Books for cooks – July 2021

Finding Freedom in the Lost Kitchen
by Erin French, Aurum Press £16.99
In this life-affirming memoir about survival, renewal and the pleasure of joy through food, Erin French writes of growing up barefoot on a farm, falling in love with food working at her dad’s diner, and finding her calling as a chef at her tiny restaurant The Lost Kitchen. Her passion for food and natural affinity for flavour and ingredients shine throughout this beautiful work.

Ciudad de Mexico by Edson Diaz-Fuentes
Hardie Grant £26
Exploring one of the most diverse cuisines in the world through vibrant Mexico City, this book features favourites such as huevos motulenos, tacos de pescado estilo baja, and oxtail mole de olla alongside cocktails and location photography.

Sunshine Kitchen by Vanessa Bolosier
Pavilion £12.99
Vanessa Bolosier is on a mission to spread the love, sunshine and laughter that Caribbean Creole food brings. Travel vicariously with recipes including saltfish fritters, lobster fricasse, plantain gratin, Mont Blanc coconut cake and passion fruit rum punch.

Midsommar by Bronte Aurell
Ryland Peters & Small £18.99
Scandinavians do summer food so well – wholesome, flavoursome, simple, and perfect for enjoying outdoors. From breakfast to sharing plates, cake and fika, plus of course open sandwiches and potato salad – let’s Smorgasbord!

Max’s Picnic Book
by Max Halley & Ben Benton
Hardie Grant £16.99
Grab your picnic rug and head outdoors with this eccentric, eclectic not a cookbook. With 16 menus curated by fantasy hosts including Hunter S. Thompson, Mary Berry and Snoop Dogg, these are great failsafe recipes and inventive hacks.

Chasing Smoke
by Sarit Packer & Itamar Srulovich
Pavilion £26
The Honey & Co duo follow a smoke trail from Jordan to the back streets of Cairo, to Greek beaches and roadside stalls, finding mouth-watering recipes cooked over fire. Try grilled peaches with almond tahini, figs with manouri cheese and pomegranate sauce, prawns in honey and fresh coriander, and smoked short ribs. 

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