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Books by Laura Mason

  • Black Friday

    The National Trust Book of Crumbles

    Laura Mason

    Product Code: BCNT
    Hardback
    Hand-picked favourites
    Tuck into Britain's best comfort food - crumbles!

    Following on from The National Trust Book of Scones, this book is packed with crumbly goodness. It includes recipes for all the classics including rhubarb, apple and blackberry and also will show you how to make tasty cobblers. Crumble cheesecakes and microwavable mug crumbles are also featured.

    There's a section dedicated to classic crumble companions including jam and custard and plenty of crumble trivia to feed your mind while you wait for your crumble to cook.
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  • Roasts

    Laura Mason

    Product Code: BZJCT
    Hardback
    The best traditional recipes for roasted dishes, from a Sunday beef roast with Yorkshire pudding and rack of lamb with herb crust to stuffed roast goose, pheasant and veal. Leading chef Laura Mason gives you all the best techniques for sourcing, preparing and roasting all kinds of meat: beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, duck, goose, and various game, including partridge, grouse and woodcock. To make the absolute most of this most prized food, the author explains the various cuts of meat (and what cuts work best with various recipes) and roasting times for a rare or well done piece of meat. Plus, of course, she covers the use of marinating, barding, larding, basting and dredging. The recipes would not be complete without a range of potato and vegetable dishes that are ideal accompaniments. From the best roast potatoes and mash to gratins, gravies and sauces. But the best part of any roast is often the leftover meat that makes the best ingredient for leftover meals. A joint of meat can stretch a very long way, from Shepherd pies, rostis, soups, stews, and much more; the life of a roast can be the source of more than one delicious meal.
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  • Sweets and Candy

    Laura Mason

    Product Code: BOIDT
    Hardback
    With eye-catching shapes, interesting flavours and enticing textures, sweets and candy are much-loved worldwide by people of all ages. They provide minor treats, lessons in economics for children, and colourful novelties to mark festivities. Methods for making sweets can be traced back to the importance of sugar in Arabic medicine and the probable origin of this in ancient India. But these seemingly inconsequential items are freighted with centuries of changing cultural attitudes, social and economic history, emotional attachments and divergent views on the role of sugar in health. How did confectionery become so popular? Why do we value concentrated sweetness in such varied forms? Why persist in eating sweets? From marzipan pigs and nutty nougat to bubblegum and bonbons, Sweets and Candy looks behind the glamour and sparkle to explore the sticky history of confectionery. Laura Mason describes many of the bewildering varieties and the fascinating ways in which different cultures have made, consumed, valued and adored sweets and candy throughout history. Featuring a selection of scrumptious recipes to try at home, this global history will appeal to sweet-toothed readers, as well as all those interested in the history of food.
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  • The Picnic Cookbook

    Laura Mason

    Product Code: AMZZG
    Hardback
    Picnics and outdoor meals are a classic theme in British food. Afternoon tea in the garden on a golden afternoon in late summer, a packed lunch consumed on a hilltop while the eyes feast on a magnificent view, and the tantalising smell of grilling from a barbecue are all part of this. Being outside sharpens the senses and the appetite, refreshes the soul and gives different perspectives - and National Trust properties provide a wealth of different environments in which to enjoy food outdoors. The book will include over 100 recipes covering picnics, barbecues and campfire food. They range from bresola rolls and lemon gin to be enjoyed as a punting picnic, to a warming minestrone and spiced parkin for bonfire night, a baba ganoush made with aubergines chargrilled on the barbecue, and mussels wrapped in seaweed and cooked on the embers of a campfire. Author Laura Mason gives tips on transporting and cooking the food in the great outdoors, as well as giving historical context to the recipes and suggesting the best National Trust places to eat outdoors.
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  • Pine

    Laura Mason

    Product Code: AHBFY
    Hardback
    Resilient and tenacious, pine trees deserve our admiration. Despite their dark and gloomy reputation they have been the subjects of artists for centuries, particularly in China and Japan where they symbolize wisdom and longevity, and are admired for their shapes. Pine symbolism runs deep in many cultures from East to West, from antiquity to the present, such as pine cone staffs carried by the worshippers of Bacchus in the classical world or pine trees used in the movement to establish national parks in nineteenth-century North America. The natural history of pine trees underlines their ability to survive in difficult environments, and their botany still puzzles and intrigues. Their resin provided adhesives, water-proofers and medicines before oil derivatives and modern pharmaceuticals were developed. Their wood is ubiquitous, incorporated into buildings, furniture and paper pulp. Pinecones fascinate with their complex shapes, and provide pine nuts and food for animals and humans. Pine trees have inspired artists, writers, film-makers and photographers throughout history, and as a consequence the sombre, brooding atmosphere of pine woods are found in poetry, movies, art and literature. A beautifully illustrated book that reveals the many ways in which pine trees have inspired and been utilized by humanity through history, Pine provides a fascinating survey of these rugged, aromatic trees that are found the world over.
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