A cookery book which is mouth-wateringly delightful ... the perfect selection of recipes ... -- Fiona Tarrant, Oxford Times, 13 December 1996
Even allowing for my boyish hyperbole, and growing enthusiasm for the muffin, this is surely the definitive book on the subject. -- Bill Clapperton, Edinburgh Evening News, 7 April 1998
If you like making muffins, you will learn more from this book than from anywhere else ... -- Orlando Murrin, BBC Good Food Magazine, November 2001
From the Author
Muffins have enjoyed immense popularity in Canada and the United States over the past couple of decades. This comes as no surprise: muffins are simple enough for the complete novice to bake successfully and healthy enough to enjoy without guilt!
Soon after moving from Canada to Britain in 1993, I noticed there was a growing interest in muffins here, but muffin recipes were scarce. I heard of various attempts by friends to import recipes from North America but always with disappointing results. This was inevitable as flour and measures differ significantly from one side of the Atlantic to the other.
As I sorted out these differences for myself, I enjoyed developing fail-proof, delicious muffin recipes for the British kitchen. (North American volume equivalents are also provided.) Muffins Fast and Fantastic was born! Every one of these recipes is baked and enjoyed regularly in our home, and has been carefully tested many, many times.
From its humble beginnings, Muffins Fast and Fantastic has grown by leaps and bounds: it has now sold well over 225,000 copies. Clearly this is the muffin book Britain was waiting for! In June 2001 the third revised and enlarged edition was launched, with the addition of lavish illustrations and gluten-free and wheat-free recipes and tips.
Muffins Fast and Fantastic has continued to evolve as I follow through on ideas for improving the recipes. Thus, while the 2008 edition substantially reproduces that of 2001, it also includes some updated information and variations.