We look at some of the Christmas books for food fans

PUBLISHED: 13:42 07 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:28 20 February 2013

We look at some of the Christmas books for food fans

We look at some of the Christmas books for food fans

We look at some of the Christmas books for food fans Compiled by Barbara Waite

We look at some of the Christmas books for food fans Compiled by Barbara Waite

Lifting the Lid, A life at Kinloch Lodge, Skye by Claire Macdonald
Regular lancashire Life readers will know that in spite of her name, Lady Claire is as Lancastrian as they come. She grew up in Thurland Castle and you suspect that her northern grit has played a big part in her career.
This amusing book charts her and her familys trials and tribulations creating an internationally-known hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant on Skye. It is packed with anecdotes and Claires sparky northern personality shines through.

She has written almost 20 cookery books, and has been recognised for her contribution to Scottish food with a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland and by the National Farmers Union.

Claire, whose former home is now apartments, regularly returns to the north west and has great affection for the Fylde her mother once lived at Lytham Hall and keeps a keen eye on the regions food.

A self-taught cook, Claire looks back on four very different decades as the hotel grew from insignificant beginnings to one of the worlds top 25 small hotels. The book is peppered with recipes which chart Claires culinary journey.

Published by Birlinn, 20.

Too Many Chiefs, Only One Indian, by Sat Bains
A lavish limited edition coffee table book from one of the countrys top chefs features 68 recipes from Sat Bains highly acclaimed restaurant.
As well as a forward from Heston Blumenthal, there are contributions from 36 of the worlds greatest chefs in this gloriously presented heavyweight tome which has seasonality charts and taste profiles of each of the dishes.

To read it is to see the amount of work, creative spark and attention to detail that goes into earning those coveted Michelin stars.
From Face Publications or the restaurant, the signed, linen-covered slipcased volume is 75.

Ocean to your Plate, by Neil Sowerby
Seafood has been a speciality in Manchesters Vermillion restaurant since its inception. Its clever fusion of Thai and Indian dishes using ingredients supplied by the parent company, Seamark, showcases the spices and ingredients to great advantage.

If youve enjoyed the experience of the restaurant and bar in Hulme Hall Lane, you can now learn to create the dishes at home.

But its not just a collection of recipes, its an introduction to the methods and ingredients of real Asian cooking and proceeds help improve the lives of people in the third world through chief executive Iqbal Ahmeds Foundation.

It can be bought at the restaurant, 9.95, or order through its website, shipping 6.

The Weekend Cookbook by Catherine Hill
Whether youre going away to a weekend cottage, having family or friends to stay or just need some hassle-free eating, this new book from Catherine Hill is packed with unpretentious, but tasty offerings.Beautifully illustrated, the recipes are broken down into sections for breakfast and brunch ideas, Friday night easy meals, Saturday night specials and of course Sunday lunches and stress-free puds.

Reader offer
Readers can buy this book at the special price of 14.99 4 off the published price - including free p&p. Call the Penguin Bookshop on 0843 060 0021 quoting reference LANCASHIRE WEEKEND COOKBOOK READER OFFER and ISBN 9780718159092. (Subject to availability and open to UK residents only. Customers should allow up to 14 days for delivery.)

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