At Elizabeth David's Table
Classic Recipes and Timeless Kitchen Wisdom
With books such as French Provencal Cooking, published in 1960, Elizabeth David (1913–1992) transformed British attitudes to cooking and eating, importing Mediterranean influences, but also celebrating the best in English cuisine and particularly English baking. This beautifully presented anthology contains a selection of both quick recipes and classic dishes from David's books, some in her narrative style, some with their ingredients listed. The recipes have been photographed in muted style, and interspersed with essays and articles, including 'My Dream Kitchen'. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Experimental Ideas for Contemporary Lettering
Hand-drawn lettering is very much in vogue in modern graphic design. This practical guide shows how to produce colourful and contemporary effects with creative letterforms. There are clear explanations of the basic techniques of letter construction, spacing and relative proportion but the book takes a looser, more intuitive approach than traditional calligraphy, with projects and exercises that use everyday writing tools and materials rather than specialist precision equipment.
Inside the Divide
One City, Two Teams, The Old Firm
When Celtic football club was established in 1888 to raise money for Scotland’s Catholic underclass a religious divide between them and the predominantly Protestant Rangers developed, locking the clubs into an intense rivalry. Focusing on their New Year Derby on 2 January 2010, a fixture that had been banned for ten years due to the violence previous matches had generated, Richard Wilson explores the historic enmity between the teams and its continuing cultural significance.
Cricket's Philosopher King
The Trinidadian historian, journalist, novelist and socialist CLR James was a prominent figure, a polymath who wrote classic works on topics including cricket and Caribbean history. In this illustrated biography Dave Renton explores his life and legacy from his experiences as an immigrant in Lancashire, through his connections with leading intellectuals of the African Revolution to his engagement with radical causes worldwide. Off-mint.
Chinese Animal Painting Made Easy
Rebecca Yue shows how to develop the techniques required to create the loosely drawn, expressive paintings that capture the essence of animal subjects in Chinese art. After explaining basic techniques and materials, Yue describes more specialized methods for various animals, such as the big, bold brushstrokes required for a panda's black patches or wet and dry methods for depicting animals with patterns such as leopards and tigers.
Am I Missing Something...?
Unpublished Letters to The Daily Telegraph
A letters page may seem antiquated in an era of texting and tweeting, yet the Telegraph's letter writers – often bemused, sometimes furious, always erudite – are a breed apart. Here are their wise, waggish and unpublished opinions on everything from gay marriage ('Sir – Gays should be able to marry so they can suffer like the rest of us') to royal babies ('Sir – Maybe the hospital could release pink or blue smoke when the baby is born').
The History of Taste
Why did Europeans, who had enjoyed spicy food since Roman times, prefer bland flavours in the 19th century? What were the origins of the sophisticated dishes of the Arabian desert? How did French cuisine conquer the world? Addressing such questions, this lavishly illustrated volume of essays traces the history of food, from the evolution of taste in prehistory to the development of the restaurant, and concludes with a discussion of gastronomy since the turning point of the 1970s. Off-mint with No jacket.
The Gardens of the Vatican
Behind the high walls of the Vatican, beautifully kept gardens offer the Pope a tranquil refuge, fragrant with sweet herbs and cooled by shade trees and fountains. Linda Kooluris Dobbs's photographs give us access to these normally hidden lawns and avenues, grottoes and parterres, with their fine statuary and fountains, and their imposing backdrop – the buildings of the Vatican and the dome of St Peter's. Kildare Dobbs's introductory essay accompanies this collection of over 140 photographs.
Wallace & Gromit
The Complete Cracking Contraptions Manual
How do the Techno Trousers work? How did Wallace rebuild Preston the Cyber Dog? All is revealed in this two-volumes-in-one manual, with descriptions of how each of Wallace and Gromit's fantastic inventions works, cutaway diagrams and photographs of the machines in action. There are details of 40 contraptions, from the Bed Launcher to Wallace's A35 van, plus cutaways of his house and Invention cellar. Age 9+
The Paleo Diet
Food Your Body is Designed to Eat
As an overweight young adult, Daniel Green lost 4½ stone by cutting out gluten, dairy, bad fats and bad carbohydrates and he has never put the weight back on. With recipes for breakfasts, light meals, soups, salads, side dishes, dinners and desserts, his book shows how simple it is to create delicious and nourishing meals from fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, nuts and seeds, and proves how a Paleo lifestyle can keep you healthy while still enjoying gourmet dishes.
Healthy Eating to Reduce the Risk of Dementia
100 Fantastic Recipes Based on Extensive, In-depth Research
There is evidence that a healthy lifestyle and diet, especially in mid-life, can help reduce the risk of developing dementia. Written by Margaret Rayman, a professor of Nutritional Medicine, and a team of dieticians, this book gives clear and effective guidelines on how to adapt your diet to help keep your brain functioning to its best capacity, and provides 100 recipes based on careful research and prepared with the help of gourmet chefs including Gino D'Acampo.
Battle of Britain Micro Fliers
For younger aviation enthusiasts, this book offers a great introduction to the aircraft and the history of the Battle of Britain. As well as the Spitfire, Hurricane and their chief adversary, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, the book describes another nine planes that took part in the aerial battles over southern England in 1940 – among them the Bristol Beaufighter, Gloster Gladiator and Junkers Ju87 'Stuka' – and there are die-cut card pieces to make models of all twelve planes. Ring bound. Age 8+
Robert Louis Stevenson's spellbinding tale of adventure, murder and revenge has all the elements of a great graphic novel, so it is no surprise that Edinburgh's Unesco City of Literature Trust turned to veterans of the strip Judge Dredd to effect this translation. Tight, dramatic, atmospherically coloured panels and terse dialogue bring the action vividly to life. The handsome, slipcased, two-volume set includes both the graphic novel and a fascinating account of its creation, including original scripts and storyboards.
Drawing inspiration from the National Trust's traditional kitchens, mills and dairies, orchards, kitchen gardens and hedgerows, award-winning food writer Sybil Kapoor has brought together a collection of modern British baking recipes using traditional ingredients and seasonal produce. There are recipes for every level of skill, from easy Leek Tart and Cheese Straws to Hazelnut and Blackberry Roulade and Chocolate Pear Cake – something for everyone who loves to bake.
Classic Vegetarian Cookery
Arto der Haroutunian (1940–87) was born in Aleppo, Syria and lived in the Levant. He came with his family to England as a child, and recalls how he longed for the fruits of their Beirut garden. In this cookbook, first published in 1985, he explores 'the known, the little-known and the few still unknown to the British' vegetables in recipes ranging from salads and simple cooked vegetables to casseroles, pies and nut and pulse-based dishes. Slightly off-mint.
Make the Clangers and their Planet with 15 Easy Step-by-Step Projects
Clangers are pink knitted mouse-like folk who live in craters on a blue planet with their friendly companions the Soup-Dragon, Iron Chicken and the Froglets. As well as patterns for knitting your own Clangers and friends, and templates for making their clothes, this book has instructions for making the blue planet and other parts of Clanger world including the Music Tree and the Rocket. Foreword by Peter Firmin.
The Nude in Contemporary Photography
The Erotica series presents selections of the nude work of contemporary photographers, both professional and amateur, from Europe, Russia, the USA and Japan. Each volume contains around 500 photographs, including both monochrome and colour images, mostly reproduced full-page. This third volume in the series presents selections of the nude work of 17 photographers. Text in eight languages. Sexually explicit.
In this extraordinary vision of the feline world we encounter a 'circus cat secretly rehearsing Hamlet', an 'unusually repulsive cat startled by a gesture of affection' and 'the exhausted Persian cat contemplating the advantages of monogamy'... three of the weird and wonderful creatures captured by Searle's inimitable illustrative style and vivid imagination.
Treasures of the Habsburgs
The Kunstkammer at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
The House of Habsburg was one of the wealthiest and most powerful dynasties in Europe, and many of its members were great patrons and collectors of art. Illustrated with more than 300 colour photographs, this book presents about 150 examples of the Kunstkammer – or cabinet of curiosities – where wonders of art, science and nature were brought together, ranging from pieces of sculpture and metalwork to exotic objects fashioned from ostrich eggs, nautilus shells, rhinoceros horns and sharks' teeth.
Make Your Own London Landmarks
5 Models to Construct
The London Eye, the Shard, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben and Tower Bridge are some of the capital's most widely recognized landmarks. These five models offer a chance to understand their construction and to examine their architectural details more closely. The step-by-step instructions make it easy to assemble the press-out pieces, while the accompanying facts and figures on the design and history of each structure will enable you to speak knowledgeably as you show off your handiwork.
The New Dictionary of Things There Should Be Words For
What should we call 'something that looks like minced beef but isn't'? Minsk, of course! 'Luxuriant nostril hairs'? Utrillas! Three decades after Douglas Adams and QI creator John Lloyd compiled The Meaning of Liff, here is a new collection of more than 900 familiar things that have hitherto remained unnamed, an oversight now corrected by recycling the appellations of places near and far.
Gloriously Gluten Free: Fresh and Simple Gluten-Free
Fresh & Simple Gluten-Free Recipes for Healthy Eating Every Day
For people with coeliac disease who are gluten intolerant, or for those who simply prefer to avoid gluten as part of a healthy lifestyle, Susanna Booth offers dietary advice and presents over 100 recipes using gluten-free ingredients. There are recipes for soups and salads, main courses including pasta and pizzas, desserts and baking that will make gluten-free easy and appealing – and you can still have Hot Chocolate Pudding.
Gustav Klimt: The Founder of the Vienna Secession
Klimt (1862–1918) is one of the key figures in 20th-century art and 20 of his paintings, including The Virgin, both portraits of Adele Bloch-Bauer and The Kiss, are reproduced in this book alongside outlines to colour in and brief introductions to the artworks.
Great Gardens of London
Although famed for its parks, it is the wide range of private gardens that makes London one of the most verdant cities in the world. This well-illustrated volume introduces 30 of its most interesting examples, from the grand and traditional grounds of Clarence House to the allotment tended by Chelsea Flower Show winner Cleve West. They include garden squares, rooftop retreats and even floating gardens created on barges moored in Bermondsey.
An Artist's Guide to Exploring Themes in Landscape Painting
By focusing on a single subject, as Van Gogh did with various paintings of sunflowers, and Cézanne with views of Mont Sainte-Victoire, an artist can explore the effects of composition and different levels of light to capture a sense of place. Mowry considers this as a meditative process, and then addresses themes such as the transient subject, visual narration and focal points through the depiction of objects including wildflowers, roads and trees.
More Miniature Merchant Ships
The New Guide to Waterline Ship Modelling in 1/1200 Scale
The 32 sets of plans in this miniature modelling guide include Cunard's Carpathia (rescuer of survivors of the Titanic) and the White Star Liners Britannic and Mauretania, rendered as if afloat, from the waterline up. The book includes a reference section explaining ship design and construction, describing typical fittings, from winches and derricks to windows and ladders, and providing expert guidance on the required tools and techniques for this specific form of maritime modelling.
Paleo: Monday to Friday
A Diet So Good You Can Take the Weekend Off!
The Paleo diet eliminates heavily processed foods, replacing them with fresh meat and fish, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables – and the health benefits are so dramatic that you can stray at the weekend and still lose weight. Here the bestselling author of The Paleo Diet shares 100 highly varied recipes that are easy to shop for and simple to prepare – from Kale and Eggs to Berry Compôte, Tomato Soup, Grilled Salmon Salad, Meatloaf, Pad Thai and Apple Pie.
Paul Gayler's Sauce Book
300 World Sauces Made Simple
The 300 sauces in this collection include gravies, relishes and vinaigrettes as well as those based on richer ingredients such as eggs or butter. The recipes range from South American salsas to classic French hollandaise, Chinese sweet and sour and Japanese salad dressings. Also featured are seven different stocks, and coulis, custards and syrups to accompany desserts.
The Sultan's Sex Potions
Arab Aphrodisiacs in the Middle Ages
Arab erotological and erotic literature has a long and remarkably rich history stretching back to the ninth century. This volume presents a critical edition, translation and study of a 13th-century work from that tradition: The Sultan's Sex Potions, a sober treatise on aphrodisiacs for those afflicted with sexual impotence and other ailments, written by one of the leading scientists of the age. Edited, translated and introduced by Daniel L Newman.
In the Steps of a Legend
WG Grace earned a reputation for gamesmanship through his cricketing career, and his competitive attitude and ability to make money from the game set a pattern for sporting stars of the modern era. This tribute takes the form of a pilgrimage to locations important in WG's life, from his home village of Downend, near Bristol, to tours of North America and Australia; final years playing for London County at Crystal Palace; and Lord's, where the Grace Gates commemorate his achievements. Off-mint.
Heraldry: Coats of Arms, Crests and Seals
A Colouring Book
In this book a wide range of historic coats of arms, crests and seals are presented in outline form, ready for you to colour in. There are over 90 outline drawings, labelled with the names of the original holders of the arms, but the choice of colours is up to you.
More Than 100 Beautiful Projects
Catering for every level of skill, this collection comprises more than 100 knitting projects, including patterns for cardigans, sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves and socks for children and adults, and blankets, pillows, bags and toys for the home. A substantial section on basic equipment and techniques includes step-by-step illustrated instructions for everything from casting on to seams and blocking, plus a useful photo gallery of stitch patterns.
Although vegetables are the star attraction in this collection of 200 internationally inspired and nutritionally balanced recipes, each one gives you the option to include meat, poultry or fish. A ‘pantry’ section describes the features and uses of different kinds of vegetables and shows how to prepare and cook them. (Published in the UK as The More Veg Cookbook.)
Get Started Knitting
Learn Something New
Aimed at the complete novice, this book begins with an overview of the materials and tools that knitters use regularly. Photographs and step-by-step instructions explain the basic techniques needed to make simple projects such as a striped scarf. More advanced skills including shaping, cables, lace and colourwork are introduced, and can be practised in the patterns for a cushion cover and raglan sweater. A stitch gallery shows the different textures that can be achieved.
The Women's Institute
This collection of over 50 recipes focuses on one-pot soups, casseroles, stir-frys and risottos, with some calling for a separate pan for accompaniments. Each entry has been contributed by a bestselling WI writer and chosen for its simplicity, with ingredients and equipment kept to a minimum. Slow-cooked options, including Beef in Guinness Cobbler, and Bean and Vegetable Hotpot, feature alongside quick, family-friendly dishes such as Chinese-style Chicken.
Written for anyone interested in making clothes, whether a complete beginner or experienced needleworker, this guide to basic and intermediate techniques includes chapters on identifying and choosing fabrics, body types and size charts, seams and shaping, hems and closures, all with step-by-step, illustrated instructions showing how to create fashionable, professional-looking garments.
Complete Wine Selector
How to Choose the Right Wine Every Time
Wine is surrounded by such mystique that choosing one can seem intimidating, but this jargon-free guide shows how easy it can be. It introduces ten wine styles, from crisp whites to full-bodied reds, notes the foods they are best served with, and describes the world's main wine-growing regions. With charts, pictograms, how-to and top-ten lists, it recommends more than 600 wines for every budget.
Vintage Fashion: Knitwear
Collecting and Wearing Designer Classics
Introduced by Kaffe Fassett, this illustrated history of knitwear surveys garments, styles, designers and manufacturers decade-by-decade, from cashmere under-vests in the early 1900s to wartime hand-knitting in the 1940s, and from 1950s twinsets by Pringle to evening dresses on 21st-century catwalks. The book covers all forms of knitted textile, whether hand-knits or machine-produced jersey, and describes the development of the technology of knitting as well as its social and cultural contexts.
Classic and Modern Designs in the Scandinavian Tradition
This practical guide to knitting draws on traditional Swedish techniques to help the reader develop and practise key skills, from casting on and off, and adding holes and pockets, to repairing mistakes and decorating with beads, sequins and embroidery. Patterns are provided for the garments featured in the book, including sweaters, a bedspread and a gold evening bag, and there is also advice on how to create a pattern of your own.
Garlic: The Mighty Bulb
Cooking, Growing and Healing with Garlic
Natasha Edwards, who grew up on her parents’ garlic farm on the Isle of Wight, introduces the many properties of ‘the mighty bulb’ in cookery and as medicinal marvel. As well as 50 recipes for dishes and drinks, including the famous Chicken with 40 Garlic Cloves and Garlic Bloody Mary, the book provides detailed information and guidance on using garlic in natural remedies, and a final chapter explains how to grow your own. Foreword by Clarissa Dickson Wright.
Has the World Gone Completely Mad...?
Unpublished Letters to The Daily Telegraph
A vintage year for readers' letters, 2015 offered up Poldark on TV (an excess of chest hair), Fifty Shades of Grey, Nicola Sturgeon vs the English, a royal birth and, to cap it all, a general election starring Labour's pink bus and David Cameron with his shirt sleeves rolled up – but not much gets past a Telegraph reader: '... the fact he has no breast pocket shows that he is truly a toff.'
Celtic changed from vertical green stripes to the famous hoops in the early years of the 20th century, and the distinctive jersey has since been worn by many of the greatest names in Scottish football. This book collects the official team photos from the first season of 1888 to the 2006-7 season as well as player portraits of legends such as Jock Stein and Bobby Murdoch. Changing Faces series.
The Customer's Always Wrong
Stupid Things Shoppers Say
Will cinemas pause films while you pop to the toilet? Can you get a refund after cutting the legs off new jeans? Is pouring butter into your computer a good idea? This book contains some of the most bizarre queries and complaints that staff have faced from the kind of customer who spends two frustrating days 'rewinding' a DVD or is upset when an omelette smells of eggs.
I Don't Believe It!
Original Complaints of Tunbridge Wells
The British used to be better at complaining, as this sequel to the bestselling Outraged of Tunbridge Wells demonstrates. Before the internet debased the subtle art of invective, newspaper readers would take up their pens to inform editors of their disgust and outrage, perfectly balancing insouciance with sarcasm. The letters collected here appeared in Kent newspapers between Georgian times and the Second World War, and range from the pedantic and humorous to the poignant and political.
I Think I Can See Where You're Going Wrong
And Other Wise and Witty Comments from Guardian Readers
Gathered from the daily crop of some 47,000 online comments on the Guardian website, this compilation ranges between heartfelt opinion and daft puns. It is unfailingly entertaining as Guardian readers air their views 'below the line' on everything from the pronunciation of quinoa to theatre-going: 'I can't resist a good nap during a visit to the theatre. Comfy seats, warmth, people talking in the background – lovely.'
Vincent Van Gogh
Make Your Own Art Masterpiece
With this colouring book you can take inspiration from Van Gogh's paintings to create your own unique artwork. Choose from landscapes, street scenes, interiors and portraits, including Self-Portrait With a Bandaged Ear, Sunflowers, The Bedroom and Starry Night Over the Rhône. The book also provides a brief biography, captions and a guide to the colours originally used in each painting.
The Home Sewer's Guide to Practical Stitches
The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Seams, Hems, Darts... and More!
Over 60 examples of machine and hand stitches are illustrated in this directory, including basic utility stitches as well as those that are purely decorative. Each entry contains practical information on the types of fabric, thread and needle the stitch is suitable for; step-by-step instructions on how to create and use it; and suggestions for alternatives, should a stitch recommended by a pattern not be available on the crafter’s machine.
Painting the Nude in Oils
The nude has inspired artists for centuries, but capturing the beauty of form and the delicate colours of the figure in oils presents particular challenges. This book provides a historical study of the nude in painting, together with a wealth of practical advice. There are tips on working with a model, on lighting and on choosing a pose, and step-by-step examples to show the progress of many paintings. The author exhibits widely and her work is in collections throughout Europe.
The English Landscape Garden in Europe
'The landscape garden, embodying a naturalistic approach, was in tune with Enlightenment thought across Europe, where nature was a central preoccupation and motivator'. (From the preface.) In this illustrated study, Symes provides an overview of the extent to which the 18th-century English landscape garden spread throughout Europe and Russia. He considers each country individually, with a special chapter devoted to Le Jardin Anglo-Chinois, and examines gardens created 'in the English style' up to around 1850.
Eat your Way to Better Health
An estimated seven million people suffer from cardiovascular disease in the UK. Here the chef, nutritionist and co-presenter of the new ITV series Eat Shop Save Dale Pinnock explains how stress and a poor diet promote CVD, and the complex physiology of when things go wrong. He details a range of essential ingredients to keep in stock, and follows this with simple, heart-healthy recipes for every meal, strong on vegetables, fish, pulses and fruit.
The Secret Diaries of Almost Everyone
Since 2006 the 'My Week' column in The Times has parodied days in the lives of such luminaries as David Cameron, Prince Harry, Vladimir Putin – and Jeremy Clarkson ('Wednesday... brainstorming new ways to be mean about the Germans'). The author has personally selected this collection and given the entries new introductions to place them in their political or social context.
The Della Robbia Pottery
Named after the great Italian Renaissance ceramicist, the Della Robbia Pottery was founded by Harold Rathbone, the son of a Liverpool businessman. Embodying the principles of the Pre-Raphaelites and the Arts and Crafts Movement, it produced uniquely beautiful tiles, vases and other wares for more than a decade. This lavishly illustrated book charts its history, explains its working methods, and includes a catalogue of its products, an A-Z of the pottery's artists, and a guide to its marks.
This practical guide for the layperson shows how to identify a rug by its patterns, colours and weaving technique. Illustrated in colour with many fine examples and organized by region of origin, from Turkey via Iran and Afghanistan to Central Asia, it also includes advice on buying at auction, care and maintenance, and a colour analysis chart.
Healthy Eating for Lower Cholesterol
The 100 delicious recipes presented in this book have been created by a chef and dietician, working together to help people with high cholesterol. With chapters on breakfasts, salads, snacks, main courses and desserts, and recipes such as Buckwheat Pancakes, Mexican Breakfast Burritos, Oriental Chicken Wraps, Salmon Fishcakes and Light Chocolate Tart, you need never feel deprived while looking after your health.
Cooking on the Bone
Recipes, History and Lore
In this award-winning cookbook, chef Jennifer McLagan aims to restore bones to their deserved place in our kitchens. Each chapter includes a diagram of the whole animal, advice about buying and getting the most flavour out of the various cuts, and recipes to suit every palate and skill level, from Lancashire Hot Pot and Roast Leg of Pork with Crackling to Double-Bone Beef with Red Wine Sauce, Seven-Hour Leg of Lamb, and Chicken with Forty Cloves of Garlic. (Previously published as Bones.)
Mr Jones and the Golf Shot that Defined a Legend
The 1926 Open Championship at Royal Lytham St Annes was the first major British victory for the amateur Bobby Jones (1902–1971), thanks to a remarkable recovery shot on the 17th hole of the final round. This book explores the sporting life and legacy of one of the greats of the game through this pivotal championship and Jones's tussle over the Lancashire links with fellow Americans Walter Hagen and Al Watrous. Foreword by Jack Nicklaus.
The Banned List
A Manifesto Against Jargon and Cliche
John Rentoul's polemical essay, which highlights annoyingly pretentious and hackneyed phrases, might make uncomfortable reading for those who exhibit a tendency to issue cast-iron guarantees while pulling out all the stops and proactively strategizing going forward. This is followed by the full 'banned list' of such objectionable locutions, which Rentoul has diligently compiled to save his fellow writers from annoying their readers.
The Best of Jane Grigson
The Enjoyment of Food
Like her friend Elizabeth David, who introduces this book, Jane Grigson (1928–1990) saw food as an expression of human culture, and wrote about it with elegance and erudition. This collection of her best-loved recipes is arranged by region. There are chapters on England, France, the Mediterranean, the rest of Europe, the Americas, and India and the Far East, plus Charcuterie as well as Treats and Celebrations, and Grigson also offers advice on the choice and preparation of ingredients.
Ideal for those new to creating meat-free meals, this cookbook offers nutritional advice and over 100 traditional, Mediterranean and more exotic recipes. Dishes for entertaining are featured, in addition to everyday snacks, lunches and dinners including potato pancakes served with tzatziki, Japanese inspired red cabbage salad and Vegewok with Thai coconut sauce.
Beethoven Piano Sonatas Collection
(three volume set)
As a virtuoso pianist, Beethoven composed sonatas for his instrument throughout his career, developing the Classical style into a new Romantic idiom through such popular and revolutionary works as the Pathétique, Moonlight and Hammerklavier sonatas. This urtext performing edition contains the full cycle of 32 works, from the early Op. 2 set of 1795, which Beethoven dedicated to his teacher Haydn, to the great C-minor Op. 111 written in 1822.
The Poetry of Netsuke
The history of Netsuke – the toggles associated with the Japanese kimono – stretches back for nearly half a millennium. Early examples served a purely functional purpose, but over time they evolved into miniature works of art, often with spiritual connotations. This illustrated compendium demonstrates the affinity between Netsuke and Japan’s ancient Haiku and Waka poetry tradition, analysing the art forms side by side and noting their shared characteristics of simplicity, restraint and master craftsmanship.
Riverford Farm Cook Book
Tales from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen
Guy Watson started the Riverford veg-box scheme and Jane Baxter set up the Riverford Field Kitchen, and both businesses influence the content of this cookbook. Each section features a different vegetable, providing an introduction, recipes and suggestions for how to use it. From Beetroot Haters’ Soup or Kale, Chorizo and Potato Hash to Chocolate Courgette Cake, the authors show that local, seasonal veg can be just as exciting as exotic varieties found on supermarket shelves.
Eating Well Made Easy
Deliciously Healthy Recipes for Everyone, Every Day
In this cookbook, TV chef Lorraine Pascal adjusts the cooking methods and ingredients of well-known dishes to make them healthier and more nutritious, creating a range of tasty, satisfying and simple-to-prepare meals. The recipes include meat-free versions of classics such as Mushroom and Chestnut Lancashire Hotpot, as well as ideas for breakfasts, snacks, puddings and Sunday roasts. Slightly off-mint.
From Petticoat Tails to Arbroath Smokies
Traditional Foods of Scotland
One of the Taste of Britain series, described by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in his preface as 'an exciting journey to find Britain's edible treasure', this volume goes north of the border into the land of oatcakes and haggis, Irn-Bru, Aberdeen Angus Cattle and mealie puddings. The authors explain the culinary history and traditions of each raw ingredient or product, how it is prepared (unless it is a trade secret), and where to find it.
From Bath Chaps to Bara Brith
The Taste of South West Britain
This volume is from The Taste of Britain series that describes British foods – both raw ingredients and products – that belong to their region in the same way as French foods are linked to their terroir (soil). Surveying the foodstuffs of South West England, the Channel Islands and Wales, the authors delve into the history and culinary traditions of local fare such as Dittisham plums, Plymouth Gin, Caerphilly Cheese and the mighty Jersey Royal Potato.
The New English Kitchen
How to Make Your Food Go Further
First published in 2005, when it was described by the Observer as ‘Mrs Beeton’s 21st-century equivalent’, The New English Kitchen presents over 280 easy recipes, using cheaper cuts of better-quality meat and leftovers and, as far as possible, UK-grown ingredients. Much of the emphasis is on ‘rolling food into more than one meal’, but there are also chapters on store-cupboard food, making the most of gluts of fruit and vegetables, and ethical dairy shopping.
Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
The Complete Slow Cooker Cookbook
This comprehensive introduction to slow cooking comprises more than 200 easy-to-prepare recipes from around the world – including soups, stews, pot roasts, risottos, cakes and desserts – plus clear guidance on how to choose and care for your slow cooker, adapt and scale recipes to suit different requirements, and common troubleshooting issues.
Nadia and Kaye Disaster Chef
Simple Recipes for Cooks Who Can't
Aimed at the culinarily challenged, this cookbook follows the Celebrity MasterChef winner Nadia Sawalha as she teaches her fellow TV presenter and self-styled ‘Disaster Chef’ Kaye Adams to create more than 80 quick and easy family-friendly recipes. Options for main meals, slow cooker dishes, vegetarian dishes, snacks, sides, baked goods and puddings are interspersed with anecdotes and expert kitchen tips and tricks.
Something in the Cellar...
Wonderful World of Wine
Surveying wine and its devotees in pen and ink, these drawings were created for a variety of publications in the 1970s and early 1980s by the great satirical cartoonist, Ronald Searle (1920–2011). Along with 'The World of Wine' series covering wine ceremonies worldwide, from the fraught Annual Ceremony of Accepting the Kremlin Rouge in the USSR to Spain's joyful Festival of Hoofing the Rioja, are various lunatic methods for opening a bottle of wine and other wine-related mishaps.
This freezer guide for today’s cooks includes 120 recipes – each with its own recommendations for freezing and thawing – that can be prepared, frozen and reheated without losing flavour. As well as food charts and advice on storage and freezer maintenance, there are suggestions for ‘flat freezing’ sauces and cutting meat into strips, which enables foods to be cooked without prior defrosting for quick meals.
French Art Deco
The widely influential Art Deco style perhaps attained its highest expression in France, where the term was coined in the 1920s. With background essays, profiles of the leading artists and large-format photographs, this exhibition catalogue examines over 80 masterpieces from the collection held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Examples include furniture, textiles, interiors and decorative objects by French-based designers such as René Lalique, Jean Dunand, Raoul Dufy and Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.
The Jimmy Hill Story
As a revolutionary players' union rep, innovative manager and pioneering presenter and pundit, Jimmy Hill had a profound effect on football. This new edition of his autobiography, first published in 1998, contains an additional chapter reflecting on his remarkable career.
The Marvellous Life of Learie Constantine
Born in rural Trinidad in 1901 Learie Constantine was a dynamic all-rounder who helped to define the exuberant, aggressive style of West Indian cricket in the 1930s and was one of the first black cricketers to play in the English leagues. This biography tells the story of his remarkable achievements which, in later life, saw him winning a landmark discrimination case in London, qualifying as a barrister and becoming a politician, statesman and peer.
The Old Man and the Knee
How to Be a Golden Oldie
‘I’d like to get one thing straight. I am not old. I know what old is, and I’m not it.’ This light-hearted guide to retirement discusses the amusing and exasperating points of ageing, from what to do with your spare time and coping with the changing attitudes and manners of younger generations to worrying about declining physical fitness and the perils of social media.
The Part-time Vegan
Easy, Delicious Vegan Recipes to Make Your Diet Healthier
Focusing on the health benefits of plant-based meals, and written by a nutritionist, this collection of simple meat- and dairy-free dishes also offers advice on the best sources of nutrients, and guidance on stocking a vegan store-cupboard. The recipes are organized according to meal-type and preparation time, from Weekend and Slouch Day Breakfasts to Evening Meals for Crazy Days, with the emphasis on food that is unprocessed, appetizing and easy to make.
Greek Gems and Finger Rings
Early Bronze Age to Late Classical
The miniaturist art of gem engraving is the least familiar of the major arts of ancient Greece, yet we know it to have been practised by the greatest artists, and its masterpieces can challenge many better-known works of sculpture and painting. John Boardman presents a comprehensive, well-illustrated account of gem engraving in the Greek lands, examining the gems’ subject matter and iconography, the materials and technology used in creating them, and their relation to contemporary artistic works in other media. Slightly off-mint.
Clarice Cliff for Collectors
The distinctive ceramics produced by Clarice Cliff (1899–1972) at the Wilkinson and Newport potteries remain among the most popular collectables of the 21st century. This guide and reference for the enthusiast provides a useful introduction to the much-loved designer's world and key information on identifying her work. Over 500 pieces are illustrated and identified, and there is also practical advice on sourcing, storage, display and restoration.
The Garden Visitor's Companion
After reflecting on why people visit gardens and especially why gardeners visit other people’s plots, Louisa Jones looks at ten different examples, including historic, cottage and kitchen gardens, plantsmen’s collections, outdoor art, and Mediterranean, Japanese-inspired and minimalist styles. She discusses the key elements of each type and how the visitor should approach them, then invites ten experts to choose their favourite locations from around the world.
Garden Design Close Up
Covering an extraordinary diversity of gardens across the world – classical Chinese aesthetics in Suzhou, cactus terraces in Lanzarote, a Persian oasis in Iran and Gertrude Jekyll’s Arts and Crafts garden at Upton Grey Manor in Hampshire – this is a survey to inspire gardeners and designers. The book looks at 100 exceptional gardens, describing, illustrating and explaining in detail the key elements of each one from a design perspective.
Card Games for Gambling
Great Games for Pleasure and Profit
Famous casino card games such as baccarat and blackjack are fully explained in this guide as well as games better suited to home play, such as poker, pontoon and Newmarket. Entries for each give a brief history and comprehensive instructions for the procedure of play, with example hands and tips on game play and betting strategy.
Through It All I've Always Laughed
(An Autobiography of Myself)
Well known from the Radio 4 comedy, Steve Delaney's cult character, Count Arthur Strong, is an ageing entertainer from Doncaster with a deluded sense of his own importance and a talent for mangling words. This memoir, presented as a typewritten script with the great man's own handwritten annotations, is a satire of British show business autobiographies, with stories of childhood struggles, national service, early theatrical breaks and celebrity anecdotes accompanied by the author’s nonsensical thoughts and opinions. Off-mint.
How Traditional Crafts Are About More than Just Making
When it first appeared in Old English, 'cræft' signified a sense of knowledge, wisdom and resourcefulness. Using our collective nostalgia for authentic objects produced by human hands as a starting point, the archaeologist and broadcaster Alexander Langlands interweaves historical research, scientific analysis and personal anecdotes. He attempts to recover the lost meaning of the word, stressing the importance of passing on traditions from one generation to the next.
The author of eleven novels such as Headlong and the Booker-longlisted Skios, and many plays including Noises Off, Michael Frayn is also a prolific newspaper columnist. Dating from 1962 to 1994, this selection of his pieces deploys his characteristic wit, razor-sharp observation and offbeat comedy on a range of topics from bureaucratic absurdity to pretentious productions of Shakespeare. They are arranged in alphabetical order ‘because I couldn’t think of any more rational system’. Slightly off-mint.