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5 for Friday: August 21, 2020

This week, the Villains are all about one of their favorite shows to stream: The Great British Bake Off. Baking and other forms of cooking can give us a reprieve from the monotony and horrors of every day life. Grab one of these books and escape into your kitchen.

Edd Kimber won the first-ever Great British Bake Off. Impressive given that he was rejected from culinary school. His book One Tin Bakes consists of 70 recipes that require very little in the way of cooking equipment.

John Whaite is the third person to win The Great British Bake Off, a feat he accomplished in 2012. Comfort: Food to Soothe the Soul is focused on feeding your cravings with simple but elevated comfort food.

Time to Eat is the latest book from the Great British Bake Off’s 2015 champion, Nadia Hussain (the Villains’ favorite winner). It’s a must-have cookbook for everyone interested in eating well but saving time in the kitchen.

Stuck at home and looking to keep themselves busy, people across the globe have been learning how to bake bread. There’s perhaps nobody better qualified to teach this art than Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood. If you or someone you know wants to make bread at home, pick up his book 100 Great Breads today.

Mary Berry is no longer a judge on The Great British Bake Off but she’ll forever be GBBO royalty to us. Her book Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking is exactly what it sounds like: delicious recipes that won’t take you hours to prepare and cook.


The book Mel & Sue: The Biography by Tina Campanella doesn’t contain recipes. It does, however, provide insight into British TV presenter team Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, the absolute heart and soul of GBBO. Don’t at us—without them the show wouldn’t have taken off like it did.

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David Klemt View All

I’ve been studying and writing about the hospitality industry since 2006. Like so many people, I started my journey in this business by working as a host, server and bartender. I was introduced to nightlife in Chicago, learning the ins and outs of nightclubs and after-hours hot spots.

After moving to Las Vegas nearly 20 years ago, I both co-owned a valet company and helped promote the club it serviced. That led to me taking on the role of editor for a Las Vegas hospitality industry publication.

A few short years later, I continued along my journey of hospitality industry reporting. I went from contributing to a major industry outlet to taking on the role of editor and content curator.

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