Books for cooks – Winter 2023

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

Brutto // Russell Norman

This is the food of Florence – rigorously simple and exceptionally good. The recipes from Russell’s acclaimed Trattoria Brutto rest on humble ingredients, not many, brought together in the rough-and-ready style of everyday cooking with flavour at its heart.


Easy Vegan Christmas // Katy Beskow

Whether you’re cooking for your vegan family, looking for inspiration for a vegan guest, or simply want to add new flavours and dishes to your Christmas dinner table, here you’ll find stress-free, plant-based recipes for a fuss-free festive season. With an easy tip for each recipe, plus advice on whether the recipe is suitable for freezing, this book is perfect for getting ahead too.


The Cheese Life // Matthew Carver & Patrick McGuigan

Cheese is not just a food, it’s a way of life! Divided into Grill, Melt, Bake, Grate and Slice, The Cheese Life celebrates artisan cheeses with gloriously gooey recipes and inventive cheeseboards as well as insights into how cheese is made, killer drinks matches, and interviews with the people that work on the front line. Grate stuff!


German Baking // Jurgen Krauss

Jurgen Krauss’ charm, ambitious flavours and scientific know-how captured audiences’ hearts on The Great British Bake Off. Drawing on the flavours and techniques of his childhood home in the Black Forest, this fool-proof collection of recipes provides delicious inspiration for any time of day and any occasion – from Flammkuchen and Streusel to marble cake.


How to Make Better Cocktails // Candra

No gimmicks, no pretensions – just the skills, techniques and principles used by the best bartenders. This book simplifies confusing terminology and complex techniques to unlock the magic of 70 classic and original cocktail recipes, and teaches you everything you need to know to master hundreds more. Make mine a Fancy Paloma!


The Dinner Table // Ella Risbridger & Kate Young

A deliciously moreish collection of the 100 finest pieces of writing on food, glorious food. In this big, beautiful anthology, Kate and Ella present you with their ultimate fantasy dinner party. Here you’ll find authors, cooks and poets from Laurie Colwin, Salman Rushdie and Jack Underwood to Rachel Roddy, Audre Lorde and Nigella Lawson. You’ll find old friends and new discussing eggs, bread, fridge-raid suppers, wedding feasts and so much more. With pieces taken from newsletters, food magazines, cookbooks and novels, you can dip in and out – though you might not be able to put it down.


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