Books for cooks – Sept 2021

Helen Stanton, of Forum Books in Corbridge and The Bound, Whitley Bay, serves up the best of the latest food titles

Lazy Baking by Jessica Elliott Dennison
Hardie Grant £16.99 (out Sept 30)
This is all about simple, rustic baking with minimal prep and, even better, minimal washing up! I’m definitely of the ‘throw it all in one bowl’ school of thought and I love this book’s one-cup pancakes for breakfast, sausage rolls for lunch, grapefruit drizzle loaf for afternoon tea and impressive baked crispbreads for wine.

Family Comfort by Rebecca Wilson
DK £18.99
Rebecca is the bestselling author, Instagram sensation and mum behind the phenomenally popular Insta @rebeccawilsonfood. Flavour-filled recipes for all the family, from six months to grown ups, Rebecca showcases quick suppers, slow cooker heroes, weekend feasts, bakes and warming desserts.

Poppy Cooks / The Food You Need
Bloomsbury £16.99
Last year, chef Poppy O’Toole lost her job, but her TikTok cooking videos were a huge hit and here she is with her first book. This is a great all-round how-to book. I love the ‘Up Your Roasts’ chapter and her avo-bloomin-cado brunch wraps and there’s custard spudnuts too. Go on – treat your shelf!

Jane’s Patisserie by Jane Dunn
Ebury press £20
Jane’s NYC cookies are the best ever, so what else do you need to know? Her recipes are easy, customisable, and packed with flavour, from gooey cookies to celebration cakes like the dreamy salted caramel drip cake to creamy no-bake Biscoff cheesecake. Irresistible patisserie.

Meatballs for the People by Mathias Pilbald
Bloomsbury £20
Make the perfect Swedish meatball, veggie balls and all the sides you need for a real Swedish supper. Think lingonberries, pickles, mashed potato and creamy sauce. Meatball recipes range from pike to pork to shrimp, reindeer balls in horseradish cream, open bear ball sandwiches, and elk on fire!

The Sweet Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer
Square Peg £18.99
Rukmini Iyer’s one tin savoury makes were a revelation and here she applies the same winning formula to sweet bakes, serving up 75 easy one-tin recipes. From cakes and brownies to moreish muffins and loaves, simply pop the ingredients in a tin and let the oven (or for minimum-effort bakes, the fridge) do the work. Sweet!

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