Books for cooks – Summer 2023

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

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen // Imad Alrnab £26
This is the first book from Imad Al Arnab, a renowned chef forced by war to flee Damascus and make his home in the UK. An exploration of 90 Syrian dishes, this proves how simple this superb cuisine can be. Alongside the recipes, Imad shares his story and celebrates food’s power to bring people together.
The Farmer’s Wife // Helen Rebanks £20
The wife of the Lake District farmer and author James Rebanks, Helen shares the days that have shaped her in a beautifully illustrated memoir set against one day at the farm, home to six sheepdogs, two ponies, 20 chickens, 50 cattle and 500 sheep. This is a rare opportunity to appreciate where our food comes from and who puts it on the table.

Time and Tide // Emily Scott £28
Emily Scott weaves together the strands that inspire her cooking, from the salt-scented air to the ever-changing shades of the sea to the shapes and textures of the wild fennel and tamarisk plants that crowd the Cornish coastal path. These elements make for dishes infused with flavour and a sense of place, from breakfasts of overnight oats and buttery crumpets to lunches of sea-herb focaccia and suppers of Cornish bouillabaisse. A journey into a Cornish world.

Simply Scandinavian // Trine Hahnemann £27
In a nod to the Scandinavian way of eating, Trine Hahnemann offers more than 80 unpretentious, straightforward, seasonal dishes, demonstrating how to get amazing flavours from a handful of good ingredients. This book includes solutions for easy breakfasts, mid-week meals and simple but impressive ways to entertain family and friends.

Chetan’s Indian Feasts // Chetna Makan £26
The queen of Indian home cooking serves up flavour-packed crowd-pleasers with supermarket-friendly ingredients. The delicious dishes are grouped by theme so you know how to pair your platters for a big celebration or a quick-fix family dinner.

Hungry Woman //  Pauline Cox £27
As women suffer a hormonal rollercoaster from tricky puberty to menopausal symptoms and everything in-between, this book is all about eating your way to freeing yourself from the hormone trap. Nutritionist Pauline Cox is out to reset our hormones through these low-carb, easy recipes designed to balance hormones and optimise female health.

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