Happy Christmas to all my readers, enjoy the festivities and lovely food at this time of year.
LAST-MINUTE FOODY BOOKS TO ADD TO YOUR SANTA LIST…
It’s not too late to add a couple of great books to your Santa list especially with Amazon Prime. My two last-minute picks are…
Finch Bakery: Sweet Homemade Treats and Showstopper Celebration Cakes by Lauren and Rachel Finch. A Sunday Times Best Seller on Amazon for £11
There are no healthy alternatives in this book – the fantastic showstopping cakes and cookies are pure indulgence. The successful sisters who started a bakery from their parent’s kitchen deliver some confectionary wonders.
Lauren and Rachel Finch, founders of Finch Bakery, share their best-kept secrets to decorating all-out celebration cakes and let you in on their top baking techniques to create indulgent brownies and cupcakes, decadent macarons, stuffed cookies of every kind and your very own versions of their indulgent signature cake jars.
Packed with crowd-pleasing classics and desserts to impress, this bestselling baking book has the treat to satisfy every sweet tooth, every time:
– Over 80 Instagram-ready baking recipes from occasion cakes, tray bakes, cookies, no-bake cakes and so much more!
– 15 step-by-step baking technique tutorials for beginners
– Mix-and-match your favourite flavour combinations for sponges, fillings, buttercream and toppings to build your own creations
Discover the hidden secrets to show-stopping bakes from tempering chocolate and levelling cakes, to crumb coating, piping and scraping techniques. You’ll learn the basics to cake decorating and baking before exploring indulgent flavour combinations.
Recipes are designed to be standalone, but some also work in a build-a-block way so you can make your own creation by swapping the sponge, filling, sauce or topping to satisfy your sweet tooth. With inventive creations and essential techniques, this is a whole new world of cake.
Gastro Obscure – A Food Adventurer’s Guide by Wong (Author), Cecily (Author), Thuras (Author), Dylan (Author), Atlas Obscura (Author) available from Amazon for £18.19
From those ever-curious, ever-quirky minds behind the #1 New York Times bestselling Atlas Obscura,, comes an unputdownable guide that marries our endless appetite for travel with our insatiable interest in food. Continent by continent, country by country, Gastro Obscura takes up the mantle of Atlas Obscura to radically expand our sense of wonder about the world–in this case, what humans eat and drink, which turns out to be far more marvellous than we could ever imagine.
Created by the founders of AtlasObscura.com, GastroObscura.com delivers fresh food stories daily to the millions of Atlas Obscura readers and Facebook fans, along with its own burgeoning dedicated email newsletter. And it is now serving up the best of it in a lavishly illustrated food-lover’s gift of nearly 500 dishes, ingredients, traditions, and experiences.
Discover English bog butter. “Threads of God” pasta (only three women know how to make it). The best black bean fritter restaurant in Brazil. The world’s largest floating restaurant. A croissant museum in Poland. Focusing as much on food’s place in our lives as well as our bellies, the book covers history–the network of ancient Roman fish sauce factories. Culture–picture four million women gathering to make rice pudding. Travel–scale China’s Mount Hua to reach a sacred tea house. Festivals–chase a wheel of double Gloucester at Britain’s annual Cooper’s Hill cheese rolling competition. And such truly surprising delicacies as sturgeon spinal cord, blood tofu, stinkbug tacos, and more.