Books for cooks – July-August 19

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

Scandi Bites, Trine Hahnemann, Quadrille £10
Often billed as Denmark’s Delia, Trine’s cookbooks are damn good and this perfect little one includes more than 60 sweet and savoury snacks, treats, bakes and smorrebrod. From cardamom buns to honey bombs, summer raspberry eclairs to salmon and horseradish snitter and open sandwiches. Enjoy!

Tin Can Cook, Jack Monroe, Bluebird £6.99
With more than 75 store cupboard recipes using tinned food that is straightforward, sustaining and darn delicious – Catalan fish stew, black bean daal, rhubarb and custard crumble – whether a student, a camper, or confident home cook this does exactly what it says on the tin – sorry! Grab your tin opener!

The Book of Preserves, Pam The Jam, Bloomsbury £20
Pam is the UK’s leading expert and this book has it all from jam to curds and fruit cheeses to pickles, rye jam and ketchup – smoky beet-chup oh yes! Much more than just a neat rhyme, Pam dials down the sugar and ups the flavour. Thank you ma’am!

The Tiny Mess, Maddie Gordon, Mary Gonzalez, Trevor Gordon, Ten Speed Press £18.99
This beauty is a glorious and envy-inducing book from California – a collection of recipes and stories from small kitchens in sailboats and trailers, tree houses and cottages. A treat!

Killing It, Camas Davis, Picador £9.99
Not a cookbook, but a fantastic memoir, telling Camas’ story of leaving the US for Gascony in France to learn the art of butchery. Here she also learns the art of eating and drinking well surrounded by farmers, producers, and cooks and eating the world’s least processed and most lovingly made food. Bon appetit!

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