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    Hope and Greenwood – Life is Sweet
    In this jolly little gem of a book, Miss Hope and Mr Greenwood offer 50 of their most delectable sweet recipes delights such as toffee and fudge, coconut ice, gums, jellies, nougat and perfect hand-made chocolates. Like the confectionery they sell in their shops, everything in the book will recommend the use of the best ingredients, including fresh cream, butter and natural vanilla, and never use artificial flavours. You will also be treated to a delicious array of sweet stories, historical anecdotes and scandal which are guaranteed to make you chuckle. Exquisitely designed and lavishly photographed, Life is Sweet will tap into the current nostalgia for the confectionery we remember from our childhood and allow us to indulge our sweet tooth to the full. The writing style - deliberately jolly hockey sticks with a huge dollop of innuendo actually made me laugh. Guiltily because I thought for a moment that I should be a bit more ‘grown up’, then realised I was being silly and to go with it. The recipe’s are serious enough for the rest of it to be light-hearted as it likes; the substance is there. Miss Hope explains her love for English Almond Butter Toffee: "Almond Butter Toffee is, without question, the George Clooney of toffees. If I was the last woman on earth and I had to choose between Clooney and his packet of English Almond Butter Toffee (and the existence of mankind depended on it). I'd definitely nibble his packet."
  • Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum
    American Recipes
    Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum
    If you own The Cake Bible and have used and appreciated it. You must get Rose's Heavenly Cakes. And if you don't own any of these books and you love baking cakes and you want to learn to be creative with them, then get both the books. These are the best recipes that I have come across. Rose pays so much attention to technique and measurements to make the cakes very tasty, the crumb fine and the cake supersoft. Each cake that i have made either from The Cake Bible or Heavenly Cakes have turned out so delicious and delicate, if it weren't for my poor decorating skills then it would seem like it came straight from a professional bakery. I gave a huge sigh of relief when the second book was released in the US exactly one month before my sisters birthday. I really wanted to make a red velvet cake and was looking at other cookbooks because The Cake Bible didn't have one. When i saw that Rose had included her own version of the recipe in the second book i knew that her one would be the best. To no ones surprise the cake was a resounding success. Thank heavens for Rose Levy Beranbaum. ps. She has a pretty cool blog too! www.realbakingwithrose.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZUWdhncD_Y
  • Jamie’s America by Jamie Oliver
    Cookbook Reviews
    Jamie’s America by Jamie Oliver
    I have never really been drawn to the work of Jamie Oliver. I received his Italy book as a Christmas gift and was very impressed with its layout and use of colours. His recipes seemed enticing but i have yet to find inspiration from them to really test them. I was very drawn to the idea of Jamie at Home. Cooking from the garden and using seasonal products to reduce your carbon footprint and be healthy. Fantastic idea. Same problem. I didn't cook from any of the recipes. They just haven't grabbed me by the eyeballs and lured me into the kitchen like a big bad wolf. One day i was walking through a small bookshop and came across Jamie's America. "Interesting" i thought aloud. The striking cover with its red, white and blue and Jamie quite happily posing was enough for me to pick it up and flick through it. I was astounded and overjoyed at what i found inside. True to form Jamie has recognised the influence of ethnic foods in our culture and has cleverly interwoven many recipes through various chapters that are catergorised by states. New York, Louisiana, Arizona, Los Angeles, Georgia and Wild West (not a state - I know). Hot Choccy & Churros Jamie has far outdone himself in this book. This - in my opinion - has improved on all his other books by leaps and bounds. Where all the other books seem to have their various problems (hard to read fonts, cluttered…