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Monday 26 April 2010

Book Review: Gizzi's Kitchen Magic

Gizzi Erskine is a sort of sparkly foodie fashionista, who ditched her job as a body piercer to study at Leith's School of Food and Wine before reinventing herself as a food writer and stylist.

Her book, Gizzi's Kitchen Magic, is packed with delicious recipes and beautiful photographs. Better still, the recipes are straightforward and clearly explained.

The book is a nifty cross between a kitchen reference and a glamorous compendium of recipes. Kitchen newbies will find it approachable and packed with useful tips, with a whole chapter on kitchen basics such as kitting out your kitchen with spices and how to understand a recipe. But even seasoned cooks will love the way Gizzi glitzes up the ordinary - think gin & pink grapefruit sorbet, Early Grey chocolate fudge cake and baked seafood and saffron risotto.

I tried Gizzi's method for foolproof shortcrust pastry (pretty effective) and her pan-fried scallps with chorizo, apples & mashed potato (impressive and delicious).

For a preview, take a look at the recipes on Gizzi's website. Or just snap up a copy - RRP is £20 but it's currently £10 on Amazon.


  1. Oh I really want to get a copy of this - very impressive she's got a book out without the machine of TV behind her. It must be good!

  2. I think the TV show's coming... It is a nice book though!


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