In-depth cookery book reviews.

A Slice of Cherry Pie by Julia Parsons

A Slice of Cherry Pie bby Julia Parsons

Whilst Julia isn’t the first food blogger to get a book deal, she’s one of the first in the UK and certainly the first that I know personally, so I couldn’t help but feel especially delighted for her and eager to check out A Slice of Cherry Pie for myself. Published by Absolute Press, a ... Read more »

Twelve I have, Eighteen I want: Confessions of a Food Book Addict

Long lists of ingredients – some familiar, some exotic; instructions on how to transform them into delicious treats; vivid and tantalising photographs and even an insight into other cultures and cuisines… I love cookery books! I kinda, sorta agreed, about a year or two back, to a moratorium on the purchase of new cookery books. ... Read more »

Micah’s Chocolate Meringue Pie

Chocolate Meringue Pie

Since it was published in 2002, Unwrapped: Green & Black’s Chocolate Recipes has sold more than half a million copies. Its recipes for chocolate coffee and walnut cake, chocolate truffles, chocolate pecan pie, chocolate salted caramel tart, white chocolate cardamom mousse, chocolate flapjacks, chocolate ginger cake, chocolate brownies (is the word “chocolate becoming redundant yet?) ... Read more »

Angela Nilsen’s Ultimate Quiche Lorraine

The Ultimate Quiche Lorraine

In February 2007 I chanced upon a marvellous cookbook: The Ultimate Recipe Book by Angela Nilsen. It had just been published, so I’m not sure how (or where) I came across it so soon, in the days before my compulsive food blogging. But I was instantly taken with Nilsen’s approach of selecting 50 classic dishes ... Read more »

Hix’ Baked Parsnips with Lancashire Cheese

Why are we eating parsnips in the summer? Well… we grow our own vegetables and, last year, we planted parsnips for the first time. Early January was rainy and miserable and we left much of our winter crop in the ground for longer than we should have. So we urgently harvested a bumper crop of giant ... Read more »

The Leith’s Meat Bible

Leiths Meat Bible

Nigel Slater calls Leith’s Meat Bible “the best friend you can have in the kitchen” and whilst that title goes to my husband, I can understand why he endorses the book so enthusiastically – it’s likely to earn itself a permanent home on our bookshelves. Written by Max Clark and Susan Spaull the book is, as ... Read more »

The Scandinavian Cookbook by Trina Hahnemann

I recenty won a copy of The Scandinavian Cookbook by Trina Hahnemann, evidence of a recent growth in interest in Scandinavian food and lifestyle. People often ask me about trends in food. And usually, I stutter and stall as panic shuts my brain down and all thoughts of the various fads, trends, infatuations, developments (call ... Read more »

Snowflakes and Schnapps by Jane Lawson

Snowflakes and Schnapps by Jane Lawson

Snowflakes and Schnapps by Jane Lawson has a Scandinavian feel about it, focused as it is on hearty dishes with a winter theme. But actually, Australian-born Lawson covers a much wider swathe of Europe in this tome. The book’s blurb invites us to “Join Jane Lawson as she takes you on a culinary journey through ... Read more »