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Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, Book One (Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, and Paris regions) (The Savoring the Olde Ways Series) by Carole Bumpus

 

 

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A wonderful insight into French family life and traditions.

Carole Bumpus a retired family therapist and the author of this absorbing book has within its pages shared her abundance of experiences which she and her husband Winston enjoyed whilst travelling from Paris in the Île-de-France, through the Champagne, Alsatian and Lorraine regions, and then returning to Paris. Her travels through these eastern regions of France enjoying the food, and experiences of their local inhabitants were enhanced immeasurably by the presence of her French Californian friend and translator Josiane Selvage.

From the first page, this book is packed to bursting point with information, details of the villages they visited, the history of the regions, and the lives of the families they were welcomed into. Reading through it, the impact WWI and WWII had on family life and circumstances is clearly apparent. However throughout the centuries, ‘family favourites’ have, for the most part been conceived through necessity of one kind or another, either because of food shortages (whether it be conflict or caused through natural events,) or quite simply the necessity to create good, tasty, family food using the vegetable and fruit produce and the animals which are abundant where they live. As the years have passed these dishes may have been embellished by food companies and sold for the masses frozen, bottled or canned, but it is in the family kitchen that the best versions are made, with love, and with fondness because of the memories they evoke. For those readers who are keen cooks traditional recipes from each of the regions can be found at the end.

Living in France and enjoying sharing the last 16 years with our neighbours has taught my husband and I about the closeness of French families, and the importance of food and ‘family time.’   These values are wonderfully apparent in this book, and I am looking forward to book two in the series which is due to be released in August 2020. In it the author completes her journey, beginning again in Paris, and then heading north into Pas-de-Calais, Normandy, Brittany, to the Loire, my chosen region, and then completing the tour in the Auvergne.

Highly recommended: This book is compelling reading, its pages overflow with memorable moments, family secrets, and delicious recipes, and it will hold a prized place on the bookshelf of readers who love France, its food, people and history.

About the Book:

Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes (cuisine pauvre) in the kitchens of French families as she traveled throughout the countryside. Travel with her through Champagne caves/wineries and historic cathedrals, local farmers’ markets, ancient potters’ guilds, and restaurant kitchens with wood-fire ovens. Learn how to make homemade Spinach-stuffed Tortellini with Bolognaise Sauce from the Champagne region, Crêpes and Watercress-stuffed Ravioli from the Lorraine, and Baekeofe and Kugelhopf from the Alsace. “Go blind” from the family stock of Eau de Vie liqueur and be treated to tales of foraging for snails for the infamous and now extinct Escargots Festival. And, on a somber note, listen to accounts of families forced from their communities during the German occupation of WWII in the Alsace and Lorraine, only to continue to struggle for survival after finally making their way home.

This book is a compilation of stories about making ends meet; about people being grateful for all they had, even when they had almost nothing; about the sharing of family jokes and laughter; and about family trials and triumphs. This book is about people savoring the life they have been given.

Available in Paperback and eBook format

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Unedited! (Because life is): Recipes, ramblings and a few creative ideas from the kitchen at The Cosy Pigsty by Kati Barr-Taylor

 

 

A wonderful and entertaining cookery book raising money for a good cause.

The title of this wonderful book draws you in doesn’t it, and then as soon as you read the introduction you realise that this is not going to be your run of the mill cook book, it is one which you will treasure forever! Unedited! (Because life is) was conceived because of a request from Kati’s oldest daughter Lilly for a book of her recipes, and as any mum knows that’s a great compliment!

However, because of a tragic family incident the author could relate to the plight of the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster, and decided to help the survivors in her own way by publishing this book and donating half the money to the Grenfell community.

This book is so much more than a cookery book, interspersed with the wonderful eclectic variety of recipes are family memories and stories, glimpses into the author and her families lives, both past and present. As an expat in France she has also helps others who have made the leap the other side of the channel by adding the French words for some of the ingredients, and also anecdotes which every expat can relate to when you arrive confidently speaking high school French to find that the ‘natives’ didn’t read the same text books as you did, and haven’t a clue what you are saying.

There are a wide selection of recipes for all the different meal times, times when you just fancy something nice/warming/comforting, and even a lovely selection of ideas for edible gifts. The recipes come from all over the world and are her own family’s favourites.

I highly recommend this wonderful cook book as a great reference for recipes, entertaining reading, and I hope many people will support the author by buying this book and as a result donating to the Grenfell Tower community.

About the Book: 

Unedited! (because life is) was originally a selection of recipes and anecdotal ramblings compiled as a Christmas gift for a massive audience of three; my children. However, whilst writing it, my mind turned inevitably to those who would have little to celebrate this year. Suddenly, just pleasing my kids didn’t sit well. I wanted to do something for others too. With that, Unedited! took on a life of its own, becoming a family cookery book with a difference, to make a difference.
The difference; randomly dropped between tried and tested yummies is a selection of creative ideas and life-recipes that have helped my family and me move on from our own difficulties.
To make a difference; I am donating half the royalties of this ‘cheap and cheerful’ book to The Grenfell Tower Fund allied to the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.
My book connects readers with the Grenfell survivors by combining two resources we all need, whether now or in the future: the comfort of shared meals, and small but significant ways to find a meaning in our own lives.
Unedited! will to appeal to people cooking on a budget, and those juggling busy lives. It will resonate with readers who have crashed and bumped around the block a few times too. As a French resident, I have made Unedited! fellow-expat friendly, with translations next to the ingredients. And for readers who want real value for money, this go-to book is sprinkled with common-sense inspiration for achieving a more fulfilling life without breaking the bank.
Bon appetit!

unedited (Because life is) is available from Amazon in Paperback https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unedited-Because-life-ramblings-creative/dp/1973427931/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1513777566&sr=8-1

and Kindle format https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unedited-Because-life-ramblings-creative-ebook/dp/B077TVY5WJ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1513777566&sr=8-1

 

 

Eat Like a Greek by Karen Guttridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will admit to liking the Mediterranean lifestyle and so when I saw this book I just had to download it. I was expecting a recipe book, but this is so much more.

The author, Karen Guttridge takes her readers on a voyage of discovery as she meets the locals, watches, and then helps them forage for food, grown locally, and a lot of the time wild on the nearby hillsides. It reminded me of walks with my grandfather in the UK when I learnt so much about nature, and it is wonderful to hear about the local people in Greece, still carrying on traditions passed through the generations, and taking advantage of local produce in season.

The Mediterranean diet is renowned worldwide as healthy, rich in vitamins, minerals and goodness. Although, as the author states, this is not a recipe book, there are plenty of tips and recipes in it, all written in such a way that it is easy to see how they can be incorporated into anyone’s diet. At the end of the book there is an excellent section called ‘One Mediterranean Month – 30 tips for healthy living’ which contains suggestions on how to change your diet one day at a time.

The author takes her reader inside her friends and neighbours kitchens with her, and we watch through her eyes, fly on the wall like, how they prepare and cook their food in the traditional ways.  We discover not only how to embrace a simple, tasty, yet oh so good for you diet, but also that yes they do use copious amounts of olive oil and lemons, and that for some recipes, like coffee, there is really only one way to make it in Greece.

Extremely interesting and thoroughly entertaining, I would highly recommend ‘Eat Like a Greek’ to anyone interested in the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.

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Fuelled by wanderlust and the odd cake, Karen likes nothing better than donning boots and rucksack, seeking out the back roads and enjoying the freedom to go wherever her feet can. She currently lives on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus where she spends her time nurturing geckos, trying not to gorge on too much fried halloumi and writing her books from a tiny balcony overlooking the sea.

About the Book:

Easy ways to try the Mediterranean diet by someone who lives there – me!

I will show you exactly how the Greeks eat this so-called Mediterranean diet. How and when they eat their fruit and vegetables, nuts and beans. And how they get through an astonishing amount of olive oil.

 

And I’ll make it super easy for you to try for yourself some of their ways.

 

Here’s what you’ll learn:

 

How to eat more greens

When to eat salad

How to sneak in more vegetables

Olive oil; How much, how often and when

The easiest way to eat even more vegetables

How to eat cake

How to eat

How to drink like a Greek

One Mediterranean Month – 30 daily tips for healthy eating

Many behaviours that make up the Mediterranean lifestyle contribute to the long, healthy lives of the people but you don’t need to move there to profit from it.

 

Eat Like a Greek is available FREE today on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eat-Like-Greek-Mediterranean-Healthiest-ebook/dp/B06XP6FG57/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504860115&sr=8-1&keywords=eat+like+a+greek

The Complete Mexican, South American & Caribbean Cookbook by Jane Milton, Jenni Fleetwood, Marina Filippelli

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This book is one of those which become a bible. I bought it wanting to explore the world of Mexican cookery and discovered it contained so much more. This book has everything you could possibly need if you are a keen cook wanting to experiment with new dishes, or indeed make some of the classic favourites from scratch.

Since buying it I have enjoyed countless evenings cooking, and then eating, recipes from it. Because of the versatility of the Mexican, South American and Caribbean recipes they can be enjoyed cooked in a traditional oven or barbecued. There are plenty of recipes for vegetarians and lots of interesting salsa’s and dips.

If, like me, you enjoy ‘playing’ with recipes and entertaining, then this is a book you will find, like me, you cannot do without.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and a plus for me is that it is very well illustrated. If I could give it 6 out of 5 stars I would.

Available from Amazon:

Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Mexican-American-Caribbean-Cookbook/dp/1844777820/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1463563276&sr=8-2

Hardcover http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Mexican-American-Caribbean-Cookbook/dp/1844777839/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1463563276&sr=8-2

The Lazy Cook (Book 2): Quick And Easy Sweet Treats by Susie Kelly

Great recipes – and so easy!

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Susie Kelly has always been one of my favourite author’s and so when she wrote her first cook book The Lazy Cook (Book One): Quick And Easy Meatless Meals I could not wait to read it. Since then I have tried and enjoyed many of the recipes it contains. Therefore, when I saw its sequel The Lazy Cook (Book 2): Quick and Easy Sweet Treats I couldn’t wait to download it.

This book is a must for everyone who loves deserts. I enjoy cooking and am quite happy to slave over a stove for a long time, if necessary to make a special desert, however, I could not believe how many quick and easy deserts there are. Inside this amazing book you will find pages of recipes, some using only a couple of ingredients and many which can be made a day or so in advance.

The classic Eaton Mess which can be made in moments, light and tempting deserts which can be whipped up in minutes and others like the evil Malakoff which look incredible, but are really quite simple and quick to prepare. Included is also a wonderful ice-cream recipe which has variations to suit any taste. To complete this gem of a book, the author has also included hot deserts, sweets, baking recipes and even some delicious drinks.

I for one am looking forward to experimenting with these tempting recipes at every opportunity I get.

About the author:   

Susie Kelly was born in grey post-war London, and spent much of her childhood and young adulthood in the beautiful country of Kenya.

She now lives in south-west France with a menagerie of assorted animals, and is passionate about animal welfare.

Her first book “Best Foot Forward” was published by Transworld Publishers in 2003, followed by “Two Steps Backward” in 2004, and “A Perfect Circle” in 2006.

Since 2011 Susie’s books have been published by Blackbird Digital Books, whose theme is strong, adventurous women living life to the full. Blackbird Digital Book people love birds and animals, travel, history, romance, natural health and environment, resourcefulness, humour, the surreal and magic.

If her house caught fire and she could only save three things (apart from her animals, of course), they would be courage, compassion and a sense of humour.

About the book:

“I like a dessert to make me feel slightly guilty about eating it, but not enough to make me stop.” Susie Kelly

The 2nd instalment of the travel author’s delightful round-ups of her favourite quick, simple, easy recipes, sprinkled with anecdote and humour.

Susie makes no claims to being a cooking queen. She admits that over the years she has made every cookery mistake possible, including pouring hot oil back into a plastic bottle and watching the bottle melt and flood most of the kitchen. Then there was the great icing sugar misunderstanding…. but in The Lazy Cook she has put together an irresistible collection of the tasty, comfort-food recipes that are enjoyed by her family and friends, spattered with generous blobs of anecdote and humour.

Available from Amazon in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/Lazy-Cook-Book-Quick-Treats/dp/0993307051/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1448348086&sr=8-3

and Kindle format http://www.amazon.com/Lazy-Cook-Book-Quick-Treats-ebook/dp/B014XBPBEQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1448348086&sr=8-3

Bella… A French Life – The Cookbook by Marilyn Z Tomlins

Traditional French recipes.

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About the book: Since the launch of Bella…A French Life in 2013, reviewers have loved the novel for the way it immerses the reader into rural France; helped in no small way by the descriptions of French cooking that Bella creates for the men in her life or while dining in restaurants.
The cooking is seamlessly woven into the text such that while evoking the sights, smells and tastes of Normandy, it isn’t easy for the reader to replicate these themselves.
So by popular demand, here is Bella… A French Life – The Cookbook.
It details the recipes from the novel with complete ingredients lists, methods, how to serve and what wine to drink with. All this set against a narrative of events in the novel that inspired them.

This is a beautifully written cook book, which not only contains wonderful recipes in various categories, Starters, Meat, Fish and Seafood, Chicken, Duck and Rabbit, Cake and Cookies but also provides the reader with the correct solution to that age old question “Which Wine With What? “

It is universally accepted, that the French are a nation of food lovers, producing recipes using exquisite ingredients. Living here, in France the importance of food is really brought home to you. The dinner table is the place for the family, eating and discussing topics, sometimes for hours at a time, over numerous courses of delicious food, which is freshly produced, and enjoyed with a fine glass or two of wine.

I have already read Bella… A French Life, and followed her fortunes, firstly as a paediatrician and then as a busy guest house keeper, so, I immediately felt at home with her in le Presbytere. The author sets the scenes beautifully with each recipe, which Bella shares with us. The recipes have either been made by herself, prepared by her wonderful chef Gertrude Duc, or enjoyed in the restaurants near to her home on the Normandy coast.

Some of the dishes you will recognise, others will be new to you. The only advice I will give is that, whether you are an experienced cook or not, there are recipes for everyone. Most importantly, as Bella says you can improvise, it’s okay, tailor them to suit you, or the person[s] you are cooking for, that way you will enjoy the whole experience much more.

The only thing which has stopped me giving this book a 5 star is the lack of pictures, in my opinion, no cookery book should be without them.

Available in Kindle format here:   http://www.amazon.com/Bella-French-Life-The-Cookbook-ebook/dp/B00HYN2W4S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393868840&sr=8-1&keywords=Bella…+A+French+Life+-+The+Cookbook

Below are the author’s own pictures, they are not in the book however, the recipe’s are.

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Pumpkins are not just for Halloween!

Easy Pumpkin Recipes: There’s More to Pumpkins than Pumpkin Pie (Easy Recipes from Scratch) by Nicole L’Esperance, Marie L’Esperance and John Sailors

Easy Pumpkin Recipes: There's More to Pumpkin than Pumpkin Pie! (Easy Recipes from Scratch)

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Available in Kindle format.

In the supermarket at the moment there are all shapes and sizes of Pumpkins available, tempting, but what would you do with it? Having only grown pumpkins to make Halloween lanterns I am ashamed to say, I couldn’t resist getting this book.

There are more recipe idea’s than I could have imagined, I never realised Pumpkins could be so versatile and am looking forward to getting cooking.

Delicious Salads, Dressings and Dips by Gabrielle Raiz

A wonderful celebration of salad vegetables, dressings and dips.

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I openly admit to loving salads which is why I purchased this book, however, nothing could have prepared me for the inspirations I found within.

The author has provided a cornucopia of ideas, including different ways to cut the salad vegetables, fruits, nuts and more, how to use in them, and suggested dressing accompaniments. There are recipes provided for all tastes and cultures using traditional western produce and other more unusual ones.

This book is a must for salad lovers, with it’s many new ideas, and may well be a good way to encourage children to eat salad and vegetables  because they are presented so differently.

 

Available in Paperback at Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/132-Delicious-Salads-Dressings-Dips/dp/0980531977/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1371732669&sr=1-1&keywords=132%2B+Delicious+Salads%2C+Dressings+And+Dips+%28Gabrielle%27s+FUSS-FREE+Healthy+Veg+Recipes

 

Available on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Delicious-Dressings-Gabrielles-FUSS-FREE-ebook/dp/B00BQTE3PW/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_1_NSBV

Asian Recipes – 50 Tasty & Easy Made Unique Exotic Recipes (With Images Of Each Dish And Chef’s Note) by Charles Ho

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I’ve loved cooking Indian, Chinese and Thai recipes for many years and so was drawn to this book automatically, however, once I downloaded it, I could not believe the amazing variety of recipes it contains, Filipino, Malaysian, Vietnamese and much more.

The recipes are detailed and contain pictures, which I always think is a real plus in a recipe book, and the addition of ‘Chef’s Notes and Tips’ is a great idea and very useful.

I would recommend this book to novice and expert cooks alike who want to create samples of different cultures cuisines.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1479195324/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Asian-Recipes-Unique-Exotic-ebook/dp/B00873CMI0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1371199638&sr=1-1&keywords=Asian+Recipes+-+50+Tasty+%26+Easy+Made+Unique+Exotic+Recipes

No-Bake Desserts & Refrigerator Cakes – Quick & Easy Recipes by Jennifer James

Lovely deserts and cakes to cook ahead.

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This book is full of delicious recipes which have actually been made by the author, I have already tried a few and they have been delicious!

I love the way that the author has taken the time to explain what certain ingredients are called, or can be substituted for, in other countries, and, the fact that she has also used pictures of her own deserts is nice.

No-bake deserts and refrigerator cakes are such a good idea, it’s nice to be able to make them when it is convenient, and they are suitable for many occasions. I have always been a firm believer in making a cold desert when we have guests, it leaves me free to enjoy the company and is a lot less stressful, some of these recipes I am sure will be very useful in the future.

A great book full of delicious recipes.