It’s funny, isn’t it? A small island like ours is swept up in even crazier Black Friday madness despite it being a quintessentially American event. It’s really something incredible, and the truth is that the whole holiday is just an excuse to offload old, unwanted stock just before the true holiday shopping season starts. The vast majority of deals you’re going to find are going to be crap really, but there could be a few really good gems in there!
This guide is far from a comprehensive guide to all the Black Friday deals available both locally and online, and I’m just focusing on Amazon’s UK wares to keep things even more concise and consistent. Let’s get started, and if you’re going bargain hunting on the day itself to all those stores…God help you.
For the foodie trying to up their cooking game
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat – Sale Price: £15, RRP: £30
While cooking at Chez Panisse at the start of her career, Samin Nosrat noticed that amid the chaos of the kitchen there were four key principles that her fellow chefs would always fall back on to make their food better: Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat.
By mastering these four variables, Samin found the confidence to trust her instincts in the kitchen and cook delicious meals with any ingredients. And with her simple but revolutionary method, she has taught masterclasses to give both professionals and amateurs the skills to cook instinctively.
Whether you want to balance your vinaigrette, perfectly caramelise your roasted vegetables or braise meltingly tender stews, Samin’s canon of 100 essential recipes and their dozens of variations will teach you how.
New York Cult Recipes – Sale Price: £9.60, RRP: £20.00
Discover 130 recipes that uncover the real taste of New York and unlock the secrets of the city’s cult food establishments. Learn the secret to creating authentic New York classics; bagels, cheesecake, cheeseburgers, pancakes, pork buns, cookies, smoothies, tuna melts, BLTs, byalis, mac & cheese….It’s all here complete with fabulous photos of the local hotspots. Brimming with delicious food and gorgeous photography of the city that never sleeps, New York Cult Recipes is this is more than a cookbook – it’s a love song to New York.
For the foodie that likes a nice tipple
Fever Tree: The Art of Mixing – Sale Price £8.40, RRP: £15.00
The first cocktail book to put the mixers centre-stage, from brilliant Fever-Tree brand and created by leading bartenders around the world.
Rather than starting with the spirits, this book focuses on key mixers – including tonic, lemonade, ginger ale, ginger beer and cola. Leading bartenders have created 125 classic and contemporary cocktail recipes that make the most of the botanical partnerships.
The book also explores the origins of key ingredients, including quinine, lemons and elderflower, revealing the role quinine has played in geo-politics, for example, and the impact different herbs have on taste. In the way that we increasingly want to know the source and production methods of the food we eat, so this guide allows you to understand more fully what we drink – and use that knowledge to create the most delicious cocktails.
Villeroy & Boch Boston Tumbler – Sale Price: £9.92 (per glass), RRP: £14.90
Got a friend or special someone in your life that’s really into their whiskey? A nice glass like this Villeroy and Boch Boston tumbler will add a touch of old American class to their drinking game! Picture them (or help them picture themselves) reclining in an old leather arm chair, sipping a nice neat whiskey from one hand and smoking a nice Cuban cigar from the other. By the fire. In their study. In a log cabin.
For the foodie that’s really into their grill
Habor Instant Read Cooking Thermometer – Sale Price: £6.63, RRP: £8.29
A good cooking thermometer could be the difference between an excellent medium cooked steak and a lump of meat so thick and rubbery you can make Doc Martens out of it. This thermometer isn’t THAT much cheaper for Black Friday, but every little helps, no?
And finally, for the foodie with a sweet tooth!
The Hummingbirg Bakery Cookbook – Sale Price: £9.20, RRP: £17.99
The number one bestseller (more than 830,000 copies sold) now updated with new recipes.
From their first shop in Notting Hill’s Portobello Road, The Hummingbird Bakery introduced London to the delights of American-style baking. The simple yet spectacular recipes for indulgent cupcakes, muffins, pies, cheesecakes, brownies, cakes and cookies, in this, their first and bestselling cookbook, ensured that the home cook could create some Hummingbird magic in their own kitchens too.
Now Tarek Malouf and The Hummingbird Bakers have created a new edition of the book, fine-tuning their classic recipes and introducing new bakes such as:
- Mile-high Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake
- Sticky Fig and Pistachio Cupcakes
- Hot Cross Bun Cupcakes
- Chocolate Cola Cake
But Emmanuel, you’re asking, there aren’t that many items here! Honestly? I couldn’t find many more things that are interesting enough to write about! If I was to buy anything it would be the things above!
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