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Why You Need to Read Eat Up by Ruby Tandoh Immediately

I often wrongly assume that everybody I speak to will know who Ruby Tandoh is. Do you ever do that? Love and respect somebody you’ve never met so much that you imagine everybody else in the country must feel the same way about her? I’ve confused friends, family, unsuspecting colleagues and strangers in the street by yammering on about Ruby without first giving her context, because I’m so used to her that I forget she might sometimes need it. I’m trying to work on that, and so will remind you at this point that Ruby Tandoh first came into the public eye as a contestant on the Great British Bake Off. Back in its BBC glory days, Ruby didn’t win but came pretty damn close and had me (and my Mum, if I remember correctly) fall a bit in love with her in the process. She’s since turned out to be a bit of a legend, all in all. Her social media presence has a huge focus on mental health and the importance of looking …

Almond and Pumpkin Seed Brittle from World Atlas of Street Food

OK, here is where we begin to divide into two groups of people. Some of you are totally chill with me casually dropping the ‘C’ word into conversation in November, and some of you absolutely are not at all. To those in the latter category I can only apologise, for preparations and planning are well underway. I’m a festive fairy. I was born that way and will likely remain that way forever, which means I get a big kick out of planning little pre-Christmas bits this early. I know you lot do too, cause I’m already seeing traffic on old Christmas posts and have been since early October. Admit it, it’s nice to start thinking about festive food early on. Especially the kind that I want to talk about today: edible Christmas gifts. Food is the ultimate little Christmas gift to give to visitors or catch-up-Christmas-drink-goers or the milkman or the school teacher or the.. you get the idea. Wrap it up, tie a ribbon on there somewhere and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful little …

Review | Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

This year, what I consider to be the food nerd’s bible was published. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat is the food lover’s guide to cooking that I didn’t know I desperately needed until I started reading it. Samin’s goal is to teach you the why, the what, the how, the when of good, instinctive cooking. She delves into the science of cooking in an easily digestible way and suddenly makes sense of the instructions you’ve been blindly following in the kitchen your entire life. I don’t think I’ve ever learnt so much from one book. I’m not playing here, I was glued to it in every spare minute I had until it was finished. Since reading Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, Samin’s voice is with me in the kitchen. Reminding me to salt meat hours before cooking, nudging me to determine how much of which acidic ingredient to add to my dish and when, encouraging me to think hard about which fat to use for cooking and which to finish with for flavour. This …