Posts Tagged “baking”

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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Cupcake Heaven by Jennie Milsom – review

Cupcake Heaven by Jennie Milsom – review

Apple Press have a reputation for presenting cookbooks which are attractive and informative. I have recently reviewed Smoothie Heaven, and Cupcake Heaven indicates that there might be a series in the offing. Cupcake Heaven has a pastel palette, one large page per recipe, a picture of each of those tempting little confections, and plenty of…

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200 Cupcakes – cookbook review

200 Cupcakes – cookbook review

It’s a trend that is enduring. These little cakes are practical to eat, they are versatile, being enjoyed equally by adults and children, and they are perfect for both casual and smart occasions. Yes, it’s true that the possibilities for producing delightful cupcakes are endless, but it’s often difficult to actually come up with the…

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Bake and Decorate by Fiona Cairns – review

Bake and Decorate by Fiona Cairns – review

The author, Fiona Cairns, began producing cakes on her kitchen table 25 years ago. Her husband, Kishore, now managing director of the company, knew that there was a market for these beautifully decorated and delicious handmade cakes. In 2001 they moved out of the kitchen and into a state-of-the-art bakery in Leicestershire. Fiona is a…

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Home Chef by Neven Maguire – review

Home Chef by Neven Maguire – review

Neven Maguire is an Irish chef and television personality from Blacklion, Co. Cavan. He is also the head chef and proprietor of the MacNean House and Restaurant. He is a well-known face on Irish TV but is now making his mark in Britain. MacNean House & Restaurant, Blacklion, was originally opened as MacNean’s Bistro in…

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The Minichefs Cookbook by Claire McAvoy – review

The Minichefs Cookbook by Claire McAvoy – review

A couple of generations of children have missed out on real cooking lessons in the UK. Kids might know all about nutrition but there are many people who have never had the chance to learn how to prepare a meal. It’s no wonder that the obesity rate has increased to embarrassing proportions, and that many…

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Cakes by Rachel Lane and Carla Bardi – review

Cakes by Rachel Lane and Carla Bardi – review

It’s winter and we want to spend more time in our cosy kitchens. It’s the season for celebrations and indoor entertainment and cakes are often a big part of those events. Cupcakes are trendy and smart and Afternoon Tea has had a well-earned renaissance. Cake-making is back on the agenda. Baking is different from cooking….

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The Golden Book of Cookies – cookbook review

The Golden Book of Cookies – cookbook review

It’s that time of year again when we start to think about heavy-duty cooking and baking for friends and family. We plan the Thanksgiving menu (if you hail from the US) and the Christmas meal and we even consider a nice bit of baking. Somehow the holiday season brings out the Martha Stewart or Delia…

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Easy Baking by Australian Women’s Weekly – review

Easy Baking by Australian Women’s Weekly – review

This is one of a series of slim volumes with large page format from Australian Women’s Weekly (see more here). This is a publisher whose books are prized by those who want books to cook from. The reason for that is quite simple: Australian Women’s Weekly cookbooks have recipes that work. They are triple-tested, which…

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Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate by Tracey Mann – review

Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate by Tracey Mann – review

Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate: you have gotta love a book with a title like that. It’s an attention-grabber but it’s what’s between the covers that will intrigue you. Tracey Mann must be one of the UK’s most respected cake makers and decorators. She has had her work featured on covers of numerous magazines…

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A Passion for Potatoes by Paul Gayler – review

A Passion for Potatoes by Paul Gayler – review

I have only ever met one person who doesn’t like potatoes. What is not to like! They have a mild taste, come in different colours, they change texture depending on cooking method and they are a marvellous vehicle for tangy flavours. It’s not many years ago that most Northern Europeans and Americans would eat potatoes…

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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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The Farmer’s Wife Cookie Cookbook by Lela Nargi – review

The Farmer’s Wife Cookie Cookbook by Lela Nargi – review

If you are a regular visitor to Mostly Food and Travel Journal (and why wouldn’t you be?) then you will be familiar with the series of Farmer’s Wife cookbooks. They are compiled from original recipes found in the magazine of the same name, published between 1893 and 1939 in Minnesota. Cookie baking is an ideal…

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Duchy Originals Cookbook by Johnny Acton and Nick Sandler – review

Duchy Originals Cookbook by Johnny Acton and Nick Sandler – review

If ever there was a cookbook review I wanted to get right it’s this one. Johnny Acton and Nick Sandler are two very witty and talented cookbook authors. Although elevated to something approaching stardom on this site (perhaps that’s a bit much but their Preserved book was very nice), those two chaps bow to the…

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Cooking with Kids by Erin Quon and Tatum Quon – review

Cooking with Kids by Erin Quon and Tatum Quon – review

Don’t get alarmed, dear reader, Cooking with Kids isn’t suggesting that you have children as the main or even incidental ingredient. No, this is about encouraging your youngsters into the kitchen and teaching them skills that will serve them well through life. Many of us rue the day when cookery lessons were abolished. Pupils were…

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The Eagle Cookbook by David Eyre – review

The Eagle Cookbook by David Eyre – review

If you are not from London then perhaps you might not know about the Eagle Cookbook. No, dear reader, it’s not a right-wing American recipe book subtitled Tasty Meals from Our National Emblem. This is the book of the first Gastropub. That’s a pub that serves (or is supposed to) great food along with your…

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Sky High – Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman – review

Sky High – Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman – review

Surely everyone would like a slice of cake. Many of us whenever we are allowed, and most of us at every opportunity. It’s naughty comfort food, a treat, a memory of childhood, and difficult to refuse on any grounds. Alisa Huntsman, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and her uncle Peter Wynne, author…

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