Simply Summer - a Book by Angela Tunner - the Renaissance Gourmet
Angela Tunner Has Created A Surprising And Enchanting Cookery Book!
This book will tempt anyone - even those like my-self who cook very little, to enter her world - her elegant style of beautiful foods made simple, natural and easy, and by doing so greatly enhance their appreciation and preparation of the dining experience.
So tempting in fact, Angela Tunner’s book does not allow anyone to escape - once they open this book the charm she effuses and the lifestyle she advocates will do the rest... you may very well soon become the gourmet cook who can create such wonderful, memorable suppers for beloved friends.
No resistance could be offered either on grounds of practicality – the shopping list is written, and your are asked to keep it by the door in an attractive basket so that you don’t go out of the house to shop without becoming the embodiment of effortless elegance that she wishes for you!
What makes this book so thoroughly engaging and unusual kept me smiling page by page. If you were ever charmed by the etiquette books of the 1930’s and 40’s, as indeed I was, then you will very much enjoy Angela’s cookery book set in this style, offering in the same way indispensable tips for correct ‘form’; delightful details of modes and manners, nowadays lost but brought forward in modern terms here for an effortlessly chic approach to home and friends, family or even savouring a quiet, summer dining moment alone.
Not much of a cook myself (I lived for some years on raw foods), with a no-nonsense attitude to foods (sensible eating is everything) and almost no experience of cooking for others (as I hardly ate anything beyond salad and yoghurt) I was nervous at the prospect of reviewing a cookery book!
Yet this is a book which draws one in, and on, rather as if taking a relaxed summer day stroll along a winding path. One longs to peek at what is just a little further ahead, and all the while one’s reasoning’s and resistances are put quietly to one side, we are encouraged to indulge our senses, appreciate our surroundings, relax and enjoy...
All practicalities are taken care of, as if arranged and set in place by our hostess, Angela Tunner, and there is one more surprise; there is barely any cooking to be done before the meal is ready and company is invited to share the occasion.
Evocative and beautifully designed, engagingly simple in black and white with captivating stylish fonts, this book is lovely to flick through lazily, while dreaming of lunch...
Breakfast, lunchtimes and supper-evenings, or even a long cool drink with some friends in the sun, have, in this book, all have become tempting delights of colour, taste and creativity. These are meals designed to be delightful and easy, and yet much more than this, Angela has done something to make each one memorable in a new and very appealing way, by adding ambience; personal touches and dedication, with perhaps an unexpected flavour to hint at journeys travelled beyond the garden walls, and a twist of the exotic to refresh the senses, these are not meals for languid occasions.
My favourite piece of this book is the delightful ‘scene setting’ on the section for ‘A Parisian Breakfast’ written just as one would read it in a theatre play...
Angela’s book will help you to create many memorable and exquisite dining experiences, as you will see.
June 29th 2010
This book review was prepared by Victoria Whiteland
Victoria Whitelandis a Couture Designer based in Wales - UK, specialising in Corsetry. She creates unique Corseted Bridal Wear, Ball Gowns, Wedding Trousseaux, Evening Wear, Lingerie, Historical and Theatrical Costumes. Over the last 18 years her Couture Corsetry designs have been seen in some of London's best boutiques, some excellent Welsh boutiques and has been shown several times on Television and in Magazines. To learn more about Victoria Whiteland please visit her website: www.vwhiteland.com
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