For those of us who aren’t so well versed in the kitchen, we all grew tired of the same four meals we cooked on rotation throughout the entirety of lockdown. I never want to see another pot of three bean chilli (at least not until winter rolls around). But now that we can finally host dinner parties in our homes once more, it’s the perfect time to learn a new dish or two to impress friends and family, so we can at least pretend we’ve been feeding ourselves healthily over the last seven months and now solely relying on the kebab shop round the corner…
Which is where cookbooks always help to save the day. These books, filled with stylised photographs of colourful dishes and wise pro-tips on how to rustle up the best starter within minutes, help kitchen novices become better home cooks.
If you’re lacking cooking inspiration or you’re on the hunt for a new cookbook to add to your collection, we’ve rounded up the nine best new cookbooks available on the market right now. From plant-based saviours to one pot wonders, here’s what to cook up this summer…
Linda McCartney’s Family Kitchen by Linda McCartney with Paul, Mary & Stella McCartney
Growing up vegan, I lived on Linda McCartney’s vegan range. It wasn’t as diverse as it is nowadays but it still had a few solid contenders (notably the sausages and pies) that kept my family coming back for more. And I’d still say that they are one of my favourite vegan brands out there.
And now, whether you’re vegan or not, we can all enjoy McCartney’s recipes at home thanks to the new cookbook, Linda McCartney’s Family Kitchen.
McCartney started sharing her meat-free cooking around her family table over thirty years ago. Now her family, Paul, Mary and Stella, are bringing her recipes to life once more, re-inventing them for the hottest new vegan cookbook of 2021.
Filled with stories and dishes you won’t be able to resist, this is one cookbook that might even convince your meat-loving Dad to give a plant-based diet a go.
One Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones
Who doesn’t love a one pot wonder? And when it’s good for the planet too, it’s too good not to find out more.
Brought to you from the award-winning cook, Anna Jones, One Pot, Pan, Planet helps to show just how easy, simple and delicious cooking at home, with healthy ingredients, can be. Showcasing over 200 recipes, the cookbook includes meals such as one-tray dinners, including a baked dhal with tamarind-glazed sweet potato to a tangy one-pot orzo with beetroot, thyme and orange.
As well as the recipes, expect find tips and tricks on how you can be more sustainable in your home, garden and kitchen.
If your Chinese escapade has been cancelled this summer, fear not as Betty Liu is helping to bring the smells, sounds and tastes of the country’s foodie city, Shanghai, to your home kitchen.
Liu’s My Shanghai is filled with one hundred recipes and stories, and is accompanied by bright colourful photographs helping to make it an enticing read. Having grown up eating homemade versions of Shanghainese food, Liu brings the food centric city to life, showcasing dishes that delve deep beyond the Westernised dishes we know here in the UK.
Acting as part cookbook, part travelogue, expect to find dishes such as Mom’s Shanghai red-braised pork belly; Suzhou-style mooncakes; and Scallion oil-poached chicken.
Ripe Figs: Recipes & Stories from the Eastern Mediterranean by Yasmin Khan
Bringing the authentic flavours of Mediterranean cooking to your kitchen is Yasmin Khan and her new cookbook, Ripe Figs: Recipes & Stories from the Eastern Mediterranean.
You’ll be mentally travelling to the sunkissed shores of Greece, Turkey and Cyprus as Khan shares her knowledge, insight and favourite recipes from the region. These three countries act as the meeting point between Europe and the Middle East, and have recipes inspired so brightly by both.
Khan looks back at recipes made and celebrated in the areas, as well as exploring the influence of the generations in today’s society. You’ll flick through recipes such as sunshine salads; sweet tahini swirls; pomegranate and sumac chicken; courgette and feta fritters; and pumpkin and cardamom soup.
Brought to you by the team from London’s Honey & Co., Chasing Smoke: Cooking Over Fire Around The Levant explores the power of the humble grill. From its importance in both Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich’s lives to its smoky flavour, the grill has become an important feature in their home cooking.
This new cookbook is split into five chapters – all with ingredients that they feel are most poignant and important to coal-side cooking. Expect to be exploring pages filled with grilled peaches slathered with almond tahini; figs dusted with manouri cheese and pomegranate sauce; and prawns rich with honey and fresh coriander.
Who doesn’t love a picnic? But if you’ve grown tired of your soggy sandwiches, crinkle cut crisps and juice boxes, we’ve found the cookbook that might just be the answer to your picnic prayers…
Max’s Picnic Book, by Max Halley and Ben Benton, celebrates the joy of summer dining and beholds the ultimate picnic menu. 16 themed menus in fact.
They’ve enlisted the help from celebs such as Mary Berry, Hunter S. Thompson and even Snoop Dogg, to help define what a ‘picnic’ truly means to people. On the menu, expect recipes such as Joan Lee’s All-day breakfast quiche; Coconut macaroons; Chicken kiev parmo; and ice slushies.
by Sarit Packer & Itamar Srulovich
I’ll be honest, I don’t know much about Australian cuisine. Apart from the stereotypes associated with endless barbecues and kangaroo burgers. Thankfully Ross Dobson is on hand to help change that.
His cookbook, Australia: The Cookbook has been a real eye opener into the foodie world of Oz. Being the sixth largest country on the planet, Australia is home to so much diversity, from its landscapes to its people.
Spread across 350 recipes, the cookbook explores the differences and similarities of cooking over time, and how recipes have changed to become the country’s own.
If you’re looking to expand your culinary horizons, look to Zoe Alakija’s new cookbook, Afro Vegan, for inspo.
Alakija, a London-based cook, helps to blend the colours, tastes and textures defined by her Nigerian upbringing with contemporary British influences. It’s 100% plant-based and showcases dishes such as Loaded plantain wraps with black bean salad on top of brown rice and romaine lettuce leaves; Veggie shawarma; Hibiscus and coconut nice-cream; and coconut layer cake – yum.
From Buccaneer turkey wings and Crab matete to Mont Blanc coconut cake and Passion fruit rum punch, Vanessa Bolosier’s Sunshine Kitchen is an ode to the sunny Caribbean and its joyous Creole cuisine.
Helping to add some colour to your summer, Sunshine Kitchen brings all of the flavours and tastes of the Caribbean islands to life through their signature and internationally celebrated ingredients and dishes.
While your once in a lifetime trip to the Caribbean might be on hold, Bolosier’s charming cookbook will help transport you there mentally. This book is a new edition of Bolosier’s Creole Kitchen cookbook.
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