Saturday, March 30, 2013

LOVE BAKE NOURISH - London launch

A few days after our arrival in London we attended the London launch of Amber Rose's fabulous new book at Books for Cooks the renowned cook book specialist shop in Notting Hill.

 I knew of the shop's reputation for stocking 12,000 + titles so I was interested to visit for the first time and see the manner in which the books were sorted/displayed. 
It proved to be a fairly typical London bookstore in that it was long and narrow with bookshelves on each side and no aisle stands. The books were arranged one one side by country/region of origin - British books occupying the largest amount of space of course with every cookbook currently in print, and many out of print titles also. American titles were the next most represented but also in there was Australasia, Middle Est, Asia, Africa etc.

 On the opposite wall were books sorted by there - baking, vegetarian, barbeque, seasonal, party, meat, bread, spices etc. A most impressive array of cookbooks. Then there were two other sections - Professional, comprising largely textbook type titles for students, and a general section of books about food related subjects - health, humour, food politics etc.

I could have spent days in there ! And of course it was the perfect location for the launch of LOVE BAKE NOURISH. Author/baker Amber lives nearby too so there was a good number of her neighbourhood friends among the 50 or so guests. It was quite an informal gathering, no speeches, but the book sold like hot cakes.

Another treat for me was to meet the publisher.

Kyle Books was founded in 1991 in Kyle's garage in London. Now, 22 years on, they are widely acknowledged as one of the UK's leading publishers in the areas of cookery (about 40% of the list), health, lifestyle and gardening. Their  books aim to inspire, assist and inform, each written by talented authors from creative chefs to garden experts, fitness & diet consultants to beauty gurus, handicrafters to grammar enthusiasts and many more in-between!

Kyle also proved to be a good source of recommendations for some exceptional and more out of the way London restaurants including a couple in our neighbourhoods - Camden Town and Primrose Hill. Hannah Norris, publicist for the title, also gave us some restaurant tips.
Thanks Kyle, very nice to meet you. And great to catch up with Amber again too after meeting the week before in New Zealand where New Holland Publishers were touring her promoting the new book.

Kyle Books - pds.9.50

 Of course I couldn't visit a cookbook shop without buying a cookbook.. My purchase was RISOTTO - Tasty recipes for Italy's classic rice dish - Maxine Clark - Ryland Peters & Small - pds.14.99. Once I am home again I will make some of the recipes and review the book. Meantime I can say is the book looks superb - photography by Martin Brigdale.

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