Kirstie Allsopp’s debut cookbook hits the shelves

Kirstie Allsopp has become the latest in a long line of celebrities to publish a cookbook. Over the last decade or so, there have been hundreds – if not thousands – of cookery books hitting the market. From meals in minutes and budget recipes to juicing and low carb-fads, we have seen it all.

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Celebrity cookbooks are not a new thing. Mrs Beeton was probably one of the first well-known people to publish a book, way back in 1861. According to the BBC, her first book sold just shy of two million copies in its first seven years.

Kirstie Allsopp’s book appears to hark to back to this bygone era. Her inspiration comes from her great-great-grandmother’s cookery book, which was published in the early 1900s.

New and exciting flavours

A lot has changed since the 1900s. There are a whole host of new and exciting products to help us create tantalising treats and decadent dishes.

As transportation methods and manufacturing processes have evolved and improved over time, giving products longer shelf lives and making it quicker for foods to get from field to fork, we now have an array of products from far-flung corners of the world at our fingertips.

In addition to using products in their natural form, we can readily buy a whole host of flavourings. These small bottles of concentrated food flavouring can save us buying a whole product, such as a coconut, and will last a lot longer. Companies such as http://www.foodieflavours.com supply a whole range of flavourings, from fruit and nuts to bubblegum and cola.

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Foodie facts

As the range of foods and drinks we consume expands and now comes from all over the globe, here are a few interesting facts.

– Did you know that tomato ketchup was only used for medicinal purposes until the early 1800s? Or that there are more than 7,000 types of apple across the globe?

– Nutmeg, which is native to Indonesian islands and is consumed in all sorts of recipes from eggnog to béchamel sauce, can cause hallucinations if you consume more than four teaspoons.

– Worldwide, pasta comes in more than 600 shape varieties.

Whether you use a celebrity cookbook or create your own recipes, food can be entertaining in addition to delicious. Enjoy!