The nation’s favourite TV show, the Great British Bake Off, returns on a new channel and with a new timeslot next week and all of us at the Book People couldn’t be more excited. In fact, we even have some home-made brownies in the office today. Now due to be shown on BBC One in an unfamiliar Wednesday evening slot, we can’t wait to see the creations from the new contestants as they attempt to impress queen of baking Mary Berry and housewife’s favourite Paul Hollywood. As ever, Mel and Sue will be on hand to deliver their dulcet commentary throughout the series too.
If you’re in the mood to create your own showstoppers over the next few weeks, then the Book People has plenty of baking books in our Food & Drink category to help you on your way. Who knows, next year you might be cosying up with Mary and Paul? From the finest Baking & Desserts books to how-to guides and books from stars and contestants from the show, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to baked goods.
There is nothing better than the taste (and smell!) of freshly baked bread and who better to teach a novice how to make their own than Paul Hollywood? Bread is a book that does exactly what it says on the tin. It shows you how to make bread – and then transform it into an even greater meal. From using a bloomer as a base for a picnic to Eggs Benedict crumpets, this is a superb baking book for those who love bread. Another person who is handy when it comes to kneading dough is the ‘People’s Champion’ from 2012’s Great British Bake Off – James Morton. In Brilliant Bread, he showcases his love for bread making – and how easy it is to make your own using just supermarket flour and yeast. James will show you how to bake everything from basic loaves to sweet doughs, flatbreads and pretzels!
John Whaite was the winner of 2012’s Bake Off and we have two books from the very talented baker that will offer you ideas for every meal of the day. John Whaite Bakes – Recipes for Every Day and Every Mood has creations that will lift your mood, no matter how you’re feeling. With comfort food like Apple and Thyme Sausage Rolls alongside Passionfruit Tart, this is a book full of food to put a smile on your face. John Whaite Bakes at Home offers a glimpse of what he bakes for his nearest and dearest – whether they want lunch, brunch, something sweet or a savoury pizza treat.
2010’s winner Edd Kimber also offers up some surprising twists on old favourites alongside traditional treats in his The Boy Who Bakes cookbook. New in, and a book that will resonate with many of our customers is Recipes from a Normal Mum, a book full of recipes compiled by 2011 Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell. Covering far more than just baked goods, this is a cookbook packed to the brim with quick and mouth-watering recipes for the entire family!