Books & Films, Food & Drink, Recipes, Travel & Places

Steeped in Rebellious Spirits

Alchemist and drinks genius Ruth Ball has written a thrilling history of people and events surrounding the intoxicating world of spirits. Her book, Rebellious Spirits: The Illicit History of Booze in Britain, is a treasure trove for the curious drinker. From the gin dispensed from a cat’s paw at the Puss and Mew shop, which […]

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Books & Films, Travel & Places

ASEAN nations get travel TV

The Asean nations have launched the region’s first travel-focused travel television channel, Goasean. The station comes with a brief to see the region as a single ‘tourism’ destination and will be broadcast over multiple channels. Countries belonging to this group are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. Goasean will […]

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Books & Films, Food & Drink, What's Happening

Chop chop chop, taste taste taste

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School book did what it said on the cover strapline – show ‘How a Few Simple Lesson Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks’. Written by US author and Le Cordon Bleu cooking school alumni Kathleen Flinn, the book aims to help nine self confessed ‘hopeless’ cooks gain basic skills […]

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Books & Films, Food & Drink, Travel & Places

What would Julia do?

The Julia in the title of this blog post is, of course, the passionate cook and unlikely doyen of US television chefs and millions of ordinary Americans, Julia Child. Since the global success of the 2009 Hollywood movie of Julie & Julia starring Meryl Streep, ‘Julia’ has become a household name and is often used […]

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