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.
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
‘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.
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.
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.
Invite Nadiya into your kitchen . . . Following her primetime BBC2 cookery series, Nadiya presents her LATEST COOKBOOK, featuring mouth-wateringly delicious recipes from the programme . . .
Whip-up classic British dishes with a twist.Cayenne eggs benedict, soft poached eggs on an English muffin with smoked turkey rashers and cayenne hollandaise sauce. A quick and easy grilled aubergine and feta tart on flaky, buttery puff pastry. A five-spice duck pie for the whole family, AND you can even put your leftovers to good use and make fenugreek parathas. For dessert, a West Indian tropical hit of fruity, fragrant pink peppercornpineapple jam to top sweet sconesand coconut cream. The ultimate exotic treat. ________
'The best kind of cookbook . . . you can read it like a novel' The Times
Nadiya Hussain was crowned the nation's winner of 2015's Great British Bake Off. Famed for her talent and adventurous flavour choices, she sets off on a journey around the country to meet some of the finest growers, producers and pioneers behind the best of modern British food.
Inspired by her exploration, Nadiya has created over 120 easy and enticing new recipes that mix the local ingredients she encounters with her very favourite flavours, not forgetting a nod to her Bangladeshi roots.
Her reinvented classics capture the diversity of twenty-first century Britain - of tastes and culinary influences that shape what we love to cook and eat today.
Lavishly photographed, Nadiya's must-try recipes have got you covered from breakfast through to supper, whether you need fast mid-week meals, lunch on the hop, something a little bit special, or gorgeous pudding or party ideas.
Motivated by her love of family and food, flavour and fun, this is Nadiya cooking in the way she knows best - inspiring the rest of us to do the same.
'She baked her way into our hearts and hasn't stopped since' Prima
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.