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Food Presenting Secrets: Creative Styling Techniques [Hardcover]

Jo Denbury , Cara Hobday
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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1 Feb 2010

Create food that is dressed to impress with this collection of great-looking contemporary garnishing ideas. Packed with tips and expert instruction, this book allows you to choose from more than one hundred realistically achievable garnishing ideas.

An introductory section provides information on food presentation skills, including choice of plate, positioning of food and colour coordination, as well as tips about equipment and useful gadgets. All the garnishes are designed to be deliciously edible and are composed from everyday, natural ingredients. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned, professional cook, this jargon-free manual guides you through the creation and uses of garnishes for all kinds of menus.

About the authors
Jo Denbury is a freelance journalist, stylist and writer based in London. She was Features Director for Elle Decoration, Associate Editor of Telegraph Magazine, and Editor of Coast Magazine. She has written regularly on food for Source Magazine and Sunday Time's Style. Cara Hobday has been a professional food journalist and stylist for 14 years and is the author of a number of cookery books, most recently Kids' Healthy Lunchbox.


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Apple Press (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845433351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845433352
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Denbury is a freelance journalist, stylist and writer based in London. She was Features Director for Elle Decoration, Associate Editor of Telegraph Magazine, and Editor of Coast Magazine. She has written regularly on food for Source Magazine and Sunday Time's Style. Cara Hobday has been a professional food journalist and stylist for 14

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 15 Aug 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book to help me produce really good looking plates of food for photography. It is proving to be very useful. I like the clear instructions with both pictures and text. Full of lots of good ideas. Most of the techniques are within the capability scope of a hopeless cook like me! Yes a good purchase.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting food presenting techniques 23 April 2010
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A very useful book for all those who work with food. Presentation is one of the ways to please the guests. This book helps to present nicely our food.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Inspirational 9 April 2010
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I have bought a couple of books via amazon on the subject of garnishing and plating up food artistically but this one was by far the best. So many ideas to get those cogs working, from basic to damn right flashy. Love it
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Bex123
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A really fantastic book for anyone learning how to chef, or for people who love entertaining. It is a masterclass on giving your food the extra wow factour. I'm new to cooking, and would'nt be in a kitchen without this book ever again!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 25 Dec 2011
Format:Hardcover
I ordered this for Christmas but was very disappointed with this book..I really wanted "Working the Plate" but this was cheaper and I thought it was good that it listed edible flowers and leaves etc...which it was..but that was all that I found interesting. I found the presentations dull and really out dated..nothing like Masterchef on TV has for instance. In fact I turned back to the first pages to see when it was printed as I really believed I was looking at something from the 70s.
Wouldn't recommend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Jan 2011
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I have owned or read many books on food presentation and styling. This one is so far the best I have seen. The lay-out and paging of the book makes it really compact and easy for the reader's eye. The instructions are really comprehensive and explain well the step-by-step process of each project, for the average cook. Other books either over-explain (leading to a very mediocre level)or take knowledge and experience for granted, making you feel very amateur. This book is addressed to a normal level of cooking and also includes many techniques- not a huge variey but many of the most important ones. Indeed cooking is not only about taste- this book gives many ideas for everyone to work on a variety of materials (from vegetables to chocolate). I only found the section on edible flowers a bit strange and unnecessary personally.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing 24 Mar 2011
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I really wanted to find some tips on food presentation so was influenced by the other reviewers and bought this book. I was so disappointed when I flicked through it and really got nothing from it whatsoever. The ideas are old fashioned, some of them are totally over the top and not stylish at all. I would not advise anyone to buy this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sybil Fawlty 25 Oct 2013
By Jill
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was bought for my son a professional chef, assuming (wrongly) since it was bought alongside the Flavor Thesaurus, it would be of an equal standard. Wrong! As was said... "Beautiful thought, but it's the Sybil Fawlty School of the bleedin' obvious for the very hard of thinking"

Seriously, unless you are a complete novice, or just setting out on buffet catering, etc, give this one a miss.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Present you food with style
I bought this for my son as he's a keen chef and wanted to present the food with style. Full of easy to follow ideas
Published 21 days ago by Mary Ash Green
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought three books - this was the best
I bought three books to improve any 'fancy pants' cooking and this was the best. To be fair - it's simple and some suggestions are a bit dated, but it does allow many tips and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr. A. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It's not a big book, but it is really well laid out and full of great ideas. It contains some simple recipes and you could cook an entire meal from it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jeremy Burns
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as great as first thought
I am a professional chef. I have not been so for long however having just finished my level 2. My presentation is ok, but I bought this book because I feel I need to improve. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. M. Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Does What it says on the Cover
This is a nice reference book to have on the shelf. I have used it a few times when I want to style a dish in a particular way. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anne O'Donoghue
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm looking forward to trying some of these suggestions
I read some of the reviews before ordering the book but I have to say that I'm delighted with it. I notice that some people seem to have been disappointed ... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Pixie
1.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly bad.
These are not secrets, secrets are interesting and can be usefull. I don't see how anyone knowing what is contained in this book would think they had valuable knowlege to share.
Published 17 months ago by ewey lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
I purchased this book followed by a garnishing tool set, and I am creating such nice plate food presentation impressing people
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all.
This book helps to make food look attractive. It shows how to dress a plate nicely, also many tips for baking.
Published 18 months ago by Hedwig Nijssen
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
Students how have looked through this book for ideas to improve their catering presentation have been inspired. User friendly with supportive images, great teaching aid.
Published 18 months ago by cornish maid
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