Posts Tagged “celebrity chefs”

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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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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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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Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor – restaurant review

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Windsor – restaurant review

Marco Pierre White has long been considered the wild child of the culinary scene, although he actually seems like a rather charming character in interview these days. For those who don’t hail from these shores, Marco is a celebrated British chef, restaurateur, and television personality, and was perhaps the first British celebrity chef; he was,…

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The Talbot for fine dining – restaurant review

The Talbot for fine dining – restaurant review

The Talbot has history. It’s typical of coaching inns all over the country and this one, in particular, has a story – well, probably many. It is said to have provided the venue for assignations between Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton in 1798. There is a brass plate bearing Nelson’s name on one of the…

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Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses – restaurant review

Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses – restaurant review

It seems a bit early for pondering Christmas presents but, trust me, it’s not. If you have a passionate food lover in your near vicinity you might want to ditch the summer holiday brochures for half an hour and consider a masterclass. There is a compelling reason why your Christmas (or birthday / anniversary /…

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Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent – review

Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent – review

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 of ‘I can do that’ dusted with a smug ‘won’t the…

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Jim De Jong – Say it with flowers …and cheese – travel review

Jim De Jong – Say it with flowers …and cheese  – travel review

Rotterdam is fast becoming known for food. It’s the Netherlands and it might be a bit of a cliché, but, yes there is cheese. Chef Jim De Jong was challenged to make a menu composed of Holland’s most iconic staple, and his creations were stunning. Jim has his culinary focus on seasonality, freshness, and vegetables,…

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The Best of Jane Grigson – The Enjoyment of Food – review

The Best of Jane Grigson – The Enjoyment of Food – review

Grub Street publishes cookbooks and all manner of food-related tomes but they have also taken on the mantle of preservers of our own culinary heritage and characters. The Best of Jane Grigson – The Enjoyment of Food is one of their latest classics. A few decades ago we English had a deservedly poor reputation for…

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Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club – restaurant review

Wine & Spice Series 2015 at Cinnamon Club – restaurant review

It’s without doubt one of the best Indian restaurants in London. It’s housed in a historic grade II listed building near Westminster Abbey. It was once a library and evidently a striking one. Many original features have been retained, giving this unique restaurant a calming and timeless ambiance. Now Cinnamon Club is hosting wine evenings….

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Chocolate at Home by Will Torrent – review

Chocolate at Home by Will Torrent – review

I am biased, it’s true. This book was destined to have a good review on two counts. Firstly I adore the author, Will Torrent; and chocolate comes a close second to Will. Will Torrent has worked with the best – with such culinary worthies as Brian Turner CBE and Gary Rhodes. He is also a…

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François Geurds – unassuming genius – interview

François Geurds – unassuming genius – interview

I have met François Geurds on a few occasions now. A couple of times at his eponymous FG Restaurant and also at the newer Food Lab. For once, the Michelin judges have awarded their coveted stars with logic and insight. But it wasn’t just the food that impressed me, it was also the man. I…

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Cinnamon Club – Game High Chai – restaurant review

Cinnamon Club – Game High Chai – restaurant review

I am spoilt. It’s true, I have marvellous invitations to eat, sample, savour the most delightful foods across the globe. Spicy dishes from Asia, decadent plates from Europe, comfort food in the USA.  Yes, the best of everything has been generously offered and greatly appreciated. But then there is culinary tradition – and that’s another…

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Art on the Plate – Styling Traditional Food from the Punjab – travel review

Art on the Plate – Styling Traditional Food from the Punjab – travel review

I am, at first sight, overwhelmingly English. Yes, well, no, not quite. I have a family connection to India which is distant yet strong. That little bit of sub-continental exotica manifests itself in the guise of a passion for Indian food and that of the Punjab. One might assume that I have spent endless time…

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The Food and Cooking of Venice and the North-East of Italy – review

The Food and Cooking of Venice and the North-East of Italy – review

Valentina Harris, author of The Food and Cooking of Venice and the North-East of Italy,  has long been the UK’s Italian culinary authority of choice. She has oft graced our TV screens in her own popular series as well as guesting on many food programmes. You might have had a glimpse of her working with the…

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Great Homemade Soups by Paul Gayler – review

Great Homemade Soups by Paul Gayler – review

Chef Paul Gayler is one of the food industry’s gems. He is a well respected man with years of worthy career behind him. He is executive chef at London’s celebrated Lanesborough Hotel and has a shelf of cookbooks to his credit. This Great Homemade Soups – A Cook’s Collection is the latest one and it…

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Smashing Plates by Maria Elia – review

Smashing Plates by Maria Elia – review

The title alone would encourage a bookshelf browser to reach for this volume. A humorous play on words conjuring visions of exuberant Greek revellers ruining a restaurant’s crockery budget, or of polite Brits commenting on some jolly good food.  Smashing Plates – Greek flavours redefined does touch on both the passion of Greece and the…

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Luke Nguyen in London – interview

Luke Nguyen in London – interview

He is, for many of us, the face of Vietnamese food and travel. His easy manner allows him to present informative yet engaging TV programmes showing Vietnam, its food and its people in a positive and inclusive fashion. Luke was in London to promote his latest book, The Food of Vietnam (see my review here),…

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