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Flavour: A World of Beautiful Food [Hardcover]

Vicky Bhogal
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16 April 2009
"INSPIRATIONAL - Vicky Bhogal makes the ordinary extraordinary in her luscious new book, Flavour... She combines everyday ingredients and simple techniques to create remarkably sophisticated dishes, which will perk up the most kitchen-shy cooks"
Red Magazine - MAY ISSUE 2009

"Vicky's gorgeous new book is like a warm ray of sun, you can feel her positive energy bursting from every beautiful page. It is a fabulous culinary journey from an immensely generous spirit. The recipes have a tantalising blend of exotic ingredients, that reflect her life and travels. Her b
ook is peppered with delightful pictures and drawings to inspire any jaded cook" Sophie Conran

"The recipes in this flavourful book are intriguingly inviting. I look forward to uniting some of the wonderful and some lonelier ingredients on my shelves towards these inspiring combinations"
Tessa Kiros

"I cannot do justice to her exuberant and interestingly experimental combination of flavours... every page confronts you with a different and exciting combination... this is a book which is also a delight to read even if you do not wish to rise to the challenge of cooking and plating up a dish which is not your ordinary everyday fare... Vicky uses food from all around the world and then, like an alchemist, adds a flavour from her store cupboard which transforms something ordinary into something very different"
Judith D for Matthew's Bookshelf on www.matthews-table.com

"DARE TO BE DIFFERENT - Achieving the right balance of textures and flavours is key to a successful dish and bold experimentation can reap rewards, as Vicky's easy-to-follow recipes prove, using unusual combinations of ingredients to maximum effect"
Food and Travel Magazine - June Issue 2009

"WE LOVE FLAVOUR - Vicky Bhogal's stunning new book will invigorate the way you cook and think about ingredients"
www.food-mag.co.uk

"An exciting book bursting with unusual and tantalising flavour mixes that take advantage of the modern, international pantry"
Sainsburys Magazine

"... with this stylish new release, she dispenses with borders, and opens her palate to ingredients based on their flavour... the result is a stunning, beautifully produced and original collection of recipes that surprise and delight"
The Irish Times

"In her brilliant new book, Vicky Bhogal cooks up a culinary smorgasboard of no particular origin. And it's absolutely delicious"
VOGUE INDIA

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (16 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340963182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340963180
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 492,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Vicky Bhogal emerged onto the food scene at 25 years old with her first cookbook, the bestselling and highly acclaimed Cooking Like Mummyji published by Simon and Schuster in 2003, a love letter to the Punjabi Indian food she was brought up on in Britain. It won the Jeremy Round award for Best First Book at the Guild of Food Writers Awards and short-listed for Best Book at the Glenfiddich Awards.

An avid campaigner of many causes, next was Vicky's brainchild celebrity recipe book for the Make Poverty History campaign, A Fair Feast in 2005, which she compiled and edited. Insisting that 100% of the proceeds go to charity, the book has raised over £100,000 for The Fairtrade Foundation and Oxfam's Make Trade Fair Campaign.

2006 saw the release of A Year of Cooking Like Mummyji, picking up and continuing to explore the much-loved thread of her first book through the recipes of British Asian communities, against the backdrop of the seasons and elegant poetry.

Vicky also created her own authentic chilled foods range, 'Just Like Mummyji's' exclusively for Tesco 2004-2007, becoming a £3.2m brand within 6 months and winning her a Grocer Award in 2006 and short-listing for Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Asian Jewel Awards 2006, sponsored by Lloyds TSB.

Her fourth book, Flavour: A World of Beautiful Food, was published by Hodder and Stoughton in 2009. Unveiling the global breadth of her kitchen, she takes an array of delicious ingredients and shows how to combine them according to their flavour profiles in simple and imaginative ways, to create exciting new dishes. It was shortlisted as Best Hardback Book in the world under 35 Euros in the 2010 Le Cordon Bleu World Food Media Awards.

Vicky happily lives, cooks and eats in her beloved London.

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The recipes in this flavourful book are intriguingly inviting. I look forward to uniting some of the wonderful and some lonelier ingredients on my shelves towards these inspiring combinations (Tessa Kiros)

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Vicky's gorgeous new book is like a warm ray of sun, you can feel her positive energy bursting from every beautiful page. A fabulous culinary journey from an immensely generous spirit, the recipes have a tantalising blend of exotic ingredients that reflect her life and travels. Her book is peppered with delightful pictures and drawings to inspire any jaded cook (Sophie Conran)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Innovative 26 Feb 2011
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I am in two minds about this book. It is undoubtedly different and is beautiful to look at. There are also some lovely & interesting recipes, but also a lot of recipes that I don't feel inspired to cook and some that I found only partially successful.

I got the feeling sometimes that the recipes were as much designed to be 'different' as to be tasty - innovation for innovation's sake. Take as an example, arancini with green pepper & green chilli butter. Arancini are small balls of risotto surrounding a piece of mozzarella then coated with breadcrumbs and deep-fried. The version offered here, which substitutes a butter made with green peppers, chillis and lime as a replacement for the mozzarella, sounded good but failed to deliver in terms of taste - it just didn't work for me. Similarly, although I liked the basic recipe for roasted carrot soup, roasting the carrots with honey and cumin, I was not taken with the salsa to accompany it which combined onion, ginger juice, lime juice, rice vinegar, roasted peppers, coriander and nectarines. I can see the point of trying to temper the earthiness and sweetness of the carrot soup with something fresher, sharper but this was too muddled for my liking. Another recipe involved chickpea fritters, beetroot, mozzarella and pink pepper (as in peppercorns) - the fritters were fine (and since they used canned chick peas, pretty quick to make) but I was not convinced about the flavour/texture combinations.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing change 26 Jun 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I own far too many cookery books, ranging from "A cook on the wild side" to "The French Laundry". I recently placed a ban on myself from buying any more as it is getting out of hand.

I was in Borders bookshop walking past the cookery section when the colourful cover and attractive lady on it caught my eye. I had never heard of the author and thought I had time for a quick glance at what her angle was and what she was about. It was instantly obvious that this was a book that is completely different to anything else I owned. A lot of your general cookbooks include "modern takes" and the odd mildly deviating "fusion recipe" but this was completely different. The majority of recipes in this book are actually verging on unique. Hardened cooks will find some surprise in most of the recipes. Needless to say I deemed myself unable to pass it over and added it to my collection.

Vicky reveals she is not a chef, but a home cook, right at the beginning and I think only a young person with no professional training brought up in a multicultural country could have come up with such a refreshing book. Her British Indian roots, although figuring, do not in my opinion dominate. Unlike her previous work, this is not an Indian cookbook in any way shape or form.

In general the book is of a high standard. Excellent photos, nice prose, a good lay out and she also adds plenty on how the reader can change the direction of a dish or substitute ingredients.

There are a few true fusion books about other than this one, but none of them seemed as refreshing to me. You could impress people with dishes from this book even though it is not a chef's book per say, so if you cook for others a lot you might find masses of inspiration to outdo your friends.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 28 Aug 2013
Format:Hardcover
I haven't cooked a thing from this book, having just received it today and have gone through it.
I have a food blog, and over 2,000 recipe books and thought this was going to be really something, but I am not at all attracted by a lot of the recipes as they seem to be different for the sake of it, or just too simple to need to write down.

So many of these ingredients are not pantry staples so by the time one goes out and finds some of the ingredients, the recipes aren't worth it by what I am reading.

Also, I don't like to see pictures of ingredients instead of a picture of the finished dish, it's not drawing me into the recipe. We all know what an aubergine looks like!

I may make two or three of the savoury recipes, but nothing looks earth shattering, I think the desserts look the best.

I know I have only just received this book but that is my first impression before I make anything.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By C Pugh
Format:Hardcover
This is one of the most beautiful books I've seen in ages. And the recipes are really different and inspiring, while not being too difficult to make. There's a really good range of dishes as well so you can use it for impressing friends at dinner with fancy flavours and for making an easy supper on your own at home. The mango ice sticks and passionfruit and white chocolate cookies look amazing. She puts lots of different flavours together but they really seem to work. A definite must have book for those who want to do something a bit different in the kitchen.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Real Disappointment 7 Sep 2011
By Mr
Format:Hardcover
It seemed like a real treasure, this book, until I started to make some of the dishes in it. I've now made several, won't be making any more, and have given the book to the local charity shop.

All cookbooks need to be tested rigourously while being written, but I have a feeling a lot of the recipes in here are of the 'seemed like a good idea at the time' variety, and were never properly field tested. The watermelon jelly with beef salad, for instance, is awful, near inedible, as is the panir, pepper, and potato skewer dish (and before you tell me I did it wrong, I'm a fully trained chef and I followed the recipes to the letter). The mango ice lollies were OK, but the sugar and salt dip they come with made them disgusting to the point of spitting it out, and the peach, saffron and tarragon salsa was just nasty. The Cajun prawns were edible, but they were really quite boring, as opposed to actually horrible.

The trouble with a cookbook is that it's hard to know how the dishes in it will turn out before you try one or two. But at least now I'll know not to try one of Ms Bhogal's books again.
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