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Joanna Weinberg
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17 Sep 2007
'This is a book about food and friendship, and cooking and love. It is meant for anyone who loves food and loves people, and believes that where the two meet, a kind of alchemy occurs.' Joanna Weinberg's love affair with cooking began when she was away at college. While she subsisted on pasta...and more pasta, her sister would call from London with salacious stories of extra virgin olive oil, smoky pancetta and hunks of fresh Parmesan. Inspired, she started cooking for her friends, and realised early on that a great meal wasn't really about the food - it was about feeling at ease among good company. The problem was that so many cookbooks focused on fancy dishes and didn't take friends, that most basic of ingredients, into account. Which is how this book came about."Relish" is full of recipes, of course - 175 of them, arranged in 47 menus for every occasion, from an impromptu kitchen supper to a massive birthday party; from a cosy afternoon tea to a summer barbecue with a gaggle of children. But much more importantly, it is a timely reminder of how to nourish friends and friendship, and will delight anyone who, like Joanna, believes that in the end, food is love.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (17 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747583447
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747583448
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No ifs, no buts, no qualifications ... this is a great cookery book. -- Time Out

She's not just reader-friendly, she's reader best-friendly ... I can't think of a better present than this book. -- Cressida Connolly, Vogue

Should give Nigel Slater a run for his money. -- Kate Colquhoun, Guardian Online

This book is all about savouring the pleasures of food and delighting in the company you serve it to. Delicious. -- Marie Claire

When you need a little inspiration in the kitchen, consult a copy of How to Feed Your Friends with Relish. -- Daily Candy

`Crammed with enticing writing about the rituals of cooking, Relish is also full of simple recipes for all eventualities. Weinberg's mission is to make entertaining entertaining, from romantic dinners à deux to magical summer picnics. This book is all about savouring the pleasures of food and delighting in the company you serve it to. Delicious'
-- Eithne Farry, Marie Claire

`She's not just reader-friendly, she's reader best-friendly. After reading her book, you not only want to try out lots of things: you want her to come round and hang out in your kitchen, chatting ... I can't think of a better present than this book' -- Cressida Connolly, Vogue

`Weinberg's book is full of tips aimed at making your life as the host easier and your guests' lives less like a series of structured conversations built around a parade of show-off food ... Comfort is the watchword of Weinberg's book and its wellspring ... Her comfort mantra extends beyond dinner parties to every sort of eventuality where food lifts your spirits' -- Harry Mount, Telegraph

`When you need a little inspiration in the kitchen, consult a copy of How to Feed Your Friends with Relish ... crammed with recipes and menu plans for every kind of meal ... Thumb through the book before you even get to the supermarket and you'll be well on your way to impressing hungry guests in true culinary style' -- Daily Candy

About the Author

Joanna Weinberg has always been a passionate cook, tasting the flavours in her head before they get as far as the plate, but it wasn't until she spent a few years in New York without a kitchen that she realised how important it was to have friends round. Having returned to live in London, she now has a kitchen big enough to fit a table in it, and she cooks for friends all the time. Jo writes for a broad range of publications including Vogue, ES, Tatler and Easy Living, and about food in particular for The Times and Waitrose Food Illustrated.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, cozy and fun...but erroneous recipes 18 May 2008
By Poroto
This book has lots of great recipes and it's a pleasure looking through it. It would also make a nice present for those living away from home for the first time and have not had that much experience in the kitchen. I loved the idea of cooking for friends, as so few seem to do that these days, preferring always to go to the nearest restaurant.

But Publisher please take note: A minus is that the book has been very poorly edited, and some recipes definitely have not been tested. 1) In the Pommes dauphinoise recipe it says "..picking out the bayleaf, onion and thyme..." but there is no onion listed in the list of ingredients! She can't have meant the garlic because it would be impossible to pick out the garlic (which has to be finely chopped). Would like to know when, how and how much onion you have to add. 2) The "Chocolate raspberry meringue sandwich" does not list chocolate in any part of the recipe or the list of ingredients. I would like to know how it should be incorporated. 3)The lemon drizzle cake is way too sour. It requires juice of 2 large lemons for the batter and a further juice of 2-3 lemons for the drizzle. Even though the drizzle also requires a whopping 120g sugar (in addition to the 150g required for the batter), I couldn't eat it as it was so sour. I am wondering if it's another typo - or maybe lemons in the UK are not as sour as they are here? These should be corrected and the edited version sent to customers who bought the first edition, or at least Bloomsbury should publish an erratum. It's unacceptable for a publisher of their reputation and I feel slightly short-changed.

I heard the other day that the more cookbooks people buy, the less they cook - perhaps I am of the minority as I actually use the cookbooks I buy, and to me a book that has errors like these is a faulty item as I cannot use it for the original purpose intended by its author.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely brilliant 14 Sep 2007
I bought this book because I liked the cover, but I was still unprepared for how brilliant and useful the content would be. There is a recipe for virtually every occasion (in the last week alone I have tried five, and all worked perfectly). It's written in a friendly tone, and is full of anecdotes about the author's life and relationship with food (passion). I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't think that the women should retire when the port gets passed around the dinner table!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Entertainer's Bible 16 Oct 2007
By Alexa D
More than just a cookery book, this book is stuffed with all the info you will ever need to entertain brilliantly and effortlessly. I liked the handy tips especially those on seating plans and clearing the table. The recipes are both delicious and imaginative and do exactly what they claim - they unshackle the cook from the kitchen so she (or he!) can have fun with the guests. Makes other cookery books look like hard work. Put this on your Christmas list!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Michelin Stars 21 May 2008
I love reading recipes but this is the first ever recipe book which I have said down and read cover-to-cover as though it was a novel. I didn't mean to it was just absolutely wonderful. Joanna Weinberg has such a lovely way with words that you not only want to invite all your friends round as an excuse to sample her recipes, but you'd really like it if she could come over too.

She has recipes and advice for ever occasion and (so far) everything I have attempted has come out perfectly. I am a particular fan of the deconstructed cheesecake (delicious and easy) and Manuela's Ginger Chicken (ditto).

The other wonderful thing about her recipes is that they somehow (and I haven't quite figured out how she does it) allow you to be calm and collected when your guests arrive. I am terrible for sweating away in the kitchen while everyone else awaits their meal but with Relish, everything is all ready to go and I have time to throw on some makeup (she even gives tips about such essential preparations).

The only thing I would say is that this is very much a girls' book - which I personally think is a good thing. I think it makes an excellent addition to any girl's cookery book shelf - buy it for yourself, buy it for your Mum and sisters, buy it for your friends. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a sizzlingly good read 21 Sep 2007
I'm a terrible cook and own no cook books - even the sound of people mentioning 'Nigella' and 'Gordon' annoys me, so when someone bought me this, I imagined I'd gift it on. But a quick flick through was enough to change my mind - a few days later it's not only persuaded me to do some good cooking, but it's like meeting a new best friend. Weinberg's voice is exactly the one you want in your head whenever you're thinking about having friends around, and even when you're not. Sincerely recommended.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining & Informative 12 Sep 2007
Joanna Weinberg's Relish is an entertaining and yet highly informative book about food and enjoying, rather than panicking about, having friends around for varying occasions. Her recipes provide delicious inspiration but it is her tips on preparing and hosting that will also prove incredibly helpful. A perfect gift, this is a great addition and a rather different contribution to recent food books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is wonderful, beautifully put together, wonderful pictures and illustrations and written in a conversational style that makes you want to have her come for dinner too.

Part cookbook, part biography, part coffee table book, part advice manual. CAn't wait to try out the recipes and tricks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a good mix
I was recommended this book by a friend and have since bought another 3 copies! it is an interesting mix of a story, great ideas for dinner parties without getting stressed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by ms sharon j jones
5.0 out of 5 stars It's full of Relish!
Absolutely love this book! It's full of fun and passion (and excellent recipes) and a perfect gift for my friend who already feeds all her friends with relish! She loved it!
Published 17 months ago by Susie Crepe
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the most useful book!
Really great recipes and some good ideas for stress-free visitors - ie you are stress free, who cares about the visitors : )
Published 22 months ago by A reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Relish - Brilliantly written with fab recipe and hosting ideas
Stumbled across this book whilst on holiday in a rental cottage and I just had to have it! It's a very readable cook book with interesting recipe ideas for certain types of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by jomjom
5.0 out of 5 stars The best cookery book
I was recommended this book by a friend, and I really cannot thank her enough. Every receipe works wonderfully and the written comments are a joy. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2009 by M. J. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars How to feed your friends with relish
I wish there had been a book like this when I was in my early twenties and newly married. Loads of tips on how best to entertain and some wonderful, different recipes to try... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2009 by Ms. Susan James
5.0 out of 5 stars A Scrumptious Read!!
What a fantastic book! I loved reading every bit of it! All my girlfriends will be receiving this for christmas this year! I highly recommend this book to anyone!
Published on 2 Dec 2008 by Mrs. A. E. Carveles
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
What a fantastic read! It's packed full of informative ideas and thoughts as well as some very 'do-able' recipes. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2008 by J. C. Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Joanna's writing makes compulsive reading. Not only is this book full of simple and original recipes which are easy to follow and mouth-wateringly delicious, but her anecdotes and... Read more
Published on 27 Nov 2007 by A. Studd
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