Discover Christmas gifts we know they'll love


Delicious recipes to impress this Christmas, as seen on Saturday Kitchen



DELECTABLENigella Lawson | 'A GEM OF A COOKBOOK' Rukmini Iyer | ‘LOVELY RECIPES' Georgina Hayden | 'STUNNING AND INVENTIVEIxta Belfrage | 'EXCITING COMBINATIONS’ Dominique Woolf | ‘MARVELLOUS’ Olly Smith

A collection of flavourful, vibrant recipes to impress this Christmas. Fearlessly bringing together the best flavours and culinary strategies from around the world, Alexina Anatole will help you use bitter flavours in your cooking to improve the taste of everything you make, whether it's a savoury weeknight dinner or a sweet and decadent dessert - one flavour-balancing technique at a time.

These 80 recipes take classic favourites to a new level and include moreish solutions for every occasion such as:

  • Coffee Pecan Banana Bread
  • Raw Kale and Grapefruit Salad
  • Roast Chicken with Beer Butter Onions
  • Saffron Yogurt + Cranberry Persian(ish) Rice
  • Ancho Coffee Beef Short Ribs
  • Aubergine, Walnut + Pomegranate Melanzane parmigiana
  • Rarebit Mac’n’ Cheese
  • Negroni Pavlova
  • Great Gran's Christmas Pudding
  • Jamaican Guinness Punch

Using ten star ingredients with recipes that demonstrate how to cook with each type of bitterness - from grapefruit and bitter oranges, bitter greens, tahini, beer, walnuts, cranberries, tea, coffee, cocoa and liquorice - each dish will expand your repertoire and open the door to new worlds of deliciousness.


  • I may have said this quite a few times, but I feel it bears repeating: bitterness is the most undesirable of attributes, except when it comes to food … My 'bitter tooth' is pronounced … I gravitated greedily towards Alexina Anatole’s book, Bitter
    Nigella Lawson,

About the author

Alexina Anatole

Alexina Anatole started her career on a trading floor in the City of London, but an obsession with food was always present. In the last year of her twenties she decided - after years of watching the show - that she was finally ready to enter MasterChef. Weeks of competing resulted in her reaching the final of the 2021 season, coming runner up to champion Thomas Rhodes. The competition led her to realise that she might actually have a talent for cooking but, more importantly, it helped her to better understand her philosophy around food and flavour. Having read English at Cambridge, she now finds herself becoming a food writer - and thus coming full circle.
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