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the red hot chilli cookbook by Dan May

the red hot chilli cookbook by Dan May

Dan May like many entrepreneurs  in the UK chilli business has had a varied and interesting career, from touring with a band, lighting engineer to landscape photographer, Dan has travelled the UK and the rest of the world collecting culinary experiences. Based in Northumberland Dan started growing chillies as a hobby, and four years ago a new business was started “Trees Can’t Dance”, they now supply direct the the discerning chilli-head via their web site and even sell nationally through Sainsburys.

The Red Hot Chilli Cookbook is Dan’s first cook book and as you would expect from someone with such an eye for the details it is a beautifully produced with some stunning photography and page layouts. In the introduction section you get a brief history of the chilli and a guide to growing your own before we come to the best part of this book the recipes.

Here is a video that Dan made about the book for his publisher.

Each of the over 70 recipe comes with a heat rating showing one to four red chillies, a description of the dish, ingredients list and instructions, along with any tips and notes you may need. The writing style is makes for simple to follow for anyone with basic understanding of cooking and partnered with a picture of what you can expect to make, this should inspire you to cook them all.

As I read some of the recipes, I cannot wait to get back in my kitchen and try them out, the chapters are split into easily identifiable sections for soups and salads, nibbles and sharing plates, main dishes, sides dishes, sauces salsa & marinades and finally sweet things & drinks, the only problem is deciding what to start with all the recipes sound so good.

On my list to try will be the “Seriously Tasty Traditional Texas Chilli” I have a very soft spot for a good chilli and then “Creole Seafood Burritos” look stunning and finally but probably first on the list I must try “The Perfect Bloody Mary” which looks like good way to forget an afternoon.

Of course there is another excellent reason to recommend Dan’s book is that we get a mention in the Suppliers and Stockists section on page 157,  so click here to buy a copy on Amazon.co.uk .

Before I forget I must complement the photographer Peter Cassidy who’s pictures bring the recipes to life.

Recipes & Descriptions
(9.5/10)
Photography
(9/10)
Design & Layout
(9/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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Real Mexican Food by Fiona Dunlop

Real Mexican Food by Fiona Dunlop

We have not done a book review, so while we are doing our 30 reviews for November it has to time to look at “Real Mexican Food” by Fiona Dunlop.

This is not your normal Tex-Mex formulaic cook book, it is full of innovative and interesting recipes, the book takes you on a regional gourmet tour of the Mexico, the photography in the book combines some beautiful images providing local colour as well as the food being prepared (Which always helps me).

On this tour around Mexico, you are introduced to regional foods as well as some of the people/Chief’s who are creating and developing Mexican food as well as keeping traditional recipes alive. The recipes are well crafted and easy to follow, timings work out well for me and I did not find myself wondering what to do next.

This book is a very suitable for the UK reader and includes a short list of UK Mexican food suppliers, the recipes are in both metric and imperial measures, so I am sure there will be a US version available.

This book makes me want to go on a cooks tour of Mexico , I was going to list some of the recipes to help recommend this book, but as I tried to select some, I kept finding more and more to recommend, so best to say, go and buy a copy, your be glad you did.

You can order this book on Amazon for just £12.74 , click here to get your copy.

Recipes & Descriptions
(8/10)
Photography
(9/10)
Design & Layout
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(8.5/10)

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