Books for cooks

Helen Stanton of Forum Books in Corbridge offers her pick of the latest food books

Oats In The North, Wheat From the South
Regula Ysewijn
Murdoch Books £25
This beautiful book on British baking both sweet and savoury is packed with joyful food writing, each recipe complemented by its history and stunning photography. It would be nigh-on impossible to be more comprehensive, or more mouthwatering, about gingerbread; Grasmere gingerbread, Yorkshire parkin, Eliza’s 18th Century gingerbread, Aunt Betty’s gingerbread and Cornish failings. Our own regional star the stottie is featured too. Glorious!

Simply Good For You
Amelia Freer
Penguin £22
This bible of 100 speedy, simple recipes packed with goodness and flavour includes butternut baked beans, lentil & lemon chicken salad, harissa prawn skewers, slow-cooked pulled pork with apple slaw, chocolate raspberry pots plus helpful ingredient swap tips. 10% of the author’s proceeds go to the charity Women Supporting Women.

Caroline Dafgard Widnersson
Murdoch Books £12.99
Homemade is always better than store bought, yet somehow making your own condiments (lovely word!) hadn’t crossed my mind. But this is the book – from ketchups to aioli, harissa to sriracha to mustards and more, this is thorough and thoroughly go-to. Pass the sauce!

Curry Guy Light
Dan Toombs
Quadrille £15
With a new, lighter classic base sauce and lower-cal versions of curry house classics, including Goan prawn curry, chicken tikka masala and saag paneer, plus starters and sides, chutneys and snacks, this is wonderful food that’s also good for you. What’s not to like?

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