Cookbook reviews

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Tarte au Citron (Lemon Tart). Photography by Liz and Max Haarala Hamilton

Simple & Classic is a newly curated collection of the very best of Jane Hornby’s recipes from What to Cook & How to Cook It, Fresh & Easy, and What to Bake & How to Bake It, each previously published by Phaidon. The beauty of Hornby’s recipes is how easy they are to perfect—with detailed step-by-step shots and beautiful images of the finished dishes, this is destined to be the most useful cookbook on the shelf. Great value, it is released with the original price of What to Cook & How to Cook It, but packed full with the most popular recipes from all of Hornby’s books. From Paella to Roast Lamb and Rosemary Potatoes, and Chocolate Mousse with Cherries, this book covers classic and contemporary recipes with an international perspective. (more…)

Mango and Mint Salad

Mango and Mint Salad

Photography by Nassima Rothacker

We all know there is more to Indian food than just curries; it can also be really healthy, fresh and delicious. Chetna’s Healthy Indian contains home cooking at its best—straightforward methods, very few ingredients, crowd-pleasing flavours, nourishment and comfort. It draws upon inspiration from Chetna’s family and friends, creating realistic recipes for midweek, after work, busy weekends or when you simply want to look after yourself with wholesome food.

You’ll find 80 delicious recipes that require minimum time and effort, including Onion & whole spice chicken curry, Tandoori pan-fried sea bream, Paneer & cavalo nero saag and Baked cardamom & pistachio yogurt pots. (more…)

Edamame and Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowls

Edamame and Spicy Peanut Noodle Bowls

Photography by America’s Test Kitchen

We’re all looking for interesting, achievable ways to enjoy vegetables more often. This must-have addition to your cookbook shelf has more than 700 kitchen-tested recipes that hit that mark. Sure, you’ll learn nearly 40 ways to cook potatoes and 30 ways with broccoli. But you’ll also learn how to make a salad with roasted radishes and their peppery leaves; how to char avocados in a skillet to use in Crispy Skillet Turkey Burgers; and how to turn sunchokes into a chowder and kale into a Super Slaw for Salmon Tacos. Every chapter, from Artichokes to Zucchini, includes shopping, storage, seasonality, and prep pointers and techniques, including hundreds of step-by-step photographs and illustrations, gorgeous watercolour illustrations, and full-colour recipe photography.

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Hazelnut Maple Chocolate Cake

Celebrated the world over for their health benefits and dynamic flavours, cultured and fermented foods are becoming everyday meal mainstays. In this extensive collection, fermentation pioneer Holly Davis shares more than 120 recipes for familiar—and lesser-known—cultured foods, including yogurt, pickles, kimchi, umeboshi, scrumpy, and more. This inspiring resource contains more than 100 photographs, plus plenty of helpful how-tos and informational charts offering guidance on incorporating fermented ingredients into the diet. With a luxe textured cover and brimming with engaging projects for cooks of all skill levels, this cookbook will be the cornerstone of every preserving kitchen. (more…)

Noma’s Grilled Asparagus and Tender Spruce

René Redzepi's Grilled Asparagus and Tender Spruce

Photograph by Ditte Isager

A Work in Progress: A Journal is a highly personal document of the creative processes at noma and the challenges faced by its chefs over a twelve-month period in an unspecified year of the restaurant’s history. After a month of vacation, world-famous chef René Redzepi made a resolution to keep a journal and to dedicate a year to the creativity and well-being at noma. The result is an unusually candid, and often humorous, insight into the inner workings of one of the food world’s most creative minds.  (more…)

Margherita Naan Pizza 

Margherita Naan Pizza 

Photography by Nik Sharma

It is a rare cookbook that comes to represent the way we eat now, translating the world of food and restaurants for the home kitchen and capturing moderns diversity so beautifully. Season is this book.

It was named one of the best and most anticipated cookbooks by The New York Times, Food & Wine, Epicurious, Eater, Grub Street, The New Yorker, TheKitchn, The Forward, and Delish and a Book Club Pick for Bon Appetit.

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Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Photography by Simon Smith and Peter O’Sullivan

Vegans and vegetarians everywhere will have the best holiday period ever with Gaz Oakley’s fantastic alternatives to the traditional turkey and trimmings. Gaz is an expert in bold flavours and textures, so everyone can enjoy a spectacular centrepiece and amazing food throughout the festive season.

Gaz talks you through the menus and the planning, from Christmas morning breakfast like Sweet Potato Waffles and Tofu Benedict, through to a show-stopping lunch with the likes of Ultimate Christmas Wellington, “Turkey” Roast and Festive Nut Roast Wreath served with all the trimmings: “No Pigs” in Blankets, Hasselback Potatoes and Fluffy Yorkshire Puddings—all rounded off with spectacular dairy-free desserts including Boozy Tiramisu and “Brioche” Bread and Butter Pudding. There are vegan versions of mince pies, Pavlova, and even a “cheese” board for after! (more…)

Yeasted Rugelach

Rugelach

Photography by Michael Persico

For their first major book since the trailblazing Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook go straight to the food of the people—the great dishes that are the soul of Israeli cuisine. Usually served from tiny eateries, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, or market stalls, these specialties have passed from father to son or mother to daughter for generations. To find the best versions, the authors scoured bustling cities like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Haifa, and sleepy towns on mountaintops. They visited bakeries, juice carts, beaches, even weddings. (more…)

PASTA WITH CABBAGE, WINTER SQUASH AND WALNUTS

Pasta with Cabbage, Winter Squash and Walnuts, Dorie Greenspan

Photography © 2018 by Ellen Silverman

To the hundreds of thousands who follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, Dorie Greenspan’s food is powerfully cookable—her recipes instant classics. In Everyday Dorie, she invites readers into her kitchen to savour the dishes that she makes all the time, from Miso-Glazed Salmon to Lemon Goop.

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French Onion Soup

Chicken Soup

Photograph by Dan Jones

French Guy Cooking is a YouTube sensation. A Frenchman living in Paris, Alexis loves to demystify cooking by experimenting with food and cooking methods to take the fear factor out of cooking, make it fun and accessible, and charm everyone with his geeky approach to food.

In this, his debut cookbook, he shares 100 of his absolute favourite recipes—from amazingly tasty toast ideas all the way to some classic but super-simple French dishes. Along the way, he shares ingenious kitchen hacks—six ways with a can of sardines, a cheat’s guide to wine, three knives you need in your kitchen—so that anyone can throw together great food without any fuss.

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