The Vintage Tea Party Book
By Angel Strawbridge
AS SEEN ON CHANNEL 4'S HIT TV SERIES ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU 'The Vintage Tea Party helps you plan not only stunning recipes for all sorts of delicious treats but also gives you countless styling tips for the perfect occasion.' - Glamour (SA)'Bring out the bone china for this book from vintage guru Angel Adoree...' - the IndependentAngel Strawbridge cordially invites you to accompany her on a journey to create your perfect vintage tea party!The Vintage Patisserie is a haven of all things glamour, vintage and retro. Run by Angel Adoree, the outstanding character you may have seen on Dragon's Den or Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau, the Vintage Patisserie is a vintage hosting company, originally founded in East London where it spent years wowing its clientele with unforgettable tea parties from a bygone era. In 2015, the company (and Angel) relocated to the beautiful Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson in France, and now offers fairytale vintage weddings, among other unique celebrations. For that reason, there's nowhere better to get simple, elegant advice for hosting your very own Vintage Tea Party at home than from Angel and The Vintage Tea Party Book.As well as providing sumptuous elegant recipes to cover every time of the day, Angel's The Vintage Tea Party Book covers the full breadth of those little touches that make the perfect vintage party: Invitations, attire, decorations, props and more. The book is broken into: BRUNCH What do you mean, morning is no time for a party?! High Breakfast is the height of civilization and, here, I share my most refined brunch dishes, for a morning tea party fit for a Queen. Don your headscarf and on with the preparations!AFTERNOON Is your pinkie finger raised at the ready? There's nothing more British than Afternoon Tea. This chapter is a treasure trove of tea-time delights, from classics to decadent treats, and I show how to make a Union Flag for the ultimate traditional tea party.EVENING The evening tea party is all about glamour, giggles and good friends. On these pages, I share my most impressive recipes, for maximum impact on the eye and taste buds, to give the special people in your life the treat they deserve.STYLE You've organized the perfect vintage do, now it's time for the perfect vintage hairdo, and the perfect vintage dress, and for getting your make-up - and your man - looking just stunning. You'll be the most glamorous hostess in town!
By Dominic Roskrow
What can we expect from the best whiskey producers in America today? Whiskey America showcases some of the most exciting new styles of whiskey and why they are so special. With fascinating interviews with some of the leading characters in the recent distilling revolution, this absorbing book relates the stories of how successful lawyers, doctors and city slickers made the life-changing decision to turn their backs on conventional careers to pursue the 'good life' of making spirits in the most far-flung outreaches of America. And thank goodness they did, because this new generation of distillers not only customized conventional whiskey styles but also invented new ones never seen before. Whiskey America investigates how best to enjoy the new whiskies - in cocktails, with food, mixed or straight - and looks forward to where these exciting American spirits are going next.
Gin: The Manual
By Dave Broom
'You could not write a more sophisticated book or pack more detail onto each page...it is rocket science impressive'Huffington PostIn recent years, gin has shed its old-fashioned image and been reborn as a hot and hip spirit. The number of brands grows every day and bartenders - and consumers - are now beginning to re-examine gin as a quality base spirit for drinks both simple and complex.Now, with more brands available than ever before, it is the time to set out what makes gin special, what its flavours are and how to get the most out of the brands you buy. With this book as your guide, discover:- How gin is made- What a botanical is and how they impact a gin's flavour- What the difference between Dutch, London, Scottish, Spanish and American gins is- How you drink them to maximise your pleasure- Whether there is life beyond the gin & tonic (yes!)The body of the book covers 120 gins which Dave has tested four ways - with tonic, with lemonade, in a negroni and in a martini - and then scored. In addition, each gin is categorised according to an ingenious flavour camp system, which highlights its core properties and allows you to understand how you can best drink it, and therefore enjoy it.
Creative Vegetable Gardening
By Joy Larkcom
'Larkcom is a marvellous grower and writer, and so inspirational. This book not only offers her many years of wisdom on how to grow edible plants, but also shows many ways of doing so as beautifully as possible.' Monty Don, Daily MailJoy Larkcom believes passionately that a vegetable garden, whatever its size, can be as beautiful as a conventional garden of flowers and shrubs. In Creative Vegetable Gardening she shows how the principles of good design can be applied to a kitchen plot and how to use the vibrant textures, colours and forms of vegetables, herbs and fruit to create glorious effects and intriguing patterns without jeopardizing their productivity. Inspirational colour photographs of potagers and kitchen plots capture the essence of the creative approach to vegetable growing. Techniques are described in clear stages and illustrated with full-colour step-by-step artworks, while an A-Z directory includes more than 150 edible plants with key facts on their cultivation, supplemented with ideas on how to grow them to maximum ornamental effect. Beautifully illustrated, intricate plans of five types of potager - formal, informal, small, urban and winter - add to the wealth of inspirational information.
RHS The Secrets of Great Botanists
By Matthew Biggs
Botanists are the trailblazers who first discovered how plants work and collected from around the world many of the species that we find in our gardens today. This informative and beautiful guide presents the stories of 35 plant collectors and gardening pioneers of the past and present, including Joseph Banks, Asa Gray and Marianne North.Arranged in chronological order, each profile covers one botanist, presenting their life story, discoveries and legacy, while special feature pages reveal their secrets, exploring the qualities that brought them success and showing what ordinary gardeners can learn from them.Illustrated with beautiful period botanical watercolours and vibrant photographs, RHS The Secrets of Great Botanists will provide inspiration and practical guidance for gardeners of all levels, from successful plant cultivation to adding interest to your garden.
Higgidy: The Cookbook
By Camilla Stephens
Higgidy is known for its scrumptious pies and tarts. In this updated edition of their debut cookbook, co-founder and chief pie maker Camilla Stephens ventures beyond pastry with new recipes for healthy and delicious frittatas and more. Also included of course are mouth-watering Higgidy classics such as Chicken Pot Pie, the Best Quiche Lorraine and Salted Pecan Fudge Pie.From chapters on Simple Suppers and Crafty Quiches to Party Pies and Sweet Treats, all your cooking needs are covered, so you can enjoy a Simple Fish Pie for an after-work supper, Lemony Asparagus & Ricotta Tart for a summer picnic, Little Hot Dog Rolls and Mini Chorizo and Chilli Tartlets for a party and a Chocolate Snowflake Tart for a wintry treat.With Camilla's expert guidance on foolproof pastry techniques added in, this is a wonderful source of heartwarming recipes for family and friends.
RHS Can Anything Stop Slugs?
By Guy Barter
RHS Can Anything Stop Slugs assists with all of the most common problems encountered in a garden - as well as some slightly more unusual ones. The RHS's Chief Horticulturist, Guy Barter, provides expert advice, responding to the questions posed by thousands of gardeners every year.This entertaining and informative guide provides a wealth of information. Feature boxes of interesting facts enable you to really get to grips with the issue at hand.As the cause of a problem is not always apparent, the main symptom is used as the starting point in each section, enabling you to troubleshoot all your garden problems. This is not a dull reference book full of lists - it is an easy-to-read and amusing look at how we battle with nature in our gardens, showing you how to either come out top or to surrender with dignity.
The World Atlas of Coffee
By James Hoffmann
Coffee has never been better, or more interesting, than it is today. Coffee producers have access to more varieties and techniques than ever before and we, as consumers, can share in that expertise to make sure the coffee we drink is the best we can find. Where coffee comes from, how it was harvested, the roasting process and the water used to make the brew are just a few of the factors that influence the taste of what we drink. Champion barista and coffee expert James Hoffmann examines these key factors, looking at varieties of coffee, the influence of terroir, how it is harvested and processed, the roasting methods used, through to the way in which the beans are brewed.Country by country - from Bolivia to Zambia - he then identifies key characteristics and the methods that determine the quality of that country's output. Along the way we learn about everything from the development of the espresso machine, to why strength guides on supermarket coffee are really not good news. This is the first book to chart the coffee production of over 35 countries, encompassing knowledge never previously published outside the coffee industry. For everyone who wants to understand more about coffee and its wonderful nuances and possibilities, this is the book to have.
By Mark Hix
Hooked delves into the exciting fishing adventures of celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix, opening with the story of his first catch, age 8, being cooked for supper by his grandmother - the catalyst for what has become his passion.You will be regaled with tales of extraordinary fishing expeditions at home and afar, from the banks of the Dumfriesshire coast to Tuscany's Porto Ercole, with each trip ending with a feast - be it the catch of the day (if all went to plan), or something found and foraged if the need arises (always have a back-up plan). Hooked features both exotic and humble dishes such as Hot stone salmon, Barracuda & pineapple ceviche, Trout kedgeree and Mahi mahi sashimi.Weaved into the narrative are the infectious, and unexpected, joys of fishing and what it does for you. Hint: it's not necessarily about the fish.Featured locations:EnglandScotlandIrelandItalyFloridaThe BahamasSouth AfricaAustraliaNew Zealand
The Spirits Collection
By Dave Broom
THE SPIRITS COLLECTION contains three books:Gin The Manual * Rum The Manual * Whisky The ManualThe range of fantastic spirits available around the world has never been better. You can enjoy a Mediterranean-style gin from Spain, a rhum agricole from Martinique and a malt whisky from Japan. But how do you navigate through the wealth of options? And how do you know the best mixers to drink with each, or the most delicious cocktails to make?Award-winning spirits author Dave Broom has done all the research for you. In these three manuals he includes for each spirit more than 100 outstanding examples for you to try. And he has also tested each spirit many ways - with tonic, coconut water, cola and so on - and scored the results. Delicious classic and contemporary cocktail recipes round things off.Dave Broom is an award-winning author specialising in spirits. He has been writing about drinks for more than 25 years and has won multiple awards for his work.Praise for Gin The Manual:'You could not write a more sophisticated book or pack more detail onto each page... it is rocket science impressive.'Huffington Post
The Ritz London
By John Williams
'The dining room has long attracted old-world grandees and now enjoys a new stream of gastronauts eager to try Williams' "Menu Surprise" for the first time ... Extraordinary standards.' - British GQ'[John William's] distinctive classical British dishes match their beautiful surrounding.' - Telegraph'These establishments have long and illustrious histories, but the cooking at both has never been better than it is today.' - Rebecca Burr, Editor of the Michelin Guide' John's remarkable career is an example to anyone who wants to become the very best in the culinary world.' - Andrew Oxley, Head of Hotel & Hospitality Services at The AAThe Ritz: The Quintessential Cookbook is the first book to celebrate recipes of the dishes served today, at lunch and at dinner. The book features 100 delicious recipes, such as Roast scallops bergamot & avocado, Saddle of lamb belle époque and Grand Marnier Soufflé, and is divided into the four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.The recipes reflect the glorious opulence and celebratory ambience of The Ritz; seasonal dishes of fish, shellfish, meat, poultry and game. Desserts include pastries, mousses, ice creams and spectacular, perfectly-risen soufflés. There are recipes that are simple and others for the more ambitious cook, plus helpful tips to guide you at home.Along the way, John Williams shares his culinary philosophy and expertise. For any cook who has wondered how they do it at The Ritz, this book will provide the answers. There will be plenty of entertaining tales about the hotel and unique glimpses of London's finest kitchen beneath ground.
By Lia Leendertz
THE ORIGINAL & BESTSELLING ALMANAC 'I love this gem of a book' - Cerys Matthews The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2019 reinvents the tradition of the rural almanac for a new audience. It gives you the tools and inspiration you need to celebrate, mark and appreciate each month of the year in your own particular way. Divided into the 12 months, a set of tables each month gives it the feel and weight of a traditional almanac, providing practical information that gives access to the outdoors and the seasons, perfect for expeditions, meteor-spotting nights and beach holidays. There are also features on each month's unique nature, such as the meteor shower of the month, beehive behaviour, folklore and stories, seasonal recipes and charts tracking moon phases and tides. Why not try identifying trees by their bare buds in January; Enjoy Buttermilk scones with orangle blossom & honey butter in June; Discover the Chinese New Year story of 'The great race' in February.You will find yourself referring to the almanac all year long, revisiting it again and again, and looking forward to the next edition as the year draws to a close.Praise for The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2018:'The perfect companion to the seasons' - India Knight'A richly layered book of events, celebrations and everyday information that together create a beautiful, fascinating resource . . . In the single month I've had my hands on it, the book has quietly "worked".' - Telegraph'Beautifully written, this pocket-sized guide is a labour of love and will remind you to appreciate little moments throughout the year.' - Gardens Illustrated'Elegant . . . an ideal stocking filler.' - The English Garden
Gizzi's Season's Eatings
By Gizzi Erskine
No one loves a get-together more than Gizzi, so in her latest book she shows you how to create delicious, crowd-pleasing fare for every occasion. Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, a New Year's brunch or a frightful feast for Halloween: whatever the occasion, you will find something special to share with the ones you love. Recipes include Boxing Day turkey mole enchiladas, Bonfire night sausage casserole, Thanksgiving clambake and Dense chocolate Christmas cake.Praise for the bestselling Gizzi's Healthy Appetite:'A great collection of food you'll really want to eat' - Tom Kerridge'The Korean fried chicken is our go-to indulgence... there's no excuse for such dishes not to feature regularly in your midweek menu' - Stylist'A seriously smart foodie authority' - GQ