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DELICIOUS LITTLE CAKES by Catherine Atkinson Are you looking for bite-sized cakes suitable for cake stalls, lunchboxes, a mid-afternoon reward, or a perfect home-made gift for a special event or celebration? If so, here are plenty of tempting tiny treats for you to try. This delectable collection

includes coffee sponge drops, granola bars, blueberry muffins, cupcakes, sweets, candies, truffles, fudge - we cannot possibly choose from them all. But it does not stop there! Here are classic cakes, drop scones, filled pastries and decorated creations as well as a selection of savoury scones to serve with soups, salads and cheeses. As if this were not enough, nutritional notes are provided for every recipe and they include a breakdown of calories, fat and sodium. Excuse us while we start on the Singing Hinnies and the Malt Whisky Truffles and the Ladies’ Navels - the what? 129 large softback pages with more than 240 colour photos. ONLY £6

69128 AGA EASY by Lucy Young The author is the bright new face of Aga cookery writing. Having worked for 16 years as assistant to Mary Berry - the much-loved ‘Queen of the Aga’ and TV personality - she is obviously well-versed in the art of cooking with this form of heating. As Mary Berry herself writes: ‘Lucy will inspire a new generation of cooks’ and, in fact, this book is packed with smart, contemporary recipes which prove that Aga cooking does not have to be old-fashioned and that there is nothing that you cannot cook well on it. In the splendidly clear introduction are tips for use, from cold sheet to plain shelf and from cleaning to servicing, and the recipes include every kind of meal from brunch to stir-fries and from pasta to desserts. So get cooking on a Simple Salsa, or a mouth-watering Ruda Chicken Broth or, our favourite, Lush Strawberry Cheesecake and you will never look back. 191 large paperback pages with super close-up colour photography. £14.99 NOW £6


by Jason Atherton

In this innovative cookbook, the author uses his creative style and mastery of original flavour combinations to bring inexpensive, accessible gourmet food into the home kitchen. Based on the principle of cooking with the seasons, that is making the most

of ingredients when they are at their best and cheapest, the recipes are perfect for entertaining or for a night in. Choose a starter and main course, or a main course plus a dessert from this collection of over 80 recipes and you can serve up a super low-cost meal. Three courses will cost a little more. Many of the savoury recipes can be served either as a starter or a main dish. Tuck in to Braised Lamb with Aubergines or Grilled Sardines with Bacon, Basil and Tomato and enjoy your desserts of Yoghurt, Honey

another broad bean recipe)’, Chicken Sausage with Pistachios, Cider Potatoes, Rabbit, Carrot and Celery Salad, Red Onion and Parma Ham Rolls, Cucumber and Prawn Salad, are just a delightful sampling. 240pp in paperback with line art. £12.99 NOW £2.50

68143 SWEET OLD-FASHIONED FAVOURITES by the Australian Women’s Weekly Black Forest Roulade, Crème Brulée, Hot Chocolate Prune Cake, Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce, Treacle or Custard Tarts, Apple Pie, Mini Florentines, Shortbread, Gingernuts, Garibaldi Slices, Coffee Snaps, Rock Cakes, Apricot Chocolate Chip Cake or a delicious Family Chocolate Cake which takes only 20 minutes to prepare, Mississippi Mud Cake, Madeira Cake, Apple Strudel Cake or Poppy Seed or Carroway Seed Loaf, Dundee Cake and Carrot Cake - yummy, yummy, yummy! Time to take a culinary trip down memory lane back to baking days in grandma’s kitchen with these 60 super recipes that can be recreated perfectly today. 96 page very large softback. Colour photos.

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PERFECTION by Heston Blumenthal With his bald head and spectacles, Heston Blumenthal made his name with such disgusting sounding original dishes like Snail Porridge and Nitro-Scrambled Egg and Bacon Ice Cream at his internationally acclaimed restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray. In his book he travels far and wide in search of ‘perfect’ versions of 16 of the world’s best loved and worst abused dishes. This single- volume edition of his bestselling Perfection books is an original, inspiring and fascinating voyage around the palate and planet with Roast Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Peking Duck, Steak, Spaghetti Bolognese, Chilli con Carne, Hamburger, Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Fish Pie, Pizza, Risotto, Black Forest Gateau, Treacle Tart, Baked Alaska and Trifle. 496 page softback with illus and 16 colour plates. £14.99 NOW £5

68775 FREUD ON FOOD by Clement Freud

The classic cookery book from Britain’s great bon viveur, the joy of this book is that you get wit together with a spirited love of good food. All his life Clement Freud was passionate about food. Originally published in 1978, this was his first ever full-length book, with recipes and anecdotes jostling each other for the reader’s attention. It contains numerous irresistible recipes for dishes as varied as Billybi, Cider Duck, Boiled Leg of Lamb with Caper Sauce and Strawberry Romanoff. Or try a good old curry, Roast Guineafowl, Apple Moats, Ham Mousse, Virginia Baked Ham, Souffléd Potatoes, Stuffed Lamb’s Heart, plus his tips on cooking fish, iced soups, stocks and other starters’ orders. 350pp in paperback, line art. £8.99 NOW £3

and Pistachios or White Chocolate Custard without feeling as if you are breaking the bank. 192 softback pages with the most luscious close-up colour photos. £14.99 NOW £6

69131 BIG BOOK OF PASTA Your Complete Guide to Cooking Perfect Pasta Every Time

by Linda Doeser et al Pasta is arguably the most versatile and useful ingredient to be found in any kitchen. It goes with just about anything you can think of, equally at home with a simple inexpensive

sauce or with expensive extravagant mixtures, and can be part of soups, starters, mains and salads. Not only that, it is an excellent source of complex “slow-release” carbohydrates, contains barely any fat and also provides protein, vitamins, iron and potassium. We first learn all about the types of pasta, how to make it fresh, rolling and shaping fresh pasta and how to knock up the four basic sauces: tomato, ragù, béchamel and pesto, and the four essential stocks: beef, chicken, dish and vegetable. Then come the superbly and rather inspiringly photographed recipes. Arranged into Soups and Starters, Meat and Poultry, Fish and Seafood, Vegetarian and Filled and Baked, there are over 140, all explained in detail with serving numbers, ingredients and quantities and a myriad of hints and tips from pasta experts. We reckon for a quick and delicious starter you cannot beat the Potato and Pesto Soup described here, and for mains how about Fettuccine with Chicken and Onion Cream Sauce or Pappardelle with Scallops and Porcini? And the Salmon Lasagne Rolls and the Sicilian Linguine almost had us licking the pages! A top of the range (or grill, or oven) cookbook of 320pp, 9"×11", colour. £20 NOW £7


FOOD by Bridget Jones The 120 recipes in this gorgeous book may be intended for parties but everyone who opens it will want to get cooking at once. Following an introductory section on organising your party, including food basics, safety, equipment and how to word an invitation, the author goes on to cocktails, cheese boards and salads,

all of which can be used to create a superb party without going anywhere near the cooker. Nibbles, finger food and light bites include Avocado Salsa, Crisp Fried Crab Claws, Quesadillas, Stilton Croquettes and Potato Wedges with Cheesy Dip. For brunches, lunches and fork suppers you might serve Smoked Fish and Asparagus Mousse, Turkey Croquettes, Chicken Fajitas or Leek Roulade, while one-pot dishes include Fondue, Tempura, Paella and Mongolian Firepot. To start there are Cappuccino of Puy Lentils, Lobster and Tarragon, Coquilles St Jacques and Chicken Liver Paté. Dinner parties require smaller dishes on which you can really go to town, for instance Roasted Garlic and Aubergine Custards and Red Pepper Dressing, Beef Wellington or Lamb Tagine. Desserts include Boston Banoffee Pie, Frozen Grand Marnier Soufflés or Chocolate Chestnut Roulade. 120 recipes are photographed in 650 mouthwatering step-by-step colour photos. 256pp, softback.

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68199 NUTRIENTS A-Z by Dr Michael Sharon Updated fifth edition of an easy-to-use dictionary of every kind of food, herb, vitamin, mineral or supplement you might encounter. From the most common everyday foods like bananas and carrots to the oldest natural medicines in the world like honey, olive oil and yoghurt, and recent developments in nutritional supplements from Guarana to St John’s Wort, each entry gives a definition in plain language. Learn what it is, where it comes from, the forms it takes, how to prepare and enjoy it, its medicinal and health benefits and recommended daily dose. 344pp in paperback. £12.99 NOW £5

68422 WINEMASTERS OF BORDEAUX: The Inside Story of the World’s Greatest Wines

Third Edition Revised and Updated by Nicholas Faith

Here is the story of the wines of Bordeaux - the most glamorous in the world. It is the history of a group of merchant families who controlled the sales of the world’s finest clarets and sauternes and of the way the owners of the region’s greatest estates and chateaux freed themselves from the merchants’ grip. 30 years ago, Bordeaux was rocked by the conviction for fraud of two members of the proudest of the merchant families. Known as ‘Winegate’ it changed forever the perspective of the region’s wine industry and saw the return of the chateaux owners’ dominance. Subsequent to the scandal were the attempts of major international drinks groups to take over wine production, but the author shows how these attempts were rebuffed and how the nouveaux riches succeeded where multinationals failed. 344 paperback pages with b/w archive photos and map. £12.99 NOW £3.75

68556 FAST CAKES by Mary Berry

Home baking is becoming ever more popular and here it is made easy in minutes. These recipes really are fast and most can be prepared in less than ten minutes and baked in under an hour. Here are old favourites like Fruit Cake, Ginger Bread and ‘Can’t-go-Wrong’ Chocolate Cake to more adventurous but equally speedy delights like Chocolate Éclairs, superb Carrot Cake or Praline Meringue. There are also no bake cakes and other goodies like Mocha Bar and a flan for children to make themselves, tea breads and scones, biscuits and all cakes great and small. A classic book for busy bakers. 264p in paperback. £8.99 NOW £4.50

68631 RALPH AYRES’ COOKERY BOOK introduced by Jane Jakeman

Ralph ‘Radolphus’ Ayres Head Cook at New College, Oxford in the early 18th century, lived in the age of Parson Woodforde, the great diarist and fellow of New College. He recorded in his Diary the contents of a meal he ate in a college in 1756, where the first course included Cod with Oysters, Ham, Fowls, Boiled Beef, Rabbits Smothered with Onions, Mutton, Veal Collops,

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Train up a fig-tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it.

- Charles Dickens, Dombey and Son

69254 GROWING ORCHIDS: Successful Gardening Indoors and Out An Illustrated Encyclopedia and Practical

Gardening Guide by Brian and Wilma Rittershausen

Together with step-by-step instructions on potting and mounting this queen of flowers, propagation,

feeding, watering and light levels and dealing with pests and diseases, goes an inspirational encyclopedia of orchids, with guidance on the best varieties to choose. There is also essential info on habitat, size and flowering time and clear, practical advice on growing and displaying these superb blooms indoors, under glass and outdoors. In addition to all this, the book provides fascinating insights into how early explorers discovered the first tropical orchids as well as explanations of botany and nomenclature. Care and cultivation are not neglected, with vital info on basic tools and equipment and compost mixes. A definitive guide. 256 soft back pages with over 600 specially commissioned colour photos and a directory of over 200 fabulous orchids. ONLY £4.50


JAPANESE GARDEN by Charles Chesshire Japan has exceptional and enviable flora including many species of cherry, azalea, camellia and magnolia which blossom in the mountains in spring, while in the autumn maples and oaks give a display of fiery reds, yellows and oranges. Evergreen trees such as

cedars and pines are considered symbols of longevity and resilience. Wisterias, peonies and hydrangeas feature in many Japanese gardens, in natural groupings or massed in orchard-like groves. Whether you wish to make your own courtyard garden, a stroll garden with a path that circles a small pond or lake, or where to set your lantern in a Japanese tea garden, influences of Zen Buddhist symbolism to the practicalities of placing edging stones, making a dry garden, a pine island, making a pond or waterfall, or a gravel path, for each design there are a series of colour photographs, and specially commissioned artwork, in all 270 beautiful pictures featuring inspiring locations and step-by-step sequences. 96 large pages in paperback. ONLY £4.50

67111 ILLUSTRATED GARDEN BOOK Vita Sackville-West

Since her youth, Vita Sackville-West had been a writer - a poet, novelist and biographer. The showplace for her individual style of gardening was the grounds of Sissinghurst Castle in Kent which she nurtured over 30

Pork Griskins, Minced Pies and Roots (vegetables). For the second course were Roast Turkey, Haunch of Venison, a Brace of Woodcock, Snipes, Veal Olives, Trifle, Blancmange, Stewed Pippins and Preserved Quinces. Reproduced in this exquisite book presented in Ayres’ own handwriting with beautiful contemporary botanical drawings. 88 large pages, colour illus. First edition.

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Friends, Festivities by Nigella Lawson The buxom beauty tempts us to tuck into her festive feasts in this voluptuous volume. It is the perfect choice for cooks who would rather sip wine than labour over a hot Aga! From party canapés, cocktails and manageable mass-catering to scrumptious Christmas cakes and puddings, here are no-fuss brunches to quick and easy homemade presents like chutneys, preserves and other delectable standbys and even edible tree decorations. Try out her Peanut Brittle with Art and Soul, Honeyed Fig Vinegar, Sticky Gingerbread, Rum and Brandy Butters and traditional Christmas Cake, of course. 278 large pages with colour photos. £25 NOW £12

68172 FULL ENGLISH CASSOULET by Richard Mabey

Described by the author as ‘busking in the kitchen’, whether creating a cassoulet which uses English ingredients including runner beans or discovering the offals that his father brought home from post-war London, Richard Mabey is encouraging us to be daring and imaginative. A Stir Fried Summer Salad for four uses European salad vegetables and goes well with any summer meat dish or with Chinese food. Make a Moroccan festive dish called Bisteeya or a little something to do with almonds and leftover chicken. Autumn Pudding is a variation on the classic Summer Pudding using the darker fruits of September like blackberries, elderberries, stoned damsons and plums or try a Ribollita from Italy which is simply leftover vegetables and beans or a lovely Turnip Soup. 224pp with beautifully decorated pages with many of the illustrations in colour. £16.99 NOW £5

68742 SEASONAL SPANISH FOOD: 125 Simple Recipes Bring Home the Flavours of

Spain by José Pizarro and Vicky Bennison Think of Spanish ingredients and you conjure up some of the best products in the world: extra virgin olive oil, juicy tomatoes, spicy chorizo, jamón ibérico, fresh seafood, Manchego cheese, piquillo peppers and outstanding wine. Each recipe is simple in composition and easy to master. Spring brings an Artichoke and Sheep’s Cheese Salad. During summer, indulge in a Crema Catalana with Caramelised Figs. Enjoy autumn’s Cep Mushrooms with Shrimp and Serrano Ham and stay warm in winter by means of a Roast Duck with Quince Escabeche. Delicious food with a difference. 240 large pages illus in bright colour.

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years. The 12 chapters presented here take the reader through the gardening year. In January, she offers advice on enlivening a privet hedge; in April she ponders long-lost roses such as Black African and Monstrous Four Seasons; September she views as a watershed of the year; December, she concedes, is a difficult time to produce flowers. Anthologised by Robin Lane Fox. Paintings. Paperback, 92 pages with photos. £10.95 NOW £3.50


MANAGEMENT by Isabella Beeton Isabella Beeton was born in 1836, the eldest of 21 children, and died at the age of just 28. The subjects covered are soil structures, manures and compost, planning and landscaping, walls and fences, ornamental features, tools, sowing, planting and transplanting. There are chapters on trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit growing; on frames and glasshouses; and finally twelve chapters covering the gardening year. Information, prudence with money and wisdom. 979pp, paperback. ONLY £4


Explore some of the best gardens of Britain and Ireland with this perfect travelling companion. It gives region- by-region info, directions, opening hours, maps and contact details for planning your visit. The author manages to convey the special character of every garden he visits and his beautiful illustrations will certainly tempt you to follow in his tracks. The guide also contains the history of each garden and plant information for those of you who are keen gardeners. You can find out about the most designers, gardeners and garden styles from the past to the present. 352 softback pages with glorious colour photos. £14.99 NOW £4


Growing Exotic Plants by Joan Phelan Here is an informative and practical guide to choosing, siting and designing a conservatory that is right for you, your house and garden, with sound advice on successfully growing and maintaining plants, many of them exotics. What you want it to look like, what you can afford and how you want to use it, some of the most rewarding plants, hints about their containers, care and maintenance, furniture and special features are discussed. 154pp large paperback pages, colour. £16.95 NOW £2.75

68750 THE GARDEN BOOK by Phaidon Press

Over 500 massive, magnificent garden designs in this splendid tome. It is a comprehensive illustrated survey of 500 of the world’s most influential garden makers, designers, patrons and owners and their gardens. It gives an unrivalled overview of the world’s gardens and landscapes from ancient times to the present. Garden design is a large-scale, time-consuming art form, with relatively few auteurs such as Capability Brown, Kobori Enshu, Gertrude Jekyll and Andre le Nôtre. The tome brings these and many lesser-known but highly deserving garden makers to wider attention and show innovation creativity at its height in Ancient China and Japan, Renaissance Italy, 17th century France and Holland, 18th century Britain and the USA in the 20th century. In A-Z order with accompanying commentary. Glossy colour photos, 512pp, 10" x 11". First time discounted. £29.95 NOW £18


It was a foggy day in London, and the fog was heavy and dark. Animate London, with smarting eyes and irritated lungs, was blinking, wheezing, and choking; inanimate London was a sooty spectre, divided in purpose between being visible and invisible, and so being wholly neither.

- Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend


The Peak District is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of England. It was the first National Park to be created and is the second most visited National Park in the world. But it is not just for the magnificent scenery that people flock there. Picturesque villages, beautiful churches, cosy

pubs, pretty village greens, ancient buildings and colourful events dating back centuries add to its appeal. This beautifully produced book takes the reader on an entrancing guided tour of the towns and villages. The places of special interest are neatly divided into regions to enable a whole host of superb days out to be planned. These range from magnificent country houses through museums and nostalgic steam railways to subterranean caverns and adventure parks. 253 paperback pages with attractive colour plates, and map. £16.99 NOW £6.50


by Christopher Knowles Watch the dramatic and rather violent cheese-rolling festival at Cooper’s Hill on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. Visit classic Cotswold-stone villages such as

Broadway and Chipping Camden. Visit Snows Hill Manor with its collection of thousands of treasures gathered by Charles Paget Wade as well as an Arts and Crafts style garden. Walk around Sudeley Castle, set in beautiful award-winning gardens or spend the evening in Bourton-on-the-Water called the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’ where you can enjoy the picturesque village and river. If you have just two days to spend in the Cotswolds, take a pleasant walk or two in the charming villages of the Windrush Valley, before driving west to the medieval wool town of Cirencester which is easily explored on foot. Round off your weekend with a visit



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