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Latest Review – Bake Off: Crème de la Crème by Martin Chiffers and Emma Marsden

Bake Off: Crème de la Crème by Martin Chiffers and Emma MarsdenSynopsis: Master the secrets of showstopping patisserie with the beautiful book of the BBC series presented by Tom Kerridge, and from the team behind Great British Bake Off.

Make your cooking the crème de la crème – learn the tips and tricks of Britain’s greatest pastry chefs with the book of the spectacular BBC series, from the team behind Great British Bake Off.

With patisserie skills broken down to their simplest elements, you will soon be familiar with the ingredients, equipment and chemistry behind the showstopping creations you see on-screen and in the best restaurants, and be inspired to make your own irresistibly indulgent treats.

From croissants to intricately layered slices and eye-catching petit gateaux, each mouth-watering recipe is illustrated with stunning photographs and accompanied by expert advice on equipment and how to achieve a truly professional finish.
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Latest Review – The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding by Carole Matthews

Chocolate Lovers WeddingSynopsis: The ladies of The Chocolate Lovers’ Club should be gearing up for the wedding of the year but life keeps getting in the way . . .

Lucy is worried about her financial situation and it keeps distracting her. Should she accept an offer of help from an untrustworthy source?
Nadia may have a real chance at finding love but other areas of her life aren’t so rosy. Something needs to change – but what?
Autumn can’t wait to meet someone she hasn’t seen in a very long time. She’s full of hope for the future but then things don’t exactly go to plan . . .
Chantal has been through so much and she’s finally starting to feel settled. The last thing she needs is the kind of bad news that could change her life all over again.  And yet, despite all the ups and downs, the Chocolate Lovers’ ladies know they can get through it all as long as they have each other. They’re not going to let anything get in the way of their happy-ever-afters in . . . The Chocolate Lovers’ Wedding.  Read more


Latest Review – Under Italian Skies by Nicky Pellegrino

Under Italian Skies by Nicky PellegrinoSynopsis: Imagine swapping your house for a stay in an Italian villa… and falling in love with the owner’s life…

Stella has life under control – and that’s the way she likes it. For twenty-five years, she’s been trusted assistant to a legendary fashion designer, but after her boss dies suddenly, she’s left with nothing to do apart from clear the studio.

It seems as though the life she wanted has vanished. She is lost – until one day she finds a house swap website and sees a beautiful old villa in a southern Italian village. Could she really exchange her poky London flat for that?

But what was intended as just a break becomes much more, as Stella finds herself trying on a stranger’s life. As the villa begins to get under her skin, she can’t help but imagine the owner from the clues around her. She meets his friends, cooks the local food he recommends and follows suggestions to go to his favourite places. But can an idea of someone ever match up to the reality?

As Stella wonders if she can let go of the safety of her past, perhaps there’s a chance for her to find a way into her future…
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Hot Brands Cool Places - The Travel Issue - March 2016

Hot Brands Cool Places – The Travel Issue – March 2016

Welcome to our travel issue. In this issue we have a fabulous collection of wonderful places to stay both in the UK and further afield. We have an inspiring interview with Sarah Parker, Director of Sales, Bailey Robinson. We also feature highlights from Carrier, and their Luxury Travel: The Editor’s Edit 2016 – a definitive round-up of where to go in 2016, as chosen by a panel of experts at the forefront of luxury travel. If one of your family has a significant birthday this year we suggest Taking a Step back in Time – how to plan a nostalgic trip for all the family. We have delicious collection of healthy cookery books and while we wait for summer to arrive, we have a selection of delightful and inspiring books to help you learn new techniques and create beautiful projects, plus our usual Beauty Round-Up. As it is our 10th Anniversary this year we have also had a website rebrand, do take time to explore.

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The Night the Changed EverythingLatest Review – The Night that Changed Everything by Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice

Synopsis: From the duo that bought you The Best Thing that Never Happened to Me…

Would you forgive, if you couldn’t forget?  Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn’t cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca’s untidy but Ben doesn’t mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back but Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They’re a perfect match. Nothing can come between them. Or so they think.  When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten. Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive when you can’t forget?

The Night That Changed Everything is a funny, feel-good and bittersweet story, told in alternate chapters by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice.

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Penguins and other Sea Birds by Matt Sewell

Penguins and other Sea Birds – Matt SewellSynopsis: Did you know…

The Galápagos Penguin’s speckled markings make each of them as unique as a snowflake?

The Emperor Penguin weighs the same as a Labrador retriever?

The Adélie Penguin takes its name from the sweetheart of a Napoleonic naval captain turned explorer?

From tiny fairy penguins to the regal emperor penguin, street artist and ornithologist, Matt Sewell, illustrates one of the world’s favourite birds in this charming follow-up to OwlsOur Garden BirdsOur Songbirds and Our Woodland Birds. Matt captures the famously quirky characters of penguins through his unique and much-loved watercolours accompanied by whimsical descriptions. You’ll discover everything you’ve ever wondered about this enigmatic bird and his feathered friends from across the globe.

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Good + Simple by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley

Good + Simple - Jasmine and Melissa HemsleySynopsis: Good + Simple celebrates the pleasure of delicious food that is simple to make, a joy to share and just so happens to be good for you. Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s principles of healthy home cooking built around gut health, whole foods and affordable ingredients show how tasty and achievable eating well can be.

The sisters have created 140 nutritious and exciting recipes – reworked classics, prepare ahead dishes, fast suppers with leftovers for packed lunches, energising breakfasts and snacks, satisfying breads, desserts and bakes. Infused with Jasmine and Melissa’s love of cooking and eating, Good + Simple includes plenty of practical tips and down-to-earth advice to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and cook for you and your family with ease. Enjoy real food. Look and feel amazing every day.

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About Hot Brands Cool Places, the online luxury lifestyle magazine

We are a well-established online luxury lifestyle magazine, and Directory of Leading Lifestyle and Travel Brands, celebrating our 10th anniversary year (2006-2016). Hot Brands, Cool Places is a vibrant and definitive collection of the hottest brands and the coolest places. With sources of exquisite gifts, elegant designs for the home, adorable childrenswear, beautiful accessories for brides, inspiring travel destinations and much more!

As well as interesting news and reviews, we also introduce you to an eclectic mix of boutique hotels, superb restaurants, specialist shops, and inspiring places to visit presented in a dynamic online environment where our visitors can find everything that they need to achieve the lifestyle that they desire.
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