From one of the best-loved novelists in Britain comes a book for all of us who love to bake (or would love to learn).
After a difficult period in her life, Marian Keyes found solace in baking. The precision of the measurements, the light spring of a well-baked cake, the prettiness of the frosting and decorations: the whole process was soothing. She immersed herself in the world of recipes and piping bags and silicone cake moulds, baking for friends, family and (when they couldn’t eat another bite) total strangers. In short, she fell in love with baking.
Saved By Cake is a dose of pure Marian. Funny and charming as ever, Marian guides you through the world of baking in her own inimitable way. It’s perfect for novice bakers, with plenty of advice for beginners, but the recipes are delicious and unique enough to appeal to even the most seasoned of bakers. From Slightly Sinister Star Anise cupcakes to Blokey Snickers Loaf Cheesecake, from Lemon and Thyme biscuits to the Ultimate Chocolate Cake, Marian has something for everyone’s taste buds. And with her as your guide, this is baking as it’s meant to be: pure, unadulterated fun!
Agatha Christie - An Autobiography
In an all-new edition, an engaging and illuminating chronicle of the life of the “Queen of Mystery,” complete with a bonus CD featuring the voice of the grande dame herself Agatha Christie was a woman of mystery, in every sense of the word. Her novels made her the world’s best-selling author, but her private life was hidden from view. For many years she dodged reporters and gave no interviews, and for a brief time she famously disappeared. She started writing her autobiography in April 1950 and finished it fifteen years later, when she was seventy-five years old and decided “it seems the right moment to stop.” In this book, which was originally published in 1977 in the United States by Dodd, Mead & Company, Agatha Christie sheds light on her past. She tells of her childhood in Victorian England, her volunteer work during World War II, her rise to success, her working habits, the inspiration for her most famous characters—Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple—and the places and people that influenced her.
Jamie Oliver - The Naked Chef
When I started out I was pretty much making it up as I went along. I just wanted to share my favourite recipes and a bit of what I'd learned from all the great chefs I'd worked with. That's why the recipes are still so great to cook: they're simple and honest and fresh. Tehy've aged better than my haircut anyway. Big Love, Jamie
Nigella Lawson - Nigella Express
The Domestic Goddess is back and this time it's instant. Nigella and her style of cookery have earned a special place in our lives, symbolising all that is best, most pleasurable, most hands-on and least fussy about good food. But that doesn't mean she wants us to spend hours in the kitchen, slaving over a hot stove. Featuring fabulous fast foods, ingenious short cuts, terrific time-saving ideas, effortless entertaining and easy, delicious meals, Nigella Express is her solution to eating well when time is short. Here are mouthwatering recipes, quick to prepare, easy to follow, that you can conjure up after a long day in the office or on a busy weekend, for family or unexpected guests. This is food you can make as you hit the kitchen running, with vital tips on how to keep your store cupboard stocked, freezer and fridge stacked. When time is precious, you can't spend hours shopping, so you need to make life easier by being prepared. Not that the recipes are basic - though they are always simple - but it's important to make every ingredient earn its place in a recipe. Minimise effort by maximising taste. And here too is great food that can be prepared quickly but cooked slowly in the oven, leaving you time to have a bath, a drink, talk to friends, or do the children's homework. Minimum stress for maximum enjoyment. This is a new generation of fast food - never basic, never dull, always do-able, quick and delicious - for the busy lives we lead.
Reinaldo Arenas - Before Night Falls
This shocking memoir by the Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas is a book about sexual, political and artistic freedom. In "Before Night Falls", Arenas recounts his journey from a poverty-stricken childhood in rural Cuba to his death in New York four decades later. He tells of his odyssey from young rebel fighting for the Revolution, through his suppression as a writer, his disillusionment with Castro, his imprisonment and torture, to his eventual flight from Cuba. Now a feature film starring Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp, "Before Night Falls" is a stunning testament to an individual's urge to create against all odds.
Sarah Raven - Garden Cookbook
This is the ultimate all-in-one reference for anyone who orders a fruit or vegetable box, is a regular at a farmers' market or simply dreams of a life filled with good quality food. Taking us through the year in six seasonal chunks of two months each, Gardener's World presenter Sarah Raven introduces us to the best vegetables, fruit and herbs grown in the UK. For each one, there are hosts of simple yet inspiring recipes - over 450 in all - ranging from Warm broad bean salad to Green mayonnaise; Spinach and Gruyere tart to Mint and pea tip risotto; Sweet potato gratin to Celeriac souffle; and Basil ice cream to Damson and almond pudding. Practical, engaging, and gorgeously realised with Jonathan Buckley's vivid photographs taken in Sarah's family garden in East Sussex, Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook offers a colourful and delicious repertoire of ideas that put vegetables, herbs and fruit at the centre of every meal, all year round. About the Author: Sarah Raven is a broadcaster, teacher and writer. Her first book, The Cutting Garden, won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Best Specialist Gardening Book. Sarah makes regular appearances on Gardeners' World, the BBC's flagship gardening programme, sharing her expertise on fruit and vegetables, both from Berryfields and from her own garden at Perch Hill in East Sussex. Jonathan Buckley specialises in garden and plant photography and has been working with Sarah Raven, taking photographs at Perch Hill, for ten years. He was awarded the title Garden Writers' Guild Features Photographer of the Year in 2004.
Amrita Sondhi - The Tastes of Ayurveda
Ayurveda, the five thousand-year-old healing tradition from India linked to the development of yoga, is based on the concept that one's physical, mental, and spiritual well-being comes from a number of sources, including a healthful diet based on one's individual constitution. In this vegetarian cookbook, Amrita Sondhi, author of The Modern Ayurvedic Cookbook (now in its fourth printing), provides new twists on traditional Ayurvedic recipes that are also inspired by the growing popularity of whole grains (quinoa, spelt, and barley) and raw foods. The Ayurvedic diet is based on the concept of three "doshas": vata (air), pitta (fire), and kapha (earth). Each of us has a primary dosha that we can strive to maintain at a healthy balance, but which can cause problems if excessive. The book includes a questionnaire so readers can determine their own primary dosha and then look for recipes that will help them to maintain or reduce it for optimal health. Recipes include modern interpretations of Indian cuisine (spicy paneer zucchini kabobs and mango and coconut kulfi), and Ayurvedic spins on vegetarian fare (sprouted barley rainbow pilaf and raw zucchini hummus). The book also includes yoga and breathing exercises that one can easily do at home or at work, full-color recipe photos, and information on sprouting/fermenting techniques and backyard gardening. The Tastes of Ayurveda offers simple and delicious ways to achieve a more healthful and serene life. Amrita Sondhi is a yoga instructor, Ayurvedic cooking teacher, and the owner of Movement, a sustainable fiber clothing line.
Marilyn Monroe - My Story
Written at the height of her fame but not published until over a decade after her death, this autobiography of actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) poignantly recounts her childhood as an unwanted orphan, her early adolescence, her rise in the film industry from bit player to celebrity, and her marriage to Joe DiMaggio. In this intimate account of a very public life, she tells of her first (non-consensual) sexual experience, her romance with the Yankee Clipper, and her prescient vision of herself as "the kind of girl they found dead in the hall bedroom with an empty bottle of sleeping pills in her hand." The Marilyn in these pages is a revelation: a gifted, intelligent, vulnerable woman who was far more complex than the unwitting sex siren she portrayed on screen. Lavishly illustrated with photos of Marilyn, this special book celebrates the life and career of an American icon—-from the unique perspective of the icon herself.
Scott Jurek - Eat and Run
For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force—and darling—in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race seven years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile “jaunt” through Death Valley. Recently he set an American record of 165.7 miles in 24 hours—6 1/2 marathons in one day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more so. In Eat and Run, Scott Jurek opens up about his life and career—as an elite athlete and a vegan—and inspires runners at every level. From his Midwestern childhood hunting, fishing, and cooking for his meat-and-potatoes family, to his early beginnings in running (he hated it), to his slow transition to ultrarunning and veganism, to his world-spanning, record-breaking races, Scott’s story shows the power of an iron will and blows apart all the stereotypes of what athletes should eat to fuel optimal performance. Chock-full of incredible, on-the-brink stories of endurance and competition, fascinating science, and accessible practical advice—including his own favorite plant-based recipes—Eat and Run will motivate everyone to “go the distance,” whether that means getting out for that first run, expanding your food horizons, or simply exploring the limits of your own potential
Hajni István - Kolozsvári Ildikó - Hungarian Cakes
"Könyvünket külföldieknek ill. külföldön élő Magyaroknak szánjuk, akik szeretnék a Magyar konyhát otthonukba vinni. Egyszerűen leírt receptek, gyorsan elkészíthető torták és sütemények sorakoznak fel a kiadványban gyönyörű fotókkal kíséretében."
Tamás Bereznay - Hungarian Cookbook
Hungarian cuisine has long been one of the most savoury cuisines in Europe. With its world-famous paprikás, gulyás and pörkölt, it has earned a reputation for being abundant, spicy and rather heavy. Hungarian cuisine, however, is much more than paprika or gulyás: it also offers a huge variety of soups, cheese, poultry, fish and fruits. It is, in fact, one of the richest cuisines in the world. The author of this book, Tamás Bereznay, has been the ambassador of Hungarian cuisine for many years. As the former chef of the state president, he knows exactly what foreign diplomats, royalty and aristocrats like about Hungarian cuisine. Bereznay has collected their favourite dishes in this beautiful cookbook, filled with mouth-watering photographs and easy-to-make recipes (and yes, gulyás is also included!).
Brenda Langton - Margaret Stuart - Cafe Brenda Cookbook
For years, restaurant owner and chef Brenda Langton has led the way in bringing sophisticated but sensible vegetarian and seafood cooking to the Midwest. At last, the recipes from her highly successful Twin Cities' restaurant, Cafe Brenda, are available in this The Cafe Brenda Cookbook. Cafe Brenda's health gourmet fare, the "cuisine of a third coast," has drawn raves from diners and critics alike. With this cookbook, Langton provides cooks and diners with many of her most requested dishes-from her renowned vegetarian croquettes to savory soups (like Roasted Potato & Garlic soup) and stews and imaginative seafood recipes (like Poached Rainbow Trout with Berry Vinaigrette.) And then there are the sumptuous, naturally sweetened desserts, such as chocolate carrot cake, fresh fruit tarts, and maple pot de creme. Here is the sensuousness of good food without the calories, and the pleasure of cooking and eating without the pain of elaborate preparation or time-consuming chopping. These recipes are intended for anyone looking for a new and healthy way to cook, from beginners to accomplished cooks alike.
Kelly V. Brozyna - The Paleo Chocolate Lovers' Cookbook
The Paleo Chocolate Lovers Cookbook features 80 gluten-, grain-, and dairy-free recipes for the health-conscious chocolate lover. Kelly Brozyna, host of the delightful cooking blog, The Spunky Coconut, has created delicious chocolate treats made with coconut and ground nut flours for both breakfast and dessert. And, using dates and small amounts of the herbal sweetener stevia in these nutrient-dense baked goods, she shows you how to keep the honey and coconut sugar to a minimum. Recipes include: Chocolate Crepe Cake with Coconut Cream, White Chocolate Dipped Macadamia Biscotti, Homemade (dairy-free, low-glycemic) chocolate bars, Chocolate Swirl Cheese Danish Cake, Lava Cakes, Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies, White Chocolate Truffles, Molten Chocolate, Cherry Cordial Fudge, and more. This book also details the components of chocolate--the importance of organic and fair trade chocolate, frequently asked questions about chocolate, and a side-by-side comparison of store-bought dark chocolate bars.
Jamie Oliver - Jamie's Kitchen
Need a kickstart in the kitchen? Accompanying Jamie Oliver's new TV series - where he sets up a restaurant which is also a school for for young chefs - _Jamie's Kitchen_ is the ultimate guide for people who love great food and want to cook. It's packed with clear, no-nonsense advice and inspiration, as well as over 100 brand-new recipes from the cookery course and the restaurant. Jamie's approach is honest and easy - this is not a heavy 'cook like a professional' book, weighed down with facts, figures and techniques. Jamie guides you through different cooking methods - from poaching and boiling, to char-grilling and pot-roasting. He encourages you to have confidence, a sense of independence, a laugh and - importantly - to be the boss in your own kitchen. Check out the hints and tips on how to take recipes in different directions and how to be inspired when shopping - spotting what's good, what's in season and what's good value. It's like having Jamie in the kitchen with you, helping out with great advice and shortcuts to fantastic cooking, remembering all the tough stuff, so you don't have to. In no time at all, he'll have you trying loads of new ideas as well as cooking up a storm with old favourites.
Carolyn Bain - Sarah Baxter - Andrew Bender - Joe Bindloss - Lucy Burningham - Food Lover's Guide to the World
The world is your oyster. Or hot dog. Or camembert. When we travel, it’s often love at first bite. Food Lover’s Guide to the World presents a lifetime of eating experiences that will lead you from one end of the globe to the other. Take your taste buds on a tour around the world and cook up you next great culinary adventure. Includes celebrity food-lover contributions, best places to find local dishes in cities great and small, cultural tips and how-to-eat etiquette, introductions by Mark Bittman and James Oseland, and more than 50 recipes to cook back home.
Rachel Allen - Rachel's Favourite Food at home
In this cookbook to accompany her latest TV series, Rachel Allen once again offers the delicious, inspiring and easy-to-follow recipes for which she has became famous. Rachel’s Favourite Food at Home draws on international influences, classic regional fare and good old family favourites to provide creative options for every occasion, whether planning a simple family meal, hosting a festive dinner for the entire clan, squeezing in a sneaky romantic meal for two, heading out for a glorious picnic, chilling out on the sofa with your favourite comfort food, or spending time baking muffins with the kids.
Robin Davies - The Star Wars Cookbook
Boba Fett-Uccine and Princess Leia Danish Dos are just the beginning when the Force is with you in the kitchen. "Wookiee Cookies" is your invitation to fine culinary experiences in the "Star Wars" frame of mind. From C-3PO Pancakes to Jedi Juice Bars, this intergalactic "Star Wars" cookbook features healthy snacks, delicious dishes, sweet treats, and easy main courses no Rebel can resist. With hilarious photos and safety tips for cooking on Earth as well as in most space stations, Wookiee Cookies even includes a sheet of shiny "Star Wars" stickers. Age is no issue when it comes to "Star Wars" cuisine-kids as well as adults will have a great time with this book. Whether you drove to your first "Star Wars" flick or just had your fifth birthday, there's no reason you can't whip up some Crazy Cantina Chili at near light speed.
Gordon Ramsay - Roz Denny - Gordon Ramsay's Passion for Flavour
Written by the winner of the 1996 Chef's Chef Award. This is a collection of 100 recipes, each with step-by-step instructions, including ideas for soups, starters, salads, fish, meat and desserts. It focuses on the freshest of ingredients, the minimum of butter and the cream and the cleanest, deepest flavoured stocks as a base, conjuring up dishes which should never fail to excite the palate. Many of Gordon Ramsay's most famous recipes have been adapted for the domestic kitchen and are presented here.