130 recipes that redefine the way we think about flavour. Visually stunning and conceptually fresh, this is the cookbook of the season from Josef Centeno, the chef credited with capturing the myriad tastes of Los Angeles on the plate. Recipes span from simple to show stopping, exploring sauces, soups, mains, salads, and desserts, too. More than 130 vivid photographs convey the beauty and excitement of Chef Centeno’s extraordinary cooking. Josef Centeno is the chef and owner of Bâco Mercat, Bar Amá, Orsa & Winston, Ledlow, and P.Y.T. In Bäco, he draws on his multicultural heritage, formal training in top-notch restaurants such as Manresa and Daniel, a lifelong obsession with cookbooks, and his insatiable curiosity. Centeno’s cooking layers textures and explores how spices and sauces can be used to transform the most basic vegetables.

The following recipe is from Bäco by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock, photographs by Dylan James Ho



Photographs by Dylan James Ho
Photographs by Dylan James Ho
Sautéed peaches and shishito peppers
with goat cheese, cashews, and saffron honey

Peaches and shishito peppers seem an unlikely combination. But the ripe, oral fruit and the mildly peppery Japanese chile both peak in summer and are oddly great together—a little sweet with a little spice. They also make for an interesting textural contrast: one yielding and juicy and the other slightly crunchy. It’s easy to get a lot of good charred browning on shishito peppers because they’re especially thin-skinned compared with other pepper varieties. The edges of the peaches get nicely caramelised. Creamy, tangy goat cheese goes with the sweetness of the peaches and the smokiness and heat of the shishito peppers. They’re mixed with crunchy cashews, and the dish is finished with lemon juice and musky- oral saffron honey.


  • 1/4 cup [35 g] whole cashews
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 5 ripe peaches, pitted and cut into wedges
  • 1 cup [70 g] shishito peppers
  • Salt
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup [5 g] fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup [4 g] fresh chervil
  • 1/3 cup [4 g] fresh tarragon leaves
  • 3 Tbsp crumbled fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2 Tbsp saffron honey (recipe follows)

Heat the oven to 350°F [180°C]. Spread the nuts in a single layer on a small baking dish and place on a middle rack in the oven. Roast, stirring the nuts once for even cooking, until toasty and fragrant, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. When cool enough to handle, coarsely chop and set aside.

Heat the butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. When the butter melts and begins to foam, add the peaches and shishito peppers and sear, turning once with a spatula, until the edges are well browned, 3 to 4 minutes.

Pour off the butter from the pan and transfer the peaches and shishito peppers to a bowl. Toss with a pinch of salt and half of the lemon juice. Transfer half of the peaches and shishito peppers to a platter and sprinkle with half of each of the parsley, chervil, tarragon, cashews, and goat cheese.

Top with the remaining peaches and shishito peppers and sprinkle the remaining parsley, chervil, tarragon, cashews, and goat cheese on top. Drizzle with the remaining lemon juice and saffron honey. Serve immediately.

Photographs by Dylan James Ho
Photographs by Dylan James Ho

Fennel honey

Infusing a savory element into honey makes it that much more versatile. In dishes where honey might otherwise be just a little too cloying, it is instead
a little more nuanced. Use fennel seeds, fresh thyme or rosemary, saffron threads, long pepper, cubeb pepper, Sichuan pepper, lemon zest, mint, ginger, or dried chiles—these all add another layer of flavor to oral honeys. I use saffron, fennel, or cubeb pepper honey mixed into yogurt or drizzled on fried dishes such as ricotta fritters or crispy battered boquerones (marinated anchovy fillets).

MAKES 1⁄2 CUP [150 G]

1/2 cup [150 g] honey 2 tsp water
1/2 tsp fennel seeds

Put the honey, water, and fennel seeds in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer for 30 seconds, then immediately remove from the heat. Strain into a small lidded jar and discard the seeds. Store at room temperature for several weeks.


Cubeb honey, saffron honey, and fennel pollen honey: Substitute 1/2 tsp cubeb pepper or 1/2 tsp saffron threads (mixed with 2 tsp water). Or substitute a pinch of fennel pollen; stir in the pollen during the last few seconds of heating (do not strain).

Bäco by Josef Centeno and Betty Hallock, photographs by Dylan James Ho is out now  – find out more here.

Learn about STAR WARS™ KIRIGAMI with Marc Hagan-Guirey

Get FOLDING for Force Friday II…

In STAR WARS™ KIRIGAMI, celebrated paper artist and designer Marc Hagan-Guirey applies his genius to the Star Wars galaxy in this book of 15 unique kirigami (cut and-fold) ships featured in the saga’s films. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, each beautifully detailed model features step-by-step instructions and a template printed on cardstock—all that’s needed are a utility knife, a cutting mat, and a ruler!


We asked Marc everything you need to know about the world of kirigami, getting started with the craft and his interest in Star Wars:

Photograph by Seamus Ryan
Photograph by Seamus Ryan

What is kirigami?

Kirigami is a bit like origami except that instead of just folding the paper, you cut it too. ‘Ori’ - means fold and ‘kiri’ means cut. Kirigami is traditionally used to create architectural replicas but it’s perfectly suitable for spaceships too! The cool thing about kirigami is that it’s just one sheet of paper – nothing is glued or added to it. It’s part of the joy that you can create something so interesting from a ubiquity of a piece of paper.

How did you get started creating kirigami?

I feel like it was a bit of a serendipitous moment that lead to me experimenting with the craft. I’m a big fan of the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and back in 2012 my partner and I told a few white lies to get a private tour of one of his most elusive buildings – the Ennis House in LA. It was a condemned building and had been out of bounds to the public for over 20 years. We may have told them we had the $14 million needed to buy it and were very keen to come and see it. The experience had a huge impact on me – I’d go as far as saying it was spiritual. I wanted to mark the occasion by making some of sort of memento. As a kid I always loved to craft, my currency was egg cartons, toilet roll tubes and cereal boxes (it still pains me to see these things put in the recycling) but as an adult we all know too well that life gets in the way. I’m a designer director in digital but I still had that yearning to use my hands again. When I was researching what to make, I happened upon examples of kirigami. I felt paper was the perfect material to make a replica of the Ennis House due to its fragility. I quickly saw that kirigami wasn’t just limited to buildings and I started making scenes from movies.

Is your book suitable for complete beginners of kirigami?

There are a few ‘beginner’ projects in the book to get you started. I feel kirigami is easy to advance in and you’ll soon want more challenging projects. The most important thing is to be patient, take breaks and enjoy the process. I find it meditative to concentrate and not be distracted by the ‘coke machine glow’ of mobile devices.

Do you need any special tools to do kirigami?

You need a few inexpensive things – a cutting matt, a metal ruler, an x-acto knife with replaceable blades. Also a toothpick will be really useful to pop out some of the smaller folds.

Why did you decide to create Star Wars ships using kirigami?

Why not?! It was more of a necessity for me. I was already creating Star Wars kirigami back when I started experimenting with it. The idea to do a ship focused book was suggested by Mike Siglain, the Creative Director of Lucasfilm publishing – he’s a man with good ideas.

Have you always been a Star Wars fan?

I’ve always been a Star Wars fan and was essentially born into it. I’m an 80s kid so never saw it first time around at the cinema but I have an older brother who was the right age. I feel a bit guilty now for commandeering all of his original Kenner action figures – it must have been torture for him to see his baby brother destroy them but I did just buy him a full scale licensed replica of Vader’s helmet for his 40th birthday so I think we’re even now.

How did the book come to be?

A lot of knocking on doors and badgering people with emails. I started talking to Lucasfilm about the idea in 2014. During that time I was invited to the set of Episode VII and in a serendipitous moment I ended up chatting to JJ Abrams about my work. He was really excited by it and frog marched me across the set of ‘Star Killer’ base to meet Kathleen Kennedy. It was the only time I ever had a business card in my wallet – albeit a very dog-eared one. I had an unofficial exhibition of Star Wars kirigami scenes in 2015 – it had a lot of press and went viral. Lots of big media outlets such as the BFI, Wired, BBC World News, CNN were covering it. I guess it was inevitable that Disney took notice and that dog-eared business card eventually made its way to the business development department. I thought I was in trouble when they called! I’ve got to say the process of working with Disney, Lucasfilm, my publisher Hachette and my US publisher Chronicle has been wonderful.

Click here to find out more about STAR WARS KIRIGAMI, which publishes today!

When an Elephant Falls In Love

2016 hasn’t been the most joyous of years, but we are here to help things end with a little hope and a lot of L.O.V.E.

Introducing, When an Elephant Falls in Love by Davide Cali, illustrated by Alice Lotti.

When an elephant falls in love, he does many foolish things…


When an Elephant Falls in Love...
© 2016 by Chronicle Books LLC.
He hides when the elephant-object of his affection is around.
He writes dozens of letters that he will never send.
And he tries to be healthy, but ends up finishing the cheesecake…
When an Elephant Falls in Love
© 2016 by Chronicle Books LLC.

This soulful picture book is relatable and revealing; an adorable reminder that love is worth striving for and that the very best things in life will come to those who wait.

On sale 20th December 2016, a perfect last minute stocking-filler.

When An Elephant Falls In Love

When An Elephant Falls In Love by Davide Cali and Alice Lotti, published by Chronicle Books, on sale 20/12/2017.

All Black Cats are Not Alike.

As a cat lover you know all cats have their own unique personalities: Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle have create a book; All Black Cats are Not Alike, to celebrate these diverse personalities, specifically the personalities of 50 black cats.

Meet Blackness/Batwing, Sashi, Ringo and Rashid/Dr. Startlepants.

The following is an excerpt from All Black Cats are Not Alike by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle.


© 2016 by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle

Blackness/BatWing is guilty.

Blackness/BatWing is responsible for the missing hamburger patty. At two-and-a-half, he’s the baby of a houseful of animals just north of Pittsburgh: four cats (Jynx, Wibbles, Kowalski, Effie) and two German Shepherds (Ziggy, Morgan). He sometimes comes to visit All Gray Cat Baboo and Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Rasko. He does not like to be snuck up on and will jump 10 feet in the air if this happens. He likes donuts, car rides and Christmas. He’s been seen wearing a knit scarf.


© 2016 by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle

Sashi is scheming.

A shy beauty of Siberian descent, Sashi lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with four humans: two large, two small. She yells at the woman in the morning and the man at night. She is starting to manipulate the kids. Sashi is 15 years old but looking great, often mistaken for 12. She enjoys freeze-dried chicken by candlelight and full-body rubs. She does not enjoy overachievers, beef or pork.


© 2016 by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle

Ringo has just landed.

Though silky, jet-black young Ringo is an easygoing boy, he always looks somewhat startled. When he arrived at Meow Parlour—where he and fellow ABCs Ronaldo and Kim were all adopted and sponsored to appear in this book—he had a single white whisker on each side. One day he lost one of them and seemed very upset by the asymmetry. Until he lost the other. The 1-year-old puppycat personality, a Taurus, likes snuggling, soccer and yellow submarines. He dislikes magnetic anomalies.


Rashid/Dr. Startlepants
© 2016 by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle

Rashid/Dr. Startlepants is collecting data.

Science is the driving force in the life of Rashid/ Dr. Startlepants. He is a mad scientist genius who would rule the world if he could do it from under the covers. His biggest love and his biggest phobia are the same thing: strange phenomena. Even before his tail has returned to normal size, he will sneak up on whatever he encountered, closely observing its behavior until it gives up its secrets. He likes vanilla cupcakes and talking smack at his archnemesis, a crow who sits on the roof across the street. He lives in Seattle with humans Beverly and Rick and tabby sister Surya, who is also his lovely assistant under her nom de science, Miss Smackwiggins.


All Black Cats are Not Alike by Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle is available now.

All Black Cats are not Alike


Celtic Tales

Kate Forrester, illustrator behind the bold illustrations in Celtic Tales, talks inspiration, loving what you do and the beauty that comes from stepping out of your comfort zone.

Celtic Tales_Book Cover

Every now and then I get sent a commission that really allows me to push the boat out and create something really special. So often my jobs are very heavily art directed and don’t require as much imagination as you would think but this was no such project.

Before I had even got my hands on the manuscript, I knew this project was going to be right up my street! When i spoke to Emily, the designer from Chronicle, I knew we would be approaching this with the same vision. As well as illustrating the stories, she wanted me to design various patterns and bring the traditional Celtic knot work into my work and those are the kind of details i adore. I knew that it would work well to keep the illustration quite simple and the colours flat – my work is often likened to paper cuts or silhouette art – so this balanced nicely with the decorative borders and end papers she had in mind. Despite the traditional nature of the tales, I knew from the start that i didn’t want my illustrations to be too quaint or conventional so this was a challenge to overcome.

Once I read the manuscript, I was even more excited to be asked to illustrate such a rich collection of stories. There were sea monsters, princesses and even a 3 headed giant! Being very character driven, it was quite different to my usual commissions which tend to involve hand lettering as the main starting point. But it was refreshing to do something different and out of my comfort zone.

As luck would have it, right about the time I accepted this job,there was a big exhibition at The British Museum on the art and identity of The Celts. It was such a perfect start to my research. The exhibition was brilliant – dark and atmospheric and featuring lots of knot patterned metal and ceramic tools in pleasing shapes.

The way I work is to sketch out the rough layout of each story illustration using pencil and pen on paper and fill in heavy areas of dark shades to make sure they are more or less balanced designs. I do not keep my sketches and they are not beautiful!

Rough Sketches_Celtic Tales


But I was happy to know that my roughs were accepted pretty much as they were with very little amends before moving on to the final images.
The next stage for me was to develop the colour scheme as this was to tie all the tales together and was to be quite limited (I think there are only 8 or 9 shades in the whole book.) I also saw this as a chance to inject a more modern element to the book with some nice clashing shades of coral pink and mustard yellow. Colour is always important in my work but for this project it was vital to get it right!

Celtic tales Colour scheme

I guess the most laborious (but satisfying!) part of the task was researching and re-imagining the Celtic knot borders. Luckily my research at the British Museum had  left me with a wealth of books and visual reference to draw from. Once the 16 designs were complete, the cover was a breeze. I simply chose my 4 favourite characters from the stories and used them as a starting point to fit in the rough layout given to me by Emily.

celtic tales_blog post

We tried a few different colour ways but i was very pleased when my favourite coral and teal version was chosen for the final jacket.

celtic tales_alt covers

It was a dream project and I was so excited when the final book landed on my desk this week. I just hope everyone else enjoys reading those crazy , wonderful tales as much as I did!

We think you did an incredible job Kate! 

Find out more about Kate and Celtic Tales here.



Tell Me a Tattoo story.

Tell Me a Tattoo Story

“I love this book. It is original, unique and a ‘it’s about time’ kind of a book!” Treasures of Picture Books

A bestselling author-illustrator duo join forces to create a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There’s a tattoo from a favourite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside-which might be the best tattoo of them all.

Tell Me A Tattoo Story Internals

Tell Me A Tattoo Story Internals

Tell Me a Tattoo Story Internals

Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee and Eliza Wheeler is out now. Pick-up your copy any good bookstore and online.

What’s It Like In Space? Stories from Astronauts Who’ve Been There.

What's It Like In Space Book cover.

What’s It Like in Space?

Leaky Suits


The early male astronauts often had leaky spacesuits. They would frequently complain about their urine leaking intoother areas of the suit. For a while, no one could figure out what was wrong with the spacesuits. NASA eventually realized the leaking was due to the oversized condom catheters the astronauts were using.Turns out that when the astronauts were asked by doctors what size they needed, they would often ask for “large.”

Which Way is Up


In space, you need to decide which way is up. Unlike the spaceships of science fiction, the space stations of reality use every available wall for storage: no walkways, no ceilings, no empty corridors. Orbiting astronauts find that they have to consciously choose which direction they want to treat as “up” when working on various tasks such as fixing broken items, conducting experiments, and even meeting with fellow astronauts.

Share your own space facts with us using #WhatsItLikeInSpace. Plus, discover more stories and facts with Ariel Waldman’s magnificent little book, available to buy in all good bookstores and online.

Spread the Crafty-Love this Valentines Day

Don’t give generic cards to the people you Love (with a capital L) this Valentines Day. Give them something personal, with a little help from Sally J Shim’s Be Mine: 25 Paper Projects to Share the Love!

How about a Peek-a-boo heart card?


Say “peek-a-boo!” The photograph hidden under the heart on this card is a fun surprise for the recipient. Photo booth strip pictures are the perfect size, but you can use any small photo that will send a heartfelt message.


1 piece of coloured cardstock, 2½ by 4¼ in/6 by 10.5 cm

1 photograph, 2 by 2 in/5 by 5 cm

1 piece of gray cardstock, 4¼ by 5½ in/10.5 by 14 cm


Pencil with eraser


Self-healing cutting mat

X-ACTO knife

Bone folder

Glue stick


  1. Using the pencil and ruler, draw a heart that is 2 by 1¾ in/5 by 4.5 cm in the center of the col­ored cardstock.
  2. Place the colored cardstock on the self-healing cutting mat and, using the X-ACTO knife, cut around the edge of the entire left half of the heart. Erase any visible pencil marks.

Remember, showing love is not just for Valentines Day! Send unique, hand-crafted messages of affection ALL year round with this adorable little book on your shelf!

be mine


Text copyright © 2015 by Sally J Shim
Photographs © 2015 by Chronicle Books LLC

The Diva Rules.

Legend and icon Michelle Visage is here to help us Ditch the Drama, Find Our Strength and Sparkle Our Way To The Top with her book; The Diva Rules.  

With lessons like Be Thankful You’re a Misfit and Give Good Face this book is a goldmine of inspiration from one powerful Diva to the next.

Here are a few of our favourite Diva Rules:

If There's a Crowd, work it.


“Whether you’re in a cubicle or in a club, onstage or on television, every diva has to know how to work a crowd. Any crowd.” 


Never Trust a Man In Dockers.


“You certainly can’t tell everything about a man by the way he dressed, but you can tell some things.”

and finally, a classic for all you RuPaul’s Drag Race fans:

Stop Relying on that body

The Diva Rules is out NOW. Take a peek inside and order your copy here. PLUS, don’t miss Michelle’s UK Tour! Find out more on our website!

The Diva Rules UK Tour

Gluten-Free Wishlist; Pancakes!

Gluten-Free Pancakes
© 2015 by Eva Kolenko



One of the wonderful things about making a yeasted batter is that you mix it the night before and let it rise overnight while you sleep. In the morning, all you have to do is cook the pancakes or waffles. This batter makes pancakes and waffles that are crispy on the outside and pillowy on the inside. Serve with butter and maple syrup, fresh berries, or whipped cream and jam. They are my husband’s favourite breakfast treat. He would eat them every day if he could!

2 cups [290 g] Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All‑Purpose Flour (see below)

1/2 tsp xanthan gum

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

2 tsp aluminium-free double-acting baking powder

1 tsp salt

2 tsp instant yeast

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 cups [480 ml] milk

2 extra-large eggs

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder, salt, and yeast.

Add the vanilla, butter, milk, and eggs and whisk until well combined. There will still be small lumps of flour in the batter—this is okay. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.

  1. To make pancakes: Preheat a cast-iron skillet or griddle until it’s hot enough that a few drops of water scattered on it sizzle and pop. Working in batches of two or three (depending on the size of your pan), use a ladle or measuring cup to pour 1/4 cup [60 ml] of batter per pancake in the pan or on the griddle, leaving room between each. Cook until bubbles form on the tops of the pancakes and start to pop. Use a metal spatula to check if the bottoms are golden brown. Flip the pancakes and cook for about 2 minutes more, or until the second sides are golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.

To make waffles: Heat a waffle maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and use the amount of batter recommended for your waffle maker. In my waffle maker this batter requires almost twice the cooking time as regular batter. You’ll need to experiment to see how the batter cooks in your waffle maker. The outside of the waffles should be crisp and golden brown.

  1. Pancakes and waffles are best eaten the day they are made.

Store in an airtight container, with a piece of wax paper layered between each, in the freezer for up to 3 months.


MAKES 41/2 CUPS [650 G]

Use this flour mix cup-for-cup for the flour in any recipe that calls for all‑purpose flour. Because of density differences, I’ve found that it’s best if you substitute by volume rather than by weight (even if you do all of your other measuring by weight). If you do not have American measuring cups, use a millilitre cup to measure the flour—240 ml is approximately equivalent to one U.S. cup (it’s an unusual way to measure, but it will work). One cup of Jeanne’s Gluten-Free All‑Purpose Flour weighs 145 grams. The recipe can be multiplied as needed.

1 1/4 cups [170 g] brown rice flour

1 1/4 cups [200 g] white rice flour

1 cup [160 g] sweet (white) rice flour (glutinous rice flour)

1 cup [120 g] tapioca flour

Scant 2 tsp xanthan gum

In a large bowl, whisk together the brown rice flour, white rice flour, sweet rice flour, tapioca flour, and xanthan gum. Transfer to an airtight container.

Store in a cool, dark place for up to 4 weeks, in the refrigerator for up to 2 months, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Glute-Free Wishlist

Gluten-Free Wish List by Jeanne Sauvage, published by Chronicle Books (£18.99)