Trivial Events and Trifling Decisions that Changed British History
In 1831 26-year-old Captain Robert FitzRoy advertised for a companion to accompany him on a voyage to South America. The ship was the HMS Beagle; the successful applicant the young Charles Darwin; the result of the voyage the theory of natural selection. This entertaining compendium of 40 historical anecdotes, whose topics include science, politics, food and literature, illustrates how seemingly insignificant events can alter the course of history.
A Short Book About Painting
Writing ‘for people who enjoy looking at paintings and for people who paint’, Andrew Marr aims to help readers understand what they see when they are looking at art – particularly contemporary art – and how to improve as painters. Using his own paintings as examples of failures, and the works of artists including Patrick Heron, Robert Rauschenberg and Sarah Lucas, Marr addresses fundamental questions about taste, colour, motif, and the appreciation of modern art.
A New Direction
Knitwear designer and fashion consultant Erika Knight presents 20 knitting projects, showing how to create practical, distinctive styles in a wide range of sizes. The garments include jumpers, cardigans, hats and scarves, and offer a contemporary edge to classic shapes for men of all ages.
Eat Your Way to Better Health
Nutritional expert Dale Pinnock (the Medicinal Chef) believes that simple changes to eating habits can relieve a range of digestive issues. In this guide, he examines the digestive tract and how conditions such as constipation, IBS and reflux might be eased through diet. Recipes range from Tummy Tea to Jerusalem Artichoke Soup and an Aubergine Layer Bake.
Mouthwatering Recipes with Minimum Effort
Slow cooking can produce foolproof, stress-free and delicious meals with maximum flavour. As well as soups and a traditional Irish stew, James Martin incorporates vegetable recipes, fish dishes and slow roasts such as Chicory And Ham Gratin and Guinea Fowl With Umeboshi In Banana Leaf. The range of slow puddings includes Strawberry Meringues With Cream, and Lemon And Basil Cake.
Coconut Oil: Nature's Perfect Ingredient
Over 100 Recipes Including Healthy Dishes and Baked Treats to Nurture Your Body and Beauty Ideas to Feed Your Skin
Diagnosed with coeliac disease aged 18 months, Lucy Bee grew up eating healthy, home-cooked, gluten-free foods. Impressed by the benefits of cooking with coconut oil, the family started importing and selling it, raw, organic and Fair Trade. This guide includes an introduction to the benefits of the oil, and recipes for smoothies, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, as well as toothpaste and a body scrub. There is a section on sauces and all recipes have an allergy guide.
Japanese food is delicious, healthy – and helps you lose weight. This book unlocks the secrets of how to make perfect sushi and explains how, by including just one Japanese meal in your diet each day, you can maintain a slimline figure. Its calorie-counted meal plans, 50 delicious sushi recipes, bento lunch boxes and a plethora of soups and salads make its possible to eat virtuously and well.
Provence To Pondicherry
Recipes from France and Faraway
France’s former empire has left a gastronomic legacy far beyond its borders. Starting in Provence, with dishes such as Sea Bass with Fennel and Pastis, this remarkable culinary travelogue traces its influence to Guadeloupe (Poisson Grillé et Sauce Créole), Vietnam (Crispy Duck with Clementines and Kumquats), Pondicherry (Brinjal Curry) and Réunion (Gratin de Papaye Vert), before returning to Normandy for Tarte aux Pommes. Along the way, the techniques and ingredients of each cuisine are explained.
Fit Fast Flavours for Busy People
Flash cooking is a way of creating delicious meals quickly, without compromising on nutrition or taste. Starting with the preparation of ‘flavour bombs’ – seasonings, dressings, glazes – that can be made in advance and added to the simplest dishes to evoke different world cuisines, the subsequent recipes feature fish, flesh, vegetables, egg, tofu, and soups, and range from Duck Breasts with Black Magic Elixir to Lemon Pesto Scallops and Dirty Quinoa.
The All-New University Challenge Quiz Book
Following the exact format of the venerable BBC2 television quiz (except you won’t have to sit on each other’s heads), this book poses the starters, each with three bonus questions, for 15 matches – altogether, over 2,000 questions. The dilemma will be to Google or not to Google. Off-mint.
This richly illustrated cookbook follows Jane Scotter and Harry Astley, the owners of biodynamic farm Fern Verrow, through a year of growing their own food, with seasonal recipes that focus on the pleasure of cooking and eating well. From a comforting Winter Vegetable and Pearl Barley Broth to Courgettes in Saffron and Basil Butter, the imaginative dishes are interspersed with practical advice, useful information and evocative descriptions of daily life on the farm.
Simple Colour Knitting
A How-to-Knit-With-Colour Workshop with 20 Desirable Projects
Knitwear and crochet designer Erika Knight presents an introduction to working with colour for knitters of all abilities. After a how-to-knit workshop on yarns and colour techniques, and a swatch gallery, the 20 projects are graded as beginner, easy, intermediate and experienced. The different techniques, from phasing and striping to Fair Isle and Swiss darning, are used in an imaginative range of accessories and soft furnishings, including a faux sheepskin rug and a double-sided spotty blanket.
Thrive on Five
Five-A-Day The Easy Way
Using easy-to-find ingredients and simple-to-cook recipes, this attractive cookbook promises to make it really easy to eat at least five 80g portions of different fruits or vegetables a day – and more if you top up with healthy snacks and desserts. The well-illustrated recipes are in sections on salads, ‘5 spicy’, meal-in-a-bowl soups and everyday dishes such as Shepherd-less Pie and Five Pasta Sauce, plus recipes for children, smoothies and dips.
Cut The Carbs!
The Australian-born food and travel writer Tori Haschka presents ‘100 recipes to help you ditch white carbs and feel great’. The dishes come from far and wide – soups from Turkey, Tuscany and Peru, a tagine from Morocco, pudding from Salzburg – but Haschka’s versions cleverly banish the white carbohydrates: there are beans where once potatoes ruled, cauliflower ‘couscous’, and ground flaxseed and ground almonds instead of flour in the Almond Blueberry Pancakes.
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.
by Celia Birtwell
Textile designer Celia Birtwell (b.1941) was one of British fashion's most fêted figures in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a muse for David Hockney whose painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy featured Birtwell and her then-husband Ossie Clark. Her colourful and vibrant designs for clothes and home fabrics, often featuring flowers, animals and birds, are lavishly illustrated in this scrapbook, alongside photos from her life and career, comments from friends and colleagues, and her own reminiscences and observations.
The Only Recipes You'll Ever Need
4 Ways to Cook Almost Everything
There are more than 270 recipes in this book based on the author's column for The Times, consisting of four approaches to all of the most common dishes and ingredients – so there are four suggestions if you fancy a savoury pie, while salmon gets an Asian, Italian, Indian and English recipe. Directions are clear and ingredients few, and every dish is illustrated.
The Knowledge: Opera
In a concise introduction to opera, from its history to synopses of the most popular works, Dennis Marks (1948–2015), the former General Director of English National Opera, explains ‘what gives this strange activity the power to inspire the novice and obsess the enthusiast’. Slightly off-mint.