Sneak preview from the forthcoming new book from Peggy Porschen

Peggy Porschen moved from her native Germany to London in 1998 to study at Le Cordon Bleu cookery school. In 2003 she founded Peggy Porschen Cakes. Her cookies and cakes have graced many A-list events such as Elton John’s White Tie & Tiara Ball, Stella McCartney’s wedding, Damien Hirst’s auction at Sotheby’s and parties for Sting & Trudie Styler and Gwyneth Paltrow. Peggy is the exclusive wedding cake partner to Fortnum & Mason. Her first book Pretty Party Cakes was voted ‘Best Entertaining Cook Book’ by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.

Autumn 2010 saw the opening of the Peggy Porschen Parlour in London’s Belgravia and in January 2011 she opened her Cake Academy, London’s first cookery school entirely dedicated to baking, cake decorating and sugar craft.

Here’s some sample pages from Peggy’s forthcoming book entitled Boutique Baking:

Raspberry and Rose Dome Cake

Chocolate Heaven Cupcakes

Summer Berry Cake

Chocolate Battenberg Cake

Neapolitan Marble Cake

Win a copy of Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo

Nowhere is food as much a part of everyday life as Italy – a country whose unique topography has resulted in distinct regional differences that are vibrantly alive and passionately celebrated. Following the success of Two Greedy Italians,

Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo

embark on a journey to explore Italy’s distinct and varied terrains, and to find out how these have shaped the produce and, in turn, the peoples and their traditions. From snow-peaked mountains

to lush plains, our two greedy Italians

go in search of their homeland’s varied culinary styles. They venture into the Alps

for comfort food – those heart-warming dishes based around the use of butter, potatoes, polenta and rice. They head to the sea to uncover the many delicious fish and shellfish dishes emanating from this magnificent peninsula with its 1500 miles of coastline, as well as the distinctive cuisine of the Italian islands. Finally, they examine the rich agricultural plains through which flow some of the greatest rivers in Europe – in particular the Po in the north and the Tiber in the centre – revealing their historic influence on the foods grown and cooked within these regions.

Containing over 80 mouth-watering recipes and breathtaking photography,

Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy showcases the wisdom and passion of these two men

for their native land, its people and produce. It is an essential book for anyone with an interest in this extraordinary country and its food.

About The Authors

Antonio Carluccio

(pictured on the left) is one of Italy’s great food ambassadors. He has written fourteen bestselling books, including Complete Italian Food, Complete Mushroom Book, Italia and Simple Cooking and has also made numerous television programmes. With Priscilla Carluccio he ran the Neal Street Restaurant in London’s Covent Garden and spent 10 years developing the hugely successful Carluccio’s Caffés. In 1998 he was given the Commendatore award – the equivalent of a British knighthood – for his knowledge, enthusiasm and lifetime’s service to the Italian food industry. In 2007 he received the O.B.E.

Gennaro Contaldo

(pictured left) is widely known as the Italian legend who taught Jamie Oliver all he knows about Italian cooking. He is also a highly respected chef in London and a renowned personality in his own right. Gennaro’s quintessentially Italian spirit has made him a TV favourite, regularly appearing on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen.

To win a copy of the forthcoming book,

just answer this simple question:

What is the date of the first episode of the new series and also the date of Antonio’s 75th Birthday? <Clue: it’s one and the same>

Is it:

(a) 19.04.12


(b) 31.04.12?

To enter, you need to reply via twitter  @QuadrilleFood with both the date and the name of the book in two hashtags.  All entries must be received before 12noon on 1.04.12. Don’t be an april fool by missing out!

Please note, if you aren’t on twitter, you can also enter by emailing before 12 noon on 01.04.12 with the hashtags in the header!

All photography* (C) David Loftus

* except book jacket for Two Greedy Italians (C) Chris Terry

..and here’s a profile of Sam…

21-year-old Sam Stern

is studying Politics, Sociology and Business at Edinburgh University. He is also the author of 5 bestselling cookbooks which currently dominate the teenage market, and has been cooking for as long as he can remember.

What started as a personal passion for cooking (and fierce kitchen competition with his older brother) turned into a mission to inspire his generation to cook.

One of Sam’s books, Cooking up a Storm, has been translated into 14 languages, with worldwide sales nudging 700,000 copies.

The books and associated activity have attracted global media attention and have given Sam a unique status as the voice for aspiring young cooks.

Sam’s first book with Quadrille is called

'Virgin to Veteran - How to Get Cooking with Confidence'

and is published in the UK in May 2012!

Author pics (C) Jeffrey Stern