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Wild Sweetness – Recipes Inspired by Nature

At first glance Thalia Ho’s stunning cook book ‘Wild Sweetness – Recipes Inspired by Nature’, had me rather confused. For some reason I had assumed that it was about cooking with foraged ingredients – be they from the wild, or the garden. For sure some of the ingredients could be from the garden or the […]

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Il Buco : Stories and Recipes

To put it simply, Il Buco: Stories and Recipes written by Donna Lennard with Joshua David Stein is a terrific  book. I found it fascinating to read not only for its delicious looking recipes but also for the story behind the famous New York restaurant – now in its 25th year – and its owner […]

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Everyday Fresh – Meals in minutes

‘Everyday Fresh – Meals in minutes’ by the very talented Australian food editor and cook book writer Donna Hay is the sort of book we love. I appreciate recipes that don’t take hours of prep and cooking; better still that can be cooked in one pan or served in one bowl; and are also tasty, […]

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Food and Climate Change – Without the Hot Air

Did you realise that a quarter of our carbon emissions come from food? We didn’t, until we read Sarah Bridle’s thought-provoking book Food and Climate Change – Without the Hot Air®. Sarah, Professor Bridle, skilfully takes the reader through daily meals and snacks setting out their impact on climate change with the aid of impressive […]

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Ghost Empire

In his book Ghost Empire Richard Fidler tells of gruesome murders, espionage, torture, skulduggery, fierce battles and betrayal, intermingling with them are accounts of loyalty, courage, vision and love. He tells of the birth of a city, and an empire, and its eventual fall. Richard confesses to having learnt nothing about Byzantium when at school. […]

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How to Raise a Loaf – and fall in in love with sourdough

I have to confess that in spite of having been on a short bread making course, and having a grandfather who was a master baker, I am really not very good at making bread. But I am getting better and I am desperate to improve. What was I eating? Learning to make decent bread has […]