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  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Quadrille Publishing Ltd; 1st edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844008487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844008483
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 3.3 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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`A fond and mouth-watering testament to the richness and delight of travel.' --Colin Thubron

`Before I wrote my first cookery book, my editor handed me one of Jossy's and said, "This is how you do it". Ever since, I have loved her recipes. They are so closely connected to her life, and so simply and elegantly described in this fascinating book.' --Rick Stein

`Josceline's recipes are personal, imaginative, exquisite; her stories of the extraordinary worlds they evoke and her fascinating life are enchanting.' --Claudia Roden

She is that perfect union of writer and cook and Orchards in the Oasis, a melange of memoir and recipe, is a real treat. --The Bookseller, 30 July 2010


Gloriously evocative --Stella Magazine, September 19 2010

This is one of those delightful books which mixes foodie memoirs with delicious recipes --BBC Good Food Magazine, November 2010

A good read with enticing recipes --Sainsbury's Magazine, November 2010


The only thing wrong with this delectable account of an adventurous life is that you really need two copies: a pristine one to read, and a stained and battered working copy to keep in the kitchen and cook from --Daily Mail, October 22 2010

About the Author

Josceline Dimbleby is one of our most successful and creative cookery writers. She has written more than 24 books on food and cooking, including the first cookery books ever to be sold in Sainsbury's stores, sales of which exceed 2 million copies. She was food columnist for the Sunday Telegraph for over 15 years and has also contributed to many other newspapers and magazines. In 1979 Josceline received the Andre Simon Award for Best Cookery Book for Josceline Dimbleby's Book of Puddings, Sweets and Savouries, and in 1993 she was named 'Cookery Writer of the Year' at the Glenfiddich Awards. She has also featured on numerous radio, and TV programmes, including BBC Food & Drink, MasterChef, Junior MasterChef and Carlton Food Network.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marand TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Jan 2011
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This is such a lovely book - part cookbook, part travelogue, part auto-biography. It follows a largely culinary tour of the author's life, from her childhood as part of a diplomatic family in Syria & Peru, and later life & travels in Lanzarote (before the days of mass tourism), Turkey, Burma, India, Persia, Vietnam, Morocco and the US where the author lived for a while. There are memories too of time spent (and spent cooking) with her grandmother whilst at school away from her family in England and of holidays spent in Devon. The book contains many photographs taken by the author or taken from the family archive. I loved reading about her travels, particularly to places that have now become part of the tourist mainstream but which were different & exotic as recently as the 1970's. I was reminded that Vietnam was only opened up to tourism in the early 1990's.

Although the book is as much travelogue as cook book, there are plenty enough recipes. I have hundreds of cookbooks but normally find maybe five or six recipes from each book that stick in my memory enough for me to use them on a regular basis. This book is crammed full of lovely recipes that I know are going to be firm favourites. I am looking forward to the summer where I can use the recipes for rose petal tart and apricot & pomegranate jelly, the latter a beautiful, jewel-coloured concoction, both drawn from the first chapter covering Syria in the 1950's.

To give you a flavour of the recipes, there are cheesy fishcakes (no potato), lemon pudding, savoury three cheese custards perfect for a quick lunch, and blackberry tart.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Soo Broo VINE VOICE on 22 Mar 2011
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What a beautiful, delightful book.

Firstly, I have to say the feel of this book is lovely. The quality of the paper used is fantastic - thick and super smooth which makes the book a tactile pleasure before you've even read the first sentence. I loved the layout of the pages too; almost like a scrapbook of old and new photos, recipes and text.

It's a mix of autobiography, cookery book and travel guide, but written in such an engaging way you really feel you've been there with her. Her descriptions bring to life her slightly nomadic childhood, and you can almost feel the sun beating down on you in Syria, feel the wind from the Andes in Peru and hear the sea in Lanzarote.

Some of the recipes have been passed down through her family from generation to generation, some are traditional, some are favourites and some are simply recreated from the memory of a good meal, but all are mouth watering, easy to follow and good to eat. I always think that cookery books are so much more effective when the food is set in a context like this and it really made me much keener to try the recipes; having just read her descriptions of eating a certain dish in a certain country made me want to share that. Fantastic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Pass VINE VOICE on 17 Mar 2011
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This is the first book that I have read by Josceline Dimbleby and I was not dissapointed. I decided to read through the book first and just glance at the pictures of the recipes and go back to them after I had finished the book. But I bet no one will be able to resist getting side tracked and read through the recipes, think if you have all the ingredients and imagine making them. Then re-read the last page of the story to catch up and then off again until you get to the next treasure mmm. All in all a really enjoyable book , it would also make a lovely present .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. P. Wright TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2011
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I read this book on a cold day in early March with a howling gale turning round my house. I was not feeling especially well nor was I in a good mood. . . Just reading the title lifted my spirits: Orchards in the Oasis: Travels, Food and Memories - what wonderfully evocative words - and the book lives up to its promise. It is just what it says it is: Josceline Dimbleby's memories from her early childhood in Syria to the present day, describing her travels and food she has eaten.

She writes beautifully. Her descriptions are full of the colours, heat and smells of the places she has visited. The text is illustrated by her own photographs so that we can see the people and places she is talking about. In addition, every two to three pages, she provides recipes for the food she has eaten, also beautifully photographed.

The risk that a book like this runs is that the recipes will not adapt to the average British kitchen or be within the scope of the average British cook. While I have not tried all the recipes, the random selection I have attempted have all worked well.
This is the first book by Josceline Dimbleby that I have read. I will be searching for others.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stromata VINE VOICE on 17 Mar 2011
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Reading this book is almost like spending time with a particularly good, interesting friend reminiscing about their travels - whilst cooking you a fabulous meal! Most of the photographs are personal, taken by the author giving the book somewhat of a `scrap book' feel, and as such an absolute pleasure to look at. The recipes are highly do-able and the flavoursome, colourful nature of the food is very welcome, particularly to my rather jaded winter palette. Vegetarians are well catered for - as are those with a sweet tooth who will drool over the Yazd honey cakes, Blackberry Cottage tart, Calcutta kheer etc.

A gorgeous book that would make a superb gift for anyone interested in food and/or travel. Highly recommended.
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