Book review: Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

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Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi New year, new start. For many, this is what the start of any new year symbolises; a time to detox, to nurture your soul with food that warms, nourishes & forgives. This year I want to do things differently. In short, I wanted to: eat less meat (and not miss it) explore non-dairy alternatives for milk continue to avoid processed …

Book review: Barafina: A Spanish Cookbook

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Barafina: A Spanish Cookbook by Sam & Eddie Hart and Nieves Barragan Mohacho We’ve always adored Spanish cooking for its simplicity and its variety best enjoyed through tapas style of eating.  Once embraced, it offers an incredibly versatile and quick way to prepare food, celebrating core ingredients like Paprika to understand how each variety can take a dish in a …

Book review: Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros

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Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros OK, we admit to having bought this mainly for the title and the cover; I know, we’re suckers for looks. But we weren’t disappointed when we opened it. i’m somewhat ashamed to say though that it took us (literally) a couple of years to properly open it though, and I wish we’d have done it …

Book review: Spain, A Culinary Road Trip by Mario Batali & Gwyneth Paltrow

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Spain: A Culinary Road Trip by Mario Batali & Gwyneth Paltrow Hmm, where to start… who wouldn’t want to drive through Spain in a convertible with Gwyneth Paltrow? Oh, and one of the best chefs around, of course, Mario Batali. With Gwyneth Paltrow. Exactly. It is a journey of four foodie-friends who set off to explore the many regional foods …

Book review: Classic Conran by Terence & Vicki Conran

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 Classic Conran by Terence & Vicki Conran One of the first ‘special’ cookbooks I bought almost a decade ago, it is, as its title suggests, a guide to classic cooking with no frills and no fuss. It celebrates good seasonal ingredients being prepared plainly & simply. There are no unexpected surprises or unusual flavour combinations; you won’t find blue cheese …

Book review: Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi

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Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi What is the secret to Ottolenghi’s demi-god status? Is it the pure simplicity of some of the recipes, with most having only three or four ordinary ingredients that come together to create something truly wonderful? Maybe. Is it because of the vibrant, almost jewel-like pinks, greens and purples that betray bold flavours before the food has even reached …

Book review: The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit

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The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit We have to admit for having really high hopes for this book and, whilst not actually disappointed (or it wouldn’t be on our bookshelf), we were just a tad, well, underwhelmed. For us, we were excited about finding out hundreds of different flavour combos to help with our experimental approach to our own products, and whilst it …