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The Herball’s Guide to Botanical Drinks by Michael Isted

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This comprehensive look at the botanicals you can use in drinks is splendidly inspiring. Beginning with a brief history of the use of plants as medical tonics throughout the world, the book is divided between a herbal of commonly used plants and an extensive recipe section including drinks that aim to cleanse, restore, relax and revive you. There is a ...

Broth to Bowl by Drew Smith

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January is a month in which soup comes into its own. We’re all down with the sniffles and nobody has much of an appetite after the excesses of the festive season so what better than a soul-nourishing soup to warm your cockles? Drew Smith has form in examining a complex subject in such a way that it is rendered accessible ...

30-Second Whisky Edited by Charles MacLean

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We’re all so time-poor these days and are blasted with info from right, left and centre. So it seems as though a book such as this is very apt for our times. Split into 50 elements of whisky, each entry takes only half a minute to read. Some are written by editor and whisky expert Charles MacLean, others by contributors ...

The Modern Cocktail: Innovation + Flavour by Matt Whiley

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Matt Whiley’s Talented Mr Fox drinks consultancy has sorted out the drinks list for several well-known restaurants and bars in London and Manchester. This book has more than 70 recipes for those who want to recreate his genius at home. The book is so clearly laid out and the design is so clean, it is almost reminiscent of a periodic ...

The Little Book of Craft Beer: A guide to over 100 of the world’s finest brews by Melissa Cole

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This little book is almost as delightful as its author. Full disclosure: Melissa Cole is the chair of beer judging at our Quality Drink Awards. The beer judging session was the most hilarious and enjoyable of all for me this year, primarily because Melissa is knowledgeable without being snobby, funny without being mean, and a great guide to beer without overloading ...

Wine Lover’s Kitchen: Delicious recipes for cooking with wine by Fiona Beckett

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There are books that are foodie challenges – the sort of books that are meant to be kept on a shelf to impress visitors and only dusted down when you’re trying something really spectacular – other books become so essential to your daily cooking that they get battered and covered in wine and sauce. This is definitely in the latter ...

Pitmaster: Recipes, Techniques & Barbecue Wisdom by Andy Husbands and Chris Hart

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If you’re planning on cracking open the BBQ this weekend, you’ll need this book to inspire if not entirely instruct you, says Tania O’Donnell… Barbecuing is serious business. In the southern states of America, to be considered a ‘pitmaster’ you need to have attained a level of cooking on a BBQ that surpasses the simple slapping on of a sausage or two. ...

Flavoured Spirits Enthusiasts’ Manual by Tim Hampson

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A Haynes manual on flavoured spirits? Yes please, says our editor Tania O’Donnell… Wow. Could this book be any more splendid? To begin with it is a Haynes Manual. This iconic imprint has been going since the 1950s, specialising primarily in car and DIY manuals, but veering in recent years into other areas (on occasion in a rather fun, tongue-in-cheek ...

Cooking With Flavor Bombs

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Okay, so how many of you were goody-two-shoes and prepped all your meals for the week yesterday? Did you make and freeze your lunches? Some big family bakes? No? Well, neither did we. However, if you can get some Monday Motivation in you, try out a recipe or two from this book tonight The first to say is that this ...

Dulce de Leche by Josephine Caminos Oria

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Author Josephine Caminos Oria was born in Argentina, but grew up in the US. This charming book is the result of her grandmother’s insistence that she not forget her roots. Having watched Dorita, as her grandmother was affectionately called, make dulce de leche – the delicious sweet milk spread made throughout Latin America – she begged for the recipe despite ...