V.C. Linde

A foodie, reader, poet, crafter and PA.

I live, work and play in the English Midlands. I work in lots of different areas – partly because I have a strange skill set and also a creative mind which means that multi-tasking works very well with my brain. I work with both words and pictures selling a range of items on Etsy.

I write poetry and plays as well as translating plays from German into English. I occasionally dabble with prose as well. In 2012 I won the New York Times found poetry competition and was published in two separate anthologies as well as online publications.

I read as much as I can get my hands on. I love libraries and bookshops alike. I have more books than I could ever read but I will never stop buying them. It’s my vice and I love it.

I am a complete foodie. I read cookbooks and food blogs. I write my own recipes and adapt other people’s. I am a fussy eater. I love really good food and will try anything. I bake, cook, preserve and occasionally play with confectionery as well.

I love being outdoors. I adore nature. I walk a lot.

If I could only do one thing for the rest of my life it would be travelling. Anywhere, everywhere. And of course that would mean eating new types of food every day and writing all of my adventures down – what could be better than that?
Review of 'The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook' by Lynn

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

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.
07/08/2013 13:52 BST
Review of 'Matt Tebbutt's Guilty

Review of 'Matt Tebbutt's Guilty Pleasures'

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.
24/07/2013 11:21 BST
Review of 'Burgers & Sliders' by Miranda

Review of 'Burgers & Sliders' by Miranda Ballard

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.
17/07/2013 12:35 BST
Review of 'Sud de France' By Caroline

Review of 'Sud de France' By Caroline Conran

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.
21/06/2013 11:59 BST
Review of 'Pitt Cue Co. The

Review of 'Pitt Cue Co. The Cookbook'

This is a really innovative cookbook and so a lot of the recipes are quite unusual, they have tackled this brilliantly and each recipes has a note with it that either explains why a particular ingredient was chosen, where the idea came from or why it works so well.
13/06/2013 14:57 BST
Review of 'Pâtisserie at Home' by Will

Review of 'Pâtisserie at Home' by Will Torrent

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.
06/06/2013 09:40 BST
Review of 'Manly Food' by Simon

Review of 'Manly Food' by Simon Cave

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...)
04/06/2013 11:17 BST
Review of 'The Forager's Kitchen' by Fiona

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

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.
20/05/2013 12:24 BST
Review of 'A Suitcase and a Spatula' by Tori

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

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.
13/05/2013 11:39 BST
Review of 'Cook it Raw', Edited by Alessandro

Review of 'Cook it Raw', Edited by Alessandro Porcelli

<em>Cook it Raw</em> doesn't have a set of recipes to follow through but will show you how to see ingredients differently, look at the food you are eating and the environment where it came from. The book is beautifully written and visually stunning, a lovely read and a great source of inspiration.
19/04/2013 14:09 BST
Review of 'Le Cookie' by Mickael

Review of 'Le Cookie' by Mickael Benichou

A combination of American sweet treats with French flair forms the basis of a fantastic collection of cookies, cupcakes, brownies, macarons and whoopee pies. Although a short cookbook it contains a really good range of recipes and all of them are very different so there is plenty of choice.
01/03/2013 12:08 GMT
Review of 'What Katie Ate' by Katie Quinn

Review of 'What Katie Ate' by Katie Quinn Davies

<em>What Katie Ate</em> 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...
28/02/2013 16:04 GMT
Review of 'The Medicinal Chef' by Dale

Review of 'The Medicinal Chef' by Dale Pinnock

<em>The Medicinal Chef </em> has some really tasty recipes and the ideas behind Pinnock's way of eating is both exciting and easy to use. The idea is not to replace medicine but to help the body, make you stronger and compliment any pharmacological medication. A balance of diet, lifestyle and medication rather than going for all-or-nothing.
26/02/2013 13:44 GMT