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Cupboard Love

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Cupboard Love: How to Get the Most Out of Your Kitchen (Hardback) By (author) Tom Norrington-DaviesIf you don’t have the time or culinary skills to follow in the footsteps of celebrity chefs but won’t be satisfied with ready meals that take just a few minutes in the microwave, Tom Norrington-Davies’ ‘Cupboard Love’ could be the ideal cookbook for you. The idea is to establish an up-to-date version of an old-fashioned larder in your kitchen. This may entail an initial outlay to build up a well-stocked cupboard, but once you have the basic ingredients you can produce a variety of home-made dishes with the addition of fresh produce in a short time and without too much fuss. It does of course mean that you are in control of the ingredients and can use olive oil or butter rather than hydrogenated fat, and pure sugar as opposed to dextrose or corn syrup.


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Good Housekeeping Cookery Book

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"Good Housekeeping" Cookery Book: The Cook's Classic Companion  By "Good Housekeeping"

Having lived for over twenty years in Cairo, where home cooking was the norm, on returning to the UK I gave in to the temptation to try out quite a few of the ready meals that I came across in the supermarkets. I was often short of time, and that was my excuse for not going overboard on home cooking.

I did think it might be useful to have a recipe book just in case, and bought The Good Housekeeping Cookery Book for as little as one pound as part of an introductory offer when I joined a book club. It went up on the top shelf of the bookcase, and there it stayed until I thought I would check its advice on roasting the Christmas turkey.


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Healthy Eating for Lower Cholesterol

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Healthy Eating for Lower Cholesterol: In Association with Heart UK, the Cholesterol Charity By Dan Green, By Catherine CollinsWhen I ordered this book I was under the impression that it was just a cookery book, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that there was a substantial introductory section written by a dietician, Catherine Collins, that explains how cholesterol travels round the body, how it builds up and why this is dangerous, how to reduce your risk factors, what a healthy-heart diet is and why a Mediterranean diet is one to be seriously considered. This section is followed by one hundred healthy and delicious recipes from chef Daniel Green.


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Leiths Baking Bible

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When I was little my mum was always baking cakes and pies etc and I really enjoyed helping her. However, in this busy day and age, the art of home baking seems to be dying out a bit – there are so many ready-made cakes and pies to buy, and I guess we are all that bit more health and weight conscious so do not want to be continually eating this sort of food. Having said that there, there is little more satisfying than seeing your freshly baked cake come out of the oven, and within a short while actually being able to taste it!

I was on the lookout for a good baking recipe book, mainly because I thought it would be good to do some baking with my daughter like my mum used to do with me. I already knew of Leiths Cookery Bible so when I saw Leiths Baking Bible I didn’t need to look any further! The recipes are actually compiled by Susan Spaull and Fiona Burrell but are all tested at Leiths School of Food and Wine.

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50 Great Curries of India

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50 Great Curries of India By Camellia Panjabi, Illustrated by Peter KnabCamellia Panjabi leaves no stone unturned for Western lovers of her country’s food in this little book that is more than just a collection of recipes. Following an introduction there is a page with a map alongside on culinary India, and then a chapter on The Philosophy of Indian Cuisine. This is followed by Why an Indian Meal? I was pleasantly surprised on reading the last paragraph of this section to discover just how beneficial some spices are: turmeric is anti-inflammatory while curry leaves are anti-bacterial; cumin and clove aid digestion whereas black pepper dries mucus.

The preliminary section continues with What Exactly is a Curry? This section of the book explains that curry simply means gravy.

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