Winter Books & St Albans Cookbook Club – January 2013

Winter Cookbooks

How often do you cook a recipe from a cookbook on your shelf? They say that on average, we cook around three recipes from each book we own, which doesn’t seem like a lot, unless you have a rapidly escalating collection like me. In November, I started the St Albans Cookbook Club, in my town of St Albans,… 

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Review and Giveaway: Three Quadrille Cookery Books by James Martin, Anjum Anand, Tom Kitchin

Quadrille Books

Just in case Father Christmas doesn’t deliver lots of brand new cookery books to you on Christmas Day, the lovely folks at Quadrille Publishing have offered me three of their top Quadrille cookery books as a giveaway prize for one of my readers. These will keep you going well into 2013, and will provide you with plenty of inspiration… 

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Review and Giveaway: Eat London 2 – All About Food (Book RRP £20)


With less than 100 days to go until the 2012 London Olympics and even fewer until the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, all eyes will soon be on London. Food is a huge part of any celebratory occassion and (hopefully) visitors to London will be seeking out the very best places to eat, including cafés, restaurants, bakeries, food markets, as well as… 

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Review Couture Chocolate – A Masterclass in Chocolate by William Curley (Giveaway now Closed)


Anyone who has a chocolate addiction, as I have, will appreciate a good chocolate book and William Curley’s Couture Chocolate – A Masterclass in Chocolate provides the perfect hit. William Curley is Britain’s top Chocolatier (how I love that word), having won the title of the Academy of Chocolate’s Best British Chocolatier for the last four… 

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Review: New Edition Moro Cookery Book Collection (Giveaway now closed)

If you are a fan of Spanish food with a splash of North African and Eastern Mediterranean influence, then you’ll love the Moro collection of cookery books. In fact, these stunning books are a treat for any foodie, willing to take a culinary adventure and perhaps embark on an experiment or two in the kitchen. There… 

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Review: LEON Baking and Puddings (Book Three)


In case you’ve managed to miss it so far, this week is National Baking Week. The nation seems to have gone crazy for baking recently, with lots of baking programmes on TV and a whole array of new and very beautiful baking bibles to add to our collections. When Leon Baking & Puddings published by Octopus… 

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Review: I Love to Bake by Tana Ramsay


It seems that everyone has the baking bug at the moment. It might be something to do with lots of baking programmes on the television but for me, it’s the start of a new term and there have already been a couple of school events requiring the production of a home-baked goodie. It’s always good to… 

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Review: ‘The Free Range Cook’ by Annabel Langbein

A short while ago I had the really exciting opportunity of interviewing one of New Zealand’s best loved food writers, Annabel Langbein, for an online magazine called The Foodie Bugle. Annabel was visiting the UK having just published a new cookbook and launched TV series called The Free Range Cook. I have been so enthralled with this book since… 

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Food on the Radio and Rose Petal Jam Review

Yesterday saw Luton celebrating Britain’s biggest one-day carnival as thousands of people took to the streets to celebrate diversity and culture. As Poles make up a large part of the community across Herts, Beds and Bucks, I was invited back to BBC Three Counties Radio to talk to Toby Friedner about Polish celebratory food and… 

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Road-Testing the ‘My Daddy Cooks’ Recipe Book

Hot off the press, the latest cookbook to hit my shelf is Nick Coffer’s ‘My Daddy Cooks’. Things are very exciting in the world of cookery books at the moment as more and more non-TV/non-celebrity cooks and food writers are making themselves heard. This is partly due to the growing popularity and phenomenon of Internet blogging, which is literally thrusting ‘up… 

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