Cheddar, apple and celeriac salad 

The latest, and most expansive, tome from the team at Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Devon, England–based River Cottage cooking school and restaurants is an alphabetical guide to some of their most commonly used ingredients, with accompanying recipes.

With more than three hundred entries covering vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, meat, fish, fungi, foraged foods, pulses, grains, dairy, oils and vinegars, the River Cottage A to Z is a compendium of all the ingredients the resourceful modern cook might want to use in their kitchen. (more…)

Cookbook Review: Spanish Made Simple

Spanish food has never been more popular or more influential, from the city of San Sebastian in northern Spain which counts a massive 16 Michelin stars to the markets of Madrid and ubiquitous tapas bars. It’s also incredibly easy to make at home.

In Spanish Made Simple, Omar Allibhoy, the man behind the Tapas Revolution chain of restaurants in the UK, guides you through the basics of 100 key Spanish dishes. All of the ingredients are available from grocery stores and you don’t need to be an expert cook.

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Cookbook Review: Lamingtons & Lemon Tart

Hailed as Australia’s Willy Wonka, Darren Purchese is renowned for his stunning high-end dessert creations. Known as the chef with the tricks, with a scientific approach to food and ingredients, in Lamingtons & Lemon Tart, he turns his eye to the classics, cast with his trademark flair for the home cook who might be ambitious, but also wants to feel that the recipes are within their grasp—and that ingredients can be sourced with ease.

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Cookbook Review: Taqueria 

Taqueria is an homage to the best of Mexican cuisine. Across four chapters (Flavour Fiestas; Salsas, Salads & Vegetables, Taqueria and Margaritas & More), it is a crash course in cooking the food of Latin America right. Its emphasis is on taking the building blocks and showing people that, with quality ingredients, attitude and a little application, they can create an authentic, standout feast.

In total, it includes more than 80 recipes, ranging from corn, prawn and bacon tortillas to homemade chorizo and sweet potato quesadillas. As well, the salsas, salads & vegetables chapter recognizes the ever-growing appreciation for plant-based dishes with a 20-plus recipe line-up of envelope-pushing vegetarian dishes (as well as a nod to the near universal love of guacamole in its myriad iterations).

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Cookbook Review: Eat this, My friend 

Jade O’Donahoo’s Eat This, My Friend is a collection of recipes for the foodie-to-be. As the market become saturated with artfully shot star-chef recipes books, O’Donahoo’s mission is to offer what she calls a moment of authenticity and calm. Eat This, My Friend is a compendium of hand-lettered and hand-illustrated recipes, all created by O’Donahoo. (more…)

Cookbook Review: Gather

Gather is a cookbook that celebrates simplicity and nature, both in ingredients and cooking styles. Head Chef at River Cottage for 10 years, Gill Meller showcases 120 brand new recipes inspired by the landscapes in which he lives and works.

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Cookbook Review: S is for Sri Lankan

Sri Lankan cuisine has many historical and cultural incluences. The effects of the Dutch colonialists who once ruled Sri Lanka and brought with them their own cuisines, foreign traders who introduced new food items and influences from Indonesian Southern India cuisine have all helped to shape Sri Lankan cooking. (more…)

Cookbook Review: The Complete Asian Cookbook

I love this book! It’s the 40th anniversary edition of Charmaine Solomon’s influential and iconic The Complete Asian Cookbook. Instantly heralded as a classic when it was first published in 1976, the book covers 800 classic and contemporary dishes from 15 countries (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, The Philippines, China, Korea and Japan). Written with the home cook in mind, Charmaine’s recipes are straightforward, simple to follow and work every time. Recipe and chapter introductions give valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served, while the comprehensive glossary explains unfamiliar ingredients (which are steadily more commonplace in supermarkets today). The Complete Asian Cookbook is a book that belongs in the kitchens of every household. I highly recommend it! (more…)

Book Review: Harvest 

Harvest is a collection of recipes divided up by the seasons, with recipes for produce at its best in summer, autumn, winter and spring.

The book contains beautiful photography accompanied by gorgeous watercolour illustrations of the produce featured in the recipes. Embrace the summer sun with Seared tuna with fennel confit, or Butterflied king prawns with mango; watch the leaves fall while indulging in Chestnut risotto with sage and pancetta or Five-spiced duck with pomegranate salad; snuggle into winter with some Chipotle-braised beef ribs with spicy baked pumpkin or an Apple and quince pie; or celebrate the freshness of Spring with Moroccan broad bean salad with yogurt and crispy breadcrumbs or Blood orange and dark chocolate trifle.

Harvest will inspire you to build delicious seasonal feasts for any occasions in the year. (more…)

Cookbook Review: Provence to Pondicherry

Born in London to a Greek-Cypriot father and Finnish mother, Tessa Kiros developed an interest in the food of different cuisines and travel from an early age. After growing up in South Africa, she left home at eighteen to travel and cook, working in restaurants in London, Sydney, Athens, and Mexico. She now lives in Tuscany.

Provence to Pondicherry begins, well, in Provence, where Tessa first fell in love with French food, and explores the Mediterranean region’s links between the indigenous ingredients, flavours, materials, and traditions. She then follows the path of the early French explorers, traveling to the island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean, Vietnam in South East Asia, Pondicherry in India, and the Indian Ocean island of La Réunion, before finally returning to France, in the region of Normandy, whose cuisine is so different from the South of France.

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