Book Corner: Brighton Bakes

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Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes a new blog series for Heart Home: Book Corner!

I'll be sharing some of my favourite new reads each week; primarily in the interiors and food sectors, although I'm sure I'll occasionally throw in a few literary novels as well, just to mix things up a bit!

First up, is the delightful Brighton Bakes by passionate baker Jessica Haggerty, who has looked no further than her home town to find the inspiration for this luscious collection of delicious bakes. "Colourful and cosmopolitan, with a cheeky edge and a hint of seediness, Brighton is a haven of indulgence for all the senses," the book declares. "From the crunch of pebbles underfoot to the thump of dubstep from nightclubs, the sting of salty wind on your face, to the sweet stickiness of neon pink rock, it's a city that wants to share all its delights with you."

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A feast to the eyes as much as the tongue, Brighton Bakes takes you through the seasons with contemporary recipes for cakes, muffins, pies and tarts, all using fresh local produce and showcasing a unique blend of urban chic and old-fashioned flavours.

Full of lovely, evocative photographs, Brighton Bakes reflects the quirky spirit of the town as well as the sensational food, including tantatlising treats such as pistachio cupcakes with rose buttercream, elderflower and rhubarb cheesecake,violet and sultana scones, and Brighton rock cake.

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There are also tasty sounding savoury delights too; particularly the twists on traditional British pies, which include coronation chicken and mango, and egg and bacon; and the book is divided into chapters celebrating an array of historical British traditions from bonfire night to harvest banquets to street festivals, as well as summer picnics and afternoon teas.

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Brighton Bakes by Jessica Haggerty is published by Book Guild Publishing on 28 March 2013