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‘East End Paradise’ by Jojo Tulloh

East End Paradise by Jojo Tulloh

Originally published in 2009 as Freshly Picked, East End Paradise is a collection of recipes and anecdotes based on the fruits of Jojo Tulloh‘s allotment in Leyton, East London. As the food editor of The Week, Tulloh knows a thing or two about food. But reading through East End Paradise, it seems that it wasn’t until…

‘The Scandinavian Kitchen’ by Camilla Plum

Scandinavian Kitchen by Camilla Plum

I must admit, I know very little about Scandinavian food. The only time that I’ve been in Scandinavia was during a stop-over in Copenhagen – hardly a long stay. And the only time I’ve come close to Scandinavian food was on two long haul journeys with Scandinavian Airlines, who provided the best on-board bread I’ve ever…

‘Recipe for murder’ by Estérelle Payany

Recipe for murder by Esterelle Payany

Recipe for Murder is a rare and inspired creation by culinary journalist Estérelle Payany, which combines food with literature. The small but all-encompassing collection of recipes take inspiration from some of the literary world’s best known villains. A quick flick through is like an edible journey through the greatest (fictional) crimes in the world – you will…

Road-testing ‘Jamie’s 30 minute meals’ by Jamie Oliver

Jamie's 30 minute meals

As the book that accompanies Jamie Oliver’s Channel Four series of the same title, Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals has received a lot of publicity. Lots of people (including Guardian columnists) have tried cooking along with the show and failed. I too have watched in awe as Oliver apparently peeled and chopped an entire tray of fruit in…

‘Willie’s Chocolate Bible’ by Willie Harcourt-Cooze

'Willies Chocolate Bible' by Willie Harcourt Cooze

When Willie Harcourt-Cooze first appeared on to our TV screens in 2008, immersed in a bath of chocolate, it was the stuff of children’s books. He was in a documentary about making the best chocolates in the world from bean to bar. This was a man so passionate about chocolate that at the start of his…

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