Books

“Chocolat” by Joanne Harris

Food Fiction

Complete escapism – and I read it at a really low point in my life when escapism was very welcome. This was the first Joanne Harris book I read and it transported me to the little village in France.

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“Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe” by Jenny Colgan

Food Fiction

This book occupies a very special place for me as the first book that made me recognise that ‘food fiction’ was becoming a genre in its own right and that I loved it!

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Quentins by Maeve Binchy

“Quentins” by Maeve Binchy

Food Fiction

I love restaurants and admit to not being the best restaurant companion because I’m so fascinated by the business of the restaurant and the other diners that I’m often distracted by people-watching. So this novel is perfect for me

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“River Cottage Veg Every Day!” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Cookbooks

This is the single cookery book that I use most. I’m a bit disappointed that it isn’t a book from a wholly vegetarian author but it is a fantastic book for everyday recipes. It’s full of easy, tasty recipes that quickly become household classics.

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“Spiced” by Dalia Jurgensen

Food Writing

Dessert inspiration and insights into life in a big busy restaurant kitchen: I was absolutely fascinated by the details of the desserts Dalia created (I’ve shared some examples in the review below)

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“The Christmas CafĂ©” by Amanda Prowse

Food Fiction

I love treating myself to a Christmas novel at Christmas. This one was perfect because I’ve been doing a lot of work with Australian clients recently so it was fun that it was partly set in Sydney

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“The Parisian Christmas Bake Off” by Jenny Oliver

Food Fiction

The perfect combination of ingredients for good foodie fiction: plenty of focus on the food, great atmosphere (Paris in Winter), romance and dreams coming true!

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