One of Britain’s most successful and best loved chefs, Angela Hartnett returned to The Bertinet Kitchen for this exclusive hands on Michelin starred Masterclass. See a quick montage of her in action and all the dishes cooked and baked on the day.
Angela was a protégé of Gordon Ramsay and was the first woman to run the kitchen at Menu at The Connaught where she won her first Michelin star. Angela writes for The Guardian newspaper, appears regularly on TV and was awarded an MBE for her service to the hospitality industry in 2007.
The following video reveals what she thought of her pupils at Bertinet’s as well as Britain’s, if not Europe’s (!) best baker, in her opinion…
“In Tim Park’s The Server, sex is forbidden at the Dasgupta Institute. So what is the sparkling, magnetically attractive Beth Marriot doing here? Why is a young woman whose irrepressible vitality and confident ego were once set on conquest and stardom, now spending month after month serving in the vegetarian kitchen of a bizarrely severe Buddhist retreat?
In Beth, we see western individualism set against the Buddhist belief that ”the self” is insubstantial fantasy. Brilliantly written, darkly funny, and highly riveting, The Server is literary entertainment at its best.”
Reading at Topping & Co. Bath.
Please note that the book was reprinted with the new title: Sex is Forbidden, after this was published.
A fantastic and entertaining evening with lots of smoke (due to a slightly faulty gas cooker). We even managed to set off the fire alarm! Not to be advised in a long and narrow bookshop.
No one got hurt, instead we feasted on Sam’s excellent mushroom burgers that curiously tasted lightly smoked…
“The voice of all passionate young cooks, this twenty-year-old prodigy already has 5 successful cookbooks to his name. Now studying at Edinburgh University, Sam brings us a new book with a difference, Virgin to Veteran - a cookery masterclass designed to get today’s teens, 20- and 30-somethings into the kitchen and cooking with confidence. Learn how to master a Tagliatelle Ragu and you’ll have added a Classic Lasagne to your culinary arsenal too. Get your head around Coq au Vin and you’ll soon be making a delicious Chicken Pie. Sam cooked for us this evening and talked us through recipes to suit our busy lives. This is engaging and accessible stuff that will have you turning out meals with a modicum of fuss.” The event was held by Topping & Co. Booksellers, Bath
Kim Donovan’s St Vipers School for Super Villains took over Topping & Co Booksellers and used it as a launch pad. Electrik Inc is a brand new local collective combining great writing for children and young adults, sharp editing and professional publishing. Young super villains were richly represented and the bookshop was heaving. Vaporising was kept to a minimum.
“The charming, passionate Brittany-born baker has changed the way we look at bread forever with his award-winning books,Dough and Crust. His renowned cookery school here in Bath attracts foodies from all over the world and he has recently opened an elegant new bakery and cafe. This evening we celebrated his beautiful new book, Pastry – with delicious tastings: salé, sucré, puff and choux. Pastry should be in everyone’s kitchen.”
Here, he suggests various ways to fill a tart case and shows how to skim flour in the second clip. Filmed at Topping & Co. Booksellers in Bath.
Kim Stanley Robinson, known as KSR, visited Topping & Co Booksellers in Bath (UK).
The audience was mesmerised by his visions of the future.
“It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen.”
A great reading by Kim Stanley Robinson from his latest book 2312. Mercurial dawn comes alive. Thank you Stan!
“Kim Stanley Robinson’s thoughtful and deeply researched novels explore future the future history of humanity. With the Mars trilogy, he chronicled the colonising and settlement of Mars over two centuries. His books are novels of ideas, dealing with the ecological future, scientific theory and the future of the human race. 2312 is set in our solar system exactly three centuries hence. A solar system in which mankind has left earth and discovered new habitats.
The year is 2312. Scientific advances have opened gateways to an extraordinary future. Earth is no longer our only home; new habitats have been created throughout the solar system, on moons, planets, and in between. But in 2312, a sequence of events forces mankind to confront its past, present, and future.”
“We were delighted to welcome the Artistic Director of the Bath Literary Festival and award winning film maker, scriptwriter, and novelist, James Runcie to Topping & Co in Bath.
The affable and engaging Canon Sidney Chambers is an unconventional clergyman. Together with his roguish friend Inspector Keating, he inquires into the suicide of a Cambridge solicitor. He also manages to find time for cricket, warm beer, hot jazz and the works of Tolstoy and Shakespeare.
Set in and around Cambridge, the smart set of St John’s Wood, and the night life of Soho, Runcie captures beautifully the atmosphere of the 1950s with a particular eye on the changing social roles of the time. Chambers is a sleuth in the tradition of Allingham’s Albert Campion, Crispin’s Gervase Fen, and of course Father Brown.”