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  • Posted on March 23, 2015

    Jenny Linford's lovely launch party!

    On Thursday evening we headed out to one of our favourite shops, Books for Cooks, in Notting Hill to celebrate the launch of another wonderful cookbook by Jenny Linford. Packed with friendly faces, tasty tomato canapés (no, we did not just have stuffed cherry tomatoes!) and lots of chatter about the most versatile, colourful and humble of foods, the evening was a great success! Jenny looked lovely (in colour coordination with her book!) and we all had a super time celebrating with her. Here's just a few photos to give you a taste of the evening!

    Jenny had prepared a fantastic selection of nibbles with recipes from the book, including tasty tomato blinis; cucumber with spicy and refreshing tomato jam; the most addictive sun-dried tomato Parmesan spirals you will ever try; flavour-packed Patatas bravas that we politely tucked into with cocktail sticks (and forks when nobody was looking!); delicious cups of fresh and zingy Thai gazpacho; Jenny's cherry tomato and olive foccacia; and lovely little sunblush tomatoes. Perfect!

    A selection of friends, family and foodies came along to wish Jenny congratulations on the book...

    A lovely evening and a great book... now to get cooking!

    The Tomato Basket by Jenny Linford is available here.

    This Wednesday (25th March) Jenny is giving a talk with Mark Diacono at Divertimenti - it's sure to be a good evening, with talk about food, gardening and the joys of seasonal cooking! - so if you're free and fancy an evening with Mark and Jenny then you can still buy your ticket (for the bargain price of £6!) here.

    Have a super week folks!


    This post was posted in Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with event, Book Launch, tomato, Jenny Linford, photos, 2015

  • Posted on March 6, 2015

    Torie Jayne's Stylish Home Sewing blog tour

    Last month we celebrated the publication of the prettiest sewing book around, Torie Jayne’s Stylish Home Sewing, with a blog tour visiting 6 of our favourite blogs. We had reviews, sneak previews and giveaways galore, all celebrating Torie Jayne’s pastel prettiness! You can read all about the tour below, see some of the beautiful projects in this book, and catch up on any of the posts you missed!

    Such Pretty Things set us off with a lovely review, observing that the ‘beautiful, pastel colored designs are pure eye-candy!’ We couldn’t agree more – just look at these pillows!

    Next, we were over at  Lobster & Swan who shared a few of her favourite projects from the book, particularly admiring the living room projects. ‘I absolutely adore the round buttoned cushions and the patchwork ottoman, and I think you will absolutely love the colours in the book’.

    We followed this with reviews on The Gingerbread House where we admired the lavender tags she’d made, using some totally gorgeous floral fabrics, and then Sew Sensational who’d made a beautiful little felt rose brooch. Aren't they lovely?

     

    Crafting Not Cleaning appreciated the fact that Stylish Home Sewing offers ‘something different from the multitude of other craft books out there’, finding the pastel colour palette refreshing.

    A lovely review on Ministry of Craft pointed out just how perfect the projects in the book would be for Mother’s Day (Sunday 15th March – don’t forget folks!) They said the book is ‘chock full of stylish DIY sewing projects, there’s not a dud in there’! Hurrah!

    Finally we finished up a lovely week at Folksy who was won over by the ottoman, but loved the range of projects for a range of abilities, and decided that ‘the storage cubes instructions alone would justify its place on any sewer’s shelf’.

    As a bonus, Tinkered Treasures  reviewed the book, listing all the reasons why a sew-a-phobe needs this book! For starters: 'Because this book is as beautiful as I knew it would be. With Torie's fresh palette of seafoam, lavender and coral, details like ruffles and ball fringe, and photographs by Sussie Bell: it's a visual treat.' Just lovely.

    We’re certain there’s a project for everyone in Torie Jayne’s Stylish Home Sewing and if these blogs have persuaded you, you can buy it here.


    This post was posted in Book Reviews, Craft Projects, Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with handmade, fabric, Mother's Day, Book Launch, sewing, blog tour, Lobster and Swan, 2015, Torie Jayne

  • Posted on February 11, 2015

    Midweek Chat with Charlotte White

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re thinking about ways to impress our loved ones (whether that’s a partner, best pal or yourself!) and we’re in agreement that baking ought to do it! And when we think of baking, we can’t help but also think of Charlotte White’s wonderfully romantic, vintage-inspired bakes. Her latest book, Deliciously Decorated, is gorgeous and we thought we’d take this opportunity to quiz Charlotte about her life, inspiration and work!

    Hello, Charlotte, welcome to our blog. Do make yourself comfortable! Can you tell us a bit about Restoration Cake and how you got into baking?

    It’s the classic entry into baking really; my Nana taught me to bake when I was a little girl. She taught all of her Grandchildren to bake. I loved to make butterfly cakes and I think my Brother favoured sausage rolls. Very little has changed there really!

    Restoration Cake was born out of a time when I was working full time and baking provided the perfect remedy to a day spent in a corporate environment – which was not for me. Once friends and colleagues got wind of a baker in their midst, I started to receive commissions for celebration cakes and set myself up in business.

    The name has always confused people (which I love!) because it has nothing to do with restoration but rather The Restoration of 1660. I am a complete history geek and read a great deal about King Charles II, the Merry Monarch. For me, the Restoration represents a moment in history where the people moved from a black and white time into one of bright Technicolor, like the moment that Dorothy wanders into Oz. It was a time of decadence and opulence and glamour, the very best ingredients for any cake!

    From where do you draw inspiration?

    From all over! I’ve always said that I do not have an original idea in my head! Each of my cake designs is inspired to pay homage to something beautiful. The best places for inspiration are classic Hollywood cinema (I have a film degree and watch far too many old movies!), fashion, and art, though I have been inspired by song lyrics and architecture too.

    In Deliciously Decorated, there is a cake with a handpainted pattern taken from the green dress that Scarlett O’Hara wears to the Twelve Oaks barbeque in Gone With The Wind. There is also a cake inspired by a room in the Palace of Versailles. So long as it is glamorous, I can see it in icing!

    If you could bake a cake for anyone, living or otherwise, who would it be?

    Last year, Macmillan Cancer Support asked the nation who they would most like to share aslice of cake with and the number one celebrity was Stephen Fry. I was lucky enough to be the baker to make this cake for Stephen Fry!

    I feel like, with this power to explore the ‘otherwise’ option, I should say Marilyn Monroe. She could have used a girlfriend and a slice of cake. I would bake a big cake and invite Groucho Marx over to make us laugh.

    Can I say Woody Allen too? You’re all invited. I’ll get baking...

    [Ed.: erm, yes please!]

    What is your favourite bake from Deliciously Decorated?

     This changes several times a day depending on my mood! Today it would have to be my Jay Gatsby: Deco Decadence cake [see below] as I have just spent a happy few hours sketching a bigger and better version of this cake for a summer wedding with an Art Deco theme. I do love the simple colour palette of black, white, and gold.

    If you’re anything like us, we’re sure you’ve had some culinary mishaps! What has been your best-worst one?!

    I forgot to bake the sugar into a Chocolate Mud Cake once. I was rushing around and could not understand why the cake mixture was not pouring into the cake tins as usual. I still baked the cake and remember eating it with my friends and no-one could quite put the finger on why it was a little off. It took a while for me to work out my mistake!

    The moral of the story? Read the recipe and don’t rush.

    Charlotte's Art Deco 'Jay Gatsby' cake

    What is your favourite part of putting together a book?

    It is fun gathering ideas and inspiration and working out what the book is going to look like. After all is said and done, there is nothing like the feeling of receiving the very first copy from the printers. Up until that point, there is a slight disconnect that you are producing an actual real-life book that will sit on bookshelves and get covered with cake mix in kitchens.

    If you were going on a desert island, what would your one luxury item be?

    Music. I cannot live without it. My Spotify Premium account and a speaker with limitless battery power would do. If this is not possible, I’ll take either my ukulele or if I can only have one song, I’ll take Sympathy For the Devil by The Rolling Stones and work on my Mick Jagger impression.

    What three things are never out of stock in your kitchen?

    Sugarflair Red Extra food colour for Red Velvet cakes, LittlePod Vanilla Fold 2 Vanilla Extract, which is more intense than any other vanilla on Earth or in Heaven, and about 10 different types of sugar.

    And Sauvignon Blanc.

    A beautiful sugarcraft rose

    What advice do you have for anyone who would like to get into cake decorating, but is intimidated by seemingly complicated decorations?

    We all started somewhere. My first cake designs were not as good as the ones I can make now. Take your time and practice. It is a daunting prospect to look at all of the kit and techniques that the professionals use so choose your teacher wisely and start with simple designs (a covered cake with a few small handmade sugar roses or flowers made using Blossom Sugar Art cutters and moulds), adding more techniques each time you bake.

    It’s Valentine’s Day this weekend, any top tips for the baking-minded?

    Bake a Chocolate Mud Cake. Not only is Valentine’s Day the perfect excuse for all things chocolately, but the smell of this cake will fill your kitchen and entire house with a sweet scent. Maybe make a cake like my Judy Garland cake, in the shape of a heart with raspberries or strawberries on top. Instead of the blue gingham ribbon, you could tie your cake with a red ribbon or one with hearts on it!

    Get dressed up and go out for dinner. Drink champagne. Be in love.

    Wonderful advice – thanks Charlotte! And pop over to our Facebook to see a video tutorial on perfectly iced Valentine’s Day biscuits.

    Deliciously Decorated by Charlotte White is available here.


    This post was posted in Featured, Interviews, News, Recipes, Videos, What's new and was tagged with Valentines Day, baking, Book Launch, Charlotte White, cake, mid-week chat, 2015, video tutorial

  • Posted on February 3, 2015

    Arm and Finger Knitting blog tour

    Brrr! This chilly weather couldn’t have come at a better time, as we’re feeling super inspired after the blog tour for Laura Strutt’s first book with us, Arm & Finger Knitting! Lots of these projects knit up quickly, so you can have a homemade blanket on your knees in no time at all! What could be better? The tour visited lots of our favourite knitting blogs and we were delighted that they took to this new craft as heartily as we have. We've gathered up all these posts into one handy place for you here. Read on to see what they thought...

    We started the week over at Make It Shabby with a review and an interview with Laura (below). They said that it was hard to decide which project they wanted to try out first!

    We then popped by Little Squish, who despite having never tried arm or finger knitting before, had really got the bug. ‘The instructions are clear and easy to understand, the photographs throughout the book are gorgeous and the projects are really well-designed.’ You can see her version of the infinity scarf on her website!

    Very Berry also made the infinity scarf and loved how gratifying it was to have something to wear almost immediately, and we definitely agree.

    On Thursday, we were at Jean Moss Knits, who appreciated the range of projects in the book, with ‘something for every knitter’.

    Up until Friday, the bloggers had mostly focused on the arm knitting, so it was nice that Crafts from the Cwtch particularly liked these patterns, including the above storage baskets. (She also coined the term ‘gateway craft’ which we are definitely adopting!)

    Our tour even hopped across the pond, to Knitted Bliss who was really impressed, and struck by how much you could do with these two techniques.

    This was followed by a lovely review on Katie Gets Crafty who said ‘this book is a real pleasure to follow with clear instructions and a natural flowing commentary throughout’.

    And last but by no means least, we were over at A Creative Being with another great review, professing love for this gilet!

    Phew! What a lovely week! Recurring theme was definitely appreciating how easy it is to pick up the techniques and skills, as well as the speed at which you can knit something up. No-needle knitting for all, we say!

    Arm and Finger Knitting by Laura Strutt is available here.


    This post was posted in Craft Projects, Featured, Interviews, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with homemade, knitting, Book Launch, blog tour, 2015, Laura Strutt

  • Posted on November 5, 2014

    The one with the lovely focaccia!

    Yesterday evening saw us back at one of our most treasured shops, Books for Cooks, to celebrate the launch of a very special cookery book by Ursula Ferrigno, A Gourmet Guide to Oil & Vinegar.

    We had a super evening tasting and learning about some delicious olive oils and vinegars, with a great speech from Ursula and lots of lovely chatter about the book.

    With thanks to The Oil Merchant for bringing us such a fantastic selection of oils and vinegars to try. Our personal favourite was this Morgenster Extra Virgin Olive Oil, though we thoroughly enjoyed dipping our bread into the various pots and tasting the exciting range of flavours!

    We had the pleasure of sampling some of Ursula's delicious focaccia - an amazingly soft potato dough base, topped with Italian plum tomatoes, Gorgonzola and artichokes - which we all intend on making this weekend (check back on Friday for the recipe!). We also enjoyed her Italian almond apple cake, made with olive oil and a hint of cinnamon, and wonderfully light and tasty as a result!

    In this fascinating new book, Ursula guides you through a selection of speciality oils and vinegars and offers up a variety of recipes and tips for how to season and cook with them. Jan Baldwin's photography resembles a collection of beautiful still life paintings and the dishes look so delicious that you will want to cook them immediately! It came as no surprise, then, that guests were snapping up the books for Christmas presents (and for themselves!) with special signings by Ursula.

    Everybody had a great evening and we'd like to say a huge thank you to Eric for having us in his lovely shop, Books for Cooks. Eric and Ursula have been friends for a long time - check out this photo from 1998! - and the shop made a super venue to celebrate the book!

    Congratulations Ursula - from all of your friends and family, your guests last night, your publisher, and all of the oil and vinegar fans that are going to love your book - cheers!

    A Gourmet Guide to Oil & Vinegar is available here and pop back to our blog on Friday for Ursula's focaccia recipe!


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  • Posted on October 23, 2014

    The one with the great speech!

    Celebrating the launch of another fabulous book, on Tuesday evening we raised a glass to Jane Parkinson with huge congratulations for her chatty, informative guide, Wine & Food. Gathered in the lovely downstairs of 28°-50°, Maddox Street, we enjoyed the most delicious champagne from Ayala, glorious canapés from the restaurant and lots of chatter about two of our favourite things; wine and food!

    If you like wine and you've never visited 28°-50°, then we would highly recommend that you do! The staff are absolutely wonderful and it's a great place to sit and enjoy a glass of something delicious (and a plate to go with it if you please!) It made a stunning setting for the launch of Jane's book and with such a good turn out, it was perfect for everyone to mingle and squeeze around as the evening went on!

    You'll notice that everyone is enjoying a glass of Ayala Champagne in the photos, and my oh my, did we enjoy it!? Such lovely fizz and just perfect for the celebrations! In the book, Jane recommends numerous dishes to pair with champagne, including lightly dry-spiced seafood dishes, or to cut through anything fried. It went perfectly with the delicious selection of canapés; from crab salad on crouton to mini cheeseburgers, salmon gravlax on sourdough to parmesan & truffle arancini.

    Of course, Jane and her wonderful book took centre stage! She gave a lovely speech with lots of thank yous and a big cheers to finish, and everyone was hugely impressed with Wine & Food, flicking through the pages and chatting about Jane's pairing tips and suggestions.

    The evening came to a close with lots of book signing and smiles.

    Congratulations Jane, Wine & Food is fantastic and the evening was a great success!

    Wine & Food is available here.


    This post was posted in Featured, Featured, News, News, UK, US, What's new, What's new and was tagged with party, Book Launch, book signing, wine, 2014, photos, wine and food, Jane Parkinson

  • Posted on October 16, 2014

    The one where we bought a pumpkin...

    Last night we had a super evening filled with charcuterie, cornichons, cheers and chums at Muddy Boots, The Modern Meat Company.

    Celebrating the launch of an absolutely cracking new book by our lovely author, Miranda Ballard, we enjoyed a delightful selection of salumi themed treats, a delicious glass (or two?!) of Sauvignon Blanc and great company to chat and laugh the night away!

    The book took centre stage with beautiful photography by Steve Painter, Miranda’s scrumptious recipes and the kind of feel that makes you just want to pick it up and flick through the pages!

    Congratulations Miranda! The book is fantastic and the evening was so much fun. Can we do it all over again?!

    If cured meat recipes and delicious salumi platters sound good to you, then Miranda's book Charcuterie is available here.

    And in case you were wondering, we picked up a pumpkin from a nice man setting up his stall at Borough Market on the way home... it will now forever be the launch where we bought a pumpkin!

    Recipe books to enjoy here also on the main part of the site.

     


    This post was posted in Featured, Featured, News, News, UK, US, What's new, What's new and was tagged with Miranda Ballard, Muddy Boots, Book Launch, 2014, charcuterie, cured meat, pumpkin

  • Posted on October 1, 2014

    The Crumbs Family Cookbook Launch!

    Yesterday evening we all ventured across town to Books for Cooks - one of our favourite shops in all of London - to celebrate the launch of a very special cookbook by the Crumbs girls, Claire & Lucy McDonald. Their book is jam-packed with really quick and very easy recipes, making it just perfect for families and busy people to make something delicious for every meal of the day!

    The evening was a total triumph, with books flying off the shelves left, right and centre, and a glorious combination of party food and prosecco for us all to enjoy!

    Claire and Lucy had made a selection of tasty savoury snacks from the book, including pesto toasts, sausage rolls with onion marmalade, and mackerel & horseradish paté bites, as well as some yummy sweet treats, such as coconut and chocolate macaroons, peanut butter cookies and the loveliest of chocolate mousses!

    And of course everyone's party food favourite... the cocktail sausage!

    There were speeches by the publisher and the girls with huge thanks to everyone for supporting the Crumbs blog and the creation of their book, congratulations to Claire and Lucy for a fun, fuss-free and utterly unique cookbook, as well as a big thank you to Books for Cooks for having us!

    The evening wound down with lots of pen on newly printed paper as the girls signed book after book...

    ...and we all trotted home with a big smile on our faces after a truly wonderful evening. Congratulations girls, what a book and what a party!

    The Crumbs Family Cookbook is available here.

    Other books? - http://www.rylandpeters.com/food-and-drink-books

     


    This post was posted in Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with Book Launch, Books for Cooks, 2014, family, photos, quick, The Crumbs Family Cookbook, crumbs

  • Posted on September 18, 2014

    A lovely launch for Café Kitchen at Lantana!

    Last night we celebrated the launch of Café Kitchen by Shelagh Ryan at her beautiful café in Shoreditch and oh, it was a wonderful evening! With a room full of fantastically chatty people, superb service and lots of smiles from the Lantana staff, the most delicious canapés you can imagine (think crisp pork belly bites, tasty corn fritter blinis and the café's favourite Thai fishcakes!), all washed down with a glass or two of fizz (and some delicious Australian wine) - the evening was a huge success!

    Shelagh's book took centre stage with a cracking display that had everybody talking. With everything from lazy brunches to exciting salads, coffee and cake to international feasts, the recipes in Café Kitchen are all about relaxed dining and enjoying good food with friends.

    It seems fitting, then, that the evening was full of both good food and friendly folk!

    Flicking through the books, guests were drooling over the Australian café style recipes, only to be presented with them in canapé form throughout the evening. We enjoyed these amazing chorizo, red pepper & pea frittata bites; the freshest, tastiest salt & pepper squid that sent you straight to the Australian coast; adorable miniature spicy pork burgers with mango salsa; sweet treats, including oh-so-good cherry ripe slices; and so much more! All of the recipes are in the book and while we certainly enjoyed the smiley service and constant flow of food, we can't wait to get into the kitchen and make them ourselves!

    As if the book wasn't tempting enough already, we had a great offer for guests and Shelagh was signing copies!

    So, all in all, a lovely evening to celebrate a lovely book. Congratulations Shelagh and thanks for having us!

     

    Café Kitchen by Shelagh Ryan is available here. If you like that book, you're sure to like our other food books.


    This post was posted in Featured, News, UK, What's new and was tagged with canapes, event, Book Launch, 2014, photos, Shelagh Ryan, Cafe Kitchen, Lantana, pork burger

  • Posted on May 8, 2014

    The Little Book of Luxury Launch

    Last week we celebrated the launch of Nikki Page's new book, The Little Book of Luxury, in the stunning setting of The Spa, Dolphin Square. With taster treatments at the spa, refreshing canapés and delicious My Swiss Chocolate, the evening was full of life's little luxuries! Here are a collection of photos from the evening for you to browse and enjoy, and we hope you find some time for luxury over the next few weeks!

    A proud author signing copies!

    The beautiful spa!

    Nikki with Sybil Kretzmer, to whom the book is dedicated

    With thanks to these lovely gentlemen, My Swiss Chocolate

        

    With thanks to The Spa, Dolphin Square

    A couple of smiley (!) faces from CICO Books, clearly fascinated by the treatment!

    Nikki with award-winning health author Hazel Courteney and her husband Stuart Sapcote

    The party fills up with great company, despite the tube strike!

    What a wonderful evening and a truly lovely book! Congratulations Nikki!

    The Little Book of Luxury by Nikki Page is available here.

     

    All photographs taken by Tom Wren

    tomwren@me.com


    This post was posted in News, News, UK, US, What's new, What's new and was tagged with Book Launch, 2014, luxury

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