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The Brisket Chronicles

I wouldn’t have thought it possible to produce an entertaining, interesting and useful cookery book of nearly 300 pages on a single subject– but Steven Raichlen has done just that, his subject – Brisket. His skill and passion for brisket is summed up in the book’s sub title ‘How to barbeque, braise, smoke and cure […]

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Italian Food

All books written by Elizabeth David, including reprints of earlier editions, are absolute joys. It was in 1954 that Italian Food written by Elizabeth David hit the UK book stores. It was a book destined to revolutionise the way UK cooks and their families, more used to years of rationing after World War II, looked […]

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Secrets of Great Second Meals

As a family we hate food waste. We’ll happily tuck into leftovers rather than toss them in the bin. However, we have never taken ‘left over’ cooking to the heights achieved by Sara Dickerman. Our left overs are more by accident than design or planning. Choose interesting ingredients But what a great idea to choose […]

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Create Beautiful Food at Home

There is a lot of truth, at least for many of us, that we also ‘eat with our eyes’. I certainly would much rather have small amounts of appetising looking food on a plate rather than a plate piled high. I do of course reserve the right to go back and ask for a second […]

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Decorating with Plants – What to choose, ways to style and how to make them thrive.

Unless it is a phalaenopsis orchid, friends have long since learnt that the pretty pot plant they have just given me will probably be dead by the time their car has reached the end of the road. I have a fully justified reputation of being ‘bad with house plants’. However, Baylor Chapman’s book Decorating with […]

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Park House Hotel and Spa, W Sussex

We were a little lost, but with the help of a couple of dog-walking ladies, we found Park House Hotel a little further along a country lane leading from Bepton a little village in the beautiful South Downs National Park. What a splendid location for a country house hotel; away from it all, yet conveniently […]