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.

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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.

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.

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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!