Gino's Pasta: Everything You Need to Cook the Italian Way

7. January 2012 12:29 by Foodshack in Celebrity Chef, Cookbooks  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)


As people the world over know, pasta's huge variety of shapes, textures and flavours make it the perfect basis for every type of meal. In 'Gino's Pasta' Gino D'Acampo, the master of modern Italian cooking, celebrates his homeland's most famous food export with an inspirational collection of 100 mouth-watering recipes that includes classics such as carbonara, puttanesca and ragu alla bologonese, as well as new twists on old favourites such as lasagne, macaroni and spaghetti vongole.

Divided into six chapters - Fresh and Filled Pasta, Dried Pasta, Baked Pasta, Like Mama Used to Make, Pasta on the Go, and Pasta for those with Allergies - it includes everything from comforting baked pasta dishes, to spicy seafood and healthy vegetarian options, even desserts! Including an introduction by nutritionist Juliette Kellow explaining the many health benefits of pasta - it is a low-salt, low GI food - each recipe has been nutritionally analysed, demonstrating that pasta is not the fattening option it was once thought to be and can be enjoyed at every meal.

This book is a must have for all pasta lovers. Anyone who loves cooking will enjoy this book. Gino has created some great recipes which are easy to make and tastes amazing with results you would not think possible for pasta, or at least not at home.

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River Cottage Veg Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

5. January 2012 11:38 by Foodshack in Celebrity Chef, Cookbooks  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)


River Cottage Veg Every Day! is a timely eulogy to the glorious green stuff. We would all agree we all need to eat more veg! Veg is healthy, cost-effective and, above all, delicious. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall believes that it is time to put this to rights, as he explains in his brilliant new book.

Hugh has come up with over 200 recipes and vibrant photography, including a warm salad of grilled courgettes, lemon, garlic, mint and mozzarella, a winter giant couscous salad with herbs and walnuts, radishes with butter and salt, lemony guacamole, linguine with mint and almond pesto and cherry tomatoes, baby carrot risotto, new potato gnocchi, a summer stir-fry with green veg, ginger, garlic and sesame, a winter stir-fry with Brussels sprouts, shiitake mushrooms and five-spice, a cheesy tomato tart, a spring onion gallette, roast jacket chips with merguez spices and spiced yoghurt, curried bubble and squeak, scrambled eggs and asparagus with lemon, tomato gazpacho, pea and parsley soup, roast squash wedges, baba ganoush, beetroot houmous, spinach pasties and barbecued corn on the cob.

Each chapter is stacked full of recipes that will keep you going with something new for a while. In addition all recipes are achievable, relatively fast to cook and contain ingredients that can all be purchased locally rather than online. Hugh has outlined simple variations on the recipes and has thought about the practicalities of some recipes by suggesting them as simple healthy alternatives to the same old sandwich at lunch.

The Hairy Bikers' Perfect Pies: The Ultimate Pie Bible from the Kings of Pies

3. January 2012 17:32 by Foodshack in Celebrity Chef, Cookbooks  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
Those Hairy Bikers' know their pies... An inspirational book with notes on ingredients and techniques that are great for beginners,  This book is a must for anyone who loves pies and things made from pastry.   
The book covers many different types of pies including:
The basics of pie msking
Double Crust Pies
Top Crust Pies
Open topped Pies & Tarts
Potato Topped Pies
Recipes include:
Steak & Ale Pie
Creamy Chicken, Ham & Leek Pie
Deep Filled Chicken & Mushroom Pie
Everyday Fish Pie
Rabbit & Sausage Picnic Pie


If you have always wanted to learn the art of making a good pie then this is the book for you!  Get your copy of The Hairy Bikers' Perfect Pies Today!

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