Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache

Red Velvet and Chocolate Heartache

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Harry Eastwood

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  • Publisher: BANTAM PRESS
  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 250mm x 28mm | 980g
  • Publication date: 16 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0593062361
  • ISBN 13: 9780593062364
  • Illustrations note: Fully illustrated
  • Sales rank: 9,920

Product description

Harry Eastwood loves cake: from light, fluffy Victoria Sponge to dark and delicious Forbidden Chocolate Brownies. In Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache, she has fiddled, tweaked and thought outside the box to pioneer a way of bringing exquisite cakes that remain natural and healthy into our everyday lives - by introducing ingredients from the vegetable garden. Ginger Sticky Toffee Pudding made with parsnip, or Orange Squash Cupcakes made with butternut squash are bound to amuse and delight your tastebuds. In this spirited cookery book, Harry shares her baking secrets and practical knowledge as a cook and as a food writer to prove that it is possible to have your cake and eat it.

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Harry Eastwood believes that loving cake does not have to be a punishment, either for your health or for your waistline. As she has illustrated in both the British and US versions of Cook Yourself Thin, it's entirely possible to have your cake and eat it - if you know how . . . Harry's passion for food is the driving force behind her writing. She sees food as a language, alive with ingredients. These characters behave in different ways, and have funny little habits of their own. Harry is currently dividing her time between London and New York, working on various writing and television projects. She continues to love chocolate.

Customer reviews

By Alison Scott 02 Dec 2010 5

I also bought this book after a colleague recommended it.

My boyfriend is a health freak and won't allow cake or yummies in the house - but as most of the cakes are fat free (other than eggs/chocolate) - I am allowed to make these... we've had the butternut, rasp & white choc blondies AND the aubergine choc cake... both delicious and also eaten with relish by colleagues and family. Most people who had the aubergine choc cake can't believe how truffle-like it is... absolutely delish and SO easy to make... I'm even making one for Christmas day...

I'm having to buy a 2nd book as boyfriend won't let me bring MY one home... he has claimed it and is keeping hold of it.... well - so long as he picks more recipes I can make - can't complain.... it means I get cake!!!

By Julieanne Porter 29 Oct 2009 5

I came across this book through a colleague who brought the Coconut Cake into work. The idea of a cookbook using vegetables as a key ingredient was just what I was looking for. I love growing my own vegetables and am always looking for other ways of using them.

I'm pretty much a beginner at baking. Until recently, I didn't even like baking much as I had too many cakes come out flat and doughy and not particularly edible. This book has helped turn me around completely and I would recommend it for people just starting out.

I found the 'trust me tips' incredibly useful. As someone fairly new to baking and still finding my way, having someone tell me that if a recipe seems watery to not worry as it is meant to be, most helpful. So instead of adding more flour, I trusted Harry's tip and of course it was exactly right.

Harry also makes it clear when a recipe is easy and when you need to take more time. This is also very helpful, as I can plan what I bake based on time available. Whipping up some lovely Lavender Cup Cakes is very quick (particularly if you have a blender for the courgette) and they have been a surprising hit. Surprising as I thought people would find lavender in a cake odd, but everyone I've tried them on, over 30 people now including children, loves them.

Another bonus of the book is that many of the recipes are gluten-free. I have found that whether someone was a Celiac, had a gluten intolerance, or could eat anything, it didn't matter, everyone likes the cakes.

Finally, I have tried freezing some of the cakes, then thawing them out, and they were still lovely; so another way of 'storing' vegetables and eating them beyond the season. This is particularly useful for courgettes, which do not freeze well.

Some people may find the 'quirky' writing style a little irritating. I did at first, but I've got over quickly and it mainly makes me laugh (and you can just skip those bits). Also, the recipes are worth it.

I love this book. It has given me more confidence with baking and has made me more adventurous.

Review quote

"An impressive conjuring trick - come-hither cakes that are positively good for you... Eastwood delivers gorgeous results" Mail on Sunday "Bound to amuse and delight your tastebuds. Harry proves you can have your cake and eat it!" Easy Living