The House and Leisure team are proud to share a brand new cook book released by Irish chef, Liam Tomlin, and shot by one of HL’s very own food photographers, Russell Smith. Lessons with Liam is a visual treat and must-read for any aspiring chef, and the perfect gift for a food-loving friend or family member. Lessons with Liam is based on Tomlin’s popular courses taught at his Chefs Warehouse & Cookery School in Cape Town. The book focuses on essential elements of modern cooking that every chef, recreational cook or foodie should know and understand. Written in a easy-to-follow style which guides readers through even the most complicated areas of cooking, the recipes are accompanied by crisp, clear photography from Russell. First-time cooks will find the photographic explanations of recipes from start to finish a huge help in the successful preparation of food – a big challenge when making any meal! Chapters are organised by ingredients and cover everything from basic, tasty stocks and soups, to impressive plated desserts. Also included is practical menu terminology and tips to buying the right kitchen equipment, as well as a guide to menu planning – great for chefs who like to entertain, and really ‘make a meal of it’! Lessons with Liam (Human & Rousseau ) is priced at R350 and available from chefswarehouse.co.za. See more of Russell Smith’s food photography in the January 2013 issue of House and Leisure, on shelf 17 December 2012.