The Handbook
The Handbook

This autumn sees some big names releasing new books, from Nigella’s mix of recipes and essays to Tom Kerridge’s long-awaited Hand and Flowers Cookbook, as well as new tomes from Ottolenghi and Mary Berry. There’s also a wealth of lesser known but just as talented names, from champions of Burmese cuisine, The Rangoon Sisters, to a number of charity-led books creating delicious recipes with a conscience.

If you’re feeling a little lacklustre in the kitchen, are looking for some early Christmas presents to tick off the list or are just the type that goes to bed reading a cookery book, here are our 12 new favourites.

Flavor Equation by Nik Sharma

From his evocative food photographs to scientific (but totally comprehensible) graphs; Nik Sharma’s second book lives up to the hype. He may be obsessed with the gastronomy of cooking but this book offers so much more – it’s flavour and home cooking that really sits at its heart. 

With over 100 recipes ranging from Brightness: Lemon-Lime Mintade to Saltiness: Roasted Tomato and Tamarind Soup to Sweetness: Honey Turmeric Chicken Kebabs with Pineapple, there’s something for everyone but certainly a sound choice for the family chef this Christmas.

Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts by Mary Berry 

We couldn’t do a new cook book roundup without the national treasure that is Mary Berry. Adding yet another title to her 75-strong published books (surely the hardest working OAP out there?), Mary’s latest release comes just in time for Christmas, and celebrates the simple joy and comfort of home cooking. 

Flicking through this book feels like a warm, comforting hug and the recipes offer dependable, realistic dishes to knock up at home, from Whole Roasted Squash with Garlic and Chilli Butter to Slow Roast French Lamb with Ratatouille, finishing with a Frangipane Apple and Brioche Pudding for the sweet toothed. 

From Beder’s Kitchen by Meze Publishing

This unique book brings together some of the food industry’s hottest names – Gordon Ramsay, Yotam Ottolenghi, Judy Joo, Romy Gill and Carla Henriques to name a few – to raise awareness for a seriously important cause. Beder, the young charity launched by Razzak Mirjan in honour of his younger brother, Beder Mirjan, who sadly took his own life at the age of 18 in 2017, is behind it to raise awareness around mental health and suicide prevention. 

Important message aside, the book itself offers a wealth of delicious recipes from over 90 contributors, including head and executive chefs at some of the UK’s leading restaurants; MasterChef winners; food bloggers; and nutritionists. Favourite recipes include Rebcca Lund and Kate Arthurs’ Quick & Easy Chicken Larb and Hannah Catley’s Salted Caramel Tart. Yum. 

Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage 

Ottolenghi’s latest book is a great option for those feeling a little lackluster in the kitchen as he takes a look at the three factors that create flavour and will ramp up ingredients to make dishes taste exciting and fresh. 

As usual, there’s a focus on vegetables, but the Israeli chef explores some more unusual store cupboard staples, from Shaoxing wine to tamarind paste and recipes such as Aubergine Dumplings alla Parmigiana or Miso Butter Onions. Proving he’s more than just shakshuka and pomegranate seeds. 

The Flavor Equationby Nik Sharma

Price: £26
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Mary Berry's Simple Comfortsby Mary Berry 

Price: £26
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From Beder’s Kitchen by Meze Publishing

Price: £22
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A Taste of Home by The Passage 

To mark the 40th anniversary of the homelessness charity The Passage, 120 leading chefs and celebrities have provided their favourite recipes for you to replicate at home. Make your way through Mary Berry’s Chocolate Cake, Gino D’Acampo’s Fettuccine with Mushrooms, Rosemary and Spinach or other delights from the likes of Stephen Fry, Nadiya Hussain, Sir Paul McCartney and Rick Stein. 

It also includes a foreword by the charity’s Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge and proceeds will go towards tackling the UK’s homelessness problem.

Parwana: Recipes & Stories From An Afghan Kitchen by Durkhanai Ayubi

A great addition to your kitchen book shelf if you’re a fan of the likes of Sabrina Gayour and Yotam Ottolenghi –  in other words, gorgeous, rainbow-hued and flavour packed dishes.

Written by Durkhanai Ayubi, whose family’s restaurant Parwana opened its doors in Adelaide in 2009,  the book is interwoven with traditional Afghan creations including rice dishes, dumplings, curries, meats, Afghan pastas, chutneys and pickles, soups and breads, drinks and desserts, and explores the rich historical culture and traditions of generosity and hospitality that come through Afghan food.

A book with a whole lot of heart and a big ol punch of flavour.

In Bibi’s Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen

Since humans took food to a flame and created dishes, those dishes have been handed down and even to this day, most of us find comfort in a dish that was served up to us in childhood.

This book takes a closer looks at that emotional, cultural and generational tie that unites us through food, as grandmothers from eight eastern African countries welcome you into their kitchens. They’ve opened their own recipe books and shared stories of  family, love, and tradition to create this cookbook that will transport you far away. 

The Hand & Flowers Cookbook by Tom Kerridge

This long-awaited book (you’ll actually have to wait a little longer as it’s not out until November 2020) from Tom Kerridge’s legendary two-Michelin-star pub, The Hand & Flowers, presents 70 of the best dishes that have ever appeared on the pub’s menu.

The popular TV chef is well known for taking unpretentious dishes and making them utterly delicious so expect a book full of crowd pleasers, from Roast Hog with Salt-Baked Potatoes and Apple Sauce to Slow-Cooked Duck Breast, Peas, Duck-Fat Chips and Gravy; Smoked Haddock Omelette to Salt Cod Scotch Eggs with Red Pepper Sauce and Picante Chorizo.

If lockdown restrictions are going to stop us from actually visiting one of the world’s most famous pubs, we may as well try to recreate the magic at home and this book is a fast track to just that.

A Taste of Home by Passage by The Passage 

Price: £25
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Parwana: Recipes & Stories From An Afghan Kitchen by Durkhanai Ayubi

Price: £20
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In Bibi's Kitchen by Hawa Hassan and Julia Turshen

Price: £11.99
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The Hand & Flowers Cookbook by Tom Kerridge

Price: £40
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The Rangoon Sisters by Emily Chung and Amy Chung

Developed by sisters Emily and Amy Chung, The Rangoon Sisters is a celebration of the incredible food and flavours that are found throughout Myanmar. If you’re a fan of Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisine, make this your next cookery book buy as you’ll be able to find similar influences, flavours and ingredients throughout it’s delicious recipes.

Burmese food is gaining popularity fast and the Chung sisters’ 80 plus recipes makes it easy and accessible for the modern home cook – the book has already had rave reviews from big foodie names, Grace Dent and Melissa Hemsley.

Starting out as supper club founders, the Chungs are a proper success story and now we can delve deeper into their creations that include snacks, salads, curries, noodles and sweet dishes, whether you’re after a big family affair or a quick weekday supper.

Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes & Stories by Nigella Lawson

“Food, for me, is a constant pleasure: I like to think greedily about it, reflect deeply on it, learn from it; it provides comfort, inspiration, meaning and beauty”… only Nigella could get away with chatting about a plate of food as romantically as she does.

The TV chef and author’s latest book, Cook, Eat, Repeat, coincides with her new BBC series of the same title and showcases a combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella’s engaging and insightful prose.

The kind of cookery book you’d happily take to bed with you.

Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain 

From Rhubarb & Custard Kisses to ‘Money Can’t Buy You Happiness’ Brownies, Caramel Crunch Rocky Road to Pepperoni Pull Apart Bread; there’s a reason Nadiya is everyone’s favourite Bake Off winner.

Her recipes aren’t too taxing, are relatable and are utter crowd pleasers, and this book will help you conquer baking even if you’re a complete amateur.

Eating Out Loud by Eden Grinshpan 

For those who love nothing more than feeding their nearest and dearest with love, Eating Out Loud is a cookery book celebrating big banquets, love filled dinners, family get-togethers and raucous dinner parties you never want to end.

Be inspired by Eden’s colourful dishes and ways with veg you never thought possible, from Roasted Whole Heads of Broccoli topped with Herbaceous Yogurt and Crunchy, Spice-Infused Dukkah to Toasted Pita Salads full of juicy summer peaches, tomatoes, and a bevy of fresh herbs.

The Rangoon Sisters by Emily Chung and Amy Chung

Price: £20
amazon.co.uk

Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes & Stories by Nigella Lawson

Price: £26
amazon.co.uk

Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain 

Price: £22
amazon.co.uk

Eating Out Loudby Eden Grinshpan 

Price: £24.72
amazon.co.uk


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