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14 Food & Drink

68149 BLOODY GROUND by Bernard Cornwell

The cacophony of the Cornfield Slaughter in the American Civil War is stunningly conveyed. It is late summer 1862 and the Confederacy is at last invading the United States of America. Nathanial Starbuck, the northern preacher’s son who fights for the rebel south, is given command of a punishment battalion, a despised unit of shirkers and cowards. His enemies expect the appointment to be his downfall, so to prove them wrong, Starbuck must lead the ramshackle unit against the northern garrison at Harper’s Ferry and then across the frontier to the bank of the Antietam Creek. There he will fight in what will prove to be the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. 424pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £3.50

67597 ANGEL’S CUT by Elizabeth Knox Many will remember the 1999 novel The Vintner’s Luck (code 67612) which was published to great critical and popular success. This novel follows the further adventures of Xas, the central character from that novel, but it can be read alone. Set in Hollywood 1929, Conrad Cole is working late on elaborate plans for his aeroplanes and his films when a mysterious stranger appears at his door. Xas soon finds himself caught up in the glamorous and treacherous world of movie-making and entangled with both Cole and a young woman who owes her life to the eccentric director. Both are drawn to Xas without knowing his secret - that under his shirt he hides the remnants of great snowy wings that set him apart from humankind. 448pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £1.75

67612 VINTNER’S LUCK by Elizabeth Knox Burgundy 1808. One night Sobran Jodeau, a young vintner, sees an angel in his vineyards - a physically gorgeous creature with huge wings that smell of snow, a sense of humour and an enquiring mind. They meet again every year on the midsummer anniversary of the date. Village life goes on meanwhile, with its affairs and mysteries, marriages and murders, and the vintages keep improving - through the horror of the Napoleonic Wars and into the middle of the century, as science marches on, viticulture changes, and gliders fly like angels. Angelic and enchanting writing, companion novel code 67597. 241pp in paperback. £7.99 NOW £1.50

67636 THE RACE

by Richard North Patterson Corey Grace, a handsome and charismatic Republican Senator from Ohio, is plunged by an act of terrorism into a fierce presidential primary battle with the favourite of the party establishment and the magnetic leader of the Christian right. A decorated Gulf War pilot, Grace insists on voting according to his own conscience rather than following the

party line. This stubborn independence, together with his growing romance with Lexie Hart, an African- American movie star, has earned him a reputation as an unpredictable iconoclast. But Grace is still haunted by a tragic mistake buried deep in his past. 457pp in paperback.

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67771 BLIND SIDE OF THE HEART by Julia Franck

Helene and her sister Martha’s childhood in rural Germany is abruptly ended by the outbreak of WWI. Their father, sent to the Eastern Front, comes home early only to die. Their Jewish mother withdraws from the hostility of her surroundings into a state of mental confusion. Helene calls the condition blindness of the heart and fears for her mother who hardly seems to notice her daughters anymore. In the early 1920s, she and Martha move to Berlin where she falls in love with Carl, but he dies just before their engagement. Helene abandons her seven year old on a station platform and never returns. 424pp in paperback. £12.99 NOW £2

67772 UFO IN HER EYES by Xiaolu Guo A sharp little book in which the legacy of the Cultural Revolution simmers in the fast-moving barbed polemic. Silver Hill Village, 2012. On the 20th day of the 7th moon Kwok Yun is making her way across the rice fields on her Flying Pigeon bicycle. Her world is turned upside down when she sights a UFThing, a spinning plate in the skies, and helps the Westerner in distress whom she discovers in the shadow of the alien craft. It is not long before the village is crawling with men from the National Security and Intelligence Agency armed with pointed questions. And when the Westerner that she saved repays her kindness with a large cheque, she becomes a local celebrity. A daming portrait of totalitarian China. 200 page paperback with line art. £7.99 NOW £2

67779 GOOD ANGEL OF DEATH by Andrey Kurkov

Kolya Stotnikov, the narrator of the tale, buys a single bedroomed flat next to St Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev. The vendors are an old couple emigrating to Israel, and are keen to sell him the flat’s contents. Nothing much interests him, but he does fancy the old bookcase and its contents. A while later, he takes down from it an ancient copy of War and Peace, and to his surprise finds a book hidden within it. An illicit exhumation reveals that an item of great national importance is buried near a fort in Kazakhstan, but by now his activity has aroused the curiosity of the local criminal underworld. He leaves Kiev and embarks on a bizarre journey, crossing the Caspian Sea and traversing the deserts of Kazakhstan. 376pp.

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67997 WILDERNESS by Roddy Doyle One of the great storytellers, Roddy Doyle makes the reader laugh, cry and above all want to read on. Johnny and Tom live in Dublin with their mum Sandra, dad Frank and half-sister Grainne, but when Grainne’s mum Rosemary, who walked out a long time ago announces she is coming back, Sandra decides to escape with the boys on a husky safari in Finland. While they are getting to know the dogs and their handlers, Kalle and Aki, and experiencing the terrifying excitement of flying over the snow at high speeds in the dark, Grainne meanwhile meets her mother at the airport and finds the reunion is not what either of them expected at all. Back in Finland the party arrives at base to realise that Sandra has fallen off the sled. Before the guides can get organised, Johnny and Tom quickly tie two dogs to two

sleds and go back to look for her. She has broken her leg and somehow the boys have to keep her warm and conscious throughout the freezing night. Back in Dublin Grainne and Rosemary are also negotiating the wilderness of their own emotions. 220pp. £12.99 NOW £4

68166 THE DUKAYS by Lajos Zilahy A veteran of the First World War, the author was Hungary’s foremost novelist and he wrote this epic novel during the Second World War, much of the time hiding in attics and cellars from the Nazis. The Dukays are the oldest aristocratic family in Hungary and this is the tale of their inexorable decline after the First World War. It is the story of Zia, youngest of Count Dukay’s daughters, a modern girl born into feudal splendour in the immense family castle of Ararat, and married with medieval pomp. This courageous heroine is determined to survive the wreck of family fortunes. It is also the story of her sister Christina, romantically involved with the deposed Habsburg king, of her brother Georgy who leaves for America, and of Janof who becomes a Nazi. Paperback, 795pp.


It came like magic in a pint bottle; it was not ecstasy but it was comfort. - Charles Dickens, Little Dorrit

69155 SLOW COOKER by Sara Lewis

Today’s slow cookers are essentially the same as those from 40 years ago - their benefits being that it saves time and money, allowing you to leave food cooking unattended in safety and providing

“convenience food” which is home-cooked, nourishing and delicious, with none of the additives of the commercially produced alternatives. It is surprisingly versatile too. Of course they make amazingly flavoured casseroles and stews, but they can also be used for pot- roast joints, soups, side dishes and even desserts. After an informative introduction on slow-cooking theory, buying a cooker and caring for it she presents over 70 modern no-fuss and absolutely delicious recipes for which the slow cooker is the perfect piece of kit. The Beef and Aubergine Curry, Beef and Ale Hotpot, Cock-a Leekie Soup and Salmon Chowder with Lime and Chilli Butter look amazing, but would you have thought of used the slow cooker to make Blackberry and Apple Jam, Triple Chocolate Cake, Figgy Pudding or Pistachio and Apricot Pilaf? Maybe the most noticeable thing is how uncomplicated and quick the recipes and preparation times are. Colour photos, 128 pages. £12.99 NOW £5


LOVER’S COOKBOOK by Lyniece North Talmadge More than 100 ways to enjoy one of the world’s healthiest foods, this is a US first edition we have imported for our Bibliophiles. Incredibly, you can make not just main meals but also beverages, soups, salads,

breads, breakfasts and even desserts from the humble sweet potato. Try Sweet Potato Ice Cream, Spice Cake, Brownies or Pineapple Sweet Potato Praline Pudding. There are lots of boozy sweet potato recipes with scotch, rum or sherry, Cranberry Glazed Sweet Potato, Bacon Stuffed, Sherried Appled, Sweet and Perfect Pork with Raisin Sauce or Sausage Sweet Potato Casserole. Bacon and Orange Sweet Potatoes, Spiced Breakfast Chips, Cheesy Bread, Hahira Muffins or Orange Butter Sweet Potato Waffles. We could waffle on there are dozens of fabulous ideas to enjoy all year round. 226pp in paperback. £9.99 NOW £3


PRESERVES by Joanna Farrow What could be more rewarding than preserving seasonal produce to be enjoyed later in the year? Preserves make wonderful accompaniments to many dishes and are perfect gifts for friends and family. Here is everything both aspiring and experienced preservers

need to know to achieve perfect results every time. Following detailed advice on choosing the right equipment and ingredients, the sweet and savoury recipes cover every kind of preserve for the whole of the year. The scrumptious recipes include favourites such as Chilli Tomato Chutney as well as the more adventurous Indian Lime Pickle, Aromatic Salt, and Cherry and Almond Ratafia. From vodka and gin to curds and butters, there really is something here for everyone. 160 pages illustrated by absolutely amazing close-up photos. £12.99 NOW £6


Your Complete Guide to Successful Stir Fry Cooking by Christine McFadden et al If you love to cook Asian food, then you simply cannot miss this book. Although most often used for stir- frying, the wok is multi-talented - it is adept at steaming, boiling,

braising, deep-frying, shallow-frying and smoking food. There are two basic designs: two handled, or Cantonese, used for large quantities of liquid, and the Pau wok, which has one long handle, convenient and safer for high-temperature stir-frying. Usually cast iron or carbon steel, Chinese woks tend to be thinner and lighter than the Western-made ones, the advantage being that temperature control is easier, but they are much more easily damaged. There is a detailed introduction which explains all you need to know about history, choice, seasoning, techniques and other wok knowledge. There follows some 300 9"×11" pages of the most eyecatching, mouthwatering, beautifully photographed recipes you are ever likely to see. Arranged into starters, vegetables and salads, meat, poultry, fish and seafood

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and vegetarian chapters, each of the 140 plus recipes is fully explained with ingredients, quantities and people served. Why go out or get a takeaway when you can prepare such delights as Hoisin Pork with Garlic Noodles, Lamb with Black Bean Sauce, Thai Green Chicken Curry, Turkey with Mushrooms and Courgettes, Spicy Scallops with Lime and Chilli or Steamed Salmon with Bok Choi and Asparagus? 320pp. £20 NOW £6.50


BAKING by Carole Clements This delightfully mouth-watering cookbook will allow everyone to experience the pleasures and rewards of home baking. Over 70 recipes take you through the whole range of cakes, gateaux, pies, tarts, breads, biscuits, buns and pastries and each recipe is brought to life, every step of the way, with full colour how-to

pictures. Beginners will learn basic baking skills, while more experienced cooks will find this a wonderful at-a- glance recipe source. The book offers traditional baking secrets and modern innovations to ensure success time after time. So, whether you wish to bake a homely tea- time treat, a delicious fruit pie for dessert or a sumptuous chocolate layer cake for a dinner-party centrepiece, you will find the perfect recipe here. We just cannot choose between Devil’s Food Cake with Orange Frosting or Sachertorte or Toffee Meringue Bars - so we think we might make them all. 96 large softback pages with 300 eye-catching close-up colour photos. ONLY £4.50



Vegetarian dishes are often so appetising that they are preferred by meat-eaters, and this book of easy recipes covers the full range of mouthwatering options. Substantial main courses feature Grilled Polenta

with Gorgonzola, Roasted Pepper and Hummus Wrap, Classic Margherita Pizza and Red Onion and Goat’s Cheese Tartlets. If a lighter meal is required, there is a superb collection of soups here, including Stilton and Watercress, Curried Cauliflower Soup, Pea Soup with Garlic and an exciting-looking Pomegranate Broth originating in Azerbaijan. Other light dishes are Onion Cake, made with potato and onion cooked in butter, or Toasted Sourdough with Goat’s Cheese, garnished with chilli jam for a spicy extra kick. A section on party food and appetisers includes staple dips and pate?s such as Artichoke and Cumin Dip, Peperonata and Spicy Baba Ghanoush. Vegetables and side dishes are a creative selection, and finally the section on desserts includes Passion Fruit Soufflés and Deep Fried Cherries sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. 96pp, large softback, colour photo and nutritional information with every recipe. ONLY £4.50

69170 A TASTE OF DEVON by Stuart Adlington

Clotted cream is probably the most synonymous of all the foods associated with the county of Devon - rich, creamy and totally indulgent. Devon is also famous for the beautiful little yeast risen buns filled with cream and jam called Devonshire Splits and regional specialities like Barnstaple Fair Pears,

gently simmered in red wine or cider. Potted Devon Crabs, Seared Scallops with Black Pudding and Celeriac, Lobster Thermidor, Tandoori Spiced Salmon, Fisherman’s Pie, Exeter Stew with Herby Doughboys and White Pot (Baked Rice Pudding) are some of the other delights, not forgetting our favourite, Devonshire Clotted Cream Fudge! Simple recipes to follow in 46pp with colour photos.

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by Stuart Adlington

Delicious traditional homemade dishes from Yorkshire where the lush grazing land provides the most wonderful meat and milk in the country and where some of the finest cheeses like Wensleydale are traditionally eaten with apple pie. The most iconic and famous of all dishes from the region

must be Yorkshire Pudding which makes the roast beef dinner of good old England traditional. The North Sea provides an abundance of fresh fish and of course no trip to the beautiful seaside resort of Whitby would be complete without sampling their famous fish and chips. The open moorland provides the ideal habitat for game birds and Yorkshire also offers many treats including Parkin, a sticky sweet loaf flavoured with ginger, and Yorkshire Curd Tart. Rhubarb is grown in the area around Wakefield and used in many sweet dishes and other delights include Yorkshire Tea Loaf, Harrogate Toffee and Pontefract Cakes, which are not cakes at all, but small discs of liquorice. And of course large immigrant groups around Bradford have brought in an exciting new array of spicy dishes. From York Ham and Pea Soup to Piccalilli. 46pp, colour photos. £9.99 NOW £4


by Stuart Adlington

From Lincolnshire Rarebit, Pork Pie, Stilton and Celery Soup, Venison Steaks and Damson Sauce, Faggots, Mushy Peas and Onion Gravy, Brummie Bacon Cakes, Chicken Tikka Masala and Pilau Rice, Roast Tamworth Pork with Pears and Perry, Lincolnshire Plum Pudding,

Black Country Bread Pudding, Damson Cobbler to Branston Pickle, here is the Midlands, the Heart of England. The region has an abundance of amazing produce - hand raised pork pies from Melton Mowbray, the world famous Bramley apple from Southwell in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire sausages, Red Leicester Cheese and of course the spices from the curry capital of the country, affectionately called the Balti Triangle in Birmingham. 46pp, colour photos. £9.99 NOW £4


FOOD AND COOKING by Carol Wilson and Christopher Trotter Scotland has its own very distinctive cuisine based on the availability of smoked fish, game and the need for hearty, low-cost eating to keep farm workers warm, not to mention the distilleries which take advantage of the pure

Highland streams. The ready availability of wild salmon gave rise to such dishes as Coulibiac, a salmon pie with eggs, mushrooms and fennel, Smoked Haddock Flan and West Coast Fisherman’s Stew. Roast Hare with Beetroot and Crowdie or Loin of Wild Boar with Bog Myrtle are two of the more exotic main courses based on the availability of game, but for the suburban chef there is also Pan-fried Pheasant with Oatmeal and Cream Sauce or Braised Farm Pigeon with Elderberry Wine. First courses include Grilled Oysters with Highland Heather Honey, Dressed Crab with Asparagus, Sea Trout Mousse, or for those who prefer soup, the legendary Cullen Skink. Other local delicacies are Haggis, Potato and Apple Tart, Angus Pasties and Stoved Chicken, a French recipe from the time of the Auld Alliance. Breads and puddings include Black Bun, Bannocks and Clootie Dumpling.

256pp, softback,

colour photos on every page. ONLY £4.50

69252 WORLD

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF COFFEE by Banks, McFadden and Atkinson

Divided into three distinct parts, this is more than just an encyclopedia. The first section gives the history of coffee, the second deals with growing the bean and coffee making itself, while the final section consists of 70 mouthwatering

recipes using coffee as flavouring. Mythology traces the bean back to Old Testament times, claiming that it was the “parched corn” mentioned in the story of Ruth. In fact the coffee plant found its way from Ethiopia to Arabia in the Dark Ages, initially in the form of green beans and then in the 13th century being dried and ground and used as a drink. By the Renaissance period coffee was well established in the Middle East, and it soon spread to Europe and America. Numerous ways of making the drink were developed, but the French method of roasting in a cast-iron stove, grinding and then brewing like tea, or later percolating, was widespread. The Italian espresso machine was invented in 1948, and in the central section, “The art of coffee drinking”, six types of espresso are described. Includes how to make the perfect Tiramisu, Coffee Jellies, Coffee and Brandy Syllabub, Coffee Meringues and Coconut and Coffee Trifle. A very attractive book which would make an unusual gift. 256pp, softback, colour photos on every page.


MANAGEMENT by Isabella Beeton

A classic of domestic literature, Isabella Beeton’s ‘Book of Household Management’ is both an entertaining curiosity and an important social document, providing an invaluable insight into the day-to-day workings of a Victorian household. Encyclopaedic in its range, the book contains 2,751 entries covering (besides its countless recipes) advice on childbirth, fashion, home remedies, animal husbandry and the management of servants, and even dealing with the sensitive subjects of violence, cruelty, illness and death, and contentious issues still current, such as factory farming. When she died at only 28 her book had already met with phenomenal success. 1109 page paperback. ONLY £4


A practical introduction explains the basics of egg types and how to choose and store them, as well as foolproof techniques for boiling, poaching, frying, baking and scrambling eggs and making omelettes. There are then over 90 recipes for every occasion, from breakfasts and brunches to lunches, suppers, drinks and desserts. The book includes a tempting selection of pancakes, crêpes, pastries, soufflés, mousses, meringues, custards, cookies and cakes and each dish is beautifully photographed. How about Prawn and Egg-Knot Soup, followed by Fennel Tabouleh with Nuts and finishing with Passion Fruit Creams, all washed down with Banana and Maple Flip? 128 large softback pages. Step-by step photos. ONLY £4

67335 EATING FOR ENGLAND by Nigel Slater The award-winning author’s personal portrait of the British and their food is a celebration of the humour, eccentricities, embarrassments and glories that comprise the extraordinary phenomenon that is the British at table. ‘The French cook with their senses, the Italians with their hearts, the Spanish with their energy and the Germans with their appetite. The British, bless them, cook with their wallets... Our ingenuity in matters frugal knows no bounds’. Think of bread and butter pudding! An intriguing and very funny book. 280 page paperback.

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67595 WHISKY by Aeneas McDonald First published in 1930, George Malcolm Thomson adopted the pseudonym Aeneas McDonald so as not to offend his teetotal family. For the whisky enthusiast who cares as deeply about ‘the water of life’ as any oenophile does about wine, our book is a passionate and instructive tome. It illuminates the grand history of this transfixing libation, providing every whisky drinker with practical knowledge that will enhance every glass. Considered a classic of spirit writing, it explains how to evaluate, store, age and serve the drink. New introduction. 128 pages. $18.95 NOW £2.50

67768 COOKING BY NUMBERS by Matthew Fort


Why do so many cookbooks forget the simple fact that you might just want a speedy supper for two and the recipe will doubtless differ from a leisurely lunch for six? Beginning with what to keep on the shelf (oils, vinegars and other bottles), all the way through are helpful headers like ‘Making an Effort’ and ‘A Fun Style (Oops,


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