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Winner of the 2014 Guild of Food Writers Award for Cookery Book of the Year.
James Morton was surely the people's favourite to win 2012's Great British Bake Off series - with his Fairisle jumpers and eccentric showstoppers, this soft-spoken Scottish medical student won the viewers' hearts if not the trophy.
James's real passion is bread-making. He is fascinated by the science of it, the taste of it, the making of it. And in Brilliant Bread he communicates that passion to everyone, demystifying the often daunting process of "proper" bread making. James uses supermarket flour and instant yeast - you can save money by making your own bread. You don't even have to knead! It just takes a bit of patience and a few simple techniques.
Using step by step photos, James guides the reader through the how-to of dough making and shaping, with recipes ranging from basic loaves through flatbreads, sourdoughs, sweet doughs, buns, doughnuts, focaccia and pretzels. Inspiring and simple to follow, with James's no-nonsense advice and tips, this book will mean you never buy another sliced white loaf again.
Clever and surprising cakes, bread, biscuits and desserts, with just three ingredients per recipe.
It's often said 'three is a magic number' and here's proof! This unique way of baking is the addictive trend of the moment, with recipes and online videos racking up millions of likes and shares. The alchemy in these recipes will amaze and astound you. Each contains exactly three ingredients; no fussy seasonings, fiddly decorations or hidden extras.
Perfect for children, adults, experts, amateurs, students, first-timers, old-timers - indeed anyone! - this is a cookbook for busy people, small budgets and even total beginners. Fast, convenient and easy to make, these 100 tempting treats are ideal when you need to magic up something delicious at the very last minute. By happy accident, some are low-sugar or gluten-free, while others are outright indulgent.
Sure to become classics:
- Almost instant Christmas cake
- Bread made from ice cream
- 40-second microwave meringues
- Cheat soufflé's using shop-bought custard
- Banana bread baked in a slow cooker
- Muffins magicked from ginger beer
Simple, effective and addictive, once you start baking in this way, you will never look back!
Published: 21 Sep 2017
Spectacles is the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins.
When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report - from the moment I was born to the moment I finally had the confidence to turn round and say 'Why is our house full of this shit?'
Sadly, a recycling 'incident' destroyed the bulk of this archive. This has meant two things: firstly, Dear Reader, you will never get to see countless drawings of wizards, read a poem about corn on the cob, or marvel at the kilos of brown flowers I so lovingly pressed as a child. Secondly, it's left me with no choice but to actually write this thing myself.
This, my first ever book, will answer questions such as 'Is Mary Berry real?', 'Is it true you wear a surgical truss?' and 'Is a non-spherically symmetric gravitational pull from outside the observable universe responsible for some of the observed motion of large objects such as galactic clusters in the universe?'
Most of this book is true. I have, of course, amplified my more positive characteristics in an effort to make you like me.
Thank you for reading.
Praise for Spectacles
'Drama, tears and laughs - Spectacles has got it all. A brilliant, touching memoir suffused with love, it reminds you that life is best lived at wonky angles. I ADORED it' Jessie Burton, bestselling author of The Miniaturist
'Very funny . . . It seems there are two Sue Perkins: the TV one, who gabbles and pratfalls, and the sensitive one who aches. The first of course, exists to protect the second. They can both write. The first writes comedy, the second tragedy; in this sense, reading her memoir is very like meeting her'
'It's a proper book . . . so well written. Tight & bright & full of inspiration'
Chris Evans, Radio 2
From breakfasts to dinners to a cake fit for the Queen.
Having fallen in love with Nadiya and her outstanding bakes on 2015's Great British Bake Off, readers can now discover all her favourite recipes. With chapters ranging from 'Lazy Sunday Mornings' to 'Midnight Feasts', 'Snacks and Sharing' to 'Dessert for Dinner', you'll find ideas for any time of the day, and for all the family. Nadiya offers innovative twists on traditional classics and failsafe recipes for many staple meals and bakes, including:
Best Fish Finger Butty
Crumpets with Salted Honey Butter
Wellington Sausage Rolls
Cod and Clementine Curry
Mustardy Kale Mac and Cheese
Popcorn, White Chocolate and Peanut Slice
Spiced Parsnip and Orange Cake
And not forgetting: 'Her Majesty's Cake', based on the delight she created for the Queen's 90th birthday.
Britain's favourite Bake Off winner now has her own prime-time BBC2 cookery series and companion cookbook.
Nadiya Hussain, winner of 2015's Great British Bake Off, is loved for her warmth and charisma as well as her unique approach to flavours. In her brand new TV show and book, Nadiya transforms familiar home-cooked dishes into fresh and enticing recipes, inspired by her spice cupboard, Bangladeshi family roots and British upbringing. With over 100 easy new twists on old favourites, these recipes just beg readers to try and taste for themselves, including:
Masala Eggy Bread
Chilli Bean and Banger Stew
Jerk Haddock with Jollof Rice
Rosemary Banoffee Pie
Rocky Road Cake
Eton Mess Cheesecake
Combining her love of family and food, flavour and fun, this is Nadiya cooking in the way she knows best - and inspiring others to do the same.
On 3 September 1939, the Prime Minister declared that Britain was at war with Nazi Germany.
Thousands of young women, many of them barely out of school, were sent headlong into gruelling training regimes that would see them become wartime nurses.
Sisters features over 150 previously unpublished stories from the archives of the Royal College of Nursing. The vivid, poignant and riveting stories capture these nurses' incredible bravery and touching friendships.
Two sisters. A broken childhood. A heartbreaking journey.
The extraordinary true story of surviving the unimaginable ...
In 1945, seven-year-old Barbie and her sister Eva were trapped, terrified, in wartorn Germany. With their father missing, and hundreds of miles from their mother, news of the approaching army left them confronted with an impossible choice: to face invasion, or to flee on foot.
Eva, aged nineteen, was determined to find her mother. For Barbie, twelve years younger, the journey was to be more perilous but, spurred on by her sister's courage and her desperate desire to be reunited with her mother, she joined Eva on a journey no child should ever have to endure.
Over three hundred miles across a country ravaged by a terrible war, they encountered unimaginable hardship, extraordinary courage and overwhelming generosity. Against all the odds, they survived. But neither sister came out of the journey unscathed ...
Edith Holden (Author)
A stunning new colouring book that will take you through a year in the life of the English countryside.
Nearly 40 years ago, a rediscovered diary enchanted the nation. Edith Holden's 'Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' from 1906 captured her observations on the English countryside's changing seasons, accompanied by exquisite illustrations of its flora and fauna.
Now, for the first time, Edith's work been turned into an beautiful colouring book.
Featuring black & white ink illustrations based on her paintings, alongside the original handwriting from the lost journal, this is a captivating colouring book that guides you through a year in the world of this truly remarkable Edwardian lady.
Published: 5 Jan 2017
From Lizzie Mary Cullen, the illustrator behind hit colouring book The Magical City, comes a wondrously festive treat for the winter.
Settle down by the fire and immerse yourself in this mesmerising colouring book. Join celebrations across the world and throughout the years, from skating at the Rockefeller Center to surfing in Sydney and frost fairs on the Thames to Victorian toy shops. Travel with the wise men following a star, spot Santa's sleigh skimming over the rooftops and discover dazzling gingerbread houses with Lizzie's intricate inky illustrations.
Fans of mindfulness and art therapy will love this beautiful Christmas gift book. A whole world of festivity is waiting for you inside. . .
Published: 29 Oct 2015
'There's someone out there for all of us...'
First Dates, Channel 4's runaway hit TV show, has captured the hearts of the nation. Each week millions of us cosy up on our sofas to watch nervous singletons arrive in the restaurant in the hope of finding love.
Now Fred Sirieix, the insatiably charming Maître'd of the First Dates restaurant, is here to help all of us - whether we're on a quest to find 'the one', or simply want to discover more about how to connect with someone and sustain the magic. With his unique take on romance, Fred reveals his recipe for a perfect date, and hopefully a perfect match.
This beguiling book brings the First Dates world to the page: all the heart-warming twists and turns of the most awkward meal of the daters' lives, the larger-than-life characters we have grown to love, and the timeless wisdom of Fred and his team. They share their match-making secrets: from breaking the ice to dealing with surprises and getting to grips with the rules of attraction, along with all the toe-curling moments and across-the-table triumphs as couples seek to find The One.
This is First Dates. This is The Art of Love.
Dawn French, number one bestselling author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, returns with her joyously funny new novel, According To YES.
The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family.
Emotional displays - unacceptable.
Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome.
Fun - no thanks.
This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom. A beautifully displayed impeccably edited fortress of restraint.
So when Rosie Kitto, an eccentric thirty-eight-year-old primary school teacher from England, bounces into their lives with a secret sorrow and a heart as big as the city, nobody realises that she hasn't read the rule book.
For the Wilder-Bingham family, whose lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?
'I adored According to YES. It's so different to anything I've read in forever, so charming, wise, brilliantly written. I loved it all' Marian Keyes
'There is lots of fun to be had reading this book. It's impossible not to warm to Rosie, a funny and open-hearted woman who acts as a salve and comfort blanket for this unhappy, inhibited family. There's something quite joyous about the way she unashamedly romps her way through the novel, changing the lives of those around her for the better' Express
'French can spin a yarn . . . which sets According to YES apart from the usual chick-lit template. Think the vicar of Dibley, without the dog collar. YES YES YES indeed' Independent
Further praise for Dawn French:
'A fantastic slam-dunk pageturner. Funny, enriching . . . page after page I laughed out loud' Mail on Sunday
'A hilarious snapshot of family life in the twenty-first century' Sunday Express
'Extremely funny' Sunday Times
'Dawn tackles the big ones - love, death, grief, childhood, motherhood, parenthood - head on' Guardian
'Makes you laugh on every page' The Times
'A brilliantly observed, very funny novel of family life' Woman and Home
'Funny, really enjoyable, highly recommended. A wonderful writer - witty, wise, poignant' Daily Mail
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, Loose Women and This Morning favourite 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.
Tom Jameson (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Jan Ravens (Read by), Jon Culshaw (Read by)
The award winning BBC Radio 4 impressions show returns with a new cast of characters.
2014 saw a welcome return to the airwaves for the comedy show that holds in its sights every programme, institution and politician you hold dear.
In these six episodes, Michael Portillo attempts to hide from his fellow This Week presenters; David Mitchell appears in EastEnders; Gareth Malone gives Ed Milliband tips on sounding normal; Masterchef meets The Great British Bake-Off; the European Space Agency receives some unusual telephone calls; Elton John sings nursery rhymes, and Nigel Farage hosts a podcast.
That’s just for starters - dozens of other familiar figures and programmes are given the Dead Ringers treatment by the accomplished impressionists Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Duncan Wisbey, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stevenson.
‘Women should be obscene and not heard’ – John Lennon
‘The only unnatural act is that which you cannot perform' – Alfred Kinsey
‘Fat people are brilliant in bed: if I’m sitting on top of you, who’s going to argue?' – Jo Brand
‘What most women want is not a man who ties you to the bed but one who unstacks the dishes while you watch The Great British Bake Off’ – Harriet Harman
Throughout the centuries, talk of sex has proved irresistible, producing wide-ranging responses, contradictory remarks, denouncements and appraisals; something seen as harmless by one is often condemned as damnable by another.
Whatever your sexual preferences, Talking Dirty is a hugely entertaining treasury of wit on this endlessly entertaining and controversial topic.
BBC Radio Comedy (Author) , Full Cast (Read by), Jeremy Hardy (Read by) , Miles Jupp (Read by)
Eight episodes of the topical BBC Radio 4 comedy panel show, presented by Miles Jupp.
The long-running satirical panel show returns for its 91st series, with guests including Jeremy Hardy, Lucy Porter, Andy Hamilton, Kerry Godliman, Susan Calman, Hugo Rifkind, Holly Walsh, Rebecca Front, Zoe Lyons, Frankie Boyle, Baron Finkelstein, Angela Barnes, Paul Sinha and Dane Baptiste.
They take turns to provide comic commentary on topics including the Labour conference, the US presidential election race between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, the exit of Sam Allardyce as England manager and The Great British Bake-Off.
Miles Jupp is in the chair, while newsreaders including Kathy Clugston, Caroline Nicholls and Susan Rae read a selection of humorous cuttings sent in by listeners. Duration: 4 hours approx.
Published: 5 Jan 2017
In a vivid panorama, Londoner's Larder presents the food of a great city. Annette Hope has used biography, literature and social history to explore the city of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Pepys, Johnson, Dickens, Wilde and Virginia Woolf, and to show in lively detail what these writers and their contemporaries might have eaten, where the food came from and how it was cooked. She looks at problems of supply, distribution, nutrition, cooking, and health and hygiene as the city expanded and changed character, and chronicles the effects of social, economic, and ethnic shifts since the end of the Second World War. At the end of each chapter are recipes from the period, written in modern, usable form.
From the takeaway pasties baked by the Cook in The Canterbury Pilgrims to dinner at the Café Royal, from John Evelyn's recipes for salads to Mrs Beeton, from the introduction of coffee to the appearance of ration books, this book charts the gastronomic life of London in scholarly and entertaining detail. A discussion of the city as it is at the beginning of the twenty-first century rounds off the picture - a time when Middle Eastern and Oriental food is commonplace, and much of the cuisine available in European restaurants is inspired by that on offer in popular holiday resorts and purely 'British' food is difficult to find.
If London beguiles you, literature seduces you, and recipes fascinate you, this pioneering book will intrigue and delight you.