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Verity Bloom hasn't been interested in cooking anything more complicated than the perfect fish finger sandwich, ever since she lost her best friend and baking companion two years ago.
But an opportunity to help a friend is about to land her right back in the heart of the kitchen! The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is due to open in a few weeks’ time and has rather gone off the boil. It needs the kind of great ideas that only Verity could cook up . . .
But as Verity tries to balance stirring up publicity, keeping their top chef sweet and soothing her aching heart, will her move to Plumberry prove to be a sheer delight . . . or a recipe for disaster?
The Plumberry School of Comfort Food is an irresistibly charming novel told in four parts – following the adventures of Verity Bloom in love, friendship and cooking. 'Food, Glorious Food' is the first part.
Your favourite authors have loved reading Cathy Bramley:
‘Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns’ Trisha Ashley
‘Delightful!’ Katie Fforde
‘A witty, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy’ Miranda Dickinson
Published: 3 Mar 2016
The Plumberry School of Comfort Food was originally published as a four-part serial. This is the complete story in one package.
Putting other people first doesn’t always mean you have to come second…
Verity has lost everything she loved; her best friend and baking companion has died, taking with her their shared passion for cooking. To top it off, it looks like her career and love life might soon follow suit.
Although she’s very much in need of some time for herself, Verity instead leaps at the opportunity to help a friend find her feet and help establish a cooking school. Just as long as she doesn’t have to cook anything! Even so, it’s all far from easy, even with the comfort of new friendship and a taste of fresh romance.
So when tragedy strikes at the very heart of the cookery school Verity once again risks losing everything. Can Verity find the magic ingredient for Plumberry?
Above all else, can she finally write her own recipe for happiness and finally put herself first?
A heartwarming and romantic story certain to make you smile - perfect for fans of Carole Matthews, Trisha Ashley and Katie Fforde.
Your favourite authors have loved reading bestselling Cathy Bramley:
‘Delightfully warm with plenty of twists and turns’ Trisha Ashley
‘Engaging characters and a sweeping romance. This is delightful!’ Katie Fforde
‘Full of joy and fun' Milly Johnson
'One of the great British comedians and all-round entertainers of her generation' Guardian
'Bittersweet but scalpel sharp' Radio Times
'One of Britain’s finest ever performers ... a sublime and unparalleled crafter of words' Independent
Victoria Wood's wit and humour endeared her to millions of TV viewers for over four decades. Writer, producer and actress of television shows such as As Seen on TV and Dinnerladies, Victoria was often voted the funniest woman in Britain.
Her rise to stardom, from her early years in Lancashire to the successes of the sell-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall, is sympathetically and honestly portrayed by Neil Brandwood. This meticulously researched and written biography provides an insightful account of the life and career of one of Britain's best-loved comediennes.
Jordan Bourke (Author) , Keo Films (Author) , Claudia Winkleman (Foreword by)
Britain’s Best Cook is the ultimate collection of delicious, inspiring, achievable recipes from Britain’s most talented everyday home cooks – those who make great food for their family and friends day in, day out.
This fully photographed official companion to the hit series features all the very best dishes from the show’s contestants – the recipes that the judges Chris Bavin, Mary Berry and Dan Doherty consider great home cooking – and step-by-step advice on achieving the same perfect results for classic dishes and the nation’s favourite meals.
Alongside the show’s great recipes, award-winning food writer Jordan Bourke offers easy-to-follow and fuss-free good food that will bring new, tasty ideas to your kitchen table.
Here you’ll find recipes that define brilliant modern British cooking, from the most sublime roast potatoes, an ingenious twist on roast chicken or irresistible yet utterly simple chocolate pudding.
Published: 19 Apr 2018
Cozy recipes to warm up winter ...
'I'm so excited about this beautiful book. Delicious, cozy recipes that are pure comfort on a plate’ Fearne Cotton
Secondary school teacher and pub landlord's daughter Candice Brown stole the show with her amazing bakes and weekly lipstick change in The Great British Bake Off tent of 2016.
This year the Sunday Times columnist will be bringing out her first cookbook - all about home comforts. These are the recipes Candice learned to bake from her nan and mum, recipes close to her heart, that should be served up as a big generous slice - and preferably on a vintage plate if you have one.
Candice's recipes are easy to make, no nonsense and hearty. She has a recipe up her sleeve for every occasion - for baking with kids, birthday parties for all ages, Christmas, afternoon tea, quick savoury bakes for weeknights and fancier recipes for weekends.
From Queen of Tarts to the nation's heart, Mary Berry shares her Recipe for Life.
'In the words of my father, my birth caused no end of trouble...'
From the moment she came into the world - two weeks early, throwing her parents' lives into disarray - Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her own way.
Born in 1935, in the city of Bath, Mary's childhood was a curious mix of idyllic picnics and ramblings, and alarming air raids; of a spirited and outdoorsy home life and a dreaded school existence. All nearly cut horribly short by an almost fatal bout of polio when she was thirteen, which isolated Mary in hospital, away from beloved family and friends for months.
Recovery saw her turn to her one true passion - cookery. And so began a love affair that has spanned six remarkable decades; from demonstrating ovens in the early 1950s to producing glossy food magazines in the 60s and 70s, gradually becoming the country's most prolific and - many would say - best loved cookery writer. Until her emergence in the 21st century as a TV sensation and style icon on the Great British Bake Off.
As a working mother, at the heart of a busy household, Mary became an expert at the art of juggling, even bringing her working life into her home with her Aga school. And there have been challenges, one terrible tragedy and many joys along the way.
In this touching, evocative and fascinating memoir, we accompany Mary on her journey of nearly eighty years; a life lived to the full, with a wicked sense of fun and an eye for the absurd, it is the life of a delightfully traditional but thoroughly modern woman.
Fans of The Great British Bake Off will love reading more about the show's star in Recipe for Life.
Born in 1935, Mary has been teaching Britain how to cook for over half a century. Her far-reaching culinary career has taken her from recipe tester, cookery editor, author and entrepreneur to TV personality. Mary lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband Paul.
A book of unabashedly British baking by London's foremost bakers
The Fluffy Vanilla Fairy Cakes with Chocolate Fudge Icing take you straight back to childhood. Retro throwbacks like Fig Rolls and Jammy Dodgers are perfect for elevenses. And traditional teatime treats like Victoria Sponge and Treacle Tarts are given a mouth-watering modern makeover.
With over 120 recipes, British Baking is a must-have.
Published: 17 Apr 2012
In Marcus Wareing's Nutmeg & Custard, you'll find a recipe for every occasion to suit every taste. Ideal for the aspiring home cook and anyone who loves great food, Marcus' recipes are all about bringing out the very best in simple ingredients.
Inspired by everything from childhood memories to travels abroad, Nutmeg & Custard is jam-packed with over 150 stunning recipes from smoky pulled-pork butties and spiced seafood chowder to the beautifully simple pesto popcorn and the wonderfully comforting home-made crumpets with burnt honey butter.
It's the kind of family-friendly food that begs to be shared time and time again, so celebrate the very best of home cooking with this ultimate collection of indulgent recipes.
Primrose Bakery is renowned for easy, foolproof and delicious recipes. This book has over 100 of the very best new recipes from the bakery. It is for anyone who wants fun, great-tasting recipes which genuinely work.
Whether you want to bake a seasonal recipe, something for a special occasion, or something to suit that day’s mood this one-stop baking bible has it all.
Christine McFadden (Author)
Packed with hints and tips on everything you need to know to get the best out of your ice cream maker, this handy book will show you how to make the perfect ice cream. Incorporating a wide range of recipes, there is something for everyone, from luxurious and creamy ice creams, to zingy sorbets and refreshing granitas.
Features advice on:
choosing the right kind of ice cream maker for your needs
basic, foolproof recipes that always work
avoiding and solving common problems, such as ice crystals and grainy textures
choosing the right ingredients and combining flavours.
Tips for Your Ice Cream Maker is packed with top tips, insider knowledge and recipe ideas - impress your family and friends with your own range of ice creams!
This charmingly illustrated cookbook will have even the most stressed of home cooks indulging in a little baking therapy. Featuring an enticing selection of recipes designed to help you relax and unwind, from serene sponges to peaceful puddings, this book is sure to leave you feeling both tranquil and tempted. Each inviting recipe includes simple, step-by-step instructions to ensure that your every bake will delight, rather than disappoint.
Inspired by the World War II government poster that has struck a chord in our difficult times, every page is jam-packed full of positive energy and stiff upper lip spirit. Able to turn even the most chaotic of kitchens into an oasis of calm, with its straightforward recipes, motivational quotes, mantras and wry truths, Keep Calm and Bake Cake is a must for burnt-out bakers and composed cooks alike.
As Marie Antoinette, and indeed any sane person would say – 'Let them eat cake'.
Celebrate taking tea in all its guises. In this charming cookbook, Miss Hope treats you to an array of recipes for teatime delights, from Potted Prawns and Scotch Eggs, to Marmalade Cake, Sea Salt Millionaire's Shortbread and Custard Tarts, all washed down with the perfect tipple such as a Sparkling Jasmine Tea or an Earl Grey Vodka.
There's also an insight into the art of teatime etiquette, including how to make edible garnishes and the all-important table decorations.
Exquisitely designed with full-colour photography and all the charm and appeal of the Hope and Greenwood brand, this little gem of a book epitomises the beloved British tradition of afternoon tea.
'Miranda is the iced biscuit queen.' Mary Berry
Miranda Gore Browne was a finalist in the hugely successful Great British Bake-Off series. She was a popular contestant throughout but it was her beautifully decorated, delicious signature biscuits that won the hearts of the audience and wowed the judges.
In BISCUIT, Miranda presents the ultimate biscuit bible: a cookbook packed with more than 100 biscuit recipes. Ranging from classic favourites such as Bourbons, jammy dodgers and Viennese whirls to delicate pistachio macaroons, lemon drizzle biscuits and savoury nibbles, these are recipes that celebrate the joy and simple pleasure of sitting down to a bickie and shows how easy it is to enjoy a homebaked version. Miranda will also be revealing all her tips for how to decorate, wrap and box your biscuits to turn them into the perfect gift.
Beautifully packaged with a stunning design and full-colour photography throughout, this is set to be a must for every baker's shelf. Move over cupcakes and whoopies, it's time to celebrate one of life's greatest British pleasures - the biscuit!
There's nothing quite like baking - fun, relaxing and oh so delicious - but it's not always the simplest of hobbies, and the road to baking bliss can be littered with sunken sponges and burnt brownies, which is where the Good Food team come in! In Easy Baking Recipes, the UK's best-selling cookery magazine has gathered together simple baking recipes that anyone can try!
From simple classics like sponges and chocolate cakes, to impressive celebration cakes and mouth-watering savoury bakes, every recipe has been triple-tested in the Good Food kitchen, so you can cook with complete confidence. With simple step-by-step instructions and a photograph of every dish, this handy cookbook will transform a baking novice into a true star baker!
Sharon Brown (Author)
When it comes to giving gifts, there's nothing more personal than something that you've made yourself - and what could be better than some delicious presents from the kitchen? Whether you're saying thank you with Chocolate Macaroons, celebrating Christmas with Mini Panettone or treating your valentine to some Cherry Shortbread Hearts, gourmet gifts are always a welcome treat.
Using their knack for clever ideas and triple-tested tips, the team at Good Food magazine has come up with 101 of their favourite foodie gifts, so you can celebrate any occasion with an array of tasty food and drink. From dishes for special occasions like Halloween and Valentine's Day, to recipes for using up a seasonal glut of fruit and veg, 101 Delicious Gifts is packed with sweet treats, jams, chutneys and gourmet gift packs to ensure your presents are always well received.
Accompanied by colour photographs and full nutritional breakdowns throughout, this handy cookbook will provide you with year-round inspiration for gifts from the kitchen.
Squarely aimed at the home baker, The Cake Decorating Bible is the definitive guide to turning your cakes, cupcakes and biscuits into showstoppers. Juliet Sear is at the forefront of contemporary cake design with celebrities flocking to her Essex-based cake shop, FANCY NANCY.
In this bible of a book, Juliet teaches all the basics of cake decoration - how to pipe buttercream, ice biscuits and use glitter and dyes to decorate cupcakes - before building up skills and confidence so that tiered cakes and chocolate ganaches can be whipped up in the blink of an eye. And alongside all Juliet's invaluable tips, cheats and troubleshooting advice for how to remedy 'cake-tastrophes' the book is packed with step-by-step photography of all the techniques and stunning shots of Juliet's inspiring designs.
In his stunning new baking and desserts cookbook Yotam Ottolenghi and his long-time collaborator Helen Goh bring the Ottolenghi hallmarks of fresh, evocative ingredients, exotic spices and complex flavourings - including fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, pistachio and cardamom - to indulgent cakes, biscuits, tarts, puddings, cheesecakes and ice cream.
Sweet includes over 110 innovative recipes with stunning photos by award-winning Peden + Munk - from Blackberry and Star Anise Friands, Tahini and Halva Brownies, Persian Love Cakes, Middle Eastern Millionaire’s Shortbread, and Saffron, Orange and Honey Madeleines to Flourless Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut and Rosewater and Cinnamon Pavlova with Praline Cream and Fresh Figs.
There is something here to delight everyone – from simple mini-cakes and cookies that parents can make with their children to showstopping layer cakes and roulades that will reignite the imaginations of accomplished bakers.
Please be upstanding, ladies and gentlemen, for the greatest puddings that this fair land has to offer!
Celebrating the gooiest, yummiest, sweetest treats that made Britain great, this new cookbook lets you in on the secrets of the best desserts in the country. From steamed sponges (chestnut and chocolate pudding) to classic crumbles (apple, blackberry and cinnamon), forgotten creations such as Lord Randall's pudding and school dinner favourites like jam roly poly, through chocoholic delights to perfect rice pudding and vintage Christmas pudding, this book is a genuine pud-lover's delight.
With 150 foolproof, tried-and-tested dessert recipes, plus easy instructions and colour photographs, this is the essential pudding cookbook from the real experts.
Great British Sweets is a gloriously indulgent celebration of our Great British love affair with sweet-making and good old-fashioned confectionery. The perfect gift for Valentines, birthdays and mums!
From pear drops to humbugs, honeycomb confections to liquorice, coconut ice to sugar mice, Nozedar gives us the rich history of these classic sweets along with over 50 easy-to-follow recipes for how to make them at home.
Make your own Macaroon Bars. Have a go at homemade Humbugs. Create a giant Curly Wurly bar. Or rustle up some lovely Liquorice.
Following the phenomenally successful Love, Tanya, Tanya Burr is back with her very first cookbook. In Tanya Bakes, she shares her passion for baking along with all her favourite recipes. As well as cakes and bakes, readers will love Tanya's delicious and simple puddings, loaves and pastries.
From everyday staple bakes to sweet treats for special occasions, Tanya's got the perfect recipe, every time:
- Tanya's Ultimate Celebration Cake
- Banoffee Pie
- Salted Caramel Cheesecake
- Rhubarb and Custard Muffins
- Earl Grey Tea Loaf
- Tanya's Nanny's Apple Pie
- Smarties Flapjacks
So make yourself at home in the kitchen with Tanya and treat yourself, your friends and family to something delicious!