These 80 recipes, with photographs by Kieran Scott, first appeared in the Sunday Star-Times, Sunday magazine. They have now been brought together, in the first of a series of books, to feature all your favourites. Ray McVinnie is well known for his writing; as Food Editor of Cuisine magazine and food columnist for Sunday, as a MasterChef New Zealand judge and a popular presenter of cooking demonstrations and classes. This award-winning chef and author is also a lecturer in Gastronomy at the Auckland University of Technology. Six years on, Ray's Sunday food column recipes are enjoying just the same level of popularity as ever. Deliberately featuring simple dishes, with easily sourced seasonal ingredients, they have inspired many of us to cook them on the Sunday they have gone into print. Feedback would suggest that cooking the Sunday recipe has become a ritual in many households. Bringing these recipes together and publishing them in book form has been in response to the many requests to do so. This new publication is likely to become a most popular addition to your recipe book collection - as well as a perfect gift.
"Viva Hate" isn't my favorite Morrissey solo album. There, I said it. I'm going against the grain of public opinion amongst Morrissey fans, but not without reason. Don't get me wrong, the album is an impressive solo debut (even more so considering that it was released within 6 months following "Strangeways, Here We Come," the final album of his former band the Smiths). But I just don't think it deserves to be on such a high pedestal. Producer Stephen Street replaces former Smith Johnny Marr as his music collaborator on "Viva Hate," and while Street doesn't match Marr's skills, he compliments Morrissey nicely on this disc. There's the lush orchestral arrangements on "Hairdresser on Fire," the gloomy "Everyday is Like Sunday," and the soaring "Angel, Angel Down We Go Together." Mozzer hasn't lost much of touch as a lyricist, either. He tells a tale of unrequited love in the excellent "Suedehead," addresses racism in the semi-controversial "Bengali in Platforms," and delivers a scathing commentary on Thatcherism in the chilling "Margaret on the Guillotine." As much as I like "Viva Hate," my personal favorite Morrissey albums are the tough-as-nails, glam-flavored "Your Arsenal" and "Vauxhall & I." Still this is a respectable and solid debut.