All posts tagged: book

Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook

If there is one cookbook you need to own this year, this is quite simply it. Leaping straight into the collection of kitchen staples, this offering is packed with over 100 wholesome and delicious recipes, some of which include favourites already available in the Le Pain Quotidien eateries themselves. Taking inspiration from its artisanal bakery roots, Le Pain Quotidien translating as The Daily Bread, you can expect basics with twists such as five-grain fruit bread, nut and raisin flutes and fougasse. There are also plenty of sweet and homely recipes including chia seed and banana muffins, toasted Camembert, walnut and fig tartine, and plum and quinoa cakes. The cookbook is endlessly inspiring and shows you first-hand that healthy and nutritious food can also be so incredibly delicious. So what are you waiting for? Get set, ready, bake! Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook by Alain Coumont and Jean-Pierre Gabriel, published by Mitchell Beazley. £20. www.octopusbooks.co.uk

Impressive wooden feats – Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2

Wood – natural and renewable, one of the oldest resources on earth yet one of the most modern of building materials. With the use of technology and innovative cutting and carving techniques, this beloved of materials has been given a new lease of life and is now being incorporated into the most stunning of architectural creations, some of which have been beautifully captured in a new book, Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2. You’ll be pretty amazed at the ingenuity of the featured architects and their just as impressive wooden feats.     Wood Architecture Now! Volume 2 by Philip Jodidio. £34.99 at www.taschen.com

The art of collecting art

Buying art is one of the most gratifying experiences in life. Once you’ve caught the bug, the desire to amass your own personal collection will soon follow. But how do you go about it? What budget do you have available? Do you have a purpose for the collection? How do you know which pieces to choose? All these questions and so much more are discussed in a new book, Collecting Art for Love, Money and More, which serves as an insightful point of reference for both novice and seasoned collectors. Written by collectors and art advisors Ethan Wagner and Thea Westreich Wagner, you can rest assured that you are learning from an experienced and highly informed source. The authors provide an excellent overview of the art industry, the many facets, institutions, concepts and people that contribute to it. They reveal the emotional and strategic relationship between an individual and their art, opening discussing the different influences and motivations that people are governed by when buying art – to seek recognition and status, a deeply rooted …

Desert Island Dishes

What better time to sharpen up your culinary skills and add a few recipes to your repertoire than during the indulgent Christmas holiday. But if the choice between the chefs and their cookbooks are too vast, you might be wise to pick up Desert Island Dishes. The cookbook contains contributions from over 60 chefs including Gary Rhodes, Rick Stein, Albert Roux and John Williams, as well as those who are members of the Academy of Culinary Arts. There is also a foreword by Brian Turner and an introduction by Jay Rayner. Compiled by the Maldon Salt Company, in celebration of their 130th birthday, the cookbook features recipes that each chef deemed to be their very own desert island dish, so you really can’t go wrong with any of them. Making use of Maldon sea salt within each set of ingredients, some of the recipes include scallop with pork cheek and morcilla (Spanish black pudding), herb-baked chicken with a sea salt crust and a chocolate crumble with butterscotch sauce and hazelnut ice-cream. What’s not to like? …

Cult reading – Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones

Fans of TV’s most popular medieval fantasy series, be prepared to go stir crazy with this Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones book, which features stunning spreads, photographs and illustrations all from the hit show. Beautifully designed with a debossed padded case and foil stamping, this is sure to become a coffee table fixture for many a household. £24.99, The HBO Store – www.store.hbouk.com

Must Read – The Package Design Book 2

There is real art behind creating a witty and inspired piece of packaging and it is an art form that is rather underappreciated. But a new book collated by the Pentawards, The Package Design Book 2, celebrates some of the best creations that have come out over the past two years and across 30 countries. Bringing together all the Pentawards winners, there are over 400 works featured along with fascinating insight into the inspiration and creation behind the designs. If this marvel of a book doesn’t get the creative juices flowing, nothing will. £34.99, www.taschen.com