The Small Luxury Cookbook
Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH)
Spirthill Business Development | 480 pages
Most of us cook routinely to satisfy hunger, but on other occasions cooking can rekindle memories of an amazing holiday, or inspire us to visit a far-flung destination. This new cookbook can answer all these impulses in one hefty hit, with 221 recipes from a selection of chefs from SLH’s collection of 500 properties worldwide.
I agree wholeheartedly with the company’s CEO Filip Boyen, a former chef, who visited Singapore to launch the book in May and who said: “It serves as a reminder that small, independent hotels offer standout culinary offerings that can significantly add to the experience of staying there.” There’s no doubt that the food at a destination is just as important as the sights and the quality of the accommodation.
In this book you’ll find culinary variety, from local favourites to regional stalwarts and modern creations that veer off-piste (think foams and so on). There are chapters devoted to vegetarian dishes, seafood, fish, red meat, desserts and baking, and one focused on foie gras, frogs’ legs, chicken and duck; plus, a helpful index of the participating hotels and their respective contributions.
All recipes come with alternative suggestions for those hard-to-source ingredients. I’m looking forward to trying the simple recipe for Table’s Pop (coconut and berry popsicles) as contributed by Singapore’s Naumi Hotel and illustrated with a gorgeous photo.
– Katie Roberts
Living in Singapore – Fourteenth Edition Reference Guide
American Association of Singapore | 488 pages
It’s little wonder this guide is nicknamed the “Bible” to Singapore, because it’s as good (if not better) than having a wise local in your back pocket. Living In Singapore is also a testament to longevity, with the first edition published in 1976, years before the first section of MRT line opened (1987). The wisdom of over a dozen expatriate authors – who collectively have many decades’ experience of living in this city – is compiled into user-friendly, easy-to-read chapters.
The guide borders on encyclopaedic as it navigates a range of topics from dog-friendly cafés and adoption to the Hungry Ghost Festival and the complexities of the health system; even the acceptability (or not) of public nudity is covered! Of particular usefulness are the websites listed at the end of every chapter, and the questions to ask yourself when faced with the difficult dilemma of choosing a home or a school. It’s unquestionably a valuable addition to every bookcase (alongside your Expat Living collection, of course).