Student Eats – Rachel Phipps

Student Eats - Rachel PhippsSynopsis: Make sure every student you know has a copy of this essential cookbook!

Recently graduated, Rachel Phipps knows the reality of a student kitchen – what you want to eat versus what you can actually make and afford. Here she offers hundreds of tried-and-tested ideas to cook with the minimal utensils, no fancy gadgets and affordable ingredients, for everyone from absolute beginners to kitchen wizards.

Also included: Rachel’s essential student kitchen kit, starter store cupboard shopping list, smart meal maths and simple menu plans for one, two, four or more.

Recipes include: Chorizo Baked Beans, Green Eggs & Ham, Leftover Fajita Burritos, Frying-pan Lasagne, Kitchen Cupboard Fishcakes, Pizza Baked Potato, Quick Late-night Miso Soup, One-Bowl Chocolate Cake and Banana & Nutella Muffins

https://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In Student Eats, Rachel Phipps has compiled 120 mouthwatering and fresh recipes, each illustrated with photographs and clear instructions. The chapters include: Breakfast, Lunch, Solo Dinners, Food for Friends, Something Sweet, Drinks, plus really useful advice about what to buy as your essential kitchen kit and store cupboard. This is a brilliant book for students, easy to read, full of really sensible advice and delicious recipes. Highly Recommended!


The Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Sian Henley

The Grilled Cheese Sandwich - Sian Henley60 Unbrielievably Delicious Recipes
Synopsis: Ready to eat in just minutes and devoured in seconds, the grilled cheese sandwich is the perfect quick and cheap meal.

Combining quality breads and cheeses, create fun and quirky recipes from ideas for breakfast, such as Greece is the Word (Labneh, Fresh Fig and Honey) or California Dreaming (Goats Cheese, Bacon and Avocado), to posh dinners including Wanna Date? (Hallomi, Dates, Harissa and Mint) and the Camembert Reynolds (Camembert, Turkey and Cranberry). And if that’s not enough, why not have the Return of the Mac (Mac and Grilled Cheese) or the Sloppy Joe (Fontina and Meatballs) as a midnight snack?

It’s not all about savoury varieties though, there are also sweet treats such as the Please Sir, Can I have Some S’more (Mascarpone and Chocolate) or a Banoffee toastie (Banana, Dulce de Leche and Mascarpone) amongst many others.

All recipes are easy and quick to make at home so you can get your delicious cheese fix as soon as you need one!

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Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
You will be amazed at how many delicious options there are included in this handy sized little book. As well as 60 mouth-watering recipes, there are options for how to achieve the perfect result. This delicious book is packed full with quick and simple ideas and beautifully photographed. An essential guide for all lovers of a grilled cheese sandwich!


Nathan Outlaw’s Home Kitchen – Nathan Outlaw

Nathan Outlaw’s Home Kitchen100 recipes to cook for family and friends

Synopsis: The fourth book from the 2 Michelin-starred chef, with over 100 amazing recipes for effortless home cooking.

With two children and a busy professional life as a chef with restaurants in Cornwall, London and Dubai, Nathan knows how hard it is to juggle cooking for the family with a hectic work schedule. In his Home Kitchen, Nathan offers over 100 recipes, covering all kinds of food, to inspire and improve your cooking.

From sustaining breakfasts and lovely lunches, such as crab and chilli omelette and satay quail salad, through the best ever Sunday roasts and accompaniments, to easy everyday dinners like chicken and leek pie and breaded hake with tartare sauce, everything is approachable and flavourful. For special occasions there are enticing ideas such as prawn and champagne risotto and barbecued butterflied leg of lamb, and to round off the dinner, how about sticky toffee pudding or elderflower custard tart with poached gooseberries?

Nathan’s approach to cooking is honest and straightforward – no messing about when it comes to good food for family and friends – and these are all the recipes you will ever need.

Buy Nathan Outlaw’s Home Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Cook for Family and Friends from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We have loved all of Nathan’s previous books, and this book is another great example of his easy to cook, full of flavour delicious meals. There are over 100 really tasty suggestions for meals from breakfast to special dinners. There are some real family favourites included, and as the title suggests this book is right at home in the heart of the kitchen. We absolutely loved it and are delighted that it is our Cookery Book of the Month!

Available from 20th April 2017


The Really Quite Good British Cookbook Edited by William Sitwell

The Really Quite Good British Cookbook Edited by William SitwellSynopsis: a recipe book of food Britain loves from 100 of our finest chefs, cooks, bakers and local food heroes. Showcasing the richness and creativity of Britain’s unique food culture, the cookbook posed the question to contributors: ‘What do you cook for the people you love?’. The diverse range of answers from chefs such as Nigella Lawson, Rick Stein, Yotam Ottolenghi and others are collected in this special tome illustrated by Sir Peter Blake. The book illustrates how a history of resourcefulness, industry and immigration in Britain have all combined to create a rich and diverse gastronomic creativity. The book is a truly British compendium of the food that people love and want to share and make for the ones they love.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is a stunning book, edited by William Sitwell which gathers together a creative and imaginative collection of  recipes from our finest chefs, cooks, bakers and local food heroes. There are delicious recipes for every part of the day from breakfast to dessert. With a unique cover designed by Sir Peter Blake, this beautifully illustrated book would make an ideal gift for any food lover to be handed down through future generations as a treasured and loved cookbook. Highly Recommended!


Mary Berry Everyday – Mary Berry

Mary Berry Everyday – Mary BerrySynopsis: ‘Everyday cooking is about sharing your love of food with family and friends. With this book I hope that you will feel encouraged to create new favourites, making everyday meals into something extra-special.’

Add a little Mary magic to your cooking with 120 brand-new recipes from the inspiring new BBC series. Delicious family suppers, tempting food for sharing and plenty of sweet treats, all made with everyday ingredients and a clever twist.

Buy Mary Berry Everyday from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love this latest book from Mary Berry, the nation’s favourite, packed full of very useful information and delicious recipes.
The content includes the following: Introduction, Recipe Finder, Food for Sharing, First Courses and Light Lunches, Beef, Pork, Lamb and Game, Poultry, Fish, Vegetarian, Sides and Salads, Puddings and Desserts, Teatime. What we love about this book is that it is full of helpful advice at each stage of the process, as well as mouth watering illustrations, the recipes include advice about preparing ahead and Mary’s Everyday Tips. A wonderful book, every home should have one! This Highly Recommended book is our Book of the Month!

Mary Berry Everyday – Mary Berry


Rick Stein’s Long Weekends – Rick Stein

Front Cover of Rick Stein's Long Weekends - Rick Stein Synopsis: Cadiz, Palermo, Copenhagen and more… Rick Stein goes in search of good food in fabulous locations, and all of them just a quick hop, skip and a jump from the UK.

Rick Stein’s Long Weekends will accompany the second half of the BBC One series, airing in Autumn 2016.

Rick Stein’s passion for using good-quality local produce and his talent for creating delicious flavour combinations in his books and restaurants have won him a host of awards, accolades and fans. As well as presenting a number of television series, he has published many best-selling cookery books, including French Odyssey, Coast to Coast, Far Eastern Odyssey, Rick Stein’s Spain and Rick Stein’s India.

In this new book Rick inspires in two ways, as a travel guide, to go out and discover these wonderful places yourself, but equally why not make time to have a long weekend at home to cook for family and friends.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Rick Stein’s Long Weekends is a beautifully illustrated book with stunning location photography, based on a television series in which he embarks on a series of weekends in search of good food and brilliant recipes. The result is a collection of over 100 delicious recipes divided by each day of the weekend, quick and easy for a Friday night supper, substantial Saturday brunches and lunches, Saturday evening entertainment dishes followed by Sunday lunch and dinners, plus coffee and teatime treats. Accompanied by Rick’s personal memories and travel tips for each city, this beautiful book will inspire you to create your own magical weekends either at home or abroad. Highly Recommended!


Chocolate by Pierre Hermé & Sergio Coimbra

Front cover of Pierre Hermé ChocolateSynopsis: Nicknamed the “Picasso of Pastry” by Vogue magazine, master pâtissier Pierre Hermé has revolutionized traditional pastry-making. Insatiably creative, in this new volume Hermé returns to his first passion–chocolate. Retracing his longstanding love affair with the versatile cacao bean, this work reveals daring creations that display the celebrated pastry chef’s signature innovative style, which has transformed the realm of pâtisserie. It includes thirty-five recipes, from original combinations such as chocolate, banana, and ginger cake or chocolate and lemon madeleines, to rich, iconic desserts like his Infiniment Chocolat Baba Cake, Infiniment Chocolat Macaron, or yuzu-flavored Éclair Azur. Following an intense, synergetic collaboration with photographer Sergio Coimbra, this unique book pays homage to the purity and simplicity of chocolate and its diverse forms and textures. Under Coimbra’s lens, every facet of chocolate is captured in its essence, tempting the reader to enjoy the myriad delights that constitute Pierre Hermé’s extraordinary chocolate repertoire.

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Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This book is absolutely stunning, the imagery is sublime, and the recipes mouth-wateringly delicious. There is no better way to celebrate Chocolate Week than with this beautifully innovative book. Pierre Hermé’s Chocolate is a book to delight, and kept as a cherished possession and then handed down from generation to generation. Highly Recommended.

Here is one of the delicious recipes:

Éclair Azur by Pierre HermeÉclair Azur
Azur Éclair

Makes about 20 éclairs

Preparation Time: About 1 h
Cooking Time: About 25 mins.
Chilling Time: 30 mins.

INGREDIENTS

Choux Pastry:
7 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons (3 3/4 oz./110 g) butter
1/2 cup (4 1/3 oz./125 g) mineral water
1/2 cup (4 1/3 oz./125 g) whole milk
1 teaspoon (5 g) superfine sugar
1 teaspoon (5 g) Fleur de sel, preferably Guérande
1 1/2 cups (5 oz./140 g) flour
1 cup (8 3/4 oz./250 g) whole eggs

Manjari Chocolate and Yuzu Cream:
2 teaspoons (1/3 oz./8 g) powdered gelatin, or 4 gelatin sheets of 2 g
13 1/4 oz. (375 g) Manjari 64% dark chocolate (Valrhona)
1 cup (8 oz./225 g) yuzu juice
1 cup (8 oz./225 g) egg yolks
1 cup (8 oz./225 g) superfine sugar
2/3 cup (5 3/4 oz./165 g) whole milk
2 cups (16 1/3 oz./465 g) liquid cream

Chocolate Glaze:
1/3 cup (3 oz./90 g) mineral water
1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz./100 g) superfine sugar
2 3/4 oz. (80 g) cocoa paste, or 100% cocoa dark chocolate
17 2/3 oz. (500 g) fondant

Finishing:
80 small pieces candied yuzu rind

Photo credit is Sergio Coimbra, from Pierre Hermé: Chocolate (Flammarion, 2016)

Front cover of Pierre Hermé ChocolateFind out more about Pierre Hermé


Ottolenghi, The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Ottolenghi, The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami TamimiSynopsis: Inspired by their childhoods in West and East Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s first cookbook Ottolenghi: The Cookbook showcases fresh, honest, bold cooking. Their inventive yet simple dishes rest on numerous culinary traditions and influences, ranging from the Middle East to North Africa to Italy and California. It has become a culinary classic.

First published in 2008, this re-launched version sees Yotam and Sami providing new and updated introductions to the 140 recipes, which cover everything from meat and fish through to lavish salads and vegetables, plus Ottolenghi’s famously amazing cakes and breads. Readers are given fresh ideas as to what an old favourite can be served with or ideas for alternatives which can be used.

The recipes are the same but the light shed on them is new.

Buy Ottolenghi: The Cookbook now from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This was one of the most exciting cookbooks when we reviewed it back in 2008, when we were quite new in our own business. We are delighted to see this new version, which is as inspiring today as when it was first launched. Full of delicious recipes, and with new and updated introductions, this classic should have pride of place in every kitchen, if you missed it the first time don’t hesitate to add this latest edition to your bookshelf. Highly Recommended!


The Little Green Spoon by Indy Power

The Little Green SpoonSynopsis: The Little Green Spoon includes over 100 gorgeous and healthy everyday recipes that don’t compromise on anything, least of all taste!

Indy Power aims to make mealtimes as simple as possible, and has marked every dish with vegan, paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free symbols so that you can easily identify the perfect food to suit the way you choose to eat. Her recipes will make you fall in love with healthy food that’s easy, accessible and perfect for sharing with family and friends.

Transforming how we view healthy food, Indy has created a stunning collection of nourishing dishes that taste just as amazing as they will make you feel.

Buy now from Amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In The Little Green Spoon Indy has created a delicious collection of recipes, many of them are really quick and simple to create. The contents are arranged into Good Mornings, Soups, Sides and Salads, Mains, Bread, Sauces, Dips and Spreads, On the Go, Treats, Drinks, plus a Pantry section describing her key ingredients. If you are looking for a collection of healthy recipes to take you into the Autumn this is a great place to start!


The Avocado Cookbook by Heather Thomas

The Avocado Cookbook by Heather ThomasSynopsis: Avocados. Delicious, versatile, and good for you!
This humble green fruit adds velvety texture and creamy nutty flavours to every dish, turning any meal into something really special.

From Mexican Brunch Burritos to Avocado and Prawn Sushi, Linguine with Avocado Pesto, Cheesy Avocado Frittata and even Avocado Eton Mess, this book has plenty of step-by-step recipes to suit all tastes!

Packed with Protein and vitamins – good nutrition has never been so neatly packaged.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Avocado-Cookbook-Heather-Thomas/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Avocados have never been more popular, and this little book is full of over 50 delicious mouth-watering recipes to help you use them in a variety of ways. With tips on ripening,preparing, flavouring and cooking with avocados, it includes, breakfasts and brunches, snacks and light meals, starters and main meals, drinks and desserts. A perfect addition to your kitchen library!


Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent

will-torrent-afternoon-tea-at-homeDeliciously indulgent recipes for sandwiches, savouries, scones, cakes and other fancies

SynopsisArranged by season, with extra chapters on a Classic afternoon tea as well as a Showstopper afternoon tea, Will showcases his no-nonsense approach to the key techniques involved in patisserie, baking, chocolate work, and serving savory dishes in 80 beautifully illustrated recipes. An invaluable source of inspiration, there are also six guest recipes from top restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gramercy Tavern, The Berkeley, Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and Harrods.

Starting with a brief history of afternoon tea and how it came to be such a British institution, Will then offers up store cupboard recipes for basic jams, spreads, butters, and curds – everything you might need to serve alongside a carefully planned afternoon tea. A real feast for the senses, this book will make you want to pull out all the stops and create your own gorgeous themed tea parties at home.

http://www.rylandpeters.com/afternoon-tea-at-home

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Beautifully illustrated with easy to follow recipes including classics such as Smoked salmon and whipped cream cheese sandwiches, Cherry and almond bakewell tarts, Vanilla shortbread, and Fruited scones; classics with a clever twist such as Malted milk egg custard tarts, Cucumber sandwiches with yuzu and chive butter, and Crab mayonnaise eclairs; as well as more adventurous offerings of Prosecco, lime and mint jellies, Roasted walnut and miso shortbread, Lemon and lime matcha tea friands, and a very decadent Apricot and lavender almondine from Raymond Blanc at Les Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Afternoon Tea at Home has everything you need to create the most deliciously indulgent, wonderful afternoon tea. We absolutely adore this book, it’s a joy and a delight from start to finish. Highly Recommended!


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.

The recipes covered include:

Baking and Viennoiserie

Layered slices

Patisserie

Petit gateaux

Tarts

Classic puddings and desserts

Petit Fours and biscuits

The perfect book for Great British Bake Off fans wanting to take their bakes to the next level, or anyone inspired by the BBC series to find out more about the secrets of great patisserie.

www.amazon.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

This book is glorious! Beautifully photographed, with detailed recipes and the most mouth-watering delectable treats, as well as back ground details on the BBC series Bake Off: Crème de la Crème. If you want to develop your patisserie skills this book is a Masterclass in how to achieve perfection. We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended!


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.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Good-Simple-Jasmine-Hemsley

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

We loved The Art of Eating Well, and this second book by Jasmine and Melissa is equally delicious! We love their philosophy and their motto, “Good food, good mood, good digestion, good health” This book is packed with good nutritional advice, Good + Simple cooking tips, how to get started and The One Week Reboot, followed by a wonderful collection of recipes. The recipes are clear and easy to follow with stunning photography throughout. The book concludes with another really helpful section, Planning Ahead, Stocking your Kitchen, Kitchen Essentials, Good+ Simple Habits to help you feel better, Eating Well on the Go.

This isn’t just a cookbook, it’s a way of life and Good + Simple is a recipe for living that we can all adopt. We absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended!


More Home Comforts by James Martin

More Home Comforts by James MartinSynopsis: The book presents over 100 recipes that James loves best, all beautifully photographed in his own home. Many of the recipes are also those that James creates on-screen in the series, which features special guests and talented chefs like Pierre Koffmann, Mary Berry and Michael Caines helping out at the stove.
More Home Comforts features super-fast Instant Comforts like Pea and Parmesan Soup and Keralan Prawns, to Sharing Comforts including Beer Can Piri Piri Chicken and Lamb Belly with BBQ Sauce & Pickled Red Onion, and Posh Comforts that incorporate little twists to impress, such as Cauliflower Cheese with Crispy Maple Syrup Pancetta and Posh Fish Pie with Champagne Sauce. Also included are a share of the indulgent desserts that James is best known for, including Churros with Peaches and Custard and Sticky Toffee Roulade.
“Food should be enjoyed in the eating and the cooking”, says James, “none of us wants to spend hours behind the stove to make lunch or supper- so this book is all about making life easier. It’s food that is accessible to all”.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
If you have watched any of the Home Comforts programmes you will recognize James’ style of cooking, relaxed, easy to achieve with clear step-by-step instructions with beautiful photographs of the finished results. More Home Comforts will help you to create delicious meals for all the family. Perfect for the weekend! Highly Recommended!


Sweet by James Martin

Sweet by James MartinSynopsis: Sweet features over 70 fabulous recipes from simple classic bakes and family favourites, to lavish cream-filled gateaux, and sophisticated showstoppers for that special occasion. Martin also includes a troubleshooting section for those times when the puff pastry doesn’t rise, or the fruit sinks despairingly to the bottom.

Sweet follows on from the success of his hugely popular book and BBC 2 series, Desserts, in 2007, which established Martin as the king of puddings, and a champion of home-baking.

Illustrated throughout with full-colour photography Sweet takes you step-by-step through the techniques to create perfect desserts every time.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Sweet is an absolute delight, with detailed recipes and stunning photographs showing how to make the blissful desserts that James has created. With a really helpful chapter on the basics, plus a trouble shooting section this book is an absolute must for all lovers of everything sweet. If you want the perfect book for creating mind-blowing desserts this is the one! We loved it! Highly Recommended!


Mary Berry’s Foolproof Cooking

Mary Berry's Foolproof CookingSynopsis: In this brand-new, official tie-in to Mary’s much anticipated BBC Two television series, the nation’s best-loved home cook will teach you to cook with confidence, with over 120 delicious recipes.

This book features all the recipes from the show, including delicious weeknight dinners, irresistible dinner party suggestions and of course, plenty of tempting traybakes and biscuits for those with a sweet tooth. Featuring her no-nonsense tips and techniques, each chapter ensures perfect results every time, whatever you’re cooking. In addition, Mary’s no-fuss advice will help you foolproof your kitchen – whether that’s preparing ahead to entertain a crowd, planning weekly family meals, or ensuring your store cupboard is well stocked. With Mary’s no-fuss guidance, discover how every delicious dish can be made completely foolproof.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mary-Berry-Foolproof-Cooking/

 Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

If you have been enjoying the BBC Two television series you will love this book. The content includes Sharing Platters & Nibbles, Breads, Soups & Starters, Fish, Poultry & Game, Pork, Beef & Lamb, Pasta & Rice, Salads & Vegetables, Desserts & Puddings, Sweet Pies & Tarts, Cakes & Biscuits.

As well as Mary’s Foolproof tips with the recipes, there is also really helpful advice about cooking bread, meat, fish, pasta and how to foolproof your store cupboard, freezer and ingredients.

Beautifully produced with mouth-watering photography and easy to cook delicious recipes, this is an absolute delight! Another Mary Berry book to treasure! Highly Recommended!


Simply Nigella – Feel Good Food by Nigella Lawson

Simply Nigella“Part of the balance of life lies in understanding that different days require different ways of eating…”

Synopsis:
Whatever the occasion, food – in the making and the eating – should always be pleasurable. Simply Nigella taps into the rhythms of our cooking lives, with recipes that are uncomplicated, relaxed and yet always satisfying.

From quick and calm suppers (Miso Salmon, Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry) to stress-free ideas when catering for a crowd (Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel), or the instant joy of bowlfood for cosy nights on the sofa (Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Prawns), here is food guaranteed to make everyone feel good.

Whether you need to create some breathing space at the end of a long week (Beef Chilli with Black Beans), indulge in a sweet treat (Lemon Pavlova, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots) or wake up to a strength-giving breakfast (Toasty Olive-Oil Granola), Nigella’s new cookbook is filled with recipes destined to become firm favourites.

Simply Nigella is the perfect antidote to our busy lives: a calm and glad celebration of food to soothe and uplift.

http://www.nigella.com/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is a beautifully illustrated book with 125 delicious recipes.The contents are arranged into Quick and Calm, Bowlfood, Dine, Breathe, Sides, Sweet, and Beginnings, all linked into Nigella’ s belief of “understanding that different days require different ways of eating”

If you have been watching the BBC2 Simply Nigella series, this book makes a perfect companion. A wonderful collection of feel good food!

Highly Recommended!


Jamie’s Everyday Super Food – Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver Everyday Superfood
Synopsis: Jamie’s Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun.
Over the last year, in the run up to his 40th birthday, Jamie has been on a personal journey, exploring his relationship with food and his body, and rediscovering how to make his ‘engine’ run as efficiently as possible. By making some gradual and significant changes to his diet and lifestyle, he has seen a dramatic improvement in his own health and well-being. Now he wants to share what he has learnt with the public.

No matter how busy you are, you’ll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you.

His new book contains recipes for 30 breakfasts, 30 lunches and 30 dinners as well as fresh and original ideas for healthy snacks and drinks. The recipes are simple, tasty, nutritious and really accessible. This is a flexible, every day, healthy cookbook that lets the reader choose whether to fundamentally change their lifestyle, or to simply adopt the recipes for a tasty midweek meal or two.

In addition to helping us to be mindful about what we eat, Jamie has also taken advice from top experts in the world of nutrition, health and sleep and the result is what Jamie does best, lots of bite-sized information and delicious recipes. The book ties in with the Channel 4 series, Jamie’s Super Food.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
If you have been watching the Channel 4 series, Jamie’s Super Food, this is a fabulous companion book full of delicious recipes:
From Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch to Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, there a some delightfully healthy choices!

Beautifully illustrated and packed full with helpful and enthusiastic healthy living advice from Jamie, this book is a wonderfully inspiring addition to any home kitchen this Autumn. Highly Recommended!

Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House
ⓒ Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2015 Everyday Super Food) Photographer: Jamie Oliver


Cookery Book Reviews – 6th November 2014

 

How To Cook The Perfect... Marcus WareingHow To Cook The Perfect… Marcus Wareing

Synopsis: Learn the essential skills behind exceptional results

Winner of Great British Menu and Best Dessert, Marcus Wareing guides you through 80 enticing recipes, offering a chef’s level of understanding, with step-by-step recipes so that you can achieve perfect results, every time.
Inspired by his mother’s home cooking, Marcus draws on his experience as Chef Patron at the Savoy Grill in London, and as a father teaching his young sons to cook food for the family. Every recipe has a Key to Perfection, with all the need-to-know tips and techniques that promise success, plus All-Is-Not-Lost advice to rescue you from mistakes.
This book will give you the confidence to tackle any dish, safe in the knowledge that you will get perfect results every time.

http://www.dk.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
If you are enjoying Marcus Wareing on BBC Two’s popular MasterChef: The Professionals you will love this new edition of his bestselling book. Beautifully photographed and filled with mouth-watering recipes, this book is a delicious addition to any kitchen! Highly Recommended!

 

Venice Cult Recipes by Laura ZavanVenice Cult Recipes by Laura Zavan

Capturing the essence of Venice and its food, this is a book to dream over as well as to cook from. Black cuttlefish risotto, grilled squid, fancy antipasti, delicious Venetian sweets and ice creams-here are 100 recipes that conjure up the real Venice. There are recipes for fish, chicken, antipasti, ravioli, gnocchi, risotto, soups, snacks, polenta and desserts. There are also recipes for Venetian drinks, including the internationally renowned bellini, the perfect blend of white peach juice with sparkling prosecco, invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1930 at Harry’s Bar in Venice, and synonymous with the sparkling city. Author Laura Zavan shares her knowledge of Venetian food and its history generously, and includes commentary and maps for five guided walks around Venice that stop off at cafes, restaurants, food markets and wine cellars. So if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Venice, you can experience authentic Venetian food and wine first-hand.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Venice-Cult-Recipes-Laura-Zavin/dp/1743363109/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415274738&sr=1-1&keywords=venice+cult+recipes

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
Venice is one of our favourite places, and this book is an absolute delight, beautifully illustrated, from Venetian style Aperitif’s to Desserts. In addition to the recipes there are breathtaking photographs of the city, and Laura also includes the history, markets and guided walks.

This is so much more than a collection of recipes, it is a joyous experience! We loved it! Highly Recommended!

 

Slow Cooked: 200 exciting, new recipes for your slow cooker by Miss SouthSlow Cooked: 200 exciting, new recipes for your slow cooker by Miss South

Synopsis: In her first book, Miss South turns to one of her favourite kitchen appliances, her beloved slow-cooker, and shares 200 recipes for economical, adventurous food. Look forward to recipes such as Pulled Pork, Sausage Ragu, spicy Gumbo, Beetroot Orzotto and easy Christmas Pudding. 

Her ideas include plenty of hearty mains and scrumptious puddings, clever baking recipes for cakes and bread cooked in the slow cooker, plus quick-and-easy side dishes and creative ways for using up any leftovers. 

This is no-fuss, affordable, slow-cooker food at its best.

http://www.eburypublishing.co.uk/editions/slow-cooked-200-exciting-new-recipes-for-your-slow-cooker/9780091958053

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
You will be amazed at how many delicious recipes can be cooked in a slow-cooker. With an introduction describing how to get the best from your slow-cooker, Miss South then delivers 200 recipes demonstrating the versatility of this form of cooking. Original and tasty food! Highly Recommended!


Great British Bake Off: Christmas by Lizzie Kamenetzky

 

Great British Bake Off: Christmas by Lizzie KamenetzkySynopsis

The ultimate Bake Off Christmas collection with all of Paul Hollywood’s and Mary Berry’s Christmas masterclass recipes. Also includes new bakes from all four winners, Edd Kimber, Jo Wheatley, John Whaite and Frances Quinn, plus other wonderful Bake Off contestants.

Whip up tempting Christmas nibbles like Potato Blinis with Smoked Salmon, or Parmesan Palmiers, perfect for a party. Spice up your home – and get the kids involved too – with Stained Glass Tree Biscuits and a Raspberry and Cinnamon Christmas Wreath. For the main event, there is plenty of inspiration for tempting party nibbles or a festive feast, like Baked Christmas Ham or a Venison Pie – and ingenious ideas for how to make the most of all those leftovers

http://www.eburypublishing.co.uk/editions/gbbo-big-book-of-baking/9781849906968

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

If you are missing the Great Briitish Bake Off this is the perfect book for you! Full of delicious mouth watering images, each chapter also includes spectacular recipes from Bake Off contestants, and Mary and Paul reveal the secrets to those classic Christmas dishes – whether it’s Paul’s perfect mince pies or Mary’s ultimate Christmas pudding. 

Packed with everything from edible decorations and delicious gifts to party dishes and show stopping centrepieces, this book is the perfect Christmas companion. Highly Recommended!


Cookery Book Reviews 19.09.14

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect Step by StepMary Berry Cooks The Perfect – Mary Berry
Synopsis: Cook Mary Berry’s new recipe collection to perfection

National treasure Mary Berry is one of the UK’s best-loved and most respected cookery writers and bakers. She is widely known for being a judge on the hit BBC2 TV programme The Great British Bake Off, and as a result she has appealed to a whole new generation of cooks. Her new TV series Mary Berry Cooks, which aired earlier this year, attracted over 3.2 million viewers.

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect features over 100 exciting new recipes, from quick family suppers to rustle up after work to more impressive dishes for entertaining. Some are tried and tested favourites with a modern twist, others use a selection of new ingredients and flavour combinations, including Sea Bass with Creamy Lemon Sauce and Roast Chicken with Tarragon Butter, Spiced Dorset Apple Traybake and Blackberry and Elderflower Sorbet.

What sets this book apart is Mary’s ‘Keys to Perfection’. For each recipe Mary identifies the crucial parts you need to get right to guarantee the best results, and demonstrates it with photographic step-by-steps to ensure you really can’t go wrong. It’s almost like Mary is in your kitchen with you, saying “watch out for this bit” or “keep an eye on that”, whilst also sharing many of the techniques she has honed over the years. Learn the secret to crisp pork crackling, melt-in-the-mouth salmon, how to bake a featherlight cake or the key to a super crunchy crumble topping.

Mary knows the details that will make all the difference, and with Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect you’ll discover how to make your cooking that extra bit special.

http://www.dk.co.uk/static/cs/uk/11/features/maryberry/intro.html

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
In this beautifully illustrated book, there are delicious recipes, step-by-step instructions plus Mary’s Top Tips and Keys to Perfection. Whether you are cooking for yourself, your family, or for a special meal for friends you will find plenty of inspiration here! We love having Mary Berry in our kitchen! Highly Recommended!

 

Tessa Kiros: The Recipe CollectionTessa Kiros: The Recipe Collection
Synopsis: Tessa Kiros: The Recipe Collection is a carefully curated selection of recipes from the author’s culinary publishing career to date. With over 130 family- friendly meal ideas pulled from some of Tessa’s most-popular books, The Recipe Collection focuses solely on the recipes she has lovingly collected and created on her many travels. Food from Tessa’s own Finnish and Greek Cypriot heritage appear alongside dishes she has discovered in the osterias, tavernas, street stalls and neighborhood kitchens of the many countries she has called home: Italy, Portugal and South Africa. Beautifully designed and organised in a classic, accessible format. This is family food at its best; nourishing and delicious, and easy to recreate thanks to the simplicity of ingredients and Tessa’s warm, down-to-earth writing style.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tessa-Kiros-recipe-collection-ebook/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We have loved all of Tessa’s earlier books, instantly recognizable by the beautiful imagery, and The Recipe Collectionis no exception, the photography is stunning and the recipes created with affection. The nine chapters cover all occasions: breakfasts, smaller bites, soups, salads, pasta, gnocchi & risotto, seafood, meat, vegetables and desserts. This is a delicious journey drawing on Tessa’s experiences of wonderful food. Highly Recommended!

The Meat Cookbook - Nichola Fletcher The Meat Cookbook – Nichola Fletcher
Synopsis: Your master guide to cooking meat
Know the cuts and master the skills, The Meat Book will help you conquer cooking meat, with over 300 meat recipes combined with expert advice about getting the best from quality meats and experimenting with more unusual cuts.

With butchery courses on the rise and people wanting quality cuts of meat at a good price, The Meat Book is here to help you learn everything about cooking meat, from top to tail. You can try meat recipes such as oxtail stew, beef carpaccio and pork stir-fry, plus over 50 step-by-step techniques on how to cook a turkey, how to make sausages and more. All the mouth-watering recipes for pork, lamb, beef, poultry, game and offal include timing and temperature charts to make sure you get the perfect flavour, plus help with choosing which herbs go with different meats.

To help you create tasty meat dishes there is a unique ‘How to Butcher’ section which provides illustrated step-by- steps and focuses on cuts of meat that can be easily butchered at home. You also get tips on how to use a meat thermometer, how to test for ‘doneness’ and how to experiment with flavour pairings.

http://www.dk.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781409345022,00.html

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
If you love meat, you will love this book, it is packed with recipes and information about how to get the best from the different cuts of meat,
plus expert advice from butchers on the best cooking techniques, The Meat Book is the perfect guide to help you prepare and cook delicious cuts of meat.


The Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking by Linda Collister

The Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking by Linda CollisterSynopsis: Bake your way through the much-loved BBC1 series with this beautiful, fully photographic cookbook of 120 original recipes, including those from both the judges and the bakers.

This book is for every baker – whether you want to whip up a quick batch of easy biscuits at the very last minute or you want to spend your time making a breathtaking showstopper, there are recipes and decoration options for creating both.

Using straightforward, easy-to-follow techniques there are reliable recipes for biscuits, traybakes, bread, large and small cakes, sweet pastry and patisserie, savoury pastry, puddings and desserts. Each chapter transports you on set and showcases the best recipes from the challenges including

Mary and Paul’s Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers, plus the best bakers’ recipes from the show.
There are step-by-step photographs to help guide you through the more complicated techniques and stunning photography throughout, making this the perfect gift for all bakers and Bake Off fans.

http://www.eburypublishing.co.uk/editions/great-british-bake-off-2014/9781849904834

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
We love BBC1’s The Great British Bake Off and we were very excited when this fabulous book to accompany the current series arrived on our desks! The contents include, A Baker’s Guide – full of useful information and techniques, Biscuits and Traybakes, Breads, Cakes, Sweet Pastry and Patisserie, Savoury Bakes, Puddings and Desserts. Each chapter is full of the best recipes from the challenges, plus Mary and Paul’s recipes and Masterclasses.

Beautifully illustrated and full of the most delicious recipes for every occasion, it is a stunning companion to the series! We loved it! Highly Recommended!


Simple Cakes by Mary Berry

Mary Berry Simple CakesSynopsis: Let Simple Cakes dispel the myth that cake-baking is all fuss and fiddle. Now Mary Berry guides you through the art of making the ultimate in comfort food, from cakes, biscuits and pastries, to meringues and more. From Coffee Cake and Devonshire Scones to Lavender Biscuits and, of course, the classic Victoria Sponge, each delicious recipe is accompanied by step-by-step illustrations and simple instructions to ensure impressive results every time. 

Including sections on ingredients, equipments and methods, as well as suggested party menus, baking has never been so simple.

http://www.eburypublishing.co.uk

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This book starts with a really helpful introductory section, with Mary sharing her wisdom on cake-making methods, ingredients and equipment.
As Mary says ‘There is really nothing to beat a good home-made cake. There is no mystique about making them. You simply need to follow a good, sound recipe meticulously, use the very best ingredients, bake it in the right-sized tin at the advised oven temperature and enjoy the result’ This delightful book is divided into Chocolate Cakes, Favourite Cakes, Bite-sized cakes, Meringues, Tarts and Pastries and Cakes for Occasions. A must for your afternoon tea! Highly Recommended!


NO-BAKE BAKING by Sharon Hearne-Smith

NO-BAKE BAKING by Sharon Hearne-SmithSynopsis: Who says baking has to be hard work? In No-Bake Baking, Sharon Hearne-Smith shows how to create over 100 impressive sweet treats with absolutely no need for conventional baking. These easy recipes can be magicked up in your fridge, freezer, microwave or blender – or even your slow cooker, bread machine or sandwich toaster! Sharon cleverly transforms simple ingredients like rice krispies, pancakes, cookie crumbs, popcorn and marshmallows into stunning cakes, biscuits and desserts, saving you hours in the kitchen and guaranteeing gorgeous results every time.
You’ll find an array of jaw-dropping temptations, from iced lemon meringue cake, striped blueberry cheesecake and deep-pan double-chocolate mousse pie, to traybakes with a twist, such as rocky road white knuckle ride, trillionaire’s toffee tiffin and orange & hazelnut ‘brownie’ bars. Enjoy sweet mouthfuls like mini pecan pies with pretzel bases, chocolate peanut butter cups, and super-cute doughnut pops, plus inventive layered refrigerator cakes, frozen bombes, a back-to-front trifle cake and much, much more.
Wave goodbye to burnt edges and soggy bottoms: these ingenious recipes are fast, fuss-free and every bit as rewarding as anything from the oven.

http://www.quercusbooks.co.uk/

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
This is an ingenious book, full of  delicious recipes that can be very easily created, perfect for holidays. With recipe titles like Rocky Road White Knuckle Ride  and Slightly Bonkers Pink Zebra Cheesecake with Marshmallow Pops, alongside the more sophisticated Raspberry and Chocolate Crepeathon Cake this is a delicious collection  for children and adults alike.  Highly Recommended!


Ice Kitchen – 50 Lolly Recipes – Cesar

50 Lolly RecipesIce Kitchen – 50 Lolly Recipes – Cesar and Nadia Roden

Synopsis: Artist Nadia Roden began making gourmet artisan lollies in the summer of 2011 in New York.  Inspired by a photo of a leaf frozen inside a transparent lolly, she began wondering what other flavours and concoctions could be frozen in ice.  She began selling her lollies at the High Line Park, and was soon joined by her nephew Cesar to help her keep up with demand.  When Cesar brought the business back to London, Ice Kitchen was born in Spring 2013.

The book explains the simple techniques required for successful ice lollies, as well as exciting ways to serve and present them for all sorts of occasions – from weddings and dinner parties to children’s parties.
The 50 recipes cover adventurous and exciting options like Roast Peach and Tarragon, Cantaloupe and Basil, and Ruby Grapefruit and Campari in addition to classic flavour combinations, such as Strawberries and Cream, and Orange and Lemon.

Nadia and Cesar’s inventive ideas are sure to inspire, such as the Drenched Watermelon, designed to have fresh lime juice squeezed over it as you eat, or the Cereal Milk which is infused overnight.  Child-friendly flavours include Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl, Minted Milk or Butterscotch.
Nadia has also been inspired by her own childhood memories of flavours made by her mother Claudia (Cesar’s grandmother), such Pistachio and Rose or Egyptian Hibiscus and Peach; others were inspired by classics from around the world, like the Spanish sherry with raisin, or the Sicilian cassata.

This is an irresistible little book, full of wonderful flavours and inspiring ways with ice!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ice-Kitchen-50-Lolly-Recipes/dp/1849494665/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403770358&sr=1-1&keywords=lollies

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict
The front cover describes these recipes as ‘sensations on a stick’ and this certainly is a true description of the fabulous flavours found inside. This delightful book starts with the charming history of the Ice Kitchen, followed by the techniques, equipment and procedure for making lollies and then the main event – how to create the lollies. This stunning mouth-watering collection is an absolute joy, a perfect accompaniment to a summer’s day! Highly Recommended!


Tea Fit for a Queen: Recipes & Drinks for Afternoon Tea

Tea Fit for a Queen: Recipes & Drinks for Afternoon Tea Introduction by Lucy Worsley and in association with Historic Royal Palaces

Synopsis
Filled with recipes that have stood the test of time as well as fascinating anecdotes and tales, Tea Fit for a Queen reveals how the tradition of afternoon tea started in royal Britain. Over 40 charming recipes include everything from delicate finger sandwiches to Victoria sponge cake, Chelsea Buns and a Champagne Cocktail.

In these pages learn about the infamous royals and their connection to the history of tea; why jam pennies were Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite tea time treat and how mead cake came to be served during Henry VIII’s reign. Discover what cake William and Catherine selected for their wedding and hear why orange-scented scones became a royal tradition at Kensington Palace. Tea Fit for a Queen presents a taste of palace etiquette to take home.

Tea Fit For A Queen (Ebury Press, £10)

http://www.eburypublishing.co.uk/editions/tea-fit-for-a-queen-history-heritage-recipes-and-drinks/9780091958718

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

This is a stunning book, full of fascinating facts about our historic royal palaces and the history of afternoon tea. The delicious recipes are beautifully photographed with clear step-by-step instructions. One of our favourite books this year, we absolutely loved it! Highly Recommended!


The Art of Eating Well by Jasmine Hemsley, Melissa Hemsley

Synopsis:The Art of Eating Well - Jasmine Hemsley , Melissa Hemsley In The Art of Eating Well London-based sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley teach their principles of life-long healthy eating with exciting and inventive recipes that are so delicious you forget the purpose is good health and nourishment. 

Jasmine and Melissa’s philosophy is simple: a healthy gut leads to a healthy body and mind, and a better, happier you; that changing the way you eat doesn’t have to involve deprivation, but can be enjoyed everyday – whether you are home, work, with family or friends, or eating out. 

This stunning book includes over 150 mouth-watering recipes – all of which are free from grain, gluten, refined sugar, high starch and are alkaline friendly. 

The sisters’ down-to-earth, encouraging and practical guidance will motivate you to try new foods and no longer crave high sugar and processed foods. They include comprehensive advice on ingredients, techniques, equipment, cooking in advance, meal plans, juicing, and packed lunches and snacks that fit busy lifestyles. The Art of Eating Well is a kitchen bible that delivers maximum taste and maximum nutrition.

The Art Of Eating Well by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley (Ebury Press, £25)

http://www.eburypublishing.co.uk/editions/the-art-of-eating-well/9780091958329

Hot Brands Cool Places Verdict

The Art of Eating Well is divided into clear categories – Kitchen and Store Cupboard Basics; Cooking in Advance; Breakfast; Soups; Salads; Sides and Snacks; Main Meals, including meat, poultry, fish and vegetarian; Baking and Desserts; Dips, Dressings and Sauces; Juices and Smoothies and Basics.

 Beautifully photographed and designed, with step-by-step preparation notes The Art of Eating Well is packed with nourishing recipes. A delicious and healthy addition to your summer kitchen! Highly Recommended!