James Martin is a British chef, TV presenter and bestselling cookery author. Martin grew up in Yorkshire and trained at a catering college in Scarborough. He started his career in Anthony Worrall Thompson’s London restaurant One Ninety Queen’s Gate, and went on to work with various other leading chefs in the capital. Martin also toured France, where he worked in chateau kitchens and gained experience in Michelin-star establishments. Upon his return to the UK, he became a junior pastry chef at the acclaimed Chewton Glen and went on to set up his first restaurant at the age of 22.
In 1996, Martin made his first appearances on television. His over 20-year career on the BBC and ITV includes many highly successful shows such as Saturday Kitchen and Home Comforts. Martin has published over 20 best-selling cookbooks, including Home Comforts (2014), James Martin’s French Adventure (2017) and James Martin's Great British Adventure (2019), as well as an autobiography Driven (2009).
From pomme souffle to mashed potato, the much-loved chef and author of Butter and Islands to Highlands gathers together just about every recipe possible involving the humble spud in this inventive and accessible cookbook.
Books by James Martin
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