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Librarian's Christmas Gift List

07 December 2018

With Christmas fast approaching, during the final weeks of term 'Library Top Picks' will bring you books that would make absolutely gorgeous gifts! This week will be books we use rather than read. We do have most of these in the library ready to read as well but for now, see this as a mini-guide for giving the gift of reading this Christmas!

Cookbooks

Ottolenghi SIMPLE 
Yotam’s standout dishes that will suit whatever type of cooking you find easy - whether that’s getting wonderful food on the table in under 30 minutes, using just one pot to make a delicious meal, or a flavoursome dish that can be prepared ahead and then served when you’re ready. 

Zaitoun
Palestinian food is fragrant, healthy and delicious and this book will show you how to whip up a colourful array of bountiful mezze dishes to rich slow-cooked stews flavoured with aromatic spice blends.

The Curry Guy
Dan has learnt through the comments left on his blog and social media feeds that people are terribly let down when they make a chicken korma or a prawn bhuna from other cookbooks and it tastes nothing like the dish they experience when they visit a curry house … but they thank him for getting it right.

The Curry Guy Easy
Dan has been besieged by requests for more curry house favourites, ones that can be cooked with very little equipment and faff, and without all the need for complex restaurant preparation. Here he shares long-awaited recipes for the likes of Chicken 65, Black Dhal, Aloo Chaat, Simple Dosas, Prawn Balti, Lamb Keema Saag, and many more.

SLOW: Food worth taking time over
Embrace technique, understand the stories behind your ingredients and learn to savour the art of cooking again. The result of a life-long affair with food, Slow shows you how to braise, bake, poach and roast to truly make the most of every flavour.

The Vegetarian Option
Without an ounce of Quorn or the merest sight of a nut cutlet, every recipe illuminates, and there is nothing you would not want to eat' Rowley Leigh Now more than ever, people are turning to vegetarian food.

The Flexible Vegetarian 
Whether you’re an occasional meat-eater, a vegetarian who needs to cook for meat-eaters, or even a dedicated veggie, you’ll find something for you in this book filled with delicious and practical flexitarian recipes for every lifestyle from celebrated chef Jo Pratt. Choose between cooking each recipe as a completely vegetarian dish, or select to add one of the simple meat, chicken or fish additions, making them suitable for meat-free days and meat-eaters alike.

Puzzles

The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book
Track down hidden treasures, decipher geographical details and discover amazing facts as you work through this unique puzzle book based on 40 of the Ordnance Survey's best British maps. Explore the first ever OS map made in 1801, unearth the history of curious place names, encounter abandoned Medieval villages and search the site of the first tarmac road in the world.

The GCHQ Puzzle Book
GCHQ is a top-secret intelligence and security agency which recruits some of the very brightest minds. Over the years, their codebreakers have helped keep our country safe, from the Bletchley Park breakthroughs of WWII to the modern-day threat of cyberattack. So it comes as no surprise that, even in their time off, the staff at GCHQ love a good puzzle. Whether they're recruiting new staff or challenging each other to the toughest Christmas quizzes and treasure hunts imaginable, puzzles are at the heart of what GCHQ does. Now they're opening up their archives of decades' worth of codes, puzzles and challenges for everyone to try.

The Mindfulness Puzzle Book: Relaxing Puzzles to De-stress and Unwind
Stimulating your mind with each puzzle also helps unlock your brain's innate creativity, just a sleep and rest can help you reach a breakthrough on pending tasks. This book will help you feel refreshed and renewed, and ready to carry on with your daily life.
 

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