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.

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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.

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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.,,9781409345022,00.html

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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.