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A Slice of Cherry Pie [Hardcover]

Julia Parsons
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Book Description

8 Nov 2010
A debut book from one of UK's finest food bloggers. With the internationally acclaimed successes of blog to book to big screen of 'Julia and Jules', and, before that, Clotilde Dusoulier's 'Chocolate and Zucchini' (the original food blog to be published as an international best seller) comes 'A Slice of Cherry Pie', the first major food blog to book from this side of the Atlantic. It's a faithful reworking of all the elements of a blog which have brought Julia a large and loyal following. Her writing interweaves food with beautifully composed evocations of the places, people and memories which inform her recipe creations: a mix of modern rustic dishes inspired and inflected by a love of eating and sharing. A stunning backdrop of arresting food photography from Cristian Barnett and assemblies of text montages, family snapshots and the author's own photographs provide a perfectly balanced visual echo to an assured and passionate voice. A book which promises to be the first of many from a gifted new food writer, eagerly awaited by thousands of followers all over the world.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Absolute Press (8 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906650276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906650278
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 18.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Parsons has gone from occasional recipe blogger to critically acclaimed food blogger and founder of the UK Food Blogger's Association, and, subsequently one of the central figures of the British food blogging scene. Her blog, 'A Slice of Cherry Pie' (www.asliceofcherrypie.com), is one of the UK's most successful food blogs and has been named among 50 of the world's best food blogs by The Times. 'A Slice of Cherry Pie' reflects Julia's passion for good food and home cooking and is regularly updated with Julia's own recipes and photographs of the seasonal dishes she creates in her English kitchen.

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"Without any formal culinary training, Julia took her passion for food and creativity and turned it into one of the Web's most successful food blogs." --www.foodchannel.com

About the Author

Julia Parsons has gone from occasional recipe blogger to a critically acclaimed food blogger and founder of the UK Food Blogger's Association, and, subsequently the spokesperson and central figure of the UK food blogging scene. Her recipes and writing have been published in newspapers and periodicals, including The Times and The Guardian.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
...'A Slice of Cherry Pie: A book of seasonal recipes and writings..... food, friends, life...'

From the back cover:-

'A Slice of Cherry Pie' is the first book of recipes from one of the country's finest food bloggers, Julia Parsons.
Beautifully composed evocations of places and people layer an assured collection of seasonally tuned recipes: a mix of modern rustic dishes inspired and inflected by a love of eating and sharing.
Sumptuous food photography from Cristian Barnett, set amongst a montage of snapshots and diary notes, provides a perfectly balanced visual echo to an assured and passionate voice.
Julia Parsons is one of the UK's most recognised and critically acclaimed food bloggers. She is the founder of the UK Food Blogger's Association. Her blog has featured in many newspapers and periodicals, including the Guardian and Delicious magazine. The Times listed A Slice of Cherry Pie as one of the world's best food blogs and one of the Top Ten blogs for the home cook.'

Measuring in around 18.5 cm x 23.5 cm, the durable hardboard covers open up to 207 pages in a matt finish.
Inside the photography kicks off with the enticing final slice of cherry pie on a plate, also shown as one of the snapshots on the cover, along with a touching endearment.
Sandwiched between an introduction and sections entitled:

* Some things about me
* A note for American readers (conversion tables)

the credits & acknowledgements plus 5-page index (alphabetic by ingredient), the book is split over main chapters:-

1. Cherry blossom (pages 11-29
2. Sunshine and lemons (pages 30-47)
3. Poppy fields (pages 48-73)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first book 20 Nov 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is Julia Parson's first book but for those of us who've been following her blog, she's been writing about food for years.

Since being included in The Times world's top 50 food blogs, Julia and A Slice of Cherry Pie have gone from strength to strength. Regular readers such as myself spotted the signs; the launch of UK Food Bloggers Association; the fancy badge acknowledging The Times placement of her blog; the cookbook announcement; the blog re-design. More recently you'll spot references to her recipes being included in other cookbooks, too.

All in all this is a great first book and captures a mood of nostalgia throughout, featuring quotes from old books, family photographs, and memories. The recipes are (as always) fantastic in their simplicity, and the photographs are great (it is worth noting that the photography on her blog has increased in quality recently too).

This is a well recommended book for those looking for *recipes* rather than celebrity. These days, that's becoming harder to come by so it makes a refreshing change when a surprise like this comes along.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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"A Slice of Cherry Pie" is an enchanting new cookbook by food blogger Julia Parsons, published by Absolute Press. Back in 2006, when most of us did not even know what a food blog was, Julia discovered the online world of recipe sharing, food writing, restaurant reviewing and cookbook comparing. That fledgling community has now grown to encompass thousands of foodies, cooks and food photographers all over the globe, and this book is a testament to this particular blogger's writing talents, food knowledge and love for the changing seasons, family, friends, hospitality and life.

You will be enchanted from the turn of the very first page. This is not just a collection of recipes, but a young woman's diary, a scrapbook, and a memoir all at once. You will see family photographs attached with sticky tape, parchment notes of blog posts, excerpts from Emily Bronte, Kenneth Grahame, AA Milne and Charles Dickens and little insertions about picnics on the grass, baking halloween biscuits with a sibling, the love of rain, visits to the seaside and family heritage. Some of the pages look as if they are printed on parchment, imbued with stains of butter and chocolate, human trial and error. Holiday postcards peer from under snaps of ice-cream and a smiling, gap-toothed little girl, the author herself, beams from under a cheese sauce recipe. Tea roses unfold their blousey petals through the summer menus, snowflake patterns crystallising the vivid image of winter in the air. Cristian Barnett is an immensely talented food photographer, and his work shines, understated, evocative and elegant.

Julia is modest about her culinary roots:

"The food I'd grown up with was honest, hearty English food, designed to feed a family on a small budget.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I had this book for Christmas. I read it cover to cover loving all the nostalgic memories and thoughts Julia has for each season. The receipes are easy to follow and excellent to use, either every day or for that special evening when you have family or friends around. I would reccommmend the book to anyone. It is a little more than just a cookery book, and by the time you finish reading it you will feel as though you know the author and her love of life and food.
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