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Seasonal Baking

By Fiona Cairns
Fiona Cairns
Seasonal baking from the Royal cake maker.Royal cake maker, Fiona Cairns, knows how important the seasons are when creating delicious cakes. Not only are ingredients at their very best and cheapest, but it also makes sense to be in tune with the changing colours, moods and celebrations of the seasons. In the spring, why not try baking early rhubarb and vanilla custard cupcakes? On a hot summer's day enjoy a mango pavlova, and on a cold winter's afternoon curl up by the fireside and share a slice of chocolate and cardamom tart. From edible gifts to party and celebration cakes, plus decorating ideas and drink suggestions, SEASONAL BAKING is full of inspiration whatever the time of year or occasion. Fiona Cairns supplies cakes for Waitrose, Selfridges, Harrods, Sainsbury's and Bon Marche Paris and was the official cake designer for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Many of the cakes in this book are accompanied by decorating ideas, as well as seasonal drink suggestions. Whether you find yourself in the kitchen wondering what to bake for the simple pleasure of it, to share or give to a friend or maybe bake for a party large or small - whatever the time of year or occasion, you will find plenty of ideas.
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Every Italian cook has a soffritto - the 'starter kit' of olive oil, herbs, garlic and other core ingredients from which a great dish is built. Lucio Galletto was in search of the soffritto of his life.In 1938, 16-year-old Anna Galletto ran away with Gino Guelfi, the charming gelato maker she'd met at a local dance. In 1943, Anna's brother Mauro escaped from a German prison camp and hunted fascists in the marble mountains of Carrara. In 1951, Mauro and Gino built a shack on a beach next to the ruins of a 2000-year-old Roman city. They started selling fish soup to the artists and writers who were holidaying in the area and became legendary for the way they used the local specialties: parmesan, pecorino, olive oil, pasta, pesto, balsamic vinegar, truffles and prosciutto. In 1975, Mauro's son Lucio arrived for work at the restaurant, fell in love with a beautiful girl sitting in the bar, and ran away with her to Australia.In a new century, Lucio returns to his birthplace - Lunigiana, in north west Italy - on a mission to understand the family, the food and the culture that prepared him to create a successful restaurant in a new world 17,000 kilometres away. Farmers, fishermen, war heroes, winemakers, waiters, hunters, cooks, cousins, aunts, shepherds and scholars told him their secrets and inspired this story, told beautifully by David Dale.

Stained Glass Workshop

By Maria di Spirito
Maria di Spirito
A Tiffany panel, with graceful oriental touches. Traditional elegance, in soft green and yellow cathedral glass, with a Victorian cherub in the centre. A colourful collage, with parrots nesting among exotic flowers. Making these, and other spectacular stained glass art, will be within your grasp when you take the finest workshop around. It introduces you to the basic techniques, tools, and types of glass, and illustrates the procedure for working six kinds of stained glass: Tiffany, Traditional, Collage, Mock, Etched, and Grisaille.


By Willi Benz
Willi Benz
Learn to create a Suiseki collection ¿ the necessary tools, the places to look and ways to prepare them for viewingDazzling full-colour photographs display their beauty Learn which rock types best suit this art form and how to display them

Stencilling For The First Time

By Rebecca Carter
Rebecca Carter
This user-friendly guide geared towards beginners takes you every step of the way, starting with the basics.Contains 25 different projects, each tackling a particular issue.Contains a gallery of designs by artists and professionals in the field.

Stained Glass Crafting

By Donatella Zaccaria
Donatella Zaccaria
Over 40 projects from small sculptures to complex creations display the range of glass cutting and design techniques and explain in detail how to achieve stunning results.

Stained Glass Mosaics

By George Shannon, Pat Torlen
George Shannon, Pat Torlen
Mosaics have become a really popular craftUsing stained glass adds a new elementStep-by-step full-colour instructions ensure success

Stained Glass

By George Shannon, Pat Torlen
George Shannon, Pat Torlen
For the first time in her life, Anna is alone. She¿s left her husband and her adopted country and returned to London to start a new life in a house of her own. The house is large, unfinished, with a mysterious empty swimming pool in the garden, and a studio where Anna can make her stained glass. But no sooner has she moved in than the haunting begins. Anna feels her solitude is inhabited and fears that her mind is disturbed, filled with fantasy. She hears the voice of a ghost telling her, ¿I¿m in deep, deep trouble.¿ When she glimpses him, Anna¿s fears turn to certainty that this ghost lover ¿ real or imagined ¿ is a dream come true. Until the dream turns sour. For there is not one ghost in Anna¿s house, but three ¿ Anna is enthralled, obsessed with the ghosts¿ story ¿ visions of the terrible events of the summer before, events that led to murder. Who was responsible for it and why was it committed? As Anna¿s frenzy to know the truth grows it leads her into terrible danger. Can she extricate herself from this past that is spiralling way beyond her control? Now it is a question of survival ¿ hers or the ghosts¿. A gripping, terrifying, suspenseful read in the tradition of such classics of the genre as The Turn of the Screw, Wuthering Heights and, more recently, The Shining, Melissa Jones¿s third novel develops her theme of intimate jeopardy ¿ the mystery and elusiveness of love and its closest companion, danger.