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A Life in Food [Hardcover]

Bea Tollman
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Red Carnation Hotel (2010)
  • ASIN: B0042ARPF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,100,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beatrice Tollman, President and founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, has recently published a cookbook that is her memoir of "A Life in Food". This book is a celebration of recipes that have either been passed down in the family or discovered while travelling, and all have been perfected from her own personal experience and expertise in the kitchen. The joys of cooking are expressed through a fascinating collection of personal reminiscences that reveal how the hotels, and many of their signature dishes were inspired and created.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Recipe Book with a difference 22 Sep 2010
I picked up a copy of this book at a London hotel (the author owns several hotels around the world) and it's a fascinating read about coming from humble beginnings in South africa to running a luxury collection of hotels all intertwined with 42 recipes collected, tried and tested over as many years. There's nothing fancy about the recipes either - most are recognised dishes but cooked in a certain way and style. The food photography is certainly mouthwatering. It's the sort of food that hits everyone's palate - my favourites, which I have tried at home, are the Duck Cottage pie and the Honeycomb ice cream. Certainly unusual as cookbooks go but if you want to improve your home style cooking then it's worth it's money. All the books proceeds get donated to two designated charities too so it really is a "good" food guide!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A love story 23 Oct 2010
This book is a love story; a life long affair with hospitality, fine dining and comfort food; a must-read for everyone who loves good food, and preparing it for themselves and their loved ones.
The author, Bea Tollman, is the founder-president of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection of thirteen boutique hotels - five in London, two in Dorset, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach and three in South Africa. Her book provides fascinating autobiographical insights into the career she has shared with her husband Stanley over many decades. Photographs of the Tollman's with their family and celebrities - from their early days in South Africa, through the evolution of Red Carnation Hotels to today - are juxtaposed with twenty-nine deliciously illustrated recipes.
`Delicious comfort food has always been my speciality, with each dish highlighting the ingredients and none being overpowering,' Tollman writes. `I believe that most people when dining out or staying at hotels want good value, tasty and satisfying food, without too much complication or fuss.'
Amen to that. There are cookbooks meant for browsing; poetic recipes with a laundry list of esoteric ingredients and minutely detailed dosages and procedures meant to be enjoyed vicariously. Leafing through the pages, you are eating with your mind, your imagination, yet knowing that these are dishes you will never actually attempt to make.

But this is a cookbook of recipes that are simple, easy to follow, lovingly honed over the years, that you know you'll want to make, and that you know will work! It's what I call real food, not messed about food...

`Yes, so many people are going back to that sort of food,' Tollman says. `You can go to a restaurant and everything might look good, piled up, one thing on top of the other.
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