Win A Stunning Cookbook in Our Giveaway Competition!

We are thrilled to be offering you the chance to win one of five copies of The New Art of Cooking, the gorgeous debut cookbook from food stylist Frankie Unsworth.

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To celebrate the publication of Frankie’s book we’ve teamed up with Bloomsbury Publishing for this exciting giveaway competition. 

The New Art of Cooking showcases the many styling tips and tricks to make food that looks as good as it tastes with trade secrets from top professional food stylist Frankie Unsworth. It’s true that ‘we eat with our eyes’, and this beautiful, clever book provides a fantastic toolkit straight from the world of professional food styling. It promises to change the way you cook for ever.

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Packed with easy tips including how to:

  • Bruise, cut, chiffonade or blitz herbs to best effect
  • Burn or grill citrus fruit to caramelise and concentrate flavour – adding an interesting twist to fish and seafood
  • Slice veg for a super-clean finish or rip and tear for a rustic feel
  • Add edible flowers for a final flourish

Recipes cover breakfasts (including the delicious-sounding ‘chocolate granola shards’), snacks, seasonal salads, soups and bowl foods such as ‘herby spelt and yoghurt flatbreads’, ‘asparagus mimosa’ and ‘courgette, pancetta and lemon spaghetti’. From small plates to big dishes and celebration feasts for friends and family with ‘Eton mess ice cream sandwiches’ and the ‘Ultimate chocolate cake’, not only will your cooking taste wonderful, it will look better than ever too.

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Frankie Unsworth is a food stylist and writer who trained in pâtisserie at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. She works extensively on photography shoots in London and across the world, and has worked with Rachel Khoo, Nadiya Hussain and Michel Roux amongst others. You can read more about what inspires her, the things she can’t do without and how exactly she happened to be held at gunpoint in this interview.

All you have to do is answer the following question, and you’ll be entered into the draw to win. Leave your answer in the comments below or via the LinenMe Facebook page.

What is your secret weapon to style a dinner party?

Competition closes 23rd July 2018. Good luck!

Competition is closed. The winners are: Gillian Ross, Nikki Hilton, Sandra Legros, Jill Reed and Hayley Robson.

Images from The New Art of Cooking by Frankie Unsworth (Bloomsbury £26), available now. Photography © Kristin Perers

126 comments

linenme 2018-07-24
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Competition is closed. The winners are: Gillian Ross, Nikki Hilton, Sandra Le Gros, Jill Reed and Hayley Robson.

Hannah 2018-07-24
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I keep the glass jars from tomato passata, take the labels off and use them as flower vases on the table. It’s a fun, inespensive way to brighten up the table.

Lou masters 2018-07-23
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My husband buys a roast duck in Chinatown and then debones it and we make duck pancakes with hoisin, chilli, cucumber and green shallots. This never fails to wow people, the cost at a restaurant for duck pancakes is incredibly high versus an all you can eat make, them them the way you want them dinner party option. Whenever we invite people for this it always sparks incredible joy and excitement. It is also a great meal to take to friends houses!!

Natalie Crossan 2018-07-23
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Relaxing music, candles and keeping it simple x

Kate Roxburgh 2018-07-23
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I bought some old glass spice jars in a charity shop and discarded the stoppers. I cut the stem of a flower to a suitable length for each jar or use a few small flowers and a bit of foliage and add water to the miniature jar and to make a pretty decoration for each place setting. I can split up a shop bought bunch or use some bits and pieces from the garden such as grape hyacinths and primroses in the spring and holly and hellebores at Christmas and suit the decoration to the season in a cost effective way.

Rowan Collins 2018-07-23
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I’m slowly filling my cupboards with unique handmade ceramics, but my other secret weapons are neutrally toned table linen, simple pillar candles on glass or brass holders, some delicate stem-less glasses for wine, a simple (but beautifully designed) carafe for water, and some kind of wild/simple greenery such as eucalyptus to adorn the table.

Pam Lawrence 2018-07-23
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No guests…..dinner parties are far too stressful (and far too grown-up too!

Fiona jk42 2018-07-22
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I have collected plates, platters and serving bowls in various places when on holiday. I try to use appropriate crockery to style my table, so Moroccan plates & tagines when serving Middle Eastern food, Spanish & Italian crockery when serving Mediterranean food, and Indian copper & brass coloured metal dishes when serving curries.

Adrian Bold 2018-07-22
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Plan ahead, prepare, double check everything and give yourself extra time in case something goes ‘wrong’

CAROL PATTRICK 2018-07-22
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A fine china dinner set, to set the table off in style

Helga 2018-07-22
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Relaxing music, being on the patio with a cool breeze and candles flickering

Angella Willis 2018-07-22
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A nice white linen tablecloth and a candle as centrepiece

Gillian Ross 2018-07-22
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Fresh herbs as a garnish. Makes any dish look fresh and stylish

Karen Hughes 2018-07-22
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Remember the small details. Don’t want your guests to focus on a dishwasher smeered glass when they should be focusing on your delicious food

Amy Jo McLellan 2018-07-22
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A classic, white linen table cloth

lucy hale 2018-07-22
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Lots of wine 😉

Rachel Steward 2018-07-22
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Flowers, makes me smile and relax, recipe for success

Victoria Prince 2018-07-22
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Decorate the table with a nice cloth and accessorize simply – really styles it up without much effort!

Rachael Sexey 2018-07-22
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I think preparation is key

Denise 2018-07-22
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Plan Ahead. Check and Recheck. Plan a Low-Maintenance Meal. Do a Test Run.

Lynn Neal 2018-07-22
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Kepp it simple but elegant and evering should be very clean!

Patricia M Shepherd 2018-07-22
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I keep everything clean , bright and white with fresh garden flowers to give some colour to the table.

Philip Rogers 2018-07-22
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Preparation, preparation, preparation

It does mean success everytime

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