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Top With Cinnamon: Stylish Sweet and Savoury Recipes [Hardcover]

Izy Hossack
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1 Sep 2014
Izy Hossack isn't your regular 18 year old. Since her early teens she has been developing delicious recipes and styling and photographing them with a flair well beyond her years, recording it all on her blog, topwithcinnamon.com, a site which has now become an internet phenomenon. In her debut cookbook, Izy showcases a selection of mouth-watering, wholesome recipes. Try her 10 minute stove-top granola for breakfast and zucchini, tomato and red pepper galette with kale pesto for dinner. For dessert you'll be spoilt for choice with a healthy take on double chocolate chip muffins if you're feeling virtuous, or an indulgent mocha coconut cake. Featuring some gluten-free recipes and healthy options, as well as step-by-step how-to's, Top With Cinnamon has something to suit everyone.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hardie Grant Books (1 Sep 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 174270770X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1742707709
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 20.3 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Izy, 18, has become a sensation in the food world' 'the next Nigella' --The Times

'At such a young age Izy has taken the blog world by storm with her mouthwatering recipes and absolutely stunning photography. With her first publication she has upped the ante once again and will have you flagging every single recipe in the book. Her creativity in the kitchen and behind the camera never ceases to amaze me. Izy's fun-loving spirit shines through the pages while she teaches you how to create simple and delectable recipes the whole family will enjoy!' --Ashley McLaughlin, author of Baked Doughnuts for Everyone and creator of the blog The Edible Perspective

'I've always been blown away by Izy's ability to capture beautiful images and create incredibly unique and delicious recipes, but her book has taken it to a whole new level. Pretzel cinnamon rolls?! Rainbow biscotti cubes?! I can hardly contain my excitement and can't wait for everyone to hold this stunning book in their hands. It is a timeless addition to my kitchen!' --Jessica Merchant, author of Seriously Delish and creator of the blog How Sweet It Is

About the Author

18-year-old Izy Hossack started her blog topwithcinnamon.com at the tender age of 15 as a way of documenting her favourite recipes and her burgeoning talent in food photography and styling. Her site has received international attention and she is a big hit on social media.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh, exciting, and modern book 3 Oct 2014
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Now don't let the title of this book confuse you as it is not all about recipes with cinnamon (which I must admit promtped my inital excitement), it just happens to be the name of Izy Hossack's blog that subsequently prompted a book release. I for one and am very glad that this happened, even though I had never heard of Izy before, as this book is modern, chique, and full of delicious recipes. Unlike a lot of cook books, I want to eat things off pretty much every page.

For me this book is a collection of naughty and nice recipes. Obviously the naughty ones are the things that just taste too darn good turn, like the red velvet cakes, amaretto torte, boozy mocha layer cake, or the swedish chocolate cake (to name just a few). Yet the nice recipes are what surprisingly excite me more in this book, as the recipes are healthy, fresh, both looking and taste wise, and packed full of flavour. Some of my favourites have to include courgette spaghetti with chilli, corn soup, beef chilli, and cauliflower risotto, although the other untried or tested recipes I'm sure will be equally delicious.

Izy also provides basic dip recipes that again are fresh and cleansing, from standard dips of guacamole and salsa through to a chickpea and pomegranate dip There are also various cookie, bread, and salad recipes that are sure to excite more tastebuds.

As with any good cookbook you also get the standard 'how to' guide, which shows you everything from how to line tins, and making basic bread, pastry, or ganaches, through to making salted caramel sauces and treacle butters.

I find this book fresh, exciting, and modern. I'm sure it will suffer through many years of use and I am very happy to add it to my on show collection.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Author Izy Hossack is a young food enthusiast and blogger who has created a really fun and vibrant cookbook with lots of quick and easy to prepare recipes. I do agree with other reviewers that the font size is quite small – that may be fine for people of Izy’s age, but personally I had to use my reading glasses and I prefer to cook without them. That aside, this is nicely laid out with lots of attractive photographs and is fun to read as well as cook with. The book is split into sections – Breakfast and Brunch, Sides, Mains, Sweet Snacks, Desserts and Staples and ‘How-To’s’. The staples are not of the simple how to create real basic dishes for people who have never attempted cooking before (such as Delia’s ‘How to Cook’) but a list of Izy’s staples, such as pastry (with detailed instructions on how to prepare a cake tin), pesto and almond butter.

Where this book really comes alive is on the sweet and dessert sections. However, saying that, the breakfast and brunch section is also delightful – with delicious Chocolate and Banana French Toast, Cinnamon Rolls and No-Bake Chocolate Granola Cookies, which are fun to make with children. With Halloween coming up, I intend to try the Malted Pumpkin Gingerbread and I really liked the Udon Noodle and Mushroom Soup. I would not suggest this as a first cookbook, but it does have some great recipes, most of which are really quick to prepare. I also liked Izy’s sheer enthusiasm and style of writing. Perhaps next time her publishers can take pity on older readers and just make the book a little easier to read, because she does deserve a wide readership. However, I accept that the book was produced with readers of Izy’s age in mind as presumably they are the ones who follow her blog. Great book with lots of useful ideas and delicious recipes and I am sure I will use it often.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start for young cook 10 Oct 2014
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What were you doing when you were 18 years old? Maybe you, like me, were trying to balance the perils of A Level exams and UCAS application forms with the important stuff like finding the best student nightclubs with the cheapest deals on boozy treats and trying to look cool at all times - and failing miserably.

Not Izy Hossack. At 18 years old she has published this cookbook with the respected publishing house Hardie Grant, collecting various recipes and ideas she has created for her well followed and reportedly very popular food blog - which she has run since she was 15. To describe her as a precocious talent and early starter would be accurate and possibly a disservice. The existence of this cookbook is testament to a great love of cookery and commendable work ethic. I applaud her for this but the cookbook has to stand on its own merits.

The three stars here reflect that this is a decent cookbook indeed. Miss Hossack is a likeable, enthusiastic writer. She does sound like an excitable teenager at times but then that is as it should be. A young food writer who came across like Rick Stein (for example) would be strange! She has obsessions with Cinnamon and Pesto, urges people who hate chickpeas to try her chickpea recipes and prepare to be converted and appears to have one heck of a sweet tooth.

Sweet treats loom large here, cookies, pancakes, Tortes, Brownies, Cakes and a host of other unctuous and sugary eats feature heavily. In fact, if you are more interested in Savoury goodies, then I would suggest looking elsewhere. These recipes are decent if perhaps a little pedestrian - there is little here that I have not seen before - and look to be easy to follow throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful and well presented selection of recipes
As someone with a decidedly savoury palate, I am very happy that this book is a delightful mix of sweet and savoury. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Paolo Sammut
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious
Izy Hossack is a teen food blogger and Top With Cinnamon is her first book, named after her blog. Although I follow several food blogs, I was new to Hossack's work. Read more
Published 1 day ago by K. Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars A good collection of recipes for foods you will like to eat
I have a great interest in food and have several hundred cookery books, to which I am adding more on a regular basis. Read more
Published 3 days ago by R. J. de Bulat
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book - delicious to look at and delightful to read and use
This is a vibrant and entertaining cookbook with some lovely recipes. I love Izy's breezy, chatty writing style and it's very easy to forget how young she is. Read more
Published 4 days ago by A. Milne
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect breakfast brunching, and great desserts. Not so many mains.
There is a good range of different foods to try in this book. I really like it because there is a large section on desserts which really tickle my fancy, and not only that, there... Read more
Published 4 days ago by JustMe
4.0 out of 5 stars An odd mix of sweet and savoury
Izy Hossack is clearly a very accomplished 18 year old with a love of food that really comes across in this book. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouthwatering treats!
This is a really great recipe book - hard to believe the author is so young! There are mouth watering sweet things to make such as cookies, cakes and snacks. Read more
Published 5 days ago by J. Coulton
4.0 out of 5 stars impressive!
This cookbook stands on its own merits, but is a phenomenal achievement for an 18 year old! Izy clearly has a sweet tooth and is passionate in her love of food and her desire to... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Don Panik
4.0 out of 5 stars Good easy dishes suitable for those starting out in the kitchen
Ignoring the fact that Izy Hossack seems to have recruited her friends to give this book a bundle of five star reviews, it is a very impressive feat to have produced an accessible,... Read more
Published 5 days ago by bomble
4.0 out of 5 stars By Izy Hossack, Top With Cinnamon
It's rare for a cookbook to be released that doesn't have either a celebrity endorsement or some kind of a hook. In this case the hook is the celebrity endorsement, I think. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Clever Spud
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