Wednesday, 26 November 2014

New Book Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen

I am very fond of the Country Living magazine, beautiful articles and lovely food.  A magazine to savour and read page to page as well as being a proper coffee table magazine; always something useful to be found.  One of the regular contributors Alison Walker produces some lovely recipes and quite frequently these are given full coverage within the magazine often with an opportunity to purchase her new book at a reduction.  This was the basis of my introduction to the work of Alison Walker which I personally think is superb.

I first purchased her previous publication A Country Cook's Kitchen and thought that fab it has recipes for making Goats cheese (1kg of) amongst lots of other really lovely items,  and that is a treasured book as well.  Its a proper book with good solid recipes for having a go at making things yourself and a good one for a family.  Good solid cooking.  Both books enhance each other, are good cooking and eating with lots of lovely ideas.

Quite frequently I do not pay full price for a book and often check out The Book People website as well as Amazon and if there is an older out of print book I look for a good second hand copy at a minimal price. You never know what you are going to find with the Book P|eople and. Alison Walker's latest book Handmade Gifts from the kitchen instead of being £20 is £4.99 at the moment and it has a diverse range of recipes and beautiful photography in both books.  There is a gingerbread house kit,Golden Vodka (has gold leaf in it and is a take on the Smirnoff Vodka with the gold leaf in it at £20 per bottle.  Coffee Cream Liqueur, Le Vin D'Orange, Creme de Cassis, Vanilla Caramel Liqueur (I make a version with Werthers and call it Toffee Vodka), Swedish crispbreads, Poppy and Sesame seed crackers, Chocolate Panforte, Chocolate Peppermint Crisp, Mendiants, Strawberry Pastilles, Fruits of the Forest Conserve, Sunblush Tomatoes, Stem Ginger in Syrup, Rosehip Creams, Fruit Salami, Sesame Snaps,Honey and Almond Nougat, Raspberry and Vanilla Marshmallows, Turkish Delight, Stollen Wreath to name but a few.  Something for everyone and at the price it is would make a lovely present for a home cook and I am highly chuffed with my purchase - a saving of some £15.  I am going to look forward to trying out some of these recipes the book is a visual delight.

I am so pleased with it as the book complements those that I already have.  There are some lovely ideas.

Catch you soon.




  1. Thanks for this lovely book review. My SIL generously gives me a Country Living Subscription each year as a Christmas Present. This book looks £4.99 - tho like you, I would not want to pay full price. Blessings x

  2. Glad to be of help Angela it really has some lovely ideas and I love her other book too.

    Blessings to you too




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