The Kitchen Cabinet – Annie Gray

Published By: Ebury/Penguin Random House
Pages: 336
Released On: 30/09/2021

The official ”The Kitchen Cabinet” compendium is here at last, with over 100 hours of dinner table talk distilled into this handy almanac, a year in the life of our kitchens to aid you in yours. Open up to find food tips and tricks, stories, recipes, anecdotes and seasonal fun, all held together with our trademark titbits of history, science and often rather lively debate. Join us as we travel across the country, ready to respond to all tour culinary conundrums – as well as sharing lots of things you never even thought to ask.

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Thanks to Ebury for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

Oh I do love an almanac and I do love food and organising my kitchen, so this book is definitely right up my street. I didn’t know The Kitchen Cabinet was originally a BBC programme, so that’s definitely one to download and binge watch.

I like the exploration food from other countries and cultures that Annie delves into, and especially the influence they’ve had on UK cuisine. And not just the fact that we love a Chinese takeaway or a visit to a local Turkish restaurant, but where our actual food has come from.

It is tongue in cheek and humerous, but precise and informative. I like that some of it is in a Q&A format as it beings a very real personal touch to it.

As always, my favourite chapter was the December one. As we all know by now, Christmas is my favourite time of the year and Annie has just perfectly captured the warmth and cosyness of the time, and how important food and feasting is to us when we celebrate.

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