The Hundred Foot Journey – Richard C. Morais
The Hundred Foot Journey is the story of Hassan Haji, a boy from Mumbai who embarks, along with his boisterous family, a picaresque journey from London and then across Europe, before they ultimately open a restaurant opposite a famous chef, Madame Mallory, in the remote French village of Lumière. A culinary war ensues, pitting Hassan’s Mumbai-toughened father against the imper ious Michelin-starred corden bleu, until Madame Mallory realises that Hassan is a cook with a natural talents far superior to her own.
Full of eccentric characters, hilarious cultural mishaps, vivid settings and delicious meals described in rich, sensuous detail, Hassan’s charming account lays bare the inner workings of the elite world of French haute cuisine, and provides us with an affirming and poignant coming-of-age tale
The Deed – Lynsay Sands
Lady Emmalene Eberhart wanted to do it. She’d even begged an audience with the King so he would order her husband to do it – because she was determined to be a good wife. But then her husband died, and Emma remained a virgin. Now the innocent young beauty finds herself with an ample dowry and promised to Amaury de Aneford, a landless knight whose able sword helped defend the King’s crown. Surely her new husband would want to do the deed, for his rugged good looks certainly make Emma’s heart skip more than a beat. And Emma suspects there is more to a wedding night than just a sound sleep…and more to true love than she ever imagined.
The Temple Goers – Aatish Taseer
The Temple-goers tells the story of two young men from very different sides of the tracks: one cast adrift in a world of fashion parties, media moguls and designer labels, the other who reveals to him the city’s hidden and squalid underbelly. But when a boy is found floating in the canal and one of them is accused of the murder, some deeply unsettling truths begin to emerge, testing their friendship and exposing the dark and troubled heart of the city in which they live…
The Obvious Diet – Ed Victor
At last, a diet so obvious, it works! Literary agents are famous for lunching, and there is no more famous agent than Ed Victor. If Ed can lose twenty pounds in three months without changing his life-style, can can everyone! If you have tried many diets over the years but found they didn’t work, then this is the book for you. With ideas and advice from Ed Victor’s celebrity friends and clients, the book also provides anecdotes and inspirational tips to help you stick to your plan. Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Tina Brown, Sidney Sheldon, Andrew Llyod Webber, and many more contribute their recipes and words of wisdom. Dieting has never been this interesting! Millions of Americans are overweight and want to do something about it – if a gourmand like Ed Victor can do it, so can you!
The Obvious Diet includes: Day-today eating plans, including the Cleansing Day and Treat Meal, Clear nutritional guidance for setting up your own plan, Invaluable motivational tips, Fabulous recipes from great restaurants, chefs, and many more sources
Creole Fires – Kat Martin
The one-wealthy, flirtatious belle stood on the auction block to be sold as a servant. Her sensual figure disguised, her gorgeous titan hair disheveled, she looked like a waif, trembling when she recognised the highest bidder – idol of her childhood dreams. Alex du Villier brought the girl out of pity, but her aqua eyes stirred his soul and her body ignited his blood. She would be the perfect mistress to make him forget his coming marriage to a cold, haughty heiress. Now he intended to teach this innocent beauty that although he had purchased her freedom, he could steal her heart.
BBC – India: One Man’s Personal Journey Round the Subcontinent – Sanjeev Bhaskar
As a young British Asian growing up in the 1960s west London, writer and actor Sanjeev Bhaskar was fed stories of exotic, old India – of cobras and leopards, trapping fireflies and riding in rickshaws. But his childhood visits to the old country revealed stifling heat, powercuts and the pervasive aroma of cow dung – baffling to a young boy brought up in an England of fish and chips and light drizzle. Now, years later, Sanjeev embarks on a uniquely personal journey through the heart of India, where he is reunited with old relatives with traumatic stories of the Partition – but also discovers a shiny new India of high-tech industry and glittering Bollywood kitsch. Sanjeev paints a unique picture of this chaotic, beautiful and remarkable country – this is India as you’ve never seen it before.
How to Marry a Marquis – Julia Quinn
When Elizabeth Hotchkiss stumbles upon a copy of “How to Marry a Marquis” in her employers library, she’s convinced someone is playing a joke. But with three younger siblings to support she has to marry for money, so a guidebook to seduction might be just the thing she needs – and what harm could there be in taking a little peek?
James Sidwell, the Marquis of Riverdale, has been summoned to rescue his aunt from a blackmailer. And, posing as the new estate manager, his primary suspect is his aunt’s companion – Elizabeth. Intrigued by the alluring young woman with a curious rulebook, he gallantly offers to help her find a husband – by allowing her to practise her wiles on him. But when practise becomes all too perfect, James decides that there is only rule worth following – that Elizabeth marry her marquis.