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Optomen is a multi-award-winning independent television production company that has been producing high-rating and long-running international series for more than ten years.

Optomen Television Ltd works out of London making high quality factual programming for, amongst others, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Discovery. Optomen Productions Inc is located in New York, producing for US networks including PBS, Discovery, HBO and APT.

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2013

Mitchell Beazley

Every recipe tells a story, and every family has one - a recipe that tugs at your heartstrings, makes you laugh, brings back memories and sums up all that's great about food: its ability to delight our senses, bring people together and spread joy and happiness. Food Glorious Food the official book accompanying this major new ITV series presented by Carol Vorderman - is crammed full of these heart-warming and delicious recipes.

Packed full of dishes from ordinary members of the public, who fought their way through the regional heats and into the finals, the book features the food that we all love to cook and want to know how to cook. But each recipe has so much more to offer than just a list of ingredients and a set of cooking instructions, because each one is accompanied by the inspiring story of its creation.

With over a 100 recipes included, this cook book presents a wide range for any food lover, encompassing old favourites like Yorkshire Puddings, Cornish Pasties, Corned Beef & Bacon Hotpot and Bakewell Tart, alongside new and inventive fusions of flavours that simply have to be tasted. Some dishes incorporate quirky twists - like an extra ingredient that was originally added by mistake - while other recipes stick to time-honoured techniques, handed down through multiple generations of the same family.

Food Glorious Food is the definitive guide to the UK's best recipes, written for the people of Great Britain, by the people of Great Britain.

2012

Hodder & Stoughton

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course is about giving home cooks the desire, confidence and inspiration to hit the stoves and get cooking, with over 120 modern, simple and accessible recipes. The ultimate reference bible, it's a lifetime's worth of expertise from one of the world's finest chefs distilled into a beautiful book.

2012

Penguin

Gok's fantastic new book, Gok Cooks Chinese, contains 80 personal and family recipes, which are not only delicious and healthy but incredibly simple to make. His love and passion for Chinese food and cooking techniques shine through from every page. From his unique perspective he gives us his personal and modern take on the Chinese food that he grew up eating, drawing on his Chinese heritage to give us a different angle on how to eat - for Gok, it's all about sitting down, tucking into fantastic food that is fuss-free and relaxed.

2010

Collins

Market Kitchen, the flagship daily UKTV food programme, is essential viewing for anyone who wants to create mouth-watering meals using the freshest seasonal ingredients. And now, the most delicious recipes from the star presenters and their guests are together in one fantastic collection.
Some of the most exciting names in British cooking are here: Market Kitchen presenters Rachel Allen, Mathew Fort, Matt Tebbutt and Tom Parker Bowles plus Tana Ramsay, Sophie Grigson, Diana Henry and John Burton Race, to name just a few. All share a passion for sourcing the best produce available… without breaking the bank.

2009

Mitchell Beazley

In "What to Eat Now - Spring and Summer", Valentine Warner explores the ingredients and flavours of Spring and Summer food. Eating seasonally ties in with the zeitgeist of contemporary society and, with Valentine as our guide, we can explore the bounty of our natural larder. Containing over 100 delicious recipes that are simple to recreate at home, "What to Eat Now - Spring and Summer" is the ideal companion to how we should be cooking today.

2008

Mitchell Beazley

In "What to Eat Now", Valentine Warner takes us on a mouth-watering, content-rich and beautifully filmed journey through the best of autumnal food. He charts the growth of his favourite foods from their first stirrings as seeds through to fully grown foods.

FIRST CRACK YOUR EGG!

2007

QUADRILLE

There are those who can cook and then there are those for whom boiling water is bit of a challenge. These are the people that top chefs John Burton-Race and Angela Hartnett are going to try and teach to cook like Michelin star chefs in their new BBC2 series "Kitchen Criminals". Unlike any other television cookery show, this is about people who can't cook and viewers will watch how these culinary no-hopers are transformed into chefs good enough to pull the wool over the eyes of five of Britain's toughest critics. The accompanying book is ideal for anyone who knows nothing about cooking but would like to learn. Every step is simply explained with step-by-step photography. At the end of each section the reader will be able to cook the dish from scratch, whether it's a delicious roast chicken, pie with a perfect pastry top or a succulent risotto. Recipes range from classic French and English dishes to exotic Thai and Indian meals and from everyday meals to dishes for entertaining.

THE GREAT BRITISH MENU COOKBOOK: BOOK 2

2007

DORLING KINDERSLEY

Taste test the latest servings from this hot BBC2 TV series and find out why foodie fever is gripping the nation. You've seen them on TV competing to create the best of British fare, now you can cook the meals yourself! This work helps you create sample dishes from the cream of the British crop with over 100 recipes from top UK chefs. Plus, find culinary delights from seven regions across the country and regional supplier lists, seasonal recommendations and chef's introductions. From starters and fish dishes, to meat courses and desserts, prepare a delicious meal incorporating the eclectic flavours and styles that make up British cooking today. Get cooking and change the way you think about British food forever.

HOW TO SHOP: With Mary, Queen of Shops

2007

WOODLANDS BOOKS

Fashion and retail guru Mary Portas` guide to the fine art of shopping. Accompanies the BBC television series.

GREAT BRITISH MENU

2006

DORLING KINDERSLEY

The BBC series: a contest to cook for the Queen on her 80th birthday. The book: over 100 recipes from top UK chefs, with regional supplier lists, seasonal recommendations, and chefs` introductions.
On the TV series: " Great British Menu is a glorious mélange of egotism, arrogance, cattiness, envy, insecurity and raspberry coulis, and it really can't fail to be a hit." (The Independent)

HOME LEAVE

2005

Ebury

C4 series; John Burton Race returns from culinary adventures in France to set up shop in Devon. 150 recipes

FRENCH LEAVE

2003

Ebury

Chef John Burton Race and his family spend a year in France experiencing French cuisine and lifestyle.

TWO MEN IN A TRENCH: Uncovering the secrets of British Battlefields

2003

Penguin

"Two Men in a Trench 2" provides an examination of six major battles: Bannockburn, Sedgemoor, Edgehill, Killiecrankie, RAF Hornchurch (The Battle of Britain 1940) and the Big Guns of World War II at Dover and Calais. Each chapter of the book presents a clear understanding of the events and causes of each battle, before its aftermath is considered. The personalities, armies, weapons and tactics involved are described; the archaeological techniques explained; and the groundbreaking results and their impact on our understanding of events discussed. With their popular mix of narrative, clarity, keen eye for observation and sense of humour, Tony Pollard and Neil Oliver capture the drama, action and tragedy of past events and provide an insight into some of the bloodiest episodes of British history.

TWO MEN IN A TRENCH: Battlefield Archaeology: the key to unlocking the plast

2002

Penguin

In this volume, Tony Pollard and Neil Oliver visit the sites of six major British battles, from Shrewsbury to Culloden, and carry out a full archaeological investigation at each. As they uncover artefacts abandoned in the heat and chaos of battle they closely follow the progress of each engagement and answer key historical questions, sometimes totally revising the accepted version of events.

TWO FAT LADIES OBSESSIONS

1999

Ebury Press

BBC TV's two fat ladies are on tour once again in this accompanying book to a fourth series of their cookery show.

THE NAKED CHEF BY JAMIE OLIVER

1999

Penguin

This cookbook reveals the tricks of the trade as Jamie Oliver shows how to make the most of ingredients, how to make two meals out of one, how best to prepare food, and how to quickly prepare delicious meals that make it look as though you have spent the entire evening in the kitchen!

THE WORLD ON A PLATE

1998

BBC Worldwide

Linked to a ten-part BBC1 television series, and incorporating topics such as adventure, romance, mystery and history, this book spans the continents and delves into the cultures of the past, to explore the many ways in which food has shaped our world over thousands of years.

TWO FAT LADIES FULL THROTTLE

1998

Ebury Press

Having shared their delight in good, robust food in their first two series, the "Two Fat Ladies" (Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright) have been commissioned again by BBC TV to investigate the best that the UK has to offer. The book contains all the recipes from the series and more.

TWO FAT LADIES RIDE AGAIN

1997

Ebury Press

The BBC invite the "Two Fat Ladies" to ride again, taking their motorbike and sidecar back onto the road, to search out ever more scrumptious meals. The series includes breakfast on a North Sea oil rig; high tea for a Welsh Methodist congregation; and lunch on the Triumph factory production line.

TWO FAT LADIES

1996

Ebury Press