I post book reviews as often as possible but at least once a week every Wednesday! I hope they help you to find some new books that you'll love as much as I did!
Just a quick note before I start this review, today is my two year blogiversary! By complete coincidence, I scheduled this review for today, not realising that it was the two year anniversary of my blog. When I checked what I'd posted last year to commemorate it, I realised I'd reviewed a sampler for Nadiya's cookbook Nadiya's British Food Adventure on my Blogiversary last year! So it seems very fitting to have my review for Nadiya's latest cookbook today!
Since I didn't remember in time that the anniversary was today, I don't have a giveaway lined up this year, but I'm going to try to organise one very soon just as a little thank you to anyone who reads my blog, or follows me on Twitter or Instagram etc. because I'm really grateful for the support. I've made so many new friends over the past two years and I couldn't have wished for anything better.
Finally I just wanted to give a little shoutout to Nikola over at Breathing Through Pages (I hope you don't mind!) for always sharing and commenting on my posts and including me in your happy weekend posts on Twitter, it always makes me smile and feel involved :) So thank you :) (He writes brilliant reviews so go take a look! Click the link above)
That 'quick note' turned into a not so quick note, so I should probably get on with the review now!!
I really enjoyed reviewing Nadiya's latest cookbook! It was so fun to have a go at something a little different from what I usually do and I really loved trying some of the many recipes! I've included some photos of my attempts in my review, but obviously I'm not a professional baker so you'll have to excuse my presentation!
The photos in the cookbook, however, are beautiful, very bright and colourful and high quality. The whole book just has a happy feel to it really, with lovely smiley photos of Nadiya baking to guide you through things like the Ham and Cheese Crown and wonderful stories at the top of each recipe detailing what inspired her and what each recipe means to Nadiya. I loved this. Another thing I loved was the little notes section at the back to write things like your favourite recipes. This is just another example of a small extra detail which makes the book really special.
One thing I would say though, is that some of the ingredients aren't things that you'd just have in your cupboard so some will need planning to ensure that you're able to get the ingredients. For example, I needed dried apples for one of the recipes and nowhere near me seemed to sell them. That's probably just because I live in quite a small area, and I'm sure most other places sell them, but just make sure you plan for the recipes you want to make, to ensure you have the ingredients in.
So now on to my attempts! First up, was the Ham and Cheese Crown.
I thought the instructions for this were brilliant, there were additional step by step photos provided which were really clear and easy to follow. I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out! It's not as beautiful as Nadiya's but it tasted delicious!
Next was the Purple Velvet Cake.
Again, the instructions were easy to follow and it tasted delicious! The texture was beautiful and what I love about it is that it's lactose free and there's no food colouring at all! The vibrant colour comes from the blueberries!
I also made the Strawberry Coconut Ice and Apple Rocky Road but they got demolished before I had the chance to take photos!!
Overall, I'm giving Nadiya's Family Favourites 5 out of 5. It's really easy to follow, with beautiful photos and stories and has lots of delicious recipes. I'm really looking forward to trying the rest!
This book was provided free in exchange for an honest review.
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Book Details and About the Author
This is the OFFICIAL cookbook, featuring the beautiful, simple and must-try recipes from her upcoming BBC TV series NADIYA'S FAMILY FAVOURITES.
Nadiya shares the food she loves to cook and eat with her family and friends, offering fast, easy and delicious new recipes for every kind of day.
This cookbook shows you how to create the perfect dishes to complement the moments we all love, from days out with friends to big get-togethers and lazy weekends at home, as well as simple and satisfying solutions for busy weeknights and speedy showstoppers for impromptu guests.
Nadiya's new classics from this weeks episode. . .
· FRUIT SALAD FATTOUSH. Nadiya's breakfast twist on Fattoush, a Middle Eastern salad. Fresh, frozen and dried fruits adorned in crumbled, crispy cinnamon tortilla chips.
· GINGER RICE WITH SPICED CHICKPEAS. Basmati rice steeped in fresh ginger and finished in lots of butter, piled high with spiced chickpeas.
· AVOCADO PASTA WITH PEAS AND MINT. A quick and easy mid-week delight. Creamy avocado, fresh mint, peas and red chilli.
· CARROT CAKE PAKORAS WITH A CREAM CHEESE DIP. Imagine a carrot cake, with spices, nuts and raisins, but deep fried, hot and dusted with icing sugar, served with a cool sweet cream dip . . .
With over 100 easy and rewarding recipes, Nadiya's family favourites will soon become yours too.
This is the cookbook you'll reach for time and time again for those memorable moments. You'll find quick meal solutions, food to lift the spirits, fuel for hungry bellies and feasts for friends.
Let Nadiya's recipes fill your home with memories, just as they do hers.
After winning 2015's Great British Bake Off, Nadiya Hussain has gone on to capture the hearts of the nation. A columnist for The Times and a regular reporter for The One Show, Nadiya has also presented two of her own BBC cookery series to great acclaim with Nadiya's British Food Adventure reaching over 3 million viewers. Her next cookery series will air on BBC2 in summer 2018, accompanied by her brand new TV tie-in cookbook.
Born in Luton to British Bangladeshi parents, Nadiya now lives in Milton Keynes with her husband, Abdal, and their three children.
Her previous cookery titles include Nadiya's Kitchen and Nadiya's British Food Adventure.
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But what Danielle tells her seems crazy. Her husband, Simon, may be a bully, but surely he wouldn't hurt her?
Then the accident happens. And Susie is forced to rethink everything.
Who is lying?
Who is telling the truth?
And who, really, is the killing type?
When I saw that this was available for free on Amazon, I couldn't help but download it straight away because I'm a massive fan of Jane Corry's work. As a short story, it's the ideal length for reading on a quick journey, which is how I read it. I started it as soon as I got on the train and I was actually willing the train to arrive a little late so that I'd be able to finish it! Luckily I did manage to finish it in time and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute!
The plot is twisty and intriguing and I think that actually, the idea could've worked really well as a full length novel because I found the characters interesting and would've loved to find out more about them, however, for such a short read, I think the amount of detail given was just right and any more may have detracted from the storyline and suspense.
Overall, I'm giving The Killing Type 5 out of 5. It's entertaining, suspenseful and packs a punch. If you've never read anything by Jane Corry before, I'd highly recommend downloading this. You'll be hooked on her writing in no time! The only problem you'll have is that you'll have to go and buy all of her books!
About the Author
Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has spent time working as the writer in residence of a high security prison for men - an experience that helped inspire her Sunday Times bestsellers 'My Husband's Wife' and 'Blood Sisters'. Jane runs regular writing workshops and speaks at literary festivals all over the world. Many of her ideas strike during morning dog-jogs along the beach followed by a dip in the sea - no matter how cold it is!
Jane's brand-new thriller 'The Dead Ex' is published by Penguin Viking and is available now! (Look out for my review for it very, very soon!)
You can find Jane on Twitter at @JaneCorryAuthor and on Facebook at JaneCorryAuthor as well as Instagram.
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