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Mary Berry

As she prepares to come to the Bath Forum where she will divulge tales and tips from a rich, six-decade long career in cookery, she also releases a new cookbook 'Mary Makes It Easy'. 

We take a look at what the book offers, give you a couple of recipes to try for yourselves, as well as run a reader competition to win a copy of the book.

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Mary Berry, Britain’s best loved cook, has been teaching the nation to cook for more than four decades. Mary Makes It Easy is home cooking, stress-free recipes.

Mary Makes it Easy contains 120 brand-new recipes including those from her new BBC prime-time TV series of the same name. Each recipe is beautifully photographed and accompanied by no-fuss tips and advice with icons indicating the ‘easy’ qualities - for instance whether it is a ‘quick cook’, can be prepared in advance, cooked in just one pot or roasting tin, or frozen easily. Making it possible to see at a glance how to fit the recipes into busy lives and plan meals accordingly – whether cooking for one or many!

One-pot recipes include Sea bream with Samphire and Chive Cream Sauce, Easy-Peasy One-pot Chicken and Mixed Bean and Red Pepper Chilli or, to prep-ahead, there is a cauliflower Humble Pie and Roasted Vegetable Wellington. There is also a chapter on hot and cold puds including an Express Apple and Pear Open Tart and Celebration Trifle and, of course no Mary Berry book would be complete without some stunning bakes - Grown-Up Chocolate Birthday Cake, Walnut and Coffee Sandwich and Chocolate Chip Oat Cookies.

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Mary Makes it Easy contains foolproof food that the whole family will enjoy and brings Mary's years of experience straight into your kitchen.

‘As a home cook, I understand the challenges that can come with preparing delicious meals day after day, especially when juggling a busy schedule. In our frantic modern lives, we have many things that take up time and cause us stress, and I believe that cooking and preparing food for friends and family shouldn’t be one of them. Over the years I have learnt many tips and tricks to make cooking at home as easy as possible, and I am delighted to share these with you now.’

Mary Berry is the nation's favourite baker and author of more than 80 books, including the bestselling Mary Berry Cooks, Cook and Share, Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts, Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites, Mary Berry At Home and Mary Berry’s Baking Bible. She was the much-loved judge on the BBC's The Great British Bake Off. Cordon Bleu trained in Paris, Mary began her career as a magazine cookery editor before publishing her first cookbook in 1966.


In 2009, Mary was awarded the highly coveted Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2012, she was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. In 2020, Mary received the honour of Damehood in the Queen's birthday honours.

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