Cook with Kids

WINNER: ‘Best Fundraising & Charity Cookbook’ at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards 2012

Cook With Kids is a fun book for all the family to get involved together in the kitchen. From healthy snacks to delicious treats, it’s a cookbook that is geared towards bringing adults and children together to enjoy making food that looks and tastes great. This book is being produced with the full backing of the Children’s Hospital School at Great Ormond Street Hospital with the aim of raising awareness and much-needed funds – royalties from the sale of every book will directly benefit the Children’s Hospital School. Some great fun, tasty ideas feature, from ‘Buttermilk Breaded Chicken Finger Bucket’ to ‘5-A-Day Pasta Salad’, and from ‘Yoghurt, Strawberry and Mango Rocket Lollies’ to ‘Super Berry Blast drinks’.

Rob Kirby has been taking classes at the Hospital School for over eight years. A well-respected figure known far beyond the world of food catering, with many appearances on TV from BBC Breakfast Time to Saturday Kitchen, he has witnessed first-hand just what a difference fun interaction with food can make to the lives of children.

Berger & Wyse: Collected Food Cartoons from the Guardian

A truly charming gift for any foodie. A brilliant collection of foodie cartoons from the Guardian’s star cartoonists, Berger and Wyse. This beautiful collection of artwork features their very best selections, all compiled from the regular strip which they have been producing for Guardian Weekend magazine since 2007. All of their regular characters are here, including the gastronauts, the godzillas and many neurotic, talking vegetables. Satirical swipes across the social classes prevail and fads of the food world are lampooned mercilessly. No avocado stone is left unturned. A real passion for food and drink (and for wining and dining) is manifest through this wonderful and very witty collection of their work – the first such time that these sketches have been collected under one roof.

Pascal Wyse and Joe Berger have also written and produced animations and comic strips for Channel 4, BBC, BSkyB and Animal Planet. They have also produced and written books: Wyse Words: A Dictionary for the Bewildered, (Chambers) and Bridget Fidget (Puffin).

Melt: A Book of Chocolate

A book that would make any chocolate lover go weak at the knees. From Melt, a tiny boutique chocolatier in London’s Notting Hill, turned major destination for discerning chocoholics, comes this stunningly mouthwatering book of delights. Melt features essential insights and masterclasses for all those keen to master the mysteries of cooking successfully with chocolate, accompanied by brilliant recipes for everything from wondrously flavoured truffles and lollipops, to irresistible chocolate slabs and caramels. Working closely with her head chocolatier, Chikako Watanabe, Nason has produced a book that promises to help us re-think the way in which we taste, make and buy chocolate. Stunning images from award-winning photographer Jeans Cazals adorn the pages of this beguiling book.

Founded by Louise Nason in 2006, Melt has fast-become a culinary hotspot for chocolate lovers the world over. Alongside her range of Melt chocolates Louise has also collaborated with some of the UK’s leading chefs- including Mark Hix, Skye Gyngell, The River Café team, and Sophie Conran – to create a range of bespoke, branded chocolates. As well as the original shop in Notting Hill, Melt also has a shop within Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street.

Absolute Press becomes the specialist food imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing

Absolute Press is delighted to announce that as of September 1st it has become the specialist food imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing. The imprint will be managed by Janet Murphy, specialist publisher at Bloomsbury. Jon Croft will continue to work for the list as a consultant for Bloomsbury, commissioning authors and titles, and will employ Absolute Press commissioning editor Meg Avent and art director Matt Inwood in a freelance capacity. The team will design and package the books for Bloomsbury, with a very strong 2012 programme already in place.

Jon Croft said, ‘It’s a dream tie-in and after 32 years it’s the perfect new home for Absolute Press and its authors.’

Janet Murphy added, ‘It’s a terrific list… the books are of such high quality and it will join the other specialist books that we aim to be the best in their field.’

Bloomsbury’s executive director, Richard Charkin, commented: ‘Publishing of any kind only works with the right authors, the right publisher and the right market. Absolute Press combines all three beautifully.’

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