Posts Tagged “cake”

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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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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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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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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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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Home Baked by George and Cecilia Scurfield – review

Home Baked by George and Cecilia Scurfield – review

There are few things in life that are predictable. Death, taxes, bad weather at weekends, a ladder in your tights when you’re going out to dinner, and the quality of Grub Street books. They have developed the knack of selecting the most appealing of volumes to republish. Home Baked by George and Cecilia Scurfield is…

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500 Cakes by Susannah Blake – review

500 Cakes by Susannah Blake – review

Just the title has got your attention! There are picky eaters all over the world but who among them would pass up a slice of cake? It’s an “anytime” food that can be tailored to any taste and any occasion. Cake for celebration, cake for commiseration, casual cake and chic cake – you’ll find them…

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500 Cupcakes and Muffins by Fergal Connolly – review

500 Cupcakes and Muffins by Fergal Connolly – review

Fergal Connolly is a London-based home economist who has worked in restaurants in Europe and the United States. He has worked on such food magazines as Delicious and BBC Good Food. He has also contributed to the Silvana Franco High Low series of Cookbooks as well as TV work. 500 Cupcakes and Muffins is the…

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The Golden Book of Chocolate

The Golden Book of Chocolate

The Golden Book of Chocolate has got to be the gift book of the year. It has impact in both size and quality of presentation. It’s sumptuous with gilt-edged pages reminiscent of a family bible. Those nice people at Apple Press informed me that this volume came with a gold belly jacket. I was pleased……

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Kids Parties by Lisa Atwood – review

Kids Parties by Lisa Atwood – review

This is such a lovely dolly-mixture-coloured volume that I am considering adopting a few kids just to have the excuse to throw a party for them! The photography by Thayer Allyson Gowdy is charming and remarkable when one considers the difficulty of taking a good picture of children doing anything other than sleeping! The Author,…

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Home Made by Tana Ramsay – review

Home Made by Tana Ramsay – review

Tana Ramsay has a book with one of the prettiest covers around, with a moiré silk-effect dust jacket. Home Made – Good Honest Food Made Easy gives a first impression of old-fashioned values and warmth. A marvellously well illustrated volume with lots of charming shots of Tana’s kids. This is, after all, a family cookbook….

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Traditional Teatime Recipes by Jane Pettigrew – review

Traditional Teatime Recipes by Jane Pettigrew – review

This is a lovely book from Jane Pettigrew and The National Trust. It draws on Jane’s expertise as a tea expert (nice choice of words, huh?) and presents what must be one of the finest collections of traditional recipes for afternoon tea goodies. The British are known to be big tea drinkers but we are…

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Green and Black’s Chocolate Recipes – review

Green and Black’s Chocolate Recipes – review

From the cacao pod to muffins, mousses and molés! This is such a lovely book with large photographs by Francesca Yorke (if they were any bigger they would be posters). Caroline Jeremy has compiled delicious recipes and Claire Fry has designed a most attractive and appealing book. It’s colourful, sumptuous and tasteful. You would all…

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The Great British Village Show Cookbook by James Martin – review

The Great British Village Show Cookbook by James Martin – review

Well, the title is a mouthful but James Martin has written a book that is mostly about the food at the village show. The book was inspired by the BBC series The Great British Village Show and gives tips from the expert Village Show judges on growing prize-winning veg, making gold-medal baked goods as well…

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Sweet Hungarian – memories and a recipe

Sweet Hungarian – memories and a recipe

There are more and more opportunities these days to enjoy Eastern European food, and it’s good to have easier access to Hungarian, Polish and Baltic ingredients. I spent many years as part of a Hungarian family and it was a fantastic introduction to food that was quite a bit different from the bland English fare…

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Gorgeous Cakes by Annie Bell – review

Gorgeous Cakes by Annie Bell – review

Annie Bell has got to be one of the finest food writers around and Chris Alack, one of the best photographers. This was always going to be a winning partnership. Gorgeous Cakes is a stunner. Its large format allows for superb pictures which complement Annie’s lovely recipes. They are clear and easy to follow with…

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