Books for cooks – Christmas 2022

Helen Stanton of Forum Books in Corbridge, The Bound, Whitley Bay, and The Accidental Bookshop, Alnwick, reviews the latest food titles

Supper // Flora Shedden
Transform eating in with easy midweek dinners which are simple yet joyful and celebrate the comforts of home cooking. Try ginger noodles with chilli oil, spiced lamb with lemony hummus, and for a suitably sweet ending, brown sugar cheesecake.

Knead Peace // Andrew Green
Inspired by The Bakehouse, Kyiv, which has baked throughout the conflict, this collection in aid of Ukraine is donated by bakers worldwide. There are sweet and savoury breads, cakes and cookies, pies and tarts, all proof that baking makes a difference.

The Pigs in Blankets Cookbook // Jolly hog
Fearing 50 fun reasons to enjoy pigs in blankets all year round, this includes PiB bolognaise, risotto, carbonara, BBQ and breakfast recipes. There’s PiB trifle and recipes for PiB-tatas bravas, PiBs bread and PiB sushi. If you love pigs in blankets, this is for you.

Is This A Cookbook? // Heston Blumenthal
Full of inventive recipes such as green gazpacho panna cotta, tomato and coffee muffins, cricket ketchup, thyme and orange kombucha, and popcorn chicken with real popcorn, every recipe here is straightforward and Heston at his most accessible.

My First Popsicle // Zosia Mamet
Celebrated contributors include David Sedaris on the joy of a hot dog, Jia Tolentino on her go-to chicken dish, Patti Smith on her mother’s poor man’s cake and more in this ode to food and emotion. It’s a riotous, mouth-watering celebration of jelly, mac and cheese, donuts, the best sandwich in the world and more.

Parsi // Farokh Talati
From tamarind and coconut fish curry, lamb stewed with cinnamon and apricots, and baked custard infused with saffron and cardamom, this is a fusion of Persian and Indian cuisine gathered from Talati’s  travels and family history… a love letter to Parsi culture and its people.

What’s For Dessert? // Claire Saffitz
This fantastic collection includes lots of no bake and simple stove-top desserts such as marbled minty chocolate mousse, easy whipped tres leches cake with hazelnuts, pies, tarts, galettes, cobblers, baked custards, puddings and more. Sweet!

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