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Contemporary Design Secrets by Jane Burnside (The Art of Building A House in the Countryside)
Contemporary Design Secrets by Jane Burnside (The Art of Building A House in the Countryside)
by Jane Burnside
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and insightful., 13 Jan. 2014
I've read this book over and over, getting inspiration and design advice
for our house project. We've finally got our Planning Consent (tricky in our
Conservation Area) so we are very excited to get going on our project. To
the author - Jane Burnside - I just want to say thank you so much for all
the great insights in your book.

I Love Curry
I Love Curry
by Anjum Anand
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Curry Lovers, 11 Oct. 2010
This review is from: I Love Curry (Hardcover)
The recipes in this gorgeous new book by Anjum Anand all look so delicious it's hard to know with which dish to start. There is a wonderful range of curry dishes, featuring different styles and ingredients. The recipes originate from all over the Indian subcontinent, all bursting with flavour and spice. The dishes from northern heritage tend to feature tomatoes and dairy products and those from the south use coconut and mustard seed. I was surprised by the extraordinary variety of styles.
Anjum's style is centred on balanced and healthy cooking but the dishes are still rich in flavour, just not swimming in oil. I tried a recipe for a dish that was new to me, a Keralan pork curry and it was wonderful. I also really enjoyed a stir-fried spiced green vegetable dish called thoran, really fresh, light and vibrant. Very quick and simple to prepare too.
The book is straightforward and approachable, with some basic principles of cooking curries to start with, and then neatly divided into starters, curries, and accompaniments.
It's a great book with inspiring photographs and if you love curry, you'll enjoy this book too.
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Ramsay's Best Menus
Ramsay's Best Menus
by Gordon Ramsay
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best menus from Mr Ramsay, 25 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Ramsay's Best Menus (Hardcover)
The first thing that you'll notice when you open Gordon's new book is that it is completely different in the way it is laid out. Rather than a conventional division of recipes, this book is a collection of recipes that fit together as three course menus - starters, menus and desserts. The book is spiral bound and the pages cut into thirds so that the reader can choose a menu made up of each course as they wish. Gordon has put together his favourite menus, based on seasonality of the ingredients, and dishes that work well together. Some examples of the menus include one for Spring, French Summer,
British Summer and Italian All Year. The Italian All Year menu is a balanced combination of a fragrant Caponata to start, a hearty dish of meatballs as a main course and a Pannacotta dessert.
Altogether there are 52 menus in the book, and by mixing and matching the pages you can create a huge range or options.
This book complements Gordon's new television series, Ramsay's Best Restaurant and features his favourite dishes from a range on international cuisines.
Recipes that I really like include a Bruschetta of Cavalo Nero and Parma Ham, a sumptuous Beef Wellington, a simple and delicious Veal Escalope and Crab Spring Rolls. There are lots of great desserts, many of them quite light and fruit based, such as Caramelised Mango with Chines five spice.
Every recipe is photographed and the images are clear, appealing and quirky.
This is a great book for those who are adventurous cooks and who like to put dishes together to make interesting menus. It is not at all boring, but instead lots of fun and inspiration.

Bill's Basics
Bill's Basics
by Bill Granger
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous new book from Bill G., 25 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Bill's Basics (Hardcover)
I am a huge fan of Bill Granger's books, and this latest work is as good as ever. In this new book, he brings together a collection of his favourite, classic recipes - the kind he comes back to again and again. The recipes are true to Bill's style, simple and elegant, letting the gorgeous ingredients shine. This is food that is easy to prepare, and even easier to enjoy, but still shows style and something special.
As for the recipes, they are first class versions of great classics, along with a few innovative twists. Featuring vibrant flavours from around the world from brunch dishes to teatime treats. Some of the recipes that I particularly like include:
Spaghetti with scallops and preserved lemon, Tomato Soup with cashew and coconut sambal, a really jammy Plum Tart, Chickpea burgers, and the Polenta Bolognese Gratin and Saffron Risotto with lobster.
The book is laid out in a clear and easy to follow style. The recipes are divided into logical sections, and with just enough introduction to get Bill's style without being too long winded.
I can highly recommend this book - both for seasoned cooks or kitchen novices, for Bill Granger fans and those who are new to his books - it's a winner!

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