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Great Carving for Great Occasions
Great Carving for Great Occasions
by KaiMin Zhao
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some truly imaginative creations, 22 Jan. 2013
This is a fascinating book on food carving written by Kaimin Zhao, chef of the Water Sky Chinese restaurant in Bristol. Carvings have always played a part in restaurant food presentation, but most people associate this with tired, old-fashioned 70's clichés like vandyked tomatoes, watermelon swans or tomato roses. This book casts those limitations aside and shows you how it should be done.

It starts simply with basic carvings, such as how to make a variety of different types of carrot flowers, along with information on which carving tools are required. Then it moves on to more intricate designs. The first one to catch my eye was the phoenix, carved from butternut squash that you are shown how to create in detailed step-by-step methods. Other carvings like the Mandarin duck and fantailed peacock will make you admire the time, effort and skill Kaimin has put into his creations. I've had the pleasure of occassionaly seeing the more advanced carvings in some of China Town's restaurants and, like in the book, they are true pieces of artwork which must be seen to be appreciated.


Cook, Eat, Thrive (Tofu Hound Press)
Cook, Eat, Thrive (Tofu Hound Press)
by Joy Tienzo
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good, down to earth vegan cookbook, 22 Jan. 2013
I have a lot of fancy cookery books, but sometimes you just want to get cooking with a good, down to earth style book - and this is one of them. This book contains a variety of flavoursome, easy to cook recipes all of which are handily iconed with allergy and ability info. Before each recipe we are given a good introduction informing the reader of what the dish works well with or a bit about it's history.

The book starts with a guide to cooking utensils and essential ingredients but you'll find quite quickly there's a few creative recipe ideas packed in as well. You'll be thinking "how did they come up with Lavender Rice Pudding Brulee?" or even the simple, but delicious, Edamame Pesto. The books front cover lays claim to having recipes from everyday to exotic and it certainly doesn't disappoint. It includes plenty of everyday and exotic recipes for you to try and keeps everything explained clearly in the methods.


30-Minute Vegetarian
30-Minute Vegetarian
by Rose Elliot
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great food made easy, 22 Jan. 2013
This review is from: 30-Minute Vegetarian (Hardcover)
Rose Elliot has a reputation for writing cookery books that appeal to vegetarians and the wider food loving public alike and this one is no exception. Upon picking up this book for the first time I just knew I was going to be impressed. It's packed full to the brim with a collection of colourful photos and easy to follow recipes written for people who simply love to cook. It uses everyday store cupboard ingredients and doesn't go over the top with too many in one recipe. So you'll be able to find something to rustle up in your home in no time at all.

Once you get stuck into this book you'll soon find recipe after recipe becoming a firm family favourite in your house, and one that you'll be getting asked to make again and again! If the savoury section doesn't make you a convert to Rose's meals in minutes, try the speedy and delicious chocolate chestnut torte cake that's hiding away in the desserts section - that certainly will!


15 Minute Vegetarian Recipes: 200 Quick and Easy Recipes the Whole Family Will Love
15 Minute Vegetarian Recipes: 200 Quick and Easy Recipes the Whole Family Will Love
by Susann Geiskopf-Hadler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy, 22 Jan. 2013
Whenever I see a book claiming to be 5, 15 or even 30 minute meals my suspicious mind always immediately starts thinking "we'll see"! People lead hectic lives these days and this means your main meal of the day can often take a back seat to work or other commitments. But we all know it shouldn't. This book solves the problem by offering you recipes that really are quick and simple. Most are straightforward with common ingredients but there's a few unusual ones like salads and quesadillas using nopales. These are prickly pear cactus pads which have become one of my favourite ingredients recently. I liked the pages periodically placed throughout entitled "Pointers from the Pros" - whole pages dedicated to getting the best and quickest results on a different cookery techniques for instance getting perfect sautés and stir-fries.

If you were being critical you might think there's a bit of cheating going on in this book where a recipe uses precooked wild rice for instance (which would usually take around 30-40 minutes to cook). But as it contains 200 recipes so you will not be short of ideas or genuinely speedy recipes.


Honestly Healthy: Eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way
Honestly Healthy: Eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way
by Natasha Corrett
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £13.60

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book and an interesting read, 22 Jan. 2013
Subtitled "Eat with your body in mind, the alkaline way" this book offers readers the chance to learn about the balance of alkaline and acid-forming foods in your diet and how they affect your digestion and energy levels. This is a wonderfully colourful and refreshing looking book, laid out in a clear and concise way. You'll find lots of useful "Nutritional Nuggets" spread throughout the book giving "did you know" type facts, for instance telling you what's a good source of iron or what acts as an antioxidant. The book does tend to use quite a lot of specialist ingredients for their health benefits, for example, Himalayan Pink Salt and xylitol, but these can easily be substituted by the cook for something more commonplace.


Barefoot and in the Kitchen
Barefoot and in the Kitchen
by Ashley Rowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DIY style cookbook, 22 Jan. 2013
Written and illustrated by Ashley Rowe, this small book is written with a DIY/punk style that gives it a bit of humour and individuality while offering great recipes throughout. If you're new to vegan cooking you'll find it very helpful with sections like "A few things about cooking" giving basic tips and "Ingredients primer" explaining some of the vegan substitute ingredients available such as nutritional yeast flakes. It contains a good collection of 70 recipes for you to try which are all straightforward and unpretentious. For the price this is well worth picking up.


Enlightened Eating: Simple Recipes for the Body, Soul and Planet
Enlightened Eating: Simple Recipes for the Body, Soul and Planet
by Caroline Marie Dupont
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good balance of theory and recipes, 22 Jan. 2013
This book champions the benefits of taking a more holistic stance to preparing your meals for your daily life. It offers detailed sections encouraging and explaining the benefits of locally produced produce, eating seasonally and eating more raw foods. It also explains the effects of toxins in your diets and how to avoid their build up in your system.

Although there's a good 40 or so pages of theory to enjoy reading there's also plenty of recipes with healthy versions of classics such as Shepherd's Pie and Vegetable Calzones. All of this is intended to get you to enjoy a more balanced diet, so if you are looking to live a healthier lifestyle this book is definitely worth a read.


Prashad Cookbook: Indian Vegetarian Cooking
Prashad Cookbook: Indian Vegetarian Cooking
by Kaushy Patel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for Indian cookery enthusiasts, 22 Jan. 2013
I had the pleasure of sampling some of Kaushy's food at her cookery demo at Meat Free in Manchester in 2011, so I can assure you that it tastes every bit as good as it looks in this new book.

This is a perfect book for anybody who wants to learn how to cook good authentic Gujarati food. Here you will learn not only great recipes but also about some of the more exotic Indian ingredients such as patra, urad dhal and valor (hyacinth beans). The book is very narrative so you'll find lots of stories and explanations of the food. This is my opinion always takes a cookery book one step beyond just been a list of good recipes.

I thought the best tip you can take from this book though is Kaushy's four golden rules of cooking: always buy the freshest ingredients, prepare everything in advance, relax to enjoy your cooking and cook with love!


Sam Stern's Eat Vegetarian
Sam Stern's Eat Vegetarian
by Sam Stern
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book to inspire young cooks, 22 Jun. 2011
Young, aspiring culinary prodigy Sam Stern returns to our bookshelves with his latest title, Eat Vegetarian. Aimed at encouraging young people to cook, this book provides a collection of classic, easy to prepare vegetarian meals. You will find a selection of favourite vegetarian dishes in here, like Thai Green Curry, Quesadillas and Brandy Snap Baskets. The recipes are all written in a simple style and are very easy to follow. Overall the book is very colourful, with bright and tempting photos of each recipe. This is a great book for people wanting to learn the foundation recipes of vegetarian cooking - and if it encourages more young people to stat cooking, all the better!


Cook Food
Cook Food
by Lisa Jervis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good grounding in the basic theory, 22 Jun. 2011
This review is from: Cook Food (Paperback)
This book is aimed at the beginner interested in exploring 'easy, health, local eating', and has a strong emphasis on explaining the theory behind cooking. People who want to develop a good understanding of the basics of cooking will find this book very enlightening from the start. As an example of the detail this book goes into for instance, there is a ten page section going into great depth on the basic technique of roasting, which explains the importance of cutting the vegetables to equal size and using optimum oven temperatures. With just 20 recipes, this is not a book for people who are looking to bulk up their recipe collection, but it would be ideal for those who have a keen interest in learning a bit more about the specifics of cookery theory.


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