Posts Tagged “celebrity chefs”

Chef Nooror Somany Steppé, Blue Elephant – interview

Chef Nooror Somany Steppé, Blue Elephant – interview

Chef Nooror Somany Steppé is petite, attractive and vibrant. She grew up in Thailand’s Chachoengsao province, has a shy manner and says she finds it difficult to sing her own praises: she explains that it’s part of Thai culture to be modest. But don’t let that quiet manner fool you – Chef Nooror is the…

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Cinnamon Club for breakfast – restaurant review

Cinnamon Club for breakfast – restaurant review

It’s my favourite meal of the day, although I don’t subscribe to the adage that Somerset Maugham penned: “To eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.” He, I don’t doubt, was referring to the full English for which we are quite rightly famed, although the quality of food these days…

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Hazan Family Favorites by Giuliano Hazan – review

Hazan Family Favorites by Giuliano Hazan – review

Marcella Hazan might not be a lady familiar to many UK readers unless you are a collector of some of the best Italian cookbooks. She is the Empress of Italian food in the US, where she was often seen on TV demonstrating her recipes. She has taken a bit of a step away from the…

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Chris Kimball – Britain discovers America’s Test Kitchen – interview

Chris Kimball – Britain discovers America’s Test Kitchen – interview

The majority of readers based in the UK will have no notion of who Christopher Kimball might be, and to mention that he is the host of America’s Test Kitchen will hardly be enlightening. It’s a programme new to UK satellite and cable TV although it’s into its 13th season on the US PBS network,…

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The Food and Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar – review

The Food and Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar – review

It’s quite honestly a stunner. The Food and Cooking of India by Mridula Baljekar is an engaging almanac of Indian cooking with elements of travelogue. Even those who have yet to discover the inside of a kitchen will be tempted to invest in a spice box, or at least a plane ticket to the subcontinent….

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Master of the Art of Indian Cooking – interview of Sanjeev Kapoor

Master of the Art of Indian Cooking – interview of Sanjeev Kapoor

Talking on the radio a few months ago, I was musing on books I would take to a desert island. Those who know this city ‘girl’ will understand that the prospect of an isolated space would induce sweaty palms. Red buses and black taxis are my comfort zone. My choice of essential reading matter was…

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Clive Dixon at The White Oak in Cookham – restaurant review

Clive Dixon at The White Oak in Cookham – restaurant review

Cookham is an iconic and quintessentially English village near enough to London to be accessible even for lunch or dinner but far enough away to present the diner with a sense of charm and calm. The area has been inhabited for thousands of years. There are several prehistoric burial mounds and Cookham is recorded in…

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Chef Chris Wheeler – Stoke Park – interview

Chef Chris Wheeler – Stoke Park – interview

Only 35 minutes from the capital and 7 miles from London Heathrow airport, Stoke Park offers everything you might want from a sport and leisure resort, and in the most magnificent surroundings, combined with one of the best hotels and restaurants. It’s been used as a film location for James Bond’s Goldfinger and for Bridget…

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Cinnamon Soho – restaurant review

Cinnamon Soho – restaurant review

Got a familiar ring about it? London has been called many things in its long and sometimes illustrious history. Londinium given by the Romans, and Old Smokey in song lyrics; and now it’s Cinnamon Town due to the delicious flourishing of Cinnamon restaurants including Cinnamon Soho! This is the latest in that small chain and…

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André Chiang – Interview

André Chiang – Interview

He is handsome and tall with casual-chic attire, and has a winning smile, but when he talks about food his visage changes to reflect a serious regard for his art and passion. Although still a young man André Chiang has had a lifetime filled with food and restaurants. His Mum was a chef and had…

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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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Bread Street Kitchen from Gordon Ramsay – restaurant review

Bread Street Kitchen from Gordon Ramsay – restaurant review

Bread Street is a ward of the City of London in the neighbourhood of Cheapside, and its name is taken from its main thoroughfare, which was originally and unsurprisingly a bread market. Historic records show that in 1302 the bakers of London were ordered to sell no bread from their homes but only in the…

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Cook – A year in the kitchen with Britain’s best chefs – cookbook review

Cook – A year in the kitchen with Britain’s best chefs – cookbook review

Well, perhaps that’s a bit of an overstatement! Perhaps the phrase might more aptly be “A year in the kitchen with some of Britain’s best chefs” but if that’s the only criticism of this cookbook then the editor need not feel too aggrieved. And, yes, that is my only complaint of Cook – A year…

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Complete Indian Cooking by Mridula Baljekar – review

Complete Indian Cooking by Mridula Baljekar – review

No complaints from this cookbook reviewer. This is just the kind of book that I seek out and enjoy. Practical, that’s the word. Colourful and informative and presenting easy-to-follow recipes. Southwater (an imprint of Anness Publishing) offers the style of books that will be used and enjoyed and that should surely be the very reason…

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On the Menu by James Mackenzie – review

On the Menu by James Mackenzie – review

If you are regular reader, as I am sure you are, then you will know that my book reviews usually start with a review of, well, the book; but on this occasion I feel I should mention the publisher right up front. Face Publications publish On The Menu. It’s a small company that specialises in chef…

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The Family Meal by Ferran Adria – review

The Family Meal by Ferran Adria – review

Sounds like another cookbook describing methods of encouraging your kids to eat sprouts. Well, no, not this time. The Family Meal has its focus on a different style of family. Not Mum, Dad, 2.4 kids, a dog called Barry, and Grandma on Sunday. The author, Ferran Adria (where have I heard that name before?) considers…

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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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My Indian Kitchen by Hari Nayak – review

My Indian Kitchen by Hari Nayak – review

Even the title holds out great hope for the oft-confused home cook – My Indian Kitchen. We are looking for books written with us in mind. A book that takes note of the fact that we are unlikely, in the West, to have “staff”, a tandoor and a man that pops by on a Wednesday…

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Reza’s Indian Spice – restaurant review

Reza’s Indian Spice – restaurant review

There are a few chefs in Britain who are icons of the industry and recognised by just their first name. There is the forceful “Gordon”, the ever popular “Jamie”, the solid and respected “Cyrus”, and then there is “Reza”. Reza Mahammad has been one of the cornerstones of Indian food media in all its forms…

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The Yellow Chilli Cookbook by Sanjeev Kapoor – review

The Yellow Chilli Cookbook by Sanjeev Kapoor – review

It’s a cookbook by the celebrated Indian TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor, so it’s bound to be full of delicious innovation and temptation. But my dear reader will be thinking the master has overstepped the mark with this one: The Yellow Chilli Cookbook? How many recipes contain yellow chilli? Perhaps a timely word of culinary explanation…

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