Archive for May, 2013

Pick up some summer cooking tips from Levi Roots’ new book

Here at the Book People, we tend to get very excited at the mere mention of getting out into the sunshine – and while there hasn’t been all that much to savour so far this year, we’re still hopeful that things are about to improve. It might not feel that much like it, but summer’s just around the corner, and you know what that means – barbecues, and hopefully lots of them!

That’s why it’s worth picking up a few useful cooking tips in anticipation of what we’re hoping will be a blistering summer. And who better to learn from than musician, cooking superstar and all-round hero, Levi Roots? Since bursting on to our TV screens in his appearance on Dragons’ Den a few years ago, Levi’s famous concoction Reggae Reggae Sauce has been a staple in kitchens across the UK. Now he’s releasing another book, Grill it With Levi, which collects some of his favourite barbecue recipes.

In Grill it With Levi, you can learn how to whip up some truly delicious Caribbean-infused recipes on the barbie this summer, including calypso burgers with tropical salsa, chicken with molasses, Jamaican snapper parcels and much more besides. If that sounds tantalising to you – and it certainly does to us – then you’ll no doubt be intrigued to learn that you can grab a copy of Grill it With Levi (released May 23rd) from the Book People for just £6.99.

What’s more, when you order Grill it With Levi from us, you can also get 50% off the price of a copy of another of Levi’s bestselling books, Sweet. In Sweet, Levi shows us how to make a huge variety of mouth-watering desserts – so you’re sure to find something that goes down nicely after your barbecue feast.

Levi Roots

Levi Roots

Books for your dad this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you fancy treating your dad to something different this year, how about a new book from the Book People. From cycling enthusiasts to those interested by military history and fathers who see themselves as DIY experts, we have something for every dad. Your father can be your inspiration, your friend and even your hero, so why not treat him to a thoughtful book on 16 June?

Any dad interested in cycling, and especially the Tour de France (now in its 100th year), will love reading through the visually striking Le Tour 100. Covering 100 seminal moments from the history of the esteemed event, this is an inspirational celebratory book about what is both a significant sporting and cultural event. Once reading through this book, your dad might just be tempted to get back on the saddle and start riding himself. If so, the Bike Repair Manual could come in very useful. A practical guide with clear and jargon-free advice on how to keep any bicycle in tip-top condition, it also includes a complete maintenance programme and is suitable for everyone from novice to experienced cyclists.

Those who like their two-wheeled vehicles to have a bit more power will find themselves enthralled by Simon Weir’s Bikers’ Britain. With a foreword by Charley Boorman, it provides riders with a range of motorcycling routes to try throughout Great Britain – from soaring mountains through to windswept coastlines. With clear and detailed maps, the guide also offers advice on clothing as well as a list of biker-friendly places to stay.

Many dads will be eagerly awaiting this summer’s Ashes series, the first in a cricket double duel against Australia over the next few months and who better than Phil Tufnell to get them in the spirit for what is sure to be a momentous sporting event. In Tuffers’ Alternative Guide to the Ashes, he draws on his own personal experiences and the memories of some of the greatest English and Australian cricketers to show all the elements needed to contribute to a memorable Ashes series. From heroic performances to bonkers selections and dubious tactics, he uncovers all the secrets that help cricketers get their hands on the famous urn.

The Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its centenary in 2013 and Brent Elliott’s book examines the impact of this national institution. With photographs, plans and posters from the extensive archive of the Royal Horticultural Society, this is a book that brings the full Chelsea experience to the page. Meanwhile, Dogfight will help you find out what life was like as a fighter pilot during World War II. Written by aerospace enthusiast Tony Holmes, the book features first-hand accounts and interviews with surviving pilots of the time and covers the likes of Spitfires and Mustangs.

We also have a charming read for little ones to share with their daddy come Father’s Day. My Daddy is fun and playful and celebrates all kinds of dads. Whatever dads look like and whatever they do, your dad will always be the best! Starring every character from Kangaroo Dad (great at bouncing) to Tiger Dad (scariest roar), this is a heart-warming bedtime read. Those dads celebrating their first ever Father’s Day might be in need of some help as they get to grips with the life-changing arrival of a new child. Luckily, Commando Dad is here to help. A guide to the basics of being a dad or carer, it covers how to look after babies from birth until they’re 3-year-old toddlers and could prove invaluable.

Phil Tufnell

UK excitedly awaits release of The Great Gatsby

As book enthusiasts we may be a little biased, but we’re sure quite a few of you out there are as excited as we are about the imminent UK cinema release of The Great Gatsby.

This time it’s been down to the hand of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet director Baz Luhrmann to adapt the great American novel, and with a whole host of big screen stars portraying F. Scott Fitzgerald’s glamorous, tragic and wholly unforgettable characters, it’s bound to be an exciting cinematic experience. With Leonardo DiCaprio taking on the role of the emphatic Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and the beautiful Carey Mulligan as Daisy, a cast as impressive as this, together with Luhrmann’s characteristic style, will certainly give a new lease of life to the roaring 20s.

Trailers have been popping up and being shared across the web for sometime now, depicting the perfectly groomed faces of Leo and co along with the indulgent parties, flowing champagne and that car which have all helped make The Great Gatsby the iconic story it has become today. Set against an impressive soundtrack produced by international sensation Jay-Z, this film is set to illustrate Gatsby like never before, and will certainly appeal to a 21st century audience. With Luhrmann’s touch, it’s hard to believe this novel wasn’t built for him to adapt.

Plenty of us here at the Book People have brushed up on our Gatsby knowledge and given the original a well-deserved re-reading after filing our copies away with other books from school and university literature courses, and, needless to say, none were disappointed when we rediscovered this groundbreaking story.

If you need to remind yourself of this American classic before you head to see it on the silver screen, right now the Book People has the stunning F. Scott Fitzgerald 3-book collection for just £4.99. Featuring the masterpiece that is The Great Gatsby, the equally captivating The Beautiful and the Damned, and the stunning Tender is the Night, this set is a must-have for every bookshelf. So go on, old sport, repeat the past and indulge in the decadent 1920s, courtesy of Fitzgerald and the Book People.

Cook up a storm with the Book People’s food and drink books

Cookbooks are always a popular choice and the Book People has a terrific range that is sure to suit any taste. With books full of tasty and hearty treats alongside a range of books packed with perfect recipes for those on a diet, all are available at our great value prices. So whether you want to learn from a celebrity chef or find inspiration from your favourite restaurant, head over to our Food and Drink section now.

Summer is coming and after the recent good weather, you may already be thinking of evenings spent on the barbecue. If so, Weber’s Complete BBQ Book will provide you with all you need to know about outdoor cooking. With ideas and flavour combinations for rubs, sauces and marinades alongside practical tips, this is a hardback sure to help you make the most of the BBQ! Another great way to spend summer evenings is by indulging in a delicious, fresh smoothie. Smoothie Heaven is packed with ideas for top flavour combinations and preparation and preservation techniques. Combining fruit, vegetables and sweet treats, this book has a smoothie for any occasion.

Following the success of the Great British Bake Off, baking really is in the midst of a national resurgence at the moment and the creators of the popular show are now sharing their knowledge with How to Avoid a Soggy Bottom, a book that reveals a number of secrets to achieving a good bake. A home-baking cookbook brimming with practical advice, fascinating trivia, historical facts and the chemistry behind creating cakes, biscuits, pastries and other baked goods. The experts at Yeo Valley celebrate modern country living by sharing 100 traditional British recipes in The Great British Farmhouse Cookbook. The recipes cover everything from stews and roasts to tarts and crumbles.

Already a well-known brand, Ella’s Kitchen: The Cookbook includes 70 delicious recipes that will inspire the whole family. From snacks and light meals to more wholesome dinners, the book offers ideas for nutritious and convenient home-cooked food including tasty Salmon Fishcakes and Blueberry Pancakes. Gizzi Erskine offers a revolutionary new approach to losing weight in Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts, a stylish book split into two sections. One of which provides healthy, easy-to-follow plans for six days of the week, while the other offers truly decadent meals which you can eat entirely guilt-free – as long as you’ve been following her plan. From Neal’s Yard, Healing Foods is a book that will show you exactly which parts of ingredients are beneficial and how you can maximise their potential. The book features over 200 functional and widely available foods, from carrots to clementines, and will show you how each can enhance a particular area of your health.

The 5:2 diet is an increasingly popular way of losing weight and The Fasting Day Cookbook will help anyone partaking in it make sure that they never go hungry, nor compromise on flavour, on the all-important fasting days. With recipes containing between 50 and 500 calories, the book will help you create fresh and satisfying meals for your fasting days that are just as enjoyable as those you tuck into on your feasting days.

Yeo Valley
Great British Bake Off
Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts
Barbecue book

New books available now!

Here at the Book People we have just added a new selection of books to the range of titles available on our site. From acclaimed contemporary fiction to cheerful kids’ books and tantalising cookbooks, there is sure to be something to suit you. With another bank holiday weekend on the horizon, Father’s Day rapidly approaching and the summer months quickly coming up, now is the perfect time to delve into one of our especially hand-picked reads.

There is nothing better than a classic adventure story and the likes of Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver, Beowulf and Aladdin are all extremely popular characters with all ages. Our Classic Adventure Collection can work as a first introduction for children aged 5+ to these legendary stories. Brought to life by the Tony Ross’ iconic illustrations, the books have been rewritten so they now will appeal to younger readers and are sure to be returned to over and over again. An ideal half-term boredom buster, 100 Things to Make and Do will show children how to make everything from decorated eggs to party masks and finger puppets.

Perfect for keeping little ones happy on long journeys and just before bedtime, the Toddler Songs Audio Collection features eight CDs containing over 200 wonderful songs, all presented in a handy decorated tin. With nursery rhymes, silly songs and counting songs, this is sure to delight any little one. The Lullaby Baby & CD is also good for keeping babies occupied at playtime and soothed at bedtime too. With 12 much-loved songs on a CD and chunky tabbed pages, this is a novelty book to entertain and stimulate many senses.

A hugely popular show celebrating its 50th anniversary, 2013 is a huge celebratory year for fans of Doctor Who and we have just the book to mark this momentous occasion. The Who-ology is an official miscellany that provides readers with a multitude of amazing facts, figures and stories about the programme. From the inner workings of the TARDIS to the terrifying aliens and monsters the Doctor has come up against over the years, this is a highly entertaining and enlightening read.

From Slumdog Millionaire author Vikas Swarup comes his latest bestseller The Accidental Apprentice. Fed up with her life working in an electronics store in downtown Delhi, Sapna Sinha bumps into a rich CEO and is offered an intriguing proposition. He has chosen her to be heir to his business … but first she has to pass seven tests. Will she succeed and change her life forever?

If you’re thinking of making the most of the recent good weather, you might be thinking about a camping trip and Cool Camping: England will help you decide on where best to stay when you pitch your tent. From idyllic woodland campsites to calming lakeside sites with a passion for sustainable living, the helpful guide also includes practical information and detailed regional maps. With its striking artwork and tasty recipes, Gizzi Erskine’s Skinny Weeks and Weekend Feasts will show how you can have your cake AND eat it. Split into two sections, the first offers plans for six days of the week that will help you drop 1-2lbs every week, while the other lets you indulge in some truly decadent food, knowing that you can eat it guilt free if you have followed the plans throughout the week.

Gizzi Erskine

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