Friday, March 23, 2018

Annabel Langbein is back with all the sweet recipes you’ll ever need

 
In a superb new book, bestselling New Zealand cookbook author Annabel Langbein shares her best-ever versions of just about every sweet recipe you could dream of.
Featuring everything from nostalgic baking classics to modern vegan desserts, plus tried-and-true tips for perfect results every time and ’springboard’ recipes that allow you to add your own creativity, this comprehensive compendium is the only book you’ll ever need to bring a little sweetness to your life. 
Building on the success of Annabel’s bestselling book of savoury recipes, ESSENTIAL Volume One: Best-Ever Meals for Busy Lives, this second volume in the duo showcases hundreds of her favourite and most popular recipes for all things sweet, as well as dozens of fresh new ideas.
“In this book I have sought to bring you the best of everything I know and love from the sweet kitchen,” says Annabel. “I don’t have time for fancy techniques, hard-to-find ingredients or long-winded procedures. On these pages you’ll find classic recipes made simpler, indulgent recipes tweaked to be lighter and healthier, and loads of exciting brand-new recipes, plus an encyclopaedia of tips and tricks that I’ve gathered over the years.”
ESSENTIAL Volume Two: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion contains something for everyone, with recipes to suit all lifestyles, appetites and dietary needs, and separate indexes to help you identify the many refined sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan recipes.
The ESSENTIAL duo marks 20 years since Annabel published her bestselling book The Best of Annabel Langbein: Great Food for Busy Lives, which has been reprinted countless times, sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is known as ‘the bible’ in many New Zealand kitchens. “If The Best of Annabel Langbein: Great Food for Busy Lives has been a mainstay on your kitchen bench for the past 20 years, these two new books will be your trusted companions for the next 20,” says Annabel.
ESSENTIAL Volume Two: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion, by Annabel Langbein
(Annabel Langbein Media, RRP $65) is available from mid-March at Paper Plus, Whitcoulls, The Warehouse and all good bookstores nationwide and makes a timeless Mother’s Day, wedding, anniversary or birthday gift or treat for yourself or someone leaving home. It can also be ordered from
annabel-langbein.com/shop/books/ for local or overseas delivery. Buy now and enter to win a  trip for two to Provence with L’Occitane!
 About Annabel Langbein
Annabel has written and published 26 cookbooks and starred in and co-produced three seasons of her award-winning TV series Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook.
It’s Annabel’s mission to get people into the kitchen to create simple, healthy meals to share with family and friends. Her down-to-earth approach, no-fail recipes and clever kitchen tips have earned her a passionate international following.
Annabel’s books have won numerous international awards, been translated into multiple languages and sold millions of copies throughout Europe, North America and Australasia.
Her TV series has screened in more than 90 countries around the world and is currently screening in the United States on the PBS network (the US equivalent of the BBC and home to quality programming such as Downton Abbey). In February 2016 she won the People’s Choice Award for Best Home Chef in a TV Series at the US-based Taste Awards and in 2017 she was granted an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce from Lincoln University.  
Annabel grows much of her family’s fresh produce in extensive organic gardens on the shores of scenic Lake Wanaka, where Annabel Langbein The Free Range Cook is filmed.
A foundation member of the Sustainability Council of New Zealand, she is uniquely qualified as a flag-bearer for the international sustainability movement, having spent her early years living off the land, cooking over an open fire, trapping possums in the Ureweras and jumping out of helicopters to recover live deer.
A 2017 trip to Antarctica to learn about the work of environmental scientists there cemented her resolve to use less, waste less and tread more lightly on the earth.
You can read more of Annabel’s story at http://www.annabel-langbein.com/annabel/about/.
 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller


Connect Books
Connect Books has been sold to private equity firm Aurelius for just £6m – nearly half of the originally-agreed sale price.
Katherine Rundell
Established names such as Patrick Ness, Katherine Rundell and Jim Kay are longlisted for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway medals alongside debut authors Angie Thomas, Julia Sarda and Sam Winston.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing has called for evidence from the trade as it seeks to maintain a “world-leading” publishing sector in the UK.
Brazil Flag
Brazil's book market saw real growth of 3.1% last year, according to Brazilian book trade publication PublishNews. 
Christina Dalcher
HQ has bought a "powerful feminist dystopia" by linguistics academic Christina Dalcher, billed as "The Handmaid’s Tale meets The Power", in a six-figure deal.
Audible
The first group of emerging playwrights to benefit from Audible's $5m fund will include two British writers: Gary McNair, from Glasgow, and James Fritz, from London. 
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We Begin Our Ascent
Borough Press has scooped a debut novel by British author Joe Mungo Reed, described as "dazzling" by his professor George Saunders.
Michael O'Mara Books
Michael O’Mara Books is expanding its publishing programme by launching a new audiobook list for key titles. 
Angela Levin
John Blake Publishing, part of Bonnier Publishing UK, is releasing a "definitive" biography of Prince Harry by journalist and author Angela Levin.
Caledonia Novel Award
Scottish novelist Elizabeth Macneal has won this year’s Caledonia Novel Award for her "masterful" historical fiction debut, The Doll Factory, set in Victorian London.
Karnac Books
One of London’s oldest independent bookshops, Karnac, has moved to a new location on Finchley Road.
The Vagina Monologues
Virago and the Gender Balance Network staged a sold-out performance of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at Hachette UK's offices in London on Valentine's Day to raise hundreds of pounds for charity.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Farro Risotto (Farrotto) with Radicchio and Bacon


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Farro Risotto (Farrotto) with Radicchio and Bacon
David, 14 Feb


This dish came together rather serendipitously on a Sunday afternoon. I was up to my elbows testing recipes and was looking for something savory for dinner that didn’t require too much prep, or dishes afterward. I’d brought home some colorful radicchio from the market, I had some bacon (don’t I always?), and there was a packet dried mushrooms in a kitchen drawer. So I gathered everything up and searched through my grains, to see what was in there.
I eat a ton of pasta, specifically whole grain pasta, which I can’t resist, especially if there’s garlic or radicchio involved. (And bacon, of course.) But in between a few bags of pasta was a small sack of petit épeautre (wheat berries) and a similar-sized bag of something unlabeled, which I was sure was farro. Whatever it was, the two bags came out to about 1 cup, which was just the right amount to make a wheat berry risotto, or farrotto.

 
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

How to have a cool time in this summer madness.


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Chill Thrill
February is known as a hot sticky month, and it has certainly lived up to that these past few weeks in Auckland. It’s been meltingly, swelteringly moist and clammy, with thick wet air that clings to everything. It makes paper wrinkle, your hair go limp and your mascara run. Hang a towel out on the line after a shower, and bring it in wetter than when you hung it out. Yeah Yeah. We are all so over it.
BUT there is one perfect dish to bring relief and make you feel human again, albeit briefly: Gazpacho! Just saying the name makes me do a little jig with excitement! Yes, a bowl of icy, truly icy – stick it in the freezer type of icy – gazpacho is summer’s antidote to stinking hot weather. I can’t emphasise enough the word ICY ‘cause a warm gazpacho is like a hot hug on a sticky day. Nope. No good. Who wants that? Chill it down in the freezer until it’s got icy shards forming on the sides of the container, serve to waiting mouths, then you'll discover its magic.
Gazpacho
And this version is easy and quick with minimum faffing about, though you might like to make a tray of crunchy croutons. They’re a great contrast to a smooth gazpacho like this one (there are many versions), and they are a good way of using up drying crusts of sourdough bread. Garlic Croûtons

Looking for something a bit fancy-pants to serve friends coming around? Check out my summer-autumnal salmon salad (it’ll do nicely in both seasons). It’s pretty as a picture, loaded with vegetables and full of goodness, and to top it off it has a drizzle or two of low-fat yoghurt sauce.
The sauce is pretty awesome in its own right. It’s flavoured with dill. Yes, yes, I know, not everyone likes dill. If you don’t like it, leave it out, and maybe replace it with something tamer like chives and parsley, (or coriander/cilantro if you like it). But the thing about dill – it’s a pungent little herb for sure – it deals to the rich taste of salmon like no other flavour. Check it out.
Dill
Hot-smoked Salmon Salad with Beets, Potatoes & Yoghurt Dill Sauce
The yoghurt dill sauce works a treat on a whole heap of other dishes, too, and what I love about it is its fresh clean flavour. Garlic gives it pungency … the trick is to make sure you are buying New Zealand garlic if you are in this country, as it is in season, and it is plump, juicy and hasn’t yet started to form the green sprout.
Yoghurt Dill Sauce
There are a few tips to cooking beetroot, and the easiest method is to stick it in a pot and cook gently until tender. How do you tell if one is tender? If you prick beetroot with a fork during cooking it bleeds out of the colour. Have a look at the pic and see how easy it is to tell whether a beet is good to go, or whether it needs a bit more cooking. Here's a quick way to pickle them.
Pickled Beets

Well that’s it for this week. What I suggest is that you make a big fat batch of gazpacho, stick it in the freezer for an hour and scoff it outside this evening before the mozzies arrive.
You can always comment at the end of a recipe to let me know your thoughts. I mostly reply (though not to rude ones! HaHa!)
Julie



 

Monday, February 5, 2018

The top-rated cookbooks of 2017


I thought you may be interested in our Best of the Best roundup which we compiled from 350 best cookbooks of 2017 lists. The top-rated cookbook worldwide was Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh. When you have a moment, please explore the other cookbooks that made the list. I know you have produced a best cookbooks list in previous years but I was unable to find one from you this year. If I missed it, please send me a link and I will add it to the roundup.
 
In addition to the worldwide top 15, we compiled lists from reviewers in Canada, UK/Ireland, Australia/NZ and specialist lists for Vegetarian/Vegan, Drinks, and Memoirs/Books about food. We also have provided a list of the top selling cookbooks of 2017 from cookbook stores around the world.
 
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