By Lia Leendertz
THE ORIGINAL & BESTSELLING ALMANAC 'I love this gem of a book' - Cerys Matthews 'This book is your bible' - The Independent '...it already feels like an annual necessity' - India Knight 'Joyous' - Allan Jenkins 'Updated for 2019 with more lovely ideas to celebrate the seasons' - Gardens Illustrated'A charming book. This is a real gem of a gift' - Sunday Express, S Magazine. A perfect toolkit connecting with the world around us and the year ahead as it unfolds - all in a compact and pocket size that just begs you to pick it up and browse - Reckless Gardener or Its range of information and depth of understanding of our seasons is priceless - Reckless GardenerThe 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
The Art of the Party
By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
'Kay can cook - but she can shake a damn fine cocktail too.' - Heston BlumenthalKay Plunkett-Hogge demonstrates that entertaining need not be stressful with more than 90 deliciously simple recipes for cocktails and finger food that can easily be scaled up and made in advance. Kay draws on her own party-planning experience to help you be the perfect host, with handy tips on everything from guest list to painless clean-up.Features favourite recipes from three of Kay's previous books, including the award-winning Make Mine A Martini, as well as new creations such as Mini Cornbreads with Bacon, Chilli and Cheese, Smoked Mackerel Paté and Scandinavian Glögg.
By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
Let's be honest: who doesn't want to be a little bit Italian? To glide through Rome on a Vespa like Marcello Mastroianni, wearing an impeccable suit? Or sit in St Mark's Square in Venice at dusk, nibbling cicchetti and sipping an Aperol spritz? This is la dolce vita, and this is aperitivo - Italy's take on drinks and small snacks.Aperitivo brings together 80 recipes from across Italy, and tells the stories behind the food and the drinks that shape the aperitif hour. The book opens with the aperitivi themselves - Campari and Aperol - as well as recipes for classic Italian cocktails (including the perfect Negroni) and a guide to Italian wine. Kay then introduces simple recipes for Antipasto and Pinzimonio; Tramezzini; Bruschette and Crostini; Seafood; Meat and Fowl; Vegetables, Dairy and Eggs; Bread and Baking; and Dolci. So let's cinch in our waists, pop on some cat's eye sunglasses, and make like Sophia Loren. It's time for Aperitivo.
At Home with Plants
By Ian Drummond, Kara O'Reilly
Houseplants are hot, and creative interior planting is becoming increasingly easy to achieve. The new wave of unusual and dramatic indoor plants is as much about décor and statement as greenery. Used aesthetically, as a focal point and sculptural element in interior design, indoor gardening is not just about possessing or growing a plant, but about using it as an accessory combined with other objects to create a particular style and mood. In this much-needed book, Ian and Kara show you how to transform your home with plants and tells you which plants will work best where and how to care for them. From strikingly geometric terrariums to pretty hanging baskets, practical herb pots and colourful window displays, this book is packed full of exciting and gorgeous ideas. Specially commissioned photography by Nick Pope throughout proves that bringing the outdoors in really is the best form of interior design.
By Janelle Estep
Perfect for anyone who wants to create nail art with personality, Awesome Nails provides more than 40 designs for nail decals you can print at home. Clear, photographic step-by-step tutorials show you how to apply the designs, and you can also download, scan, colour in or trace to customize and make your own. Two pages of ready-to-wear nail stickers mean that you can get started straight away. YouTuber Janelle Estep shares stylish templates to customize and print, from cute paw prints to magic unicorns. All you need is some craft decal paper and a desktop printer. She provides simple instructions for applying studs, jewels, glitter and special-effect polish techniques to take your nail art to the next level. With mess-free salon tricks at your fingertips, Awesome Nails will help you create perfect nail art for every outfit and occasion.
Adventures of a Terribly Greedy Girl
By Kay Plunkett-Hogge
As featured in the Sunday Express and Evening Standard Must Haves'...a heady and enchanting book and a manifesto of our times ...if you're interested in food, film, fashion or simply fantastic adventures to far-flung places, you'll want to devour Kay Plunkett-Hogge's Adventures of a Terribly Greedy Girl'.Metro'This eclectic memoir, with its evocative vignettes of life in some of the world's mostvibrant cities, is punctuated with mouthwatering recipes - everything from sashimi with Thai salsaverde to the perfect dry martini'.Daily Mail'...a romp through the life of one-time male model-booker Kay Plunkett-Hogge. There are recipes and checklists peppered among the riotous stories. Dip in and out or read on the train to brighten your commute - it's better than a Berocca fix (and far more entertaining'.delicious.magazine'[A] feisty, funny memoir, interspersed with personal recipes. Best enjoyed with a Martini'.Sainsbury's MagazineWith a dry martini in hand, Kay Plunkett-Hogge looks back at the happy accidents, regrettable errors and unexpected opportunities that led to a career as a food and drink writer, via stints in the worlds of fashion and film. It is a celebration of a tumbling through life, of mistakes, and opportunities laid bare. As you read, Kay shares 25 delicious recipes she discovered along the way, from her grandmother's apple crumble to sashimi with Thai salsa verde. Chapters include 10 Things I Learnt in New York, The Comfort of a Roast Chicken and What Would Martha Do? Joyful, witty and occasionally indiscreet, Adventures of A Terribly Greedy Girl is about the benefits of letting your curiosity trump your good sense.
The Art of the Jersey
By Andy Storey
A lifelong cycling enthusiast, Andy Storey has assembled a huge collection of the most important designs in recent cycling history, from iconic retro designs worn by Tour de France winners to specialist items and hard-to-find collector's pieces. For each jersey he brings together key information, context and extended captions telling the jersey's story. With more than 200 examples accompanied by photography and analysis, The Art of the Jersey is the perfect book for the road-racing enthusiast and the modern style-conscious cyclist.
A. Wong – The Cookbook
By Andrew Wong
DECLARED "NO. 3 RESTAURANT IN THE UK" - 2017 NATIONAL RESTAURANT AWARDS'a gorgeous cookbook filled with passion and soul' - Ken HomFrom Lotus root crisps, Taiwanese popcorn chicken with basil and Baked pork buns to Crispy aromatic duck, Chilli barbecued five-spiced Dover sole and Singapore noodles, A. Wong - The Cookbook offers a host of new and exciting authentic Chinese recipes. Andrew Wong's philosophy is simple: maintain the fundamentals of the original Chinese recipes whilst adding an unmistakably 'Wong' spin to it. For Andrew Wong, cooking is all about inclusiveness; cooking and creating a meal is an act of love and friendship, which is perhaps why his restaurant in London's Victoria is so incredibly popular. This unmissable new cookbook introduces a way of eating Chinese that is unlike any other.Praise for A.Wong:'The joy of A. Wong...and it is a joy - is in the detail' - Lisa Markwell, The Independent'You know what this is? This is Modern British Chinese, and I think the first of it I have ever seen' - Giles Coren, The Times'Presentation is delicious. A nest of shredded filo cradles slow-cooked, tea-smoked eggs dusted with satay powder. If that's not sensory overload enough, a burning stick of cinnamon breathes scented smoke over it' - Marina O'Loughlin, Guardian
The Accidental Vegetarian
By Simon Rimmer
When Simon Rimmer bought a small vegetarian restaurant, he had no idea how to cook. Armed with two cookbooks and heaps of enthusiasm, he and a friend created the best vegetarian restaurant in Manchester, famous for its unusual food and lovely atmosphere. A confirmed meat eater, Simon had to rethink his cooking and has created vegetarian recipes to please even the most dedicated carnivore. This book is a collection of some of his recipes that are quick to prepare but totally delicious. From good old favourites like macaroni cheese to Simon's more exotic fusion creations such as spicy beetroot and coconut soup, The Accidental Vegetarian will kill the lentil and sandal image of vegetarianism forever!
Australia's Liquid Gold
By Nicholas Faith
How did Australia achieve such phenomenal success in its wine business? Historian and critically acclaimed wine writer Nicholas Faith gives an indepth account of the growth and international boom of Australia's wine industry and describes how these wines have risen to the point of becoming the world's number one choice. This is the first book to chart the success story of Austalia's wine trade.