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Indian Vegan & Vegetarian

Indian Vegan & Vegetarian

200 traditional plant-based recipes India has had a long tradition of vegan and vegetarian cooking and its dishes are as diverse as its regions and its people. Indian Vegan & Vegetarian: 200 traditional plant-based recipes reflects that tasty tapestry. This is a hefty gift-quality volume which will gladden the epicurean heart of any Indian food…

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The Turkish Cookbook – A flavour of history

The Turkish Cookbook – A flavour of history

Exploring the Food of a Timeless Cuisine The Turkish Cookbook by Ghillie Basan, and published by Lorenz Publishing, is a gastronomic stunner. Its launch aligns perfectly with the more pleasant weather and dreams of the lapping waves in warmer climes. It’s easy to fall in love with the dishes of Turkey. There is that enticing…

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Perfect Pasta at Home

Perfect Pasta at Home

Bring Italy to your kitchen with over 80 quick and delicious recipes. Perfect Pasta at Home is perhaps the most deliciously practical cookbook I have reviewed in quite a while. Many of us are finding cash a bit tight these days but we have had months of rediscovering the hob, and we want to continue…

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Do Not Alight Here

Do Not Alight Here

Walking London’s Lost Underground and Railway Stations On your journey into London, whether dulled by the daily trudge into work or thrilled by the once-a-year expedition,  you’ll stare from the train window at the confusion of tracks, bridges, tunnels and platforms, and once in a while you might just wonder, “How did it all get…

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The Negroni: A Love Affair with a Classic Cocktail

The Negroni: A Love Affair with a Classic Cocktail

In 2019 the celebrated Negroni cocktail turned 100 years old.  The mixed drink revival has introduced a new audience to this iconic classic. The drink’s proportions consist of equal measures of Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth. It’s not difficult for the home barman/woman to master, him/herself. It has a timeless elegance and wide appeal. The…

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Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks

Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks

At last! It’s summer and we can finally enjoy entertaining in the garden. But heat and alcohol don’t mix. Your guests will thank you for offering some exciting non-alcoholic drinks, grâce à Gazoz. Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks is a beautifully photographed book full of unique, healthy and fresh drinks from…

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Just One Pan: Over 100 easy and creative recipes for home cooking

Just One Pan: Over 100 easy and creative recipes for home cooking

Many of us have come to love our kitchens over these past long months. We enjoy the process but there should be no need to become slaves to the oven; we should all be at home on the range. Just One Pan: Over 100 easy and creative recipes for home cooking presents ideas for simple…

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Harley and the Holy Mountain: Through the Heart of Greece to its Soul

Harley and the Holy Mountain: Through the Heart of Greece to its Soul

What a wonderful read! It’s only May and I sense I have already found my ‘Book of the Year’! Harley and the Holy Mountain: Through the Heart of Greece to its Soul is both amusing and thought-provoking. It’s an exercise in the human condition as well as being a thoroughly absorbing travelogue. The author, John…

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Fortnum & Mason: Time for Tea

Fortnum & Mason: Time for Tea

Fortnum & Mason is an institution in one of the best neighbourhoods of London. It is a food emporium which, in my opinion, compares favourably with other such establishments. It has been around for almost as long as we have been drinking tea in Europe. This delightful book is written by award-winning food writer Tom…

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One Pot Pan Planet

One Pot Pan Planet

 A greener way to cook for you, your family, and the planet Award-winning cook Anna Jones has penned a book that will be well appreciated in these strange times. We are aware of global warming, pollution of every kind, as well as waste – and that includes food waste. One Pot, Pan, Planet is a…

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Pie Academy

Pie Academy

Master the Perfect Crust and 255 Amazing Fillings, with Fruits, Nuts, Creams, Custards, Ice Cream, and More; Expert Techniques for Making Fabulous Pies from Scratch is the descriptive subtitle. In Short its Pie Academy! Pie Academy is a worthy tome which will bring joy to the hearts of all home bakers. Author Ken Haedrich has…

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The Seafood Shack

The Seafood Shack

The Seafood Shack: Food & Tales from Ullapool The Seafood Shack is the title of this superb cookbook, and it’s also the name of a catering van which must be quite a considerable cut above the average. Kirsty and Fenella opened the Shack in May 2016 with a plan to provide Ullapool with local seafood…

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Whisky cocktails

Whisky cocktails

50 Classic Mixes for Every Occasion Whisky Cocktails by Stuart Walton is perhaps the best quality and best priced whisky cocktail book around. It’s from Lorenz Books who have a reputation for publishing good value books which one will actually use. Christmas will soon be with us and it’s probable that we will be staying…

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Classic Cocktails: The Home Bartender’s Guide

Classic Cocktails: The Home Bartender’s Guide

Classic Cocktails: The Home Bartender’s Guide to Mixing Spirits, Liqueurs, Wine and Beer 150 Sensational Drink Recipes Classic Cocktails: The Home Bartender’s Guide to Mixing Spirits, Liqueurs, Wine and Beer – 150 Sensational Drink Recipes is a bumper volume and a comprehensive reference for all keen home mixologists. Cocktails and mocktails Stuart Walton has penned…

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Baking at the 20th Century Café

Baking at the 20th Century Café

Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake This book can’t fail! Baking at the 20th Century Café: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake is the book for which many of us have been waiting. If food lovers have visited either Vienna, Budapest or Prague they would have had not only…

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History of Money – Cowries to Crypto

History of Money – Cowries to Crypto

Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency and Wealth Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency and Wealth is a delightful book bound to raise a smile at any time of year. This Christmas we need a grin even more than ever. Money is important to all of us. But what exactly is…

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Brockmans Hot Collins

Brockmans Hot Collins

Here is another delicious Christmas cocktail from Brockmans Gin Hot Collins 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Lemon juice 15ml Agave syrup or honey 100ml Boiling water Garnish: grapefruit zest studded with cloves and a Cinnamon stick Mix all ingredients and pour into small mug or thick, heat-proof glass. Garnish with the clove-studded Grapefruit zest and Cinnamon…

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Brockmans Gin When Ginger Met Ruby

Brockmans Gin When Ginger Met Ruby

Another Delicious and festive cocktail from Brockmans Gin When Ginger Met Ruby 40ml Brockmans Gin 20ml Ruby Port Top with Ginger Ale Grapefruit or freshly grated nutmeg Pour over large ice cubes into a short glass. Garnish with grapefruit zest or a grating of nutmeg. WHERE TO BUY Brockmans Gin (RRP £34) is  stocked by…

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Brandy Cocktails

Brandy Cocktails

Brandy Cocktails by Stuart Walton is perhaps the best quality and best priced brandy cocktail book around. It’s from Lorenz Books who have a reputation for publishing good value books which one will actually use. Christmas will soon be with us and it’s probable that we will be staying home in small ‘bubbles’ this year….

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The Hairy Bikers’ Veggie Feasts

The Hairy Bikers’ Veggie Feasts

Over 100 delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes, full of flavour and meat free! My dear reader will note that I don’t often cover celebrity cookbooks. I wasn’t expecting much from The Hairy Bikers’ Veggie Feasts, but I found it to be something of a culinary page turner – and I am not even a vegetarian….

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