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Both of us have collected recipes and cookery books for over forty years and now have quite a collection. Scraps of paper, neatly handwritten notebooks, word processed documents, recipe cards, magazines and over three hundred books make up a strange agglomeration of tastes. The most recently acquired are listed first.

Of the Gluten Free books this has been the best so far. In terms of a book review this achieves 10.

We have so far only used one recipe but having collected Nigel's recipes and books for many years you just know that every recipe works and is really good.

I have made several of the recipes from here and they have been excellent if a little protracted.

I have only made one of the recipes from here and it worked well.

'The Spanish Kitchen' by Clarissa Hyman published by Conran Octopus ISBN: 1 84091 343 5

This book is the reason for wanting to include this page of book reviews!

In our travels in Britain over the last year we have eaten in tapas restaurants a number of times. We have never been to Spain except on route to Andorra. The tapas restaurants were more than enough to interest us in the food of Spain and this was the first book to appear in the book club selection. (More of the book club later.) What a book it is. It is very well illustrated not only with stylized pictures of the recipes but also the author's photographs as she travelled around the regions of Spain. The story telling is excellent and there has been a real effort to work on the prose to make it descriptive and distinctive. The colour and the heat of the regions are conveyed very well at times.

Then try the recipes. They work brilliantly well and are sensitive enough to suggest alternatives if the original ingredients are likely to be almost impossible to find here. Every dish we have tried has gone down very well with a range of guests. I have found this really interesting to read - at all times of day - and have mentally ticked almost all of the recipes to try.

Thank you to the author for the hard work of the research and the pleasure of reading the end result. We shall buy other books by Clarissa as soon as we seen them.

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Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (Paperback) by Kate Colquhoun (Author) Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (7 Jul 2008) ISBN-10: 074759306X ISBN-13: 978-0747593065.

'Tony and Giogio' by Tony Allan and Giorgio Locatelli. Published by Fourth Estate. ISBN:0-00-714144-0

'James Martin's Easy British Food' by James Martin. Published by Mitchell Beazley. ISBN:1 84000 977 2

'The Food of Spain and Portugal' by Elisabeth Luard. Published by Kyle Cathie. ISBN: 1 85626 499 8

'Kitchen Heaven' by Gordon Ramsay. Published by the Penguin Group. ISBN: 0-718-14731-6

'Food Heroes - Another Helping' by Rick Stein. Published by BBC Books. ISBN: 0 563 48752 6


'Cooking Under The Influence' by Ben Canaider/Greg Duncan Powell, Publisher: MURDOCH BOOKS

This one went down really well with people new to cooking. Enjoyable to read and the recipes are very simple but work. Badly reviewed by others though.

Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table (Paperback) by Nigel Slater Publisher: Harper Perennial (2 Jun 2008) ISBN-13: 978-0007199471