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Josceline Dimbleby's Complete Cookbook [Hardcover]

Josceline Dimbleby
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6 Oct 1997

In this, her first book for the general market since 1989, Josceline Dimbleby has selected 300 of her favourite dishes from her collection of recipes that have been published in the Sunday Telegraph since she became their food writer in 1982.

In addition to her inventive, delicious and always reliable recipes, Josceline writes evocatively of their origins, and draws on her great experience and extensive travels throughout the world to provide a fascinating background to the food.

Contents include:
• First Impressions • Simply Soup • Salad Days
• Picnic Pleasures • Family Favourites
• Fast Food • Vegetarian Inspirations
• Fish Feasts • Picnic Pleasures • Winter Warmers
• Traveller’s Tastes • Christmas Creations
• Special Occasions • Tea Time • Nicest Ices
• Prize Puddings • Nicest Ices

Product details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (6 Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0004140125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0004140124
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

JOSCELINE DIMBLEBY has been one of Britain's most popular food writers for over thirty years. Her cookery books have sold well over 2 million copies in the UK alone, and been translated into many languages. She has published 17 cookery books and was cookery correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper for 15 years.

After nearly 30 years of writing cookery books Josceline made a complete change with a biographical family mystery spanning 100 years, which included her great grandmother's secret relationship with the Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones and her beautiful daughter's mysterious death 'of a broken heart'. A PROFOUND SECRET was first published in 2004 to great critical acclaim.

ORCHARDS IN THE OASIS followed in 2010, an autobiographical book combining her greatest passions in life, densely illustrated with photographs. The book won the Kate Whitman Award for food and travel writing in June 2011.

Most recently Josceline re-wrote, revised and added to her bestseller during the 1980's recessions, MARVELLOUS MEALS WITH MINCE published September 2012.

Josceline continues to travel widely, has written on travel and food for various publications, gives live talks and contributes to television and radio programmes.

For more information go to www.joscelinedimbleby.com

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From the Back Cover

'Josceline Dimbleby’s Complete Cookbook' is a selection of 260 of her favourite recipes from those that she wrote during her fifteen years as food writer for the 'Sunday Telegraph'. In addition to her inventive and delicious recipes, Josceline writes evocatively of their origins and draws on her travels throughout the world to provide a fascinating background to the food. The recipes themselves have been revised and updated, making this a unique collection.

Josceline’s distinctive style and practical approach to cookery have ensured her reputation as one of the most popular cookery writers in the country. Her enduringly popular dishes give readers the confidence to try new ways of cooking, new flavours, new ingredients, and reflect Josceline’s love of food and cooking. As she says, “One of the reasons I enjoy cooking is that wonderful feeling of pleasing people and of giving.”

'Josceline Dimbleby’s Complete Cookbook' covers occasions throughout the day and year. Assuredly good ‘First Impressions’ provide stunning recipes such as Grilled oysters topped with a crust of fresh chilli, ginger and coriander, Broadbeans and quails’ eggs with proscuitto, or Roasted onions stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, pine kernels and goat’s cheese. ‘Fish Feasts’ celebrate Josceline’s love of this versatile, healthy food – Red rice and smoked haddock pudding, Fish steaks and avocado with tomatoes, lime, chilli and angostura bitters, or Salmon fillet in a bay leaf cream; while her travels throughout the world have provided inspiration for ‘Traveller’s Tastes’ – recipes featuring touches of the east and using many of the exotic herbs and spices which characterize Josceline’s work.

From picnics to dinner parties, family favourites, Christmas creations or afternoon tea, here are marvellously inspiring recipes to be used again and again. Accompanied by colour photographs, not only of the food, but taken in Josceline’s home, this is a very personal collection and one that will be treasured by her readers everywhere.

“When I went to see the editor of my first cookery book, she gave me one of Josceline’s books and said, ‘This is how to do it’, and that’s what I’ve always thought since!

Josceline has this knack of making everything seem easy to do, and if she were ever to find a couple of her fish cookery ideas creeping into one of my future books, I hope she’ll forgive me.”

“I love Josceline Dimbleby’s cooking. Her recipes are imaginative, eclectic and original, yet at the same time both familiar and reassuring. This collection is everything I want home cooking to be – simple, innovative, friendly and informal, the sort of recipes and ideas you turn to over and over again.”

About the Author

Josceline Dimbleby is one of Britain’s most popular and most innovative food writers. Her books have sold more than 2 million copies in the UK alone and have also been published in other countries including USA (Random House). She is food correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph and contributes regularly to other newspapers and magazines, including Sainsbury’s The Magazine. She also appears on television in programmes such as ‘Masterchef’ and ‘Food & Drink’.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual fare 5 Mar 2001
The odd thing about Josceline Dimbleby is that she takes ingredients that shouldn't really go together, puts them together, and somehow it works. I came across her "Almost Vegetarian Cookbook" a fair few years ago and, in spite of initial misgivings, was won over. This book is longer and better. A good example of her idiosyncratic style would be the very rich chocolate cake that is designed to collapse and contains a bizarre range of fragrant spices. Reading it you probably won't be inspired, but faith does pay off. They're not necessarily 30 minute cook style, but they are impressive and inspiring. Though my inspired attempts at combining things that shouldn't work together, have generally resulted in things that don't.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This book was the best wedding present we were given. I collect cookbooks and this is my most favourite. J D has managed to provide recipes that are mouthwateringly inspiring and written in such a way that the reader longs to get into the kitchen. The book is beautifully laid out with simple yet descriptive photography and most usefully, a small foreword before each recipe, written with humour and enthusiasm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 9 April 2013
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Chose book on back of 'Almost Vegetarian' best cook book I own. Do not think I will be perusing this anywhere as much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 6 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and straightforward recipes 18 April 2014
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One of those recipe books you read in bed then actually make the dishes because they are irrestible.. Josceline Dimbleby is a favourite.
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