By Mima Sinclair, Mima Sinclair
Taste the rainbow with this celebration of colour and creativity! Mima Sinclair has pulled out all the stops in creating a collection of delicious cakes, cupcakes, biscuits, small bakes and desserts that will brighten anyone's day. Rainbow design and unicorns are on trend with their frivolity and vibrancy creating a feel-good factor that is infectious and a perfect antidote to the depths of a grey winter. As always with Mima, she includes helpful tips and techniques so you can make your creations with confidence. Including Disco Dip Valentine's cookies, a Pinata Cake filled with hidden sweets, Marshmallow Funfetti Blondies, a Macaroon tower, Multicoloured Meringues, Rainbow Bagels and of course, the ultimate Rainbow Layer Cake, this book contains inspirational recipes that will bring happiness to any occasion.
RHS How Do Worms Work?
By Guy Barter
Ever wondered how worms breathe? Or why exactly trees are so big? This book covers all aspects of gardens and gardening, and will satisfy all your horticultural curiosity. Packed with photographs, vintage engravings and diagrams, this book will answer everything from the practical to the quirky and whimsical. Feature boxes provide practical guidance, so that you can apply your new-found knowledge to your own garden. Written by the head of the RHS Members' Advisory Service, this book is the ideal gift for fact-loving gardeners with curious minds.
Rhapsody in Green: A Novelist, an Obsession, a Laughably Small Excuse for a Garden
By Charlotte Mendelson
Gardening can be viewed as a largely pointless hobby, but the evangelical zeal and camaraderie it generates is unique. Charlotte Mendelson is perhaps unusually passionate about it. For despite her superficially normal existence, despite the fact that she has only six square metres of grotty urban soil and a few pots, she has a secret life. She is an extreme gardener, an obsessive, an addict. And like all addicts, she wants to spread the joy. Her garden may look like a nasty drunk old man's mini-allotment, chaotic, virtually flowerless, with weird recycling and nowhere to sit. When honoured friends are shown it, they tend to laugh. However, it is actually a tiny jungle, a minuscule farm, a wildly uneconomical experiment in intensive edible cultivation, on which she grows a taste of perhaps a hundred kinds of delicious fruits and odd vegetables. It is a source of infinite happiness and deep peace. It looks completely bonkers. Arguably, it's the most expensive, time-consuming, undecorative and self-indulgent way to grow a salad ever invented, but when tired or sad or cross it never fails to delight.
Rum The Manual
By Dave Broom
Shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Drink Book award.This is a book about how to drink rum of all kinds. It's about classic rums and new-generation rums, about rhum agricole and about premium aged rums, about rums from all over the world. It's about rum enjoyed with cola and ginger beer. About the best rum for a classic daquiri. About rum cocktails that ooze style and personality. Above all, it's about enjoying your rum in ways you never thought possible. The premium rum market is growing at an astonishing rate. The mission of this book is to help drinkers appreciate this complex spirit, find the style they like and discover how this versatile spirit can best be enjoyed. It will help you to understand your rum - how it's produced (whether from molasses, cane syrup or cane juice) and whether it's dry, sweet, fresh or oaky. More than 100 different rums are featured and analysed, from rich, sweet mellow Guyana rums to the vegetal peppery rums of Martinique or Guadeloupe and contemporary spiced rums. Dave Broom provides a description and graded tasting notes for each brand, allowing you to create the perfect mix every time. Finally, a selection of classic and contemporary cocktails shows just how wonderfully versatile this spirit is.
Rib Ticklers and Choux-ins
By Glynn Purnell
The yummy Brummie returns! Glynn's first book, Cracking Yolks and Pig Tales, shared behind-the-scenes stories and exciting dishes from his Michelin-starred restaurant, Purnell's. Now he's back with an enticing selection of recipes inspired by the success of Purnell's Bistro. The menu here is described as 'rustic home cooking with an eclectic twist', and with dishes such as Confit Lemon and Vanilla Pork Belly with Salt Baked Pineapple and Grilled Szechuan-style Chicken Skewers, there's plenty to explore. Kick things off with a Scorched Lemon and Vanilla Margarita, impress with Duck with Spice Plum Jam and Watercress, and finish with a Poached Summer Fruits in Basil and Cardamom. Written with Glynn's trademark cheeky wit ('Big, juicy, spicy plums! Oo-err missus!') and packed with tempting recipes, this is a great choice for anyone who wants to get creative in the kitchen.
RHS Practical Latin for Gardeners
RHS Practical Latin for Gardeners is a unique guide to plant binomials based on the bestselling RHS Latin for Gardeners. It contains 1,500 of the most useful and most widespread Latin names, organized into thematic chapters including Colour, Size, Form and Habitat. Each chapter is further subdivided into smaller groups, such as large plants and small plants. This allows gardeners to make new connections and discoveries in a way standard alphabetical lists don't permit. 'Behind the Name' feature boxes further increase the book's practical value, and a wide range of botanical watercolours ensure that it is beautiful as well as functional. This book includes a definition and pronunciation guide for each word, as well as a 16-page alphabetical index, so that it can still be used as a conventional dictionary of Latin names. And its handy, pocket-sized format makes it the perfect gift.
The Retronaut Guide to Raising Children
By Chris Wild
The highly successful Retronaut blog looks at the past as it has never been looked at before. Here, in the second of a new series of Retronaut books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings you a thought-provoking collection of photographs from our hidden history. Often witty and entertaining, but also thought-provoking and at times puzzling, the images are chosen to shift our perceptions, making us think-and look again. Discover what our ancestors considered to be good parenting in the days before the 'care' was put into childcare, from dangerous sports to the best brand of cigarette for your baby. A perfectly reassuring gift for today's new parent, this book will also appeal to anyone who likes pictures of babies in sunglasses.
The Retronaut Guide to Keeping Pets
By Chris Wild
Millions are addicted to the Retronaut blog, one of the Web's leading visual sites, that shows you the past you never knew existed. Here, in the first of a new series of books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings together an astonishing and thought-provoking collection of photographs from the hidden and forgotten corners of the archives. Often witty and entertaining, sometimes thought provoking, and at times puzzling, these images will make you think, look again, and marvel at the way we were. The Retronaut Guide to Keeping Pets is the first book to reveal how people once thought it amusing to picnic with crocodiles, and will appeal to anyone who enjoys laughing at cats on the internet.
Real Life Family Photography
By Amy Drucker
Go beyond the birthday snapshot and learn how to take inspired and unposed family photographs that capture the ages and stages of family life. Real Life Family Photography puts an end to awkward family photos, encouraging you to take inspiration from the every day details, while offering tips on fundamental techniques such as exposure, composition, lighting and focus. There's even advice on how to photograph babies and pets, giving you the knowledge and freedom you need to take unique, frame-worthy pictures.
RHS The Little Book of Bonsai
By Malcolm Hughes, Kath Hughes
The Little Book of Bonsai will make you an instant expert in the art of growing miniature trees. It is packed with myth-busting surprises, the first of which is that growing bonsai really isn't as hard as most people think. In fact, they are no more difficult to look after than other pot plants, and easier than many. This book makes the job even easier by breaking down the subject into three clear sections: Getting Started, Ongoing Care and Species Profiles. Jargon-free text and dozens of photographs and diagrams make this the ideal guide for complete novices, as well as a handy companion for more experienced growers. Whether you want to grow from seed or source an established plant, everything you need to know is contained in this guide, which, like bonsai themselves, is small but perfectly formed.
RHS Miniature Garden Grower
By Holly Farrell
For the miniature garden grower, lack of space is not a problem. Who needs a large garden when a landscape can be created in a single pot, or an entire ecosystem in a glass terrarium? In fact, you don't need a garden or any kind of outdoor space at all!RHS Miniature Garden Grower shows you how to create tiny gardens that bring big rewards. The projects are divided into five styles. Each one starts with the basic principles behind that style of garden, and a few snippets of simple plant science back up the easy-to-follow practical advice..You don't need a lot of square footage to create beautiful green spaces. These teeny-tiny gardens take very little time to plant and are a great option for a rainy-day activity. Many have the added advantage of being instantly complete and mature, making them great gifts and inspiration for gardeners of all ages.
Raw is More: Uncooked Food for Every Day
By Eccie Newton, Gini Newton
This book is about making raw food striking and delicious. Raw food contains more water and fibre as well as special enzymes that break down the food, making it more digestible and better for you. With nothing faddy or trying to make dishes that should never be raw, Eccie and Gini emphasise that flavour always comes first. If you're too busy to get to grips with your hob, or are sick of making vast batches on a Sunday to last you through the week - they are going to make raw your default for Monday nights in front of the TV, for simple suppers with friends, and for a knock-out packed lunch at the office. Recipes include Cauliflower Tabouleh, Carrot Flatbreads with Pistachio Labneh, Mozzarella & Tomato Pizza, Pad Thai, Salmon Chirasi, Sea bass Ceviche, and Avocado & Chocolate Mousse Tart.
By Joanna Farrow
Free from dairy, sugar and gluten, these cakes are not only good for you, they're delicious too! With recipes for a whole host of cakes, desserts and sweet treats including Carrot Cake with Macadamia Frosting, Salted Caramel Brownies, Raspberry, Rose and Pistachio Semifreddo and Raw Banana Banoffi Pie, this book is perfect for anyone on a special diet - even if you're gluten or lactose intolerant, vegan or diabetic you don't need to miss out on the good things in life.All recipes come with a taste guarantee and are easy to make from readily accessible ingredients, making for truly heavenly, healthy cakes.