July 26 | Comments (0)
If ever there was a book to remind the English that their local food choices go far beyond the chippy, this would be it. "Eating England: Why We Eat What We Eat with Over 500 Special Places to Eat and Shop" is a journey through the culinary gems that make up the English countryside and a great guide to local producers.
You get a sense of the enjoyment that the author has for english produce and the people that make it. For someone like me who has the travel bug, it makes me want to go out and discover all of the little places that she describes. The book reminds me of Rick Stein's food heroes without the recipes. My only complaint would be that there aren't enough pictures of the local products. Reading about them was making me hungry... seeing a picture would have put me on the train.
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July 1 | Comments (0)
The book, based on the Channel 4 TV show "Jamie's great escape", traces Jamie's travels through Italy and gives recipes from the various regions he visited. So far the recipes I've tried have been easy to make, and tasty...typically Oliver. Recipes aside, I find myself reading the stories about the people he met, and their passion for the food they make, making this a bit more than a cookbook (and a good thing as there aren't that many recipes).
The photography is lovely, and they've managed to capture the personality of people passionate about food.
Most of all, he's made me very envious. Every food lovers dream would be to get paid to travel and write about food.
Overall, it's a pretty good book...worth buying.