Cookbook Reviews

Review of 'The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook' by Lynn Hill

V.C. Linde | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
V.C. Linde

The Clandestine Cake Club started as a way for amateur bakers to get together, each bringing their own cake. It's now gone global and the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook has a great sampling of recipes from club creator Lynn Hill and other members. The book is split into types of cakes from Classic to Chocolatey and Fruity to Creative.

Review of 'Matt Tebbutt's Guilty Pleasures'

V.C. Linde | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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The book is broken down into different ingredient sections with everything from marmite to cola & lemonade getting its own time in the spotlight. Sections that you might think would be all savoury or sweet contain a mixture of both showing how inventive you can be with everyday recipes. The Cream Cheese section is especially brilliant.

Review of 'Burgers & Sliders' by Miranda Ballard

V.C. Linde | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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Burgers have become a regular on menus and in supermarkets but it can be hard to get hold of really good quality ones - making your own is a great way to get healthy, tasty meals every time and this book is full of amazing recipes and interesting combinations.

Review of 'Sud de France' By Caroline Conran

V.C. Linde | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
V.C. Linde

Sud de France is as much a foodie travelog as it is a cookbook, there are lots of notes about the region which is wonderfully written and interesting to read. The familiarity that Conran has with this area of France shines through, the insight is thorough and while reading you feel that you have seen and tasted the area.

Review of 'Pâtisserie at Home' by Will Torrent

V.C. Linde | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
V.C. Linde

There is a really sensible progression through the cookbook so that you 'learn' as you go along. A lot of the recipes need a good bit of prep work but there are enough that can be made quickly when you need a sugar hit. Also while many of the ideas are complicated or require practiced skills they are well explained and worth trying out.

Review of 'Manly Food' by Simon Cave

V.C. Linde | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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Obviously, as a woman it's possible that I could be a little put off my a cookbook called Manly Food but as Cave sets it up at the very beginning as "hearty, bold, adventurous and downright greedy" it's clear that gender has nothing to do with it (I'm certainly both hearty and greedy...)

Review of 'Ginger Pig: Farmhouse Cook Book' by Tim Wilson & Fran Warde

V.C. Linde | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
V.C. Linde

In the introduction Tim Wilson tells the story of Ginger Pig which is both inspirational and also really funny. I am a huge fan of the Ginger Pig shops and the Hackney branch was my usual butcher while I lived in London, so I can testify to how good their produce is.

Review of 'Mincespiration' by Dean Edwards

V.C. Linde | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
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Mincespiration - Dean Edwards Bantam Press - 2013 Photography: Martin Poole Mince is an easy and cheap way of eating meat although, as Edwards poin...

Review of 'The Forager's Kitchen' by Fiona Bird

V.C. Linde | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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The Forager's Kitchen is a very different approach than most other cookbooks and so it can take a little time to get your head around but it is both thrifty and a lovely alternative to the usual recipes that you see.

Review of 'A Suitcase and a Spatula' by Tori Haschka

V.C. Linde | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
V.C. Linde

Originally from Australia Tori Haschka moved to London and her love of travel and food spawned a well-loved blog that has finally become a book. Each dish in A Suitcase and a Spatula has a note beside it explaining where the inspiration comes from.

Review of 'The Vegetarian Pantry' by Chloe Coker & Jane Montgomery

V.C. Linde | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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The Vegetarian Pantry - Chloe Coker & Jane Montgomery Ryland Peters & Small - 2013 The Vegetarian Pantry wants to show both vegetarians and meat eate...

Review of 'Retro Cakes and Cookies' by Wendy Sweetser

V.C. Linde | Posted 10.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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Retro Cakes and Cookies - Wendy Sweetser Cico Books - 2013 Photography: Stuart West Retro Cakes and Cookies contains mainly British and American reci...

Review of 'What Katie Ate' by Katie Quinn Davies

V.C. Linde | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
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What Katie Ate is a perfect example of a cookbook that makes you want to head straight to the kitchen. This would make a fantastic gift for anyone who loves food, but make sure you get a copy for yourself as well...

Paul Young's Cornish Cookbook: International Popstar Goes Local

Rachel Wilson-Couch | Posted 01.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Wilson-Couch

The man that once made women weak at the knees (including mine ahem) with his music is now stealing his way back into their hearts with the likes of huevos rancheros, barbecued shrimp and New Orleans bread pudding.