Friday, 9 December 2011

Dan Lepard's Short and Sweet Book Launch

I was asked the question a while ago if none of the objects in your house could ever be bought again and your house was on fire which 5 things would you save? 

God forbid that anything so awful should happen .. but the question does force you think about what you really value.  Of course once my husband, children, cats and my pup were safe one of the things I would rescue would be Dan Lepard’s Short and Sweet. It’s up there with Nigel Slater’s books.  It’s no accident that they both have the same publisher, whom I met on Tuesday night at Dan’s book party. These books are the classics of our time, and while friends, acquaintances, journalists and colleagues celebrated with Dan we were all treated to some really aromatic and delicious food at a new Lebanese restaurant in South Kensington called Comptoir Libanais.

It was a lovely evening, for a truly fabulous book and I was pleased to see one of my all time favourite food journalists Xanthe Clay, who writes for the Telegraph there, along with Helen from FussfreeFlavours and Dawn from Aga.  There were some really great people who came along all of whom who couldn't say enough good things about Dan and his work.  As Dan took centre stage on the table, the room erupted in such heartfelt applause  -  it was a really friendly atmosphere, matched by the warm spices of the eastern food, and I was genuinely delighted to have been invited. 

So when I say it will be the best baking book you will ever buy believe me and pop it on your Christmas list .. I am sure you will love as much as I do!


  1. Vanessa, your photos are lovely. I'm so disappointed I couldn't make this event.

    I completely agree with your sentiments on Dan and Short and Sweet

    Love, Charlotte X

  2. I'm so pleased that everyone seems to like Short and Sweet as much as I do, it is just the best! Looks like a good time was had by all and when is Dan getting his own TV show?

  3. There is nothing to fault about Short and Sweet...its a real treasure trove for home bakers.

  4. Looks like you've captured the atmosphere of the evening beautifully. Such a pleasure to meet Dan a few weeks back, I will refer to Short & Sweet for a long time to come.

  5. I've just ordered 2 copies (along with a copy of your book) Can't wait for the post to come!!!!

  6. It looks like a great event. I have to agree with you it is a must save book. GG


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