Cookbook reviews

Steak, Leek and Mushroom Pie with Guinness

Steak, Leek and Mushroom Pie with Guinness

Steak, Leek and Mushroom Pie with Guinness excerpted from Comfort: A Winter Cookbook: More than 150 warming recipes for the colder months.

Comfort: A Winter Cookbook: More than 150 warming recipes for the colder months.

Make the most of being holed up indoors and prepare some warming Snow Day Snacks.

Enjoy sharing tasty treats such as Creamy Pancetta and Onion Tart or Cheddar and Cider Fondue. When it’s chilly outside, what we naturally crave is comforting food. In Cold Day Comforts you’ll find plenty of warming dishes including Spiced Pumpkin and Coconut Soup or Salmon Broccoli and Potato Gratin with Pesto.

What better way to spend an icy afternoon than preparing a delicious meal to share with family and friends. Fireside Feasts is full of great ideas for winter entertaining. Try a Braised Pot Roast with Red Wine, Rosemary and Bay or Slow-cooked Lamb Shanks with Lentils. Make the most of the finest seasonal ingredients the winter has to offer and prepare healthy and satisfying Winter Salads.

Choose from recipes such as Steak and Blue Cheese Salad or Roast Butternut Squash Salad with Spiced Lentils, Goat Cheese and Walnuts. Whether you enjoy a luxurious dessert or a slice of cake in front of the fire, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from in Indulgent Treats. (more…)

Honey-fried chicken

Honey Fried Chicken

Honey Fried Chicken excerpted from The Chicken Shack: Over 65 cluckin’ good recipes that showcase the best ways to enjoy chicken.

The Chicken Shack: Over 65 cluckin' good recipes that showcase the best ways to enjoy chicken.

Entertaining a crowd? Serve up an impressive Garlic Butter Roast Chicken, or an appetizer of Chicken Caesar Sliders Wrapped in Parma Ham. Looking for some classic dishes for the family? Look no further than Grilled Chicken Burgers, Chicken Quesadillas, and Spanish-Style Chicken & Rice.

In search of something comforting after a long day? Perhaps opt for Chicken Noodle Soup, or Extra-Crunchy Crumbed Wings. Or if you want something hot and spicy, Red Hot Buffalo Wings and Jerk Chicken may be exactly what you need.

Take this book under your wing, and find chicken recipes for all tastes and occasions.

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All-Day Brunch Sheet pan

All-Day Brunch Sheet pan

All-Day Brunch Sheet pan excerpted from Grazing & Feasting Boards: 50 fabulous sharing platters for every mood and occasion by Theo A. Michaels. Photography by Mowie Kay.

Grazing & Feasting Boards: 50 fabulous sharing platters for every mood and occasion by Theo A. Michaels.

In this exciting follow-up to SHARE, Theo Michaels’ new book provides everything you could possibly need to delight a crowd with beautiful boards and platters. Designed for effortless entertaining, this book contains the perfect combination of how-to instructions, shopping lists, and recipes to create sharers for unforgettable snacks, meals and social events.

The cheese board is often the most anticipated delight of any festivity, and here the concept is taken to the next level, with recipes to suit all tastes and occasions. These beautiful boards are both aesthetically pleasing and easy to put together; picture an “Indian Thali Board”, with chutneys, curries, and sundries on a banana leaf, or “Summer Garden” treats of crudités, dips, and edible flowers brightening up any outdoor get-together. (more…)

Sweet Pumpkin Tart

Sweet Pumpkin Tart

Sweet Pumpkin Tart excerpted from Expressions: Art in Pastry: Recipes and Ideas for Extraordinary Pies and Tarts by Julie Jones. Photography by Andrew Montgomery.

Expressions: Art in Pastry: Recipes and Ideas for Extraordinary Pies and Tarts by Julie Jones

Julie Jones, Instagram influencer and author of Soulful Baker and The Pastry School conducts online work-shops for pastry decorating and this is the book that her followers have been crying out for.

A collection of basic sweet, shortcrust and hot water pastry recipes at the start of the book can each be used for a variety of pies and tarts and with a wide range of fillings, both sweet and savoury.

Chapters on Fruit, Meat & Fish, Vegetables, Sweet Dairy and Cheese include 40 recipes that can all be adapted to a variety of decorative approaches. The recipes suit small and large rounds and small and large squares, according to how many people you’re planning to serve. In total there are more than a hundred decorative pies and tarts to feast your eyes on. Recipes include a linear fruit pie, a cheese lattice pie, a pumpkin-baked pastry tile pie and a carrot and courgette flower pie. Every chapter includes exquisite photography by Andrew Montgomery of both the food and the inspiration behind it. (more…)

Simple Donuts

Simple Donuts

Simple Donuts excerpted from Cakeboi: A Collection of Classic Bakes by Reece Hignell. Photography by Luisa Brimble.

Cakeboi: A Collection of Classic Bakes by Reece Hignell

Reece Hignell, MasterChef Australia veteran and owner of the Cakeboi bakery, created this exceptional collection of classic Australian bakes so that anyone can become a baking pro.

Inspired by his nan’s traditional desserts, this book is full of iconic cakes like his Spiced Rum Baba that made Katy Perry exclaim, “You’re the tits, Reece!” and his long-coveted Signature Lemon Tart.

With chapters that lead you through everything from the basics of baking to creating your own sensational scones, sponge cakes and more, you’ll find all the inspiration and instruction you need to make a masterpiece in the kitchen.

Cakeboi: A Collection of Classic Bakes is available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and Indigo.ca.  


Simple Donuts

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Chocolate, coconut and peanut cake

Chocolate, coconut and peanut cake

Chocolate, coconut and peanut cake excerpted from Chetna’s Easy Baking: with a twist of spice by Chetna Makan. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.

Chetna’s Easy Baking: with a twist of spice by Chetna Makan. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.

Chetna’s popular and accessible style has charmed millions of people since her first appearance on our screens in The Great British Bake Off. Since then, she has written several bestselling cookbooks that combine her creative flavours with a love of simple Indian home cooking.

In this new collection, Chetna showcases delicious sweet and savoury bakes which have easy-to-find ingredients and simple-to-follow methods, but a special flavour twist to make your bakes sing and shine. That could be a spice you might not expect, such as star anise in a tarte Tatin, a fusion of global incidences such as Masala Focaccia, or a twist on a classic, such as a drizzle cake dazzling with mango and ginger. Proving once again that simple baking methods are the best, Chetna’s inspirational recipes are a joy to make and share with your favourite people. (more…)

Mandarin Orange Panna Cotta Tart

Mandarin Orange Panna Cotta Tart

Mandarin Orange Panna Cotta Tart excerpted from Cozy Vegan Pies and Tarts by Helen Au. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photography by Helen Au.

Cozy Vegan Pies and Tarts by Helen Au. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photography by Helen Au.

Going vegan doesn’t mean giving up flaky pie crusts and delicious tarts! With this outstanding collection of comforting recipes, it’s easy to make delectable plant-based pastries that your family and friends will rave about.

Whether you’re looking for a classic childhood favourite, a no-bake tart for a hot summer day or a savoury galette for a quick yet elegant dinner, Helen Au of With Helen has the perfect recipe for you. Traditional favourites such as Blueberry Crumble Pie, Vegan German Chocolate Tart and Pumpkin Caramel Pie are the perfect desserts for any gathering or special occasion. Approachable recipes like Strawberry Matcha Tart, Chinese White Pear and Ginger Pie, Chamomile Grapefruit Tart and Lemony Ricotta Summer Squash Galette feature unique, exciting flavour combinations to please every palate.

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Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies excerpted from Simple Small-Batch Baking by Mike Johnson. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photography by Mike Johnson. 

Simple Small-Batch Baking by Mike Johnson. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photography by Mike Johnson.

From dainty cakes to small-scale batches of cookies to the perfect pies and tarts for two, Mike Johnson’s incredible collection of small-batch recipes is sure to be a staple in your household.

Whether you’re baking for a small household, trying to limit leftovers or are looking to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your baked confections, Mike has got a recipe for you with options like:

• Loaf Pan Funfetti Sheet Cake • Fluffernutter Blondies • Chocolate Pecan Skillet Cookie for Two • Pumpkin Crumb Cake Muffins • Maple Bacon Scones • No-Bake Vanilla Bean Cheesecake Bars • Mini Mixed Berry Hand Pies • Carrot Cake Cupcakes • Garlic Knots for Two • Small-Batch Fudge Brownies

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Braised Turkey Legs with Fruit, Olives and Almonds

Braised Turkey Legs with Fruit, Olives and Almonds

Braised Turkey Legs with Fruit, Olives and Almonds excerpted from Christmas with Southern Living 2022: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating.

Christmas with Southern Living 2022: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating

Discover fun and creative new ways to decorate, entertain, and handcraft gifts for the holidays. Sparkling menus and easy décor ideas, along with more than 100 brand-new recipes from the professionals of the South’s most trusted kitchen, make entertaining a breeze for celebrations of all sizes.

Inside, the editors of Southern Living reveal their favourite cooking tips and make-ahead secrets that take the pressure off hosting and put the focus on family and friends. There is also a special gifts-from-the-kitchen section with recipes for treats to wrap and share.

More than 200 photographs show off dazzling holiday decorations and table settings to try, plus inspired designs for holiday wreaths, trees, centrepieces, and mantel arrangements. Christmas with Southern Living is the go-to resource for everything you need to make your holiday bright. (more…)

Seafood and Lobster Sauce

Seafood and Lobster Sauce

Seafood and Lobster Sauce excerpted from The Complete Book of Pasta Sauces: The Best Italian Pestos, Marinaras, Ragùs, and Other Cooked and Fresh Sauces for Every Type of Pasta Imaginable.

The Complete Book of Pasta Sauces excerpted from The Complete Book of Pasta Sauces: The Best Italian Pestos, Marinaras, Ragùs, and Other Cooked and Fresh Sauces for Every Type of Pasta Imaginable.

Everybody loves pasta—but not if it’s made the same way night after night. Families with kids, especially, eat loads of pasta, but it’s awfully easy to get stuck in a “red-sauce rut,” eating one version or another of marinara sauce over and over again.

Enter author Allan Bay, an ex-pat who lives in Rome and has written some of Italy’s best-selling cookbooks. Bay opens up in these pages a big, bold new world of pasta sauces, some from the classic Italian repertoire, other brilliant new creations of his own.

They have all sorts of main ingredients, from beef and chicken to shrimp and clams to glorious veggies from artichokes to zucchini. All of the sauces are easy to prepare and everyone cooks up fast. (more…)