book reviews

The Good Table is a very entertaining cookbook with some outstanding recipes. The introduction is well written and clear. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it although I suspect that may, at least in part, be because Warner and I share an almost identical outlook on food and cooking.
Clarissa's Comfort Food - Clarissa Dickson Wright Kyle Cathie Limited - 2008 Photography: Lisa Linder When comfort food is
Judging by the number of people visiting public art galleries - the figures are increasing year-on-year according to government stats - I reckon there must be an appetite for novels delving into the art business. I've compiled a list of 10 novels ranging from historical fiction and thrillers through to more philosophical writings.
Two Greedy Italians - Antonio Carluccio & Gennaro Contaldo Quadrille - 2011 Photography: Chris Terry The introduction for
Simon Lelic is developing a track record as a novelist who approaches his subject matter from interesting angles and explores
The Good Cook - Simon Hopkinson BBC Books - 2011 Photography - Jason Lowe I haven't seen such a bizarre structure since Tessa
Classic Indian Recipes - Manju Malhi Hamlyn - 2011 Photography: Noel Murphy Malhi opens this books with the best introduction
Having been interviewed on the authorship of a book about a teenage boy, I notice no-one fails to ask why I wrote from a male perspective. I usually mention that much of the world's cultural output reinforces the male voice - a recent survey of British television found that two thirds of the characters in fictional works were male.
For the last few weeks I've been on a thriller chase, so to speak, so this week's book, The Uncoupling by New Yorker Meg Wolitzer, is a welcome break, kind of like a soy frap = fluffy, light, and curious.
Readers, it is hard to find good books. Thrillers do impressive business in the literary world, and yet few of them capture