Monday, 26 April 2010
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.