but add a subtitle of Recipes and Rituals from European Tearooms and Cafés, and my attention is captured! Tea is a drink (or beverage if you hail from North American shores), yes, that’s true, but it’s also an institution, an event, a ceremony. A mug of tea,…

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Britain’s Best Dish – Ed Baines – cookbook review

Britain’s Best Dish – Ed Baines – cookbook review

Britain’s Best Dish takes its name from the ITV series. It showcases those recipes that have been successful in three series from 2007 to 2009. The competitions were judged by three of the British food industry’s most celebrated worthies in the guise of Ed Baines (chef and author), John Burton Race (chef and “star” of…

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The HP Sauce Cookbook by Paul Hartley – review

The HP Sauce Cookbook by Paul Hartley – review

We are talking “serious” condiment! These distinctive bottles have been an indispensible addition to tables of greasy spoon cafes all over Britain and beyond. They have been gracing homes where the tangy taste made bland food more appetising. The sauce has garnished innumerable cheese sandwiches and made the perfect accompaniment to meat pies at football…

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The Lyle’s Golden Syrup Cookbook by Paul Hartley – review

The Lyle’s Golden Syrup Cookbook by Paul Hartley – review

There are some products that evoke memories. Dr. Pepper root beer reminds me of my friend Carolyn in the US, HP Sauce reminds me of my husband and Hoola Hoops remind me of our boy Peter. Golden Syrup reminds me of treacle tart while watching Sunday Night at the London Palladium (I was very young!)…

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Best British Dishes by Marguerite Patten – review

Best British Dishes by Marguerite Patten – review

Marguerite Patten is surely the most celebrated cook and food writer in Britain. She is probably the most respected by her fellow professionals, who would all be familiar with her recipes, skill and passion for food. Marguerite serves as a model for those who truly care about British cooking. She remains an icon because her…

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