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Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite, Gizzi Erskine, Anna Jones, Tom Kerridge, Jo Pratt, Love Your Leftovers , Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, NOPI, Yotam Ottolenghi, Ramael Scully, John Torode, Sweet, James Martin

A selection of the newest cookbooks coming your way… for Christmas 2015
Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite: Food to nourish the body and feed the soul – 6 Aug 2015 by Gizzi Erskine

A Modern Way to Cook – 16 Jul 2015 by Anna Jones

Tom’s Table: My Favourite Everyday Recipes – 24 Sep 2015 by Tom Kerridge

In the Mood for Healthy Food: Recipes for The Whole Family – 16 Jul 2015 by Jo Pratt

River Cottage Love Your Leftovers: Recipes for the resourceful cook – 8 Oct 2015 by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

NOPI: The Cookbook – 10 Sep 2015 by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully

My Kind of Food: Recipes I Love to Cook at Home – 10 Sep 2015 by John Torode

Sweet – 8 Oct 2015 by James Martin

Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul published 30 Jul 2015

Rick Stein launched his new cookbook in July and the TV series has begun on BBC2.

From the majestic and magical Venice, to Greece and then the Black Sea coast; from Croatian and Albanian flavours – to Turkey and beyond – we join Rick to savour the cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean in 100 recipes in his new book and wonderful TV series.

Recipes include;

  • mezze spread of baba ghanoush
  • pide bread
  • keftedes
  • garlic shrimps with soft polenta
  • Dalmatian fresh fig tart
  • veal stiffado and kotopita
  • chicken pie
  • stuffed peppers and tomatoes
  • souvlaki
  • chicken jufka and kokoretsi
  • Lepur Comlek
  • pasticada
  • goat stew with peas and lamb peka
  • Tave Kosi
  • seafood risotto
  • tiramisu
  • gnocchi
  • spider crab

TV Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul episode guide in Radio Times

Episode One Venice and Symi

Episode Two Ravenna and Croatia

Episode Three Croatia Ston and Albania

Episode Four: Northern Greece, Preveza and Messolonghi

To see more about the new Rick Stein cookbook check Rick Stein: From Venice to Istanbul

Rick Stein @Rick_Stein Mexico and California TV and Book September 2017

Some links for the latest healthy cooking ideas:

Cookbook store for all types of books on cooking

Some new approaches to healthy eating:

Lorraine Pascal Eating Well Made Easy published 27 August 2015
Simply Nigella Feel Good Food published 8 Oct 2015
Jamie Oliver Everyday super food

Lorraine Pascal Eating Well Made Easy published 27 August 2015

Lorraine Pascal has a new book called Eating Well Made Easy to be published on 27 August 2015

Review to follow…..

Recipes from the Mail on Sunday:

For current details of Lorraine’s new book, see:

Amazon Eating Well Made Easy: Deliciously healthy recipes for everyone, every day


Some links for the latest healthy cooking ideas:

Cookbook store for all types of books on cooking

Some new approaches to healthy eating:

Simply Nigella Feel Good Food published 8 Oct 2015
Jamie Oliver Everyday super food
Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul published 30 Jul 2015

Simply Nigella Feel Good Food published 8 Oct 2015

Nigella Lawson introduces Simply Nigella – Feel Good Food.

A new book due to be published 8 Oct 2015:              

Recipes to include:

  • Miso Salmon
  • Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry
  • Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel
  • Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Prawns
  • Asian-Flavoured Short Ribs
  • Lemon Pavlova
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pots
  • Toasty Olive Oil Granola

Review to follow…..

For current details see Amazon Simply Nigella: Feel Good Food

Some links for the latest healthy cooking ideas:

Cookbook store for all types of books on cooking

Some new approaches to healthy eating:

Lorraine Pascal Eating Well Made Easy published 27 August 2015
Jamie Oliver Everyday super food
Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul published 30 Jul 2015

Jamie Oliver Everyday super food review TV series and book

New July 2016 – Jamie cookbook – Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics

From Jamie Oliver at last some really Everyday Super Food in Jamie’s new cookbook where there are loads of healthy recipes – with the super foods already included!! Read the cook book review of what is in fact Jamie’s guide to improving Men and Women’s health.

Based on recipes that you can enjoy everyday but more than that – a lifestyle change!!!

Are we listening to the advice from Jamie? This is potentially a book that can change our lives. Overall excellent!

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After reading – I recommend this new book from Jamie Oliver – Everyday Super Food.


Because of the very thorough work by Jamie and what this book can do for us all. We follow the recipes – Jamie has used his skills and knowledge to design super food recipes that stills tastes fabulous but packs in all that goodness that our bodies need.

To see more about the book and how much it costs to order – click the image for our best half-price offer:

Notice the clever play on words, Superfood meaning those foods that have super-charged nutrition and Super Food relating to the tasty and delicious conconctions Jamie has developed…………..

While reading all the new ‘stuff’ from our stars, celebrities and chefs I know there is justification for watching what we eat.

Cut back sugar, select the correct fat, watch for gluten free foods, sort out your gut get your microbiome under control. There are many of us who need to watch our diet.

A major concern is of course diabetes and we don’t seem to know how to avoid this major health concern.

All these new ideas are based on studies that are trying to contribute to the furthering of our knowledge about what we are – what we eat and how what we eat affects us and our bodies.

Good food, that is nutritious – do we have the time to be aware of all these factors?

So what is in the book? I have my copy now – note publication is on 27 August 2015.

The book is, as usual, beautifully produced. Great pictures.

There are sections on Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner,  Snacks and Drinks.

Jamie has a section explaining his study for a nutrition diploma. He has consulted with all the experts and studied current knowledge about health, nutrition and wellbeing.

Recipes include dairy-free, gluten free and vegan.

See list of sample recipes below.

His guidance is distilled down into the changes we can make, some small and the new habits we could take on board.

Jamie discusses the food groups, what they are and the portions that we should eat. Calories, fat and sugar and their daily limits are given. The recipes in the book are all structured to show the calories,  fat, saturated fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugar, fibre and cooking time.

Each foodgroup is then discussed in detail and the quality and quantity of each that we need. For example carbs, fats – what is good – what is bad.

How do so many of the Greeks in Ikaria live to 90 with great healthy lives?

Simply – by every day – eating wonderful and natural food.

Milk and it’s benefits – healthy alternatives!

The liquid we all need and the effects of alcohol.

Jamie gives a guide to shopping and the way to make good choices.

Another very important factor is sleep! I would suggest we ignore a good night’s sleep at our peril. Try a week of seven and a half hours sleep and see the benefits.

There is an app that can help if we are serious about our bodies our lives and feeling well.


  • Baked eggs in popped beans
  • Granola dust
  • Poached egg smashed avocado
  • Smoothie Pancakes
  • Mexican pan-cooked breakfast
  • Black rice pudding
  • Fig banana bread
  • Silken omelette
  • Fruit pots
  • Protein porridge
  • Vegeree
  • Fruit soups
  • Harisa waffles
  • Rye soda
  • Perfect porridge
  • Popovers
  • Berry egg bread
  • Wrap salad and beans
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Tortillas
  • Oats and fruit
  • Potato muffins
  • Bombay Chicken and cauli, poppadoms, rice and spinach
  • Grilled corn and quinoa salad, mango, tomatoes, herbs, avo and feta
  • Lemon sole and olive sauce, sweetcourgettes and Jersey royals
  • Super-protein loaf, wheat free gluten free and tasty
  • Seared tuna, Sicilian couscous and greens
  • Fro-yo fun fruit, yoghurt, nuts and seeds
  • Ripe banana and brown bread Fro-yo
  • Mango, lime and ginger Fro-yo
  • Berry and brown bread Fro-yo
  • Strawberry balsamaic and basil Fro-yo

Jamie will help by providing a series of recipies in the new book with the superfoods built in and he really has some lovely, healthy and easy to rustle up recipes.

Jamie’s (see a link to the new book) Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun.

Find Jamie’s new book in your country………….

Again Jamie is aware of our busy lives and lack of free time, so no matter how busy you are, this new book is designed to provide us with healthy eating solutions the Jamie. He has designed a way that is both straightforward and achievable, making it super easy to choose and make exactly the kind of meals that suit you.

You know, Jamie’s heart is certainly in the right place, his concern for our potential to become overweight and trend to ill health is not misplaced. He does make alot of money – yes- but Jamie is in the position of being able to help influence people and he is trying hard to get the healthy message across. An honest approach that I think gives Jamie the grounds for some attention and respect.

Amazon Book Review:

“The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories, allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy! Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it’s totally up to you.

In Everyday Super Food, Jamie’s done all the hard work for you – all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it.

Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you.”

I suppose this is a plea for us to be careful about what we eat. Does it not make sense that the food that we eat – its quality, its component constituents and their efficiacy – our sleep and generally how we take care of our selves will affect our bodies gradually each day? All adding up to wear and tear over the weeks and years.

If we maximise the care and attention we give to our food and to our bodies, sleep and relaxation, then should we expect to live longer and perhaps have a better quality of life?

Or can we really eat anything and not be affected?

To read more and see the new book visit Everyday Super Food and see full details.

See Jamie on This Morning here!

His new approach to eating, is very helpful and the new book Super Food is a great guide to the new healthy way of eating….

Sea Bass recipe

Jamie Oliver Super food every day

The accompanying TV program has started see Channel 4 watch Jamie Superfood – Squash Daal with Fried Egg, and Griddled steak Episode 1

Supplementing your diet is one thing, however getting these health providing foods is sooo much better….  Jamie’s recipes include nuts, seeds, greens, coloured veg and minimal fruit, examples of gluten free, wheat free choices and low in sugar and only healthy fats.

Try looking after yourself, eat well, keep fit, keep active and most of all get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Better moods, memory, perfomance are all possible examples of good nutrition.

Hopefully we can assist our body to will retain as long as possible the youthful health that we all had? Keep well and change your life.

More blog articles about Jamie oliver and Jamie’s 15 Minute meals recipes

The book is pubished by Penguin press £26.00: read a brief synopsis of Jamie Oliver Everyday Super food at Penguin press.

Some links for the latest healthy cooking ideas:

Cookbook store for all types of books on cooking

Some new approaches to healthy eating:

Lorraine Pascal Eating Well Made Easy published 27 August 2015

Simply Nigella Feel Good Food published 8 Oct 2015

Rick Stein From Venice to Istanbul published 30 Jul 2015


Cook Book Review – Magazine April 2015 pdf

Cook Book Review – Short Magazine April 2015 pdf

Welcome to the new Cook Book Review – Magazine April 2015 with some recipes and new cook books.

We have decided to experiment with designing a new magazine and here it is.

Not very fancy at this stage – but we hope the recipes and reviews are of interest.

The sauce is amazing, please try it.

As this is a blog we can add one or two new recipes every now and then and then include them into a magazine.

Contents Cook Book Review – Magazine April 2015

April 2015 Magazine: Introduction
New books:
April 2015 best of the bunch

Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook

Eat. Nourish. Glow.: 10 easy steps for losing weight, looking younger & feeling healthierAmelia Freer

Breakfast: A smoothie for your blender
Cumin baked beans with ham and onion omelette
A superfood sauce to lift any dinner

Enjoy!  Cook Book Review Magazine


Jamies Comfort Food Jamie Oliver cookbook review

New July 2016 – Jamie cookbook – Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics

Jamie’s Comfort Food from the irrepressible Jamie Oliver delivers cooking of our nations favourite comfort food recipes. The new book is subtitled scrumptious happy classics and contains 100 ‘ultimate’ recipes – to treat the ones we love. The new book from Jamie is published by Michael Joseph and the Penguin Group.


There are a variety of recipe headings in Comfort Food. From – old time favourite Nostalgic recipes, good food for feeling great and pick-me up ideas – right through to those foods that bring enjoyment. This must include family, friends and food.

To read more about the book and costs see Jamie’s Comfort Food

The new book is large and beautifully produced, with 400 pages approx.

With his experience of cooking, food and combining ingredients, his new recipes are the product of years and years of practise. We all know – practise makes perfect. Jamie manages to pull together his best book for a long time. No more austerity cooking – Jamie has sensed the future in this timely book and the future is a positive, enjoyable and happy one. One that has food and family at its heart.

This new age of cooking food, is not one of 15 minute meals, 30 minute meals but as long as one or two hours plus. Amazing – how times and attitudes change.

Examples of the recipes included are:

  • Roasted pork shoulder
  • Beans of toast
  • Hot chocolate
  • Fish and chips
  • Porridge
  • Chicken tikka masala
  • Sausage roll
  • Peanut butter Brownies and jelly
  • Quesadillas
  • Sticky toffee pudding
  • Bloody mary beef
  • Toad in the hole
  • Cassoulet de essex
  • Shepherd’s pie
  • Bun cha bowls
  • Apple pie
  • Pho sure
  • Chicken satay
  • Big British meatballs

Jamie also includes a wonderful drinks section that includes Bellinis and great Gin based pick-me ups.

The photographs are to the usual standard – though I think the quality of the printing could be improved. I guess it is a compromise between what can be afforded and the cost of the book to us the public.

Lots of family and friends included in the photographs.

Good work Jamie, I get the feeling this is a defining book in Jamie Oliver’s career and he is getting on in years- so this is a very mature offering and leaves us with the feeling  – this guy know what he is doing. Not a bad example to follow – if you can!

So try a recipe or two and see how you get on – some links below will help you view clips, episodes and recipes. Please note these links will not be active for the long term and may be removed. Jamie is a very able teacher and chef, so you will find it easy to follow the recipes in the book and cook excellent comfort food.

Invite family, friends and cook some comforting food – do it together – let’s look forward to a good few happy years at last.

Other books by Jamie Oliver:

The Naked Chef

The Return of the Naked Chef

Happy Days with the Naked Chef

Jamie’s Kitchen

Jamie’s Dinners

Jamie’s Italy

Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook

Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life

Jamie’s Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours

Jamie’s America

Jamie Does…

Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast

Jamie’s Great Britain

Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals

Save with Jamie: Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less

If you subscribe to the Times then you can see the recipes at The Times Jamie Oliver Comfort Food

The new book accompanies the TV series starting on Channel four September 1 2014 at 8.00 pm. Read more about Jamie’s new show at The Radio Times

Read about Jamie and he shares his favourite dishes from the series:

Jamie share his favourite dishes from the new series:

  • Jool’s Curry
  • Nan’s Pineapple Chunks
  • Dad’s Marie Rose Sauce
  • Mum’s Shepherd’s Pie
  • Porridge Grandad’s Way
  • My Midnight Breakfast



The Hairy Dieters Good Eating recipes Si King and Dave Myers in Daily Mail

The Hairy Bikers new book Good Eating is due 9 October 2014 and includes many new diet recipes, all of which have reduced salt, sugar and fat. You can buy The Hairy Dieters: Good Eating (Hairy Bikers) new cookbook at Amazon.

After a serious aneurysm in June 2014 Si King was rushed to hospital, read more about Si and his almost fatal time in Hairy Biker in life-or-death operation on brain aneurysm after battling severe headaches for four days before going to see doctor.

Si reckons if he hadn’t been on his new eating plan and diet – he may not have made it.

The next book following on from their multi-million selling diet books, The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight and The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life: How to Love Food, Lose Weight and Keep it Off for Good! (Hairy Bikers), the Hairy Bikers share more delicious low-calorie recipes and easy-to-follow advice.

Si King and Dave Myers, aka the Hairy Bikers, have been entertaining and feeding Britain with their unique blend of tasty recipes, cheeky humour and motorbike enthusiasm for years now.

Recipes from The Hairy Dieters Eat for Life:

The best good eating recipes for folks to diet – more recipes in the Daily Mail next Saturday 4 October 2014.


Read more and buy The Hairy Dieters: Good Eating (Hairy Bikers) new cookbook.

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Mary Berry: Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect step by step 100 recipes

The latest addition to Mary Berry’s cookbook repetoire…. Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect…

Yes a strange title I think, but we are provided with 100 exciting new recipes and the concept behind the unusual title is that Mary is explaining the Keys to Perfection.

So for each recipe Mary identifies important things to be aware of – so we don’t miss the crucial part required to get guarantee best results.

Backed up with simple step-by-step instructions.

Recipes include:

  • the secret to crisp pork crackling
  • melt-in-the-mouth salmon
  • how to bake a feather-light cake
  • a super-crunchy crumble topping

To read more and see reviews and book prices have a look at Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect

Thanks all, remember enjoy the creativity of cooking, each meal you make is unique!