Posts Tagged “dessert”

Freggo, Piccadilly – restaurant review

Freggo, Piccadilly – restaurant review

Well, what is a Freggo? It was once a Freddo but changed its name when it opened a branch in London. Its origins are Argentinian and it fair oozes a certain je ne sais quoi …or whatever that is in Spanish. It’s an ice cream parlour, a sandwich bar, a café, a tea shop and…

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Paul Gayler’s Little Book of Ice Creams and Sorbets – review

Paul Gayler’s Little Book of Ice Creams and Sorbets – review

Paul is the chef at the Lanesborough Hotel in London. It’s considered a “Destination” hotel and has a restaurant to match that status. This man is a familiar face on British food TV and is also an accomplished cookbook author. All of Paul Gayler’s books (I have reviewed several to date) have been innovative but…

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Italian Ice Cream by Carla Bardi – review

Italian Ice Cream by Carla Bardi – review

I have bought the ice cream maker and I am ready to churn. There are fine recipes in many books for ice cream but isn’t there something romantic, and very chic, about real Italian ice cream? One is wafted to a picturesque piazza where you’ll be served a stylish confection, the memory of which will…

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500 Ice Creams and Sorbets by Alex Barker – review

500 Ice Creams and Sorbets by Alex Barker – review

You know by now, dear reader, what a fan I am of this series of books – the 500 series from Apple Press. Compact, chunky and a picture with every recipe, and lots of recipes! There are basic dishes (or, in this case, ice creams and sorbets) and then half a dozen or so variations….

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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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Pancake – A Global History by Ken Albala – review

Pancake – A Global History by Ken Albala – review

Another soon-to-be classic from the Edible Series by Reaktion Books. Pancake – A Global History is just one from that long list of titles that will shortly be available. There are two other volumes already in book stores, Hamburger and Pizza. The author of Pancake – A Global History is Ken Albala. You might remember…

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Figs – History and Recipe

Figs – History and Recipe

Ficus carica, known to us as the common fig, probably originated in Asia Minor, and has been highly regarded as a major contributor to the diets of many countries. Figs were one of the crops that were known in China during the Tang dynasty in the 700’s BC. The fig tree was mentioned often in…

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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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Tarts and Pies by Philippa Vanstone – review

Tarts and Pies by Philippa Vanstone – review

This is Philippa Vanstone’s first book and I am sure there will be many more. Tarts and Pies – Classic and Contemporary is lovely with both photographs (Michelle Garrett) and recipes to be proud of. It’s a bold, colourful volume with clear text and easy to follow recipes. They are easy to follow because they…

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Cold Comfort – a Story of Ice Cream

Cold Comfort – a Story of Ice Cream

Ice cream was probably invented in China in the first millennium. The first British recipe for ice cream was published in “Mrs. Mary Eales’s Receipts” in 1718. The recipe did not include a process for making the ice smooth so it must have had the texture of a granita (frozen flavoured syrup which is then…

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Gorgeous Desserts by Annie Bell – review

Gorgeous Desserts by Annie Bell – review

Gorgeous Desserts is another winner from the Kyle Cathie stable! Annie Bell is without a doubt one of my favourite food writers and the photography of Chris Alack is superb. I knew I would love this one before I even turned a page. Annie has a style of writing that is both humorous and engaging…

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The Sweet Life by Antony Worrall Thompson – review

The Sweet Life by Antony Worrall Thompson – review

The Sweet Life by Antony Worrall Thompson has arrived just at the right time. I make no apologies for being enthusiastic about a book that focuses on using a sweetener instead of sugar. I hadn’t given the subject of diabetes much thought till I met Claude. He misses out on so many good things because…

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Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts by Peggy Fallon – review

Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts by Peggy Fallon – review

Ooooh, I love this book. I could quite happily eat my way through each and every one of Peggy Fallon’s gorgeous desserts! Dan Kartong, 1978 US Olympic Marathon runner said “without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos”. That might be a bit of an extreme view but I understand the sentiment. Each page…

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