Posts Tagged “baking”

Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts by Alice Medrich – review

Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts by Alice Medrich – review

It’s no surprise that I love cooking. I bake bread, make pies, curries, casseroles and roasts but, to tell the truth, I have never managed a great repertoire of desserts. Perhaps it’s because I don’t want to spend hours and hours in the kitchen confectioning a fiddly sweet creation. I might have a passion for…

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How Do You Measure Up? by Shirley Bond – review

How Do You Measure Up? by Shirley Bond – review

I am a travel book reviewer and a cookbook reviewer and How Do You Measure Up? falls into neither of those categories …but on the other hand (the hand is a non-SI unit of length, now used only for the measurement of the height of horses) it fits nicely into both. Shirley Bond has penned a…

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A Passion for Cheese by Paul Gayler – review

A Passion for Cheese by Paul Gayler – review

A Passion for Cheese is another classy book by Paul Gayler. The visual delight is supplied by, once again, Gus Filgate and his camera. The book offers us more than 130 ways to cook with cheese but it also enlightens us about cheese making, choosing and storing cheese and what wine might work best. I…

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Love Food by Tina Bester – review

Love Food by Tina Bester – review

Well, I guess there are a couple of interpretations of the title, Love Food. That could be food to make for those you love; it could be recipes for those who love to eat food. Indeed this book offers dishes that fit the bill on both counts. Love Food is written by Tina Bester who…

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The Great Book of Rhubarb by Elaine Lemm – review

The Great Book of Rhubarb by Elaine Lemm – review

This is another one of those foods that crosses the divide between vegetable and fruit. We have that same complication with the tomato, which is technically a fruit but which is more often than not served as a savoury. Rhubarb is classified in the UK as a vegetable but in the US it’s a fruit….

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The Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot – review

The Art of French Baking by Ginette Mathiot – review

Ginette Mathiot was one of the most celebrated French food writers. She was so respected that she was awarded Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by the French government. She was into her 90s when she died after a long and celebrated career. Ginette Mathiot wrote over 30 books including the famous Je Sais Cuisiner –…

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The Golden Book of Desserts by Carla Bardi – review

The Golden Book of Desserts by Carla Bardi – review

As a kid I didn’t have The Golden Book of Desserts but I would sit next to the radiogram (yes, there were such things and yes, I am that old), listen to Two-Way Family Favourites and leaf through my Mum’s big old cookbook. It had thousands of pictures but all of them in black and…

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Cake Decorating Skills by Tracey Mann – review

Cake Decorating Skills by Tracey Mann – review

It’s just the time to start getting anxious about Christmas. All that shopping …and all that cooking and baking. It’s a special season, when we want to make an extra effort for family and friends; our usual delicious food but with a little more care taken over presentation. Sweet things and large cakes can provide…

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Whoopie Pies by Viola Goren – review

Whoopie Pies by Viola Goren – review

Food, like clothes, has fashions and trends. We have had cupcakes and macaroons and now it’s the era of the Whoopie Pie! The name is amusing and nobody is sure where exactly that name originates, although it’s said to mimic the exclamation of joy as lunch boxes containing the aforementioned cakes were opened. They are…

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One More Slice by Leila Lindholm – review

One More Slice by Leila Lindholm – review

I confess that I had not heard of author of One More Slice, Leila Lindholm. She is a celebrated TV chef and author …but in Sweden. Good to see that a few publishers are looking further afield for good cookbooks. A different slant is refreshing and now all we have to do is persuade Food…

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The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando – review

The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando – review

It’s a time of belt tightening and financial gloom, and it’s said that we are all hankering after old-fashioned lifestyles. We want to be wafted back to more moderate times where riots only happened “over there” and we all knew for sure that we would have a job next week. A time for The Cookiepedia!…

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Simply Good Bread by Peter Sidwell – review

Simply Good Bread by Peter Sidwell – review

This book should have arrived a few weeks ago. One is always advised to bake bread when the estate agent is bringing viewers around. It’s that tempting aroma that makes a house seem like a home. It’s said that bread-baking is an almost dead art but I believe it’s enjoying something of a revival. A…

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Eating In by Sue Lawrence – review

Eating In by Sue Lawrence – review

Sue Lawrence came to prominence in 1991 when she won Masterchef – those were the days when I actually watched it and the programme was more about the judged than the judges. She has made numerous TV appearances since then and has received awards for her writing. Eating In is a very personal cookbook. You…

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200 Mini Cakes and Bakes – cookbook review

200 Mini Cakes and Bakes – cookbook review

There cannot be many who would not enjoy a luscious slice of cake. Cupcakes are popular even as replacements for wedding cakes, and macaroons seem to have taken the world by storm. We all love something sweet to help down a cup of tea or coffee, or to finish a meal. Baking is enjoying something…

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Macaron by Alison Thompson – review

Macaron by Alison Thompson – review

They are becoming ubiquitous. Those colourful chubby discs are showing up in smart patisseries across the land. They have long been popular in France and we are all very ready to state that French food is best. Well, I would not go that far (although I am driven to admit that the French make the…

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The Golden Book of Baking by Rachel Lane – review

The Golden Book of Baking by Rachel Lane – review

Here it is. The Golden Book of Baking. A chunky golden ingot of a book. A gleaming brick of a tome. Another metallic and gift-quality edition in this series from Apple Press. A Christmas pressie that hardly needs wrapping. Gold edges, silken book-mark and gleaming belly jacket all shout “Pick me” …and you probably will….

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Aga Roast by Louise Walker – review

Aga Roast by Louise Walker – review

Just the name Aga conjures a fine chocolate-box picture of a cottage kitchen, butler’s sink, geraniums in pots, and a big ginger cat. Where would that cat be? Well, toasting his substantial fluffy paws by the aforementioned iconic stove. An Aga not only looks good but it’s the stove of choice for many, and those…

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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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Desserts by Rachel Lane and Ting Morris – review

Desserts by Rachel Lane and Ting Morris – review

It’s got to be one of my favourite books of the moment. Desserts is quality in both content and presentation. The large format allows for the most gorgeous photography by Brent Parker Jones who has used his skills to great effect. The authors, Rachel Lane and Ting Morris, are both successful food writers and they…

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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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