Books for cooks – Summer 2024

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

Dinner // Meera Sodha

Dinner is a fresh and joyful celebration of the power of a good meal. Discover 120 vibrant, easy-to-make vegetarian and vegan main dishes bursting with flavour – from quick-cook recipes to one-pan wonders.


Between Two Waters // Pam Brunton

When Pam opened Inver, her restaurant on the shores of Loch Fyne, she set out to discover what makes modern Scottish food – or if it even existed. Part memoir, part manifesto on the future of feeding the world, and a feminist critique of the food business, this book traces that journey and reveals what we can all gather from our culinary heritage.


Little Book of Negroni // Paul Knorr

In a sea of cocktails, one is rocks above the rest – the Negroni. Easy to make but complex in taste, with endless opportunities for being reimagined, savour a Napoli or stir a Palmasera with this brilliantly illustrated book.


Comfort // Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh

Yotam Ottolenghi brings his inspiring, flavour-forward approach to comfort cooking, delivering new classics that taste of home. Weaving memories of childhood and travel with more than 100 recipes, this is a celebration of food and home.


Nights Out at Home // Jay Rayner

In his first cookbook, writer and broadcaster Jay gives us delicious, achievable recipes inspired by the restaurant creations that have stolen his heart. There’s a cheat’s version of the Ivy’s crispy duck salad, the brown butter and sage flatbreads from Manchester’s Erst, miso-glazed aubergine from Freak Scene, and instructions for making the cult tandoori lamb chops from the legendary Tayyabs in London’s Whitechapel – a recipe which has never before been written down. There’s also Jay’s MasterChef Critics-winning baked chocolate pudding with cherries, and his take on the Greggs Steak Bake. Seasoned with stories from Jay’s life as a restaurant critic, and written with warmth, wit and the blessing, and often help, of the chefs themselves, this is a celebration of good food and great eating experiences.


Sofra // Karima Hazim Chatila & Sıvına Tabbouch

Sofra means gathering for eating and drinking, and through these traditional family-style spreads, mother and daughter Karima Hazim and Sivine Tabbouch present a gorgeous array of dishes perfect for sharing. Sofra contains a mother’s recipes for achievable, traditional, homely dishes with everything from a tall pot of freshly rolled warak enab to a deluxe fattoush and wholesome tabbouleh. Alongside, you’ll find a daughter’s beautiful stories of cooking, sharing and identity.


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