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The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean

The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean

Oh, deep joy! It’s summer at last and I think I have found my cookbook of the year …and it’s still only July! Every page offers sunshine in delicious fashion and wafts one off to a tropical paradise. The Island Kitchen: Recipes from Mauritius and the Indian Ocean by Selina Periampillai is a winner. I…

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Big Chef Mini Chef

Big Chef Mini Chef

Big Chef Mini Chef – Cooking for Kids with Kids is a book stuffed with joy and inspiration. Yes, the star of the volume is a young lad living with Cystic Fibrosis and this book is raising both funds and awareness, but it’s all about food and fun! This large-format book is inspired by and…

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Mandalay: Recipes and Tales from a Burmese Kitchen

Mandalay: Recipes and Tales from a Burmese Kitchen

Well, here is a rather interesting cookbook! It has hints of familiar cuisines but Mandalay: Recipes and Tales from a Burmese Kitchen offers a delicious insight into an unfamiliar destination and culinary culture. The Republic of the Union of Myanmar was once known as Burma. It shares borders with India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos and China….

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Let’s Get Tropical with Cocktails

Let’s Get Tropical with Cocktails

Let’s Get Tropical: Over 60 Cocktail Recipes from Caribbean Classics to Modern Tiki Drinks It will soon be that time of year. Those warm (we hope) summer months when our thoughts turn to al fresco lunches and dinners under the stars. To go with those meals will probably be some exotic drinks, and it’s the…

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The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks

The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks

The Sea Journal: Seafarers’ Sketchbooks is more than just a glimpse into a few nautical logbooks, it is a fascinating study of the discoveries made by some sixty-odd renowned adventurers over the last 600 years. The author, Dr. Huw Lewis-Jones (a much-travelled historian with a special interest in maritime exploration and polar voyages), has brought…

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The Turkish Cookbook

The Turkish Cookbook

Turkish food has been popular for decades and that love has increased over the past years as more holiday-makers have been heading to those sun-kissed shores. I have heard that those vacations are more popular than ever this year due to the ‘Brexit effect’. Those visitors will likely return with a taste for many dishes…

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The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa

The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa

The M.V.M. Cappellin Glassworks and the Young Carlo Scarpa is a new publication in the series “Le Stanze del Vetro”, a project on Venetian glassmaking in the 20th century, from a successful partnership of the Fondazione Cini and Pentagram Stiftung. This sumptuous book from the renowned Skira publishing company is associated with the autumn exhibition…

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Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook

Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook

Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook is a gorgeous volume of Mexican recipes from the internationally celebrated chef Enrique Olvera. He was featured in the Netflix documentary series, Chef’s Table. This is his first home-cooking book and a very creditable one it is too. Enrique Olvera is a native of Mexico…

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Idols: The Power of Images

Idols: The Power of Images

Idols: The Power of Images is yet another sumptuous volume from Skira Editore. They are a paramount publisher of quality books on art and design, and these books are highly collectable. This tome takes the reader on a journey back through the centuries to a time when we find the first sculptural representation of the…

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The Good Hotel Guide 2019

The Good Hotel Guide 2019

The Good Hotel Guide 2019 is the leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland. It enjoys that position as it is written for those looking for impartial advice on finding a great hotel in which to stay for a holiday, a short break or for a special occasion. This well-respected guide has…

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Art Deco City

Art Deco City

Even those of us who are not architectural experts will easily recognise the distinctive lines of Art Deco buildings. They represented the aspirations for a brighter future after the horrors of the First World War. Art Deco reflected the new industrial age and gave a nod to transatlantic ships and ancient civilisations. That might not…

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Rosa’s Thai Café – The Vegetarian Cookbook

Rosa’s Thai Café – The Vegetarian Cookbook

Rosa’s was the original name of an empty caff which Saiphin Moore and her husband turned into their first restaurant.  Saiphin is Thai and has been cooking professionally since she was just 14 years old. Thailand was where she learnt family recipes from her mum and aunties. She moved to Hong Kong and met Alex…

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Scotch Whisky – A Guide

Scotch Whisky – A Guide

Scotch Whisky – The Essential Guide for Single Malt Lovers will make the hearts of so many discerning sippers beat just a little faster. Single Malt Whisky from Scotland sets the benchmark for other similar drinks from across the globe. The book gives a history of the world’s best-loved drink with an illuminating overview. This…

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Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide

Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide

It seems a long way off, but the gift-buying season will soon be here. What do we give to family and friends? is the question on so many lips. Wine Folly: Magnum Edition: The Master Guide could be the solution for any lover of good wine, and those who would want to learn more. Wine…

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Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists

Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists

Vodka – The Essential Guide for Vodka Purists is a one-stop shop for lovers of this versatile spirit …but what actually is it? Vodka is more popular than ever due to the cocktail-drinking trend. It has introduced vodka to a new audience as well as knowledgeable bartenders who appreciate this spirit as a base for…

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Bangkok Thai: The Busaba Cookbook

Bangkok Thai: The Busaba Cookbook

Busaba presents modern Bangkok dining, with a dozen or so restaurants around Greater London. Having opened its first restaurant on London’s Wardour Street in 1999, the chain has gone from strength to strength – and now we can replicate a few of their dishes at home. Bangkok Thai: The Busaba Cookbook tempts with 100 recipes…

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Vegetable Cakes

Vegetable Cakes

I have just returned from a trip to delicious Thailand. There were curries, refreshing and spiced salads, and noodles aplenty. There were also desserts, and these were, for the most part, made of vegetables. Seems like we in Europe are a bit behind the wave of that particular culinary classification. Vegetable Cakes: The most fun…

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Rosa’s Thai Café – The Cookbook Review

Rosa’s Thai Café – The Cookbook Review

I have just returned from Thailand where the flavours and indeed textures of that country’s vibrant cuisine reminded me how much I enjoyed those dishes at home. Well, when I say at home I really mean in Thai restaurants in London, and that includes the famed chain of Rosa’s. Rosa doesn’t sound like a very…

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The Mezze Cookbook: Sharing Plates from the Middle East

The Mezze Cookbook: Sharing Plates from the Middle East

The Mezze Cookbook is a gift-quality volume which reflects how most of us eat… or would like to. There are 135 recipes suitable for the home chef, and they cover the Middle East with its tradition of delicious sharing plates. These recipes are perfect for intimate evenings as well as for larger gatherings, for vegetarians…

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Vivek Singh’s Festivals

Vivek Singh’s Festivals

Vivek Singh’s Indian Festival Feasts is a vibrant cookbook from one of my favourite Indian chefs, who heads the celebrated and polished Cinnamon Group of restaurants in London and now beyond. Here Vivek presents recipes for celebrations. It is said that in India there is a festival every day of the year. Vivek Singh brings…

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