Showing posts with label Cookery Books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cookery Books. Show all posts

The English Kitchen Cookbook Review

Food blogger friend of mine Marie from The English Kitchen blog has just published her first hardback book and what a book it is, 724 pages!

This book is more like an encyclopedia covering just about everything. From The Full English Breakfast to Elevenses, Lunch, Salads, Sandwiches and Soups to Sunday Lunch, Side Dishes, Leftovers and the Saturday Night Takeaway. Now if that's not enough Marie covers Sauces, Desserts and Festive Feasts including Bank Holiday and other Holiday events such as Bonfire Night and Halloween.

The English Kitchen Cookbook

Basic cooking techniques, conversion charts and substitutions are all helpful. I love that Marie has added a bit about Ingredients and their translations, this is so helpful to many people especially if they're from the States.  I remember writing a recipe her on this blog of mine once that mentioned the vegetable Swede; well that caused a bit of conversation with many people asking what is a swede? Of course I've since discovered it's called Rutabaga in the US!

This book is huge and is well written and as I know Marie, I know the recipes will work - unlike some top chefs that have books published I think some need to get better proofreaders since I've found a few errors; yes indeed, even in Paul Hollywood's book 'How to Bake' but that's another story.


The Palomar Cookbook - Review

Much excitement as today sees the launch of The Palomar Cookbook!

The Palomar restaurant opened its doors in summer 2014 - situated opened in the heart of Theater land and Soho London.  Since then the restaurant has continued to go from strength to strength, offering amazing food from modern-day Jerusalem with dishes influenced by the rich cultures of Southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant.

For me this book is truly inspiring; the food looks amazing and there are over 100 recipes with stunning photography.  The recipes look quick and simple to create without any 'chefy' stuff and are perfect for the home cook.  I must say everything looks truly delicious, I really don't know which I should make first.  You can take a sneaky peak inside the book over at Amazon.

Recipes include Scallop Carpaccio with ‘Thai-bouleh’; Velvet tomatoes; Kubenia (Lebanese steak tartare); Pork belly with ras el hanout, dried fruits and Israeli couscous; Labneh kreplach tortellini and Cod chraymeh (North African fish stew).

Mezze dishes to share with sweet and savoury pastries, simple dishes for a quick fix and more complex dishes for a main meal.

I'm loving the look of this Fattoush Salad (page 110) bread-based salads are a great way to use up stale bread and mixing it with fresh ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumber, onion and sumac.

Photo supplied by Octopus Publishing - Photographer Helen Cathcart.   

The Palomar Cookbook is broken down into the following chapters:
What's in the Cupboard
The Meal Before the Meal 
Raw Beginnings 
The Main Act
The Pastry Room

So is it worth buying?
Well, it's a big fat YES from me!  
Great photography, printed on high quality paper, easy to make recipes, nothing too 'chefy' lots of veggie recipes.  No weird and wonderful ingredients either, everything can be easily bought in any good supermarket; for the odd thing you might have trouble finding The Palomar Cookbook has that covered as they show a recipe how to make it yourself which is I think is brilliant.

Available to buy from 25th AUGUST 2016
RRP is £25.00
Published by Octopus Books
Photography by Helen Cathcart

Twitter @Octopus_Books

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to write anything positive.

Jamie Oliver's latest book titled - Jamie Does

Jamie Oliver's new book titled 'Jamie does...Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece and France' goes on sale 15th April and I've been lucky enough to have been sent a copy!

I have to say, this book is in my opinion, his best book yet. It's packed full of the most fantastic recipes and just reading it, makes you want to eat them.  I'll soon be posting a couple here, so watch this space!

Thank you Peter for sending me the book.
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