Books for cooks – September 2022

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

The Little Library Parties // Kate Young
Kate Young draws on long experience catering for events and friends to provide 50 new recipes for entertaining. From dinner party feasts and canapés to barbecues, tea parties, house parties and that all-important morning-after tonic, this is deliciously joyful.

India Express // Rukmini Iyer
From quick snacks and weeknight curries to simple desserts, Rukmini Iyer’s South Indian and Bengali-inspired recipes are all about minimum effort and maximum flavour. Discover simple recipes such as cheddar, cumin & nigella seed straws and Bengali popcorn shrimp for flavour in a flash

The Fast Five // Donna Hay
Enjoy family favourites re-imagined in faster, more delicious ways. Burgers, pasta, noodles and more are reinvented to cut down time and upgrade flavour. Weekly go-tos are given a new lease of life to improve on your favourites and provide a total kitchen refresh.

Peter’s Baking Party // Peter Sawkins
Even the youngest cooks can follow these easy first recipes and make anything from breakfast pancakes to healthy savoury dishes. Kids can find their favourite flavours and ingredients in the handy index and even invent their own creations and surprises, building skills that will last a lifetime.

My Scottish Island Kitchen // Coinneach Macleod
The Hebridean Baker welcomes us to his Scottish island kitchen, accompanying his recipes with stories of the landscapes, history and culture of the Outer Hebrides. The collection ranges from hearty dishes and comforting desserts to delicious cakes and biscuits accompanied by stories from friends and family.

Extra Good Things // Ottolenghi Test Kitchen
The master of flexible, flavour-packed dishes Ottolenghi serves up superb flavours such as harissa butter on roasted mushroom, tamarind dressing on turmeric fried eggs, and coffee mousse with tahini fudge. This is cooking it forward, Ottolenghi style, filling your cupboards with adaptable homemade ingredients to add ‘oomph to every mealtime. A must-have addition to every kitchen bookshelf.

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