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Miguel Barclay's Super Easy One Pound Meals

Miguel Barclay
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Miguel Barclay's One Pound Meals are renowned for their simple ingredients and straightforward recipes. Here Miguel takes it one step further by stripping back the cooking process to the fewest steps possible. With his trademark ingenuity and budget-friendly style, Miguel has created mouthwatering meals that are made as simply as possible. There are tasty stews, curries and chillies of course, but Miguel has taken this concept one step further with traditionally more complicated recipes, such as a lasagne, a roast dinner and a sweet potato pie. The majority of the recipes are made from start to finish in just one pan, (a few recipes need a second pan to boil rice, potatoes or pasta).If you have a small kitchen, can't be bothered with scrubbing pots or just want hassle-free meals, this is the book for you. Minimum fuss, maximum flavour, and all for £1 per person.

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Fast Cakes

Mary Berry
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Mary Berry
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Anne Shooter
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Anne Shooter
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Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 17)

Joanne Fluke
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Joanne Fluke

Arrested for murder, Hannah really has her work cut out this time... Blackberry Pie Murder is a deliciously cosy whodunnit featuring super-sleuth Hannah Swensen from acclaimed author Joanne Fluke. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and H. Y. Hanna.'Witty... tempting recipes at the end of most chapters, including one for fresh blackberry cookies, will appeal to anyone who loves to bake' - Publishers WeeklyIt's been a sleepy summer in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and that means Hannah Swensen can finally focus on running her much-loved bakery... or can she? With her mother's wedding a month away, she is up to her eyes deciding whether to use buttercream or fondant for the wedding cake.When Hannah accidentally hits a stranger while driving down her Cookie Truck a country road, she finds herself at the centre of a murder investigation. An autopsy soon reveals the mystery man, his shirt covered in blackberry pie stains, would have died even without the hit. Now, to clear her name, Hannah will have to follow a trail of pie crumbs to track down the identity of the deceased - before getting herself to the church on time... What readers are saying about the Hannah Swensen mysteries: 'What more could you want from a cosy crime novel?''These books are an equal mix of charm and mystery''A homely series that harks back to the novels of Agatha Christie'

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Red Velvet Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 16)

Joanne Fluke
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Joanne Fluke

With Hannah herself as prime suspect, how will she solve the crime this time? Red Velvet Cupcake Murder sees Hannah in a tricky position, as Joanne Fluke's cosy mystery puts the sleuth in the spotlight. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Leslie Meier.'If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke' - Charlotte ObserverIt's a hot summer's evening in Lake Eden, Minnesota - perfect for the Grand Opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel. Hannah Swensen's famous Red Velvet cupcakes are the talk of the night, until Doctor Bev, the woman who left town after two-timing her fiancé, turns up unexpectedly.Things go from bad to worse when another partygoer takes a dive off the hotel's rooftop garden. As the police investigate, Hannah is more preoccupied with Bev's attempts to stir things up with old flame Norman, who's since reunited with Hannah. When Bev is found dead at the bottom of Miller's Pond, things reach boiling point. To everyone's shock, Hannah is now the target of a murder investigation - and she's feeling the heat like never before... What readers are saying about Red Velvet Cupcake Murder: 'The delightful characters make every page a joy''Another fantastic mystery from Joanne Fluke. The books are easy to read and such a pleasure''Five stars'

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Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 15)

Joanne Fluke
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Joanne Fluke

Nothing's sweeter than bringing a killer to justice... Hannah Swensen investigates the murder of a musician in Cinnamon Roll Murder, the fifteenth mystery from the acclaimed Joanne Fluke. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Cindy Bell.'Fans of this wildly popular series will not be disappointed. Fluke has kept this series strong for a long time, and there is still plenty to enjoy for foodie crime fans' - BooklistHannah Swensen can barely contain her excitement when she hears jazz band Cinnamon Roll Six is coming to Lake Eden. As the town's beloved bakery owner, she decides to make a supply of their namesake confections to welcome them.But things soon turn sour when the band's tour bus rolls over on the way into town. Most of the injuries are minor, except for the surgical scissors plunged into loveable keyboard player Buddy Neiman's chest. Hannah smells murder, and there's nothing sweeter than bringing a killer to justice... What readers are saying about Cinnamon Roll Murder: 'Mouth-watering reading''Easy and entertaining read' 'Five stars'

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Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 14)

Joanne Fluke
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Joanne Fluke
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Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 13)

Joanne Fluke
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Joanne Fluke

The hunt is on for a killer who's flakier than puff pastry... Apple Turnover Murder is the thirteenth delightfully cosy Hannah Swensen mystery from acclaimed author Joanne Fluke. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Leslie Meier.'The ever popular Fluke writes engaging cozies with one part great characters, one part gentle story, and three parts the best recipes in the genre' - Library JournalEarly summer brings plenty of work for baker Hannah Swensen, even before Mayor Bascomb's wife drops by The Cookie Jar to place an order for her charity event... for eleven-hundred cookies. Hannah almost flips when business partner, Lisa, suggests setting up an apple turnover stand at the fundraiser's talent show.But when the show's host, college professor Bradford Ramsey, tries to reignite an old flame with Hannah, she is less than impressed. Then the curtain doesn't go up, and Hannah discovers Ramsey backstage, dead, with an apple turnover in his hand. Now she must find a killer who's flakier than puff pastry - and far more dangerous. What readers are saying about Apple Turnover Murder: 'An easy and entertaining read''Excellent book - could not put [it] down''Five stars'

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Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 12)

Joanne Fluke
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Joanne Fluke

The holidays bring more than just festive cheer... Hannah Swensen investigates a murder amidst Christmas celebrations in Joanne Fluke's Plum Pudding Murder. Packed full of delicious recipes and perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Cindy Bell.'Readers can't help but love Lake Eden and its warm and welcoming inhabitants' - RT Book ReviewThe busiest time of year for Lake Eden's best-loved bakery also happens to be the most wonderful time for Christmas cookies, Hannah Swensen's special plum pudding - and romance! Hannah is busy as can be, and loving 'Lunatic Larry Jaeger's Crazy Elf Christmas Tree Lot', the carnival taking place on the village green.Things soon turn sour, however, when Hannah discovers Larry dead as a doornail in his own office... It seems quite a few people would have liked to fill Larry's stocking with coal. With suspects to investigate and the twelve days of Christmas ticking away, Hannah's running out of time in her bid to nab a murderous Scrooge who would rather she didn't see in the New Year... What readers are saying about the Hannah Swensen mysteries: 'What more could you want from a cosy crime novel?''These books are an equal mix of charm and mystery''A homely series that harks back to the novels of Agatha Christie'

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Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 11)

Joanne Fluke
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Joanne Fluke
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Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen Mysteries, Book 10)

Joanne Fluke
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Joanne Fluke

Aaron Mahnke

Aaron Mahnke is the writer, host, and producer of Lore, as well as the author of a number of supernatural thrillers. He has a deep love of the mysterious and frightening that began with Unsolved Mysteries and The X-Files-a love that continues to this day. Basically, he's a nerd for anything unexplainable or supernatural. Mahnke lives with his family in the historic Boston area, in the very heart of Lovecraft Country and the epicenter of the Salem witch trials.lorepodcast.com

Anne Shooter

Anne Shooter has been a journalist for 20 years, mainly at the Daily Mail and MailOnline and has also written for titles including delicious. magazine, the Jewish Chronicle, the Guardian and Woman & Home.Anne's love of cooking also led her to complete the Leiths School of Food and Wine's professional diploma and as such she also caters events and hosts numerous noisy dinner parties for as many friends and relatives as she can, whenever she has time. Her first book, Sesame & Spice: Baking from the East End to the Middle East, was nominated for the Guild of Food Writers' First Book Award. She lives in London with her husband Dan, daughters Charlotte and Jessica, and labradoodle Rufus.

Jo Brand

Jo Brand is a stand-up comic with many TV and radio shows to her name. She is married with two children and lives in south London.

Joanne Fluke

Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Like her much-loved series character, Hannah Swensen, Joanne was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in sunny Southern California. She is currently at work on her next Hannah Swensen mystery and loves to hear from her readers. You can contact Joanne at Gr8Clues@aol.com, or by visiting her website at www.joannefluke.com.

Martin Dorey

Martin Dorey is a writer and surfer. He lives on the North Devon coast with his wife, Joanne, daughters Maggie and Charlie, a medium-sized dog of unknown origin called Bob and Pootle, a 28-year-old Volkswagen camper van.

Mary Berry

Mary Berry is the nation's favourite baker and home cook. The much-loved judge of The Great British Bake Off, Mary is the author of more than 70 cookbooks. Mary is loved for her practical and unfussy approach to cooking, but when she is at home, she loves to be with her family and tending her garden - her other great passion.

Miguel Barclay

As an Instagram chef, Miguel Barclay's dishes always look amazing, but what has caused such a buzz is the fact that they all cost less than £1 per person! From his kitchen in Camden, Miguel is constantly experimenting with breaking down recipes and coming up with innovative new £1 creations. Through his One Pound Meals phenomenon, Miguel is giving people the confidence and motivation to change the way they cook for ever. Miguel's first book, One Pound Meals became the biggest debut cookbook of the year and a Sunday Times Manuals chart bestseller. Fast & Fresh One Pound Meals, Miguel's second book also became an online bestseller as OPM fans devoured his new collection of recipes.Widely covered by the print media, Miguel and his One Pound Meals revolution has been featured by The Times, the Mail, Fabulous mag in the Sun, Metro, Independent and many more. Miguel has also cooked live on This Morning as well as BBC London News and is now a popular face at foodie festivals throughout the UK. This is his third book. @OnePoundMeals

Rachel Roddy

Rachel Roddy writes a weekly award-winning column in Guardian Cook. Rachel's first book Five Quarters won the André Simon Food Book award in 2015, as well as the Guild of Food Writers' First Book award. Rachel has lived in Testaccio, a distinctive working-class quarter of Rome, for over twelve years. She shares a small flat near the food market with her partner Vincenzo and son Luca and spends part of the year in Vincenzo's family house in Gela, south-east Sicily. racheleats.wordpress.com Follow Rachel on Twitter @racheleats Follow Rachel on Instagram @rachelaliceroddy

Sarah Randell

Sarah Randell is a food writer and editor and was Food Director at Sainsbury's Magazine for over ten years. She previously worked as food editor for Delia Smith's cookery books and on many of Delia's BBC TV programmes. Sarah lives in London with her husband and little boy Archie.Follow her on Twitter @2015bittersweetwww.potofmarmalade.uk