What’s new in cook books

The art of cooking with vegetablesSecrets from my Indian family kitchen: contains 120 recipes by Anjali Pathak- Anjali Pathak’s first memories are of making chapatis with her grandmother who founded the family business, doing her homework on the kitchen table as her mother presented her with dish upon dish to test and her father’s favourite phrase – ‘can we get that into a jar?’ Now she draws upon her family secrets in these authentic Indian dishes and modern creations perfect for all cooks. Delve into heartfelt stories that bring Indian food to life, learn top tips for foolproof results, master classics and learn how a touch of spice can add a contemporary twist.

The WI cookbook: the first 100 yearsThe WI cookbook: the first 100 years by Mary Gwynn – As the Women’s Institute turns 100, this book, curated by food journalist Mary Gwynn, brings together the 100 best loved members’ recipes nationwide. Organised decade by decade, and setting each recipe in its historical and social context, it spans everything from jams and preserves to main courses, puddings and bakes

The art of cooking with vegetables by Alain Passard – A collection of 48 vegetarian recipes by three-Michelin-starred chef Alain Passard

My busy kitchen: a lifetime of family recipes by Alex Hollywood – As Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood freely admits,Kew on a plate with Raymond Blanc: recipes, horticulture and heritage it’s his wife Alex who is in charge of cooking at home. She plans, shops and cooks so they can enjoy delicious home-made food with family and friends. Her recipes fall into one of two categories – quick and simple for when you don’t have much time during the week, or slow and simple for a lazy weekend at home. With a few clever twists and drawing on influences from her travels and her family (a glamorous French grandma, a father brought up in Spain and a Norwegian great grandmother) Alex’s recipes are easy, inexpensive and just a little bit different

Great British Cooking by Carolyn Caldicott – Carolyn and Chris Caldicott have travelled the world in pursuit of delicious food. In this book they come home to explore the long-overlooked delights of traditional British cooking.

 Secret recipes from the world famous New York bakerySecret recipes from the world famous New York bakery by Dominique Ansel – The creator of the Cronut pastry, the croissant-doughnut hybrid that took the world by storm, Ansel is no one-hit wonder. Classically trained in Paris, leader of Daniel Boulud’s three-Michelin-starred pastry kitchen in New York and now the proprietor of New York’s highest-rated bakery, he has become a modern-day Willy Wonka: the creator of wildly innovative, extraordinarily delicious and unbelievably popular desserts. Here are his coveted recipes, organised by skill level and catering to both amateur and professional bakers

 Kew on a plate with Raymond Blanc: recipes, horticulture and heritage by Raymond Blanc The best dish on Raymond’s menu is the ‘one that’s in season’. In this TV series and book, Raymond Blanc and Kew Gardens have created a kitchen garden at Kew to showcase the heritage and botany of their favourite plants. The book explores how these plants arrived in the UK, brought back by intrepid plant hunters, how they flourished and how they spread to become part of our everyday meals. The Kew gardeners offer their tips and expertise in growing this produce, from carrots to potatoes, rhubarb and gooseberries, apples and peas. And interwoven with these stories are Raymond’s Blanc’s detailed tasting notes and 40 mouth-watering recipes


A six Cook Book round up

Plenty more

Not too fed up with cooking Christmas dinner and party food yet? Try these great cookery books that came out in 2014, here’s six that look good.

If you want to eat more healthily or get fitter this year, there’s some healthy but appealing dishes in Diana Henry’s A Change of Appetite

 Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food brings together 100 ultimate comfort food recipes from around the world.

 Crumb: the baking book by Ruby Tandoh is ‘The Great British Bake Off’ finalist’s debut cookbook, guiding you through the whys and hows of everything from simple sponge cakes to teatime biscuits, to steaming pies and puddings and delicate pastries

Do you want to spice up your cooking? These have great recipes and you get to learn about spicing, as they say on Masterchef.

Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour. Voted best new cookbook at this year’s OFM Awards (Observer Food Monthly), rose petal lamb chops with chilli and herbs is one of 100 Persiana: recipes from the Middle East & beyondMiddle Eastern recipes … includes good puddings too.

Chilli notes: recipes to warm the heart (not burn the tongue) by Thomasina Miers Chillies can add excitement to the simplest, most frugal ingredients. The recipes ‘excite & tantalise, comfort & warm, this book aims to seduce the reader with the power of this humble fruit, even those who profess to loathe the slow burn’.

Yotam Ottolenghi recipes are brilliant. Plenty More has 120 cracking ones focusing on vegetables, with chapters divided by cooking methods, grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, helpful if timing is the issue. Cook up steamed miso vegetables and rice with black sesame dressing, Alfonso mango and curried chickpea salad, or Membrillo and stilton quiche. Desserts include roasted rhubarb with sweet labneh and Quince poached in pomegranate juice



Bake! The Hairy Bikers’ Diet and Top Bananas

Paul Hollywood's British bakingIf you’re missing The Great British Bake Off,  Paul Hollywood’s British baking might do the trick – he takes a personal tour around the regions of Britain and discovers the  history of their finest baked delights. 9780297869054_Hairy Dieters_TPB_Final

He shows you the secrets behind the recipes and how to create them in your own kitchen and, in his inimitable style, he applies his signature twist …40 recipes to try.

Once you’ve done that, you might need The Hairy Dieters new book – How to Love Food and Lose Weight They lost almost 6 stone between them and you can lose weight too… . Low calorie recipes  – they Top bananas!: the best ever family recipes from Mumsnetsay real food for real people, not skinny minnies! 

Ideas for family meals, hearty lunches and dinners, a few knock-out bakes and snacking options. Bake your cake, eat it, and lose the pounds.
Top Bananas: The best ever family recipes from Mumsnet by Claire McDonald and Jill Mead contains 120 hassle free recipes for family meals and looks good to us.

Get ready, Bake!

Mary Berry's baking bible: over 250 classic recipesGreat British Bake Off fans – six cook books to help your baking skills.

Mary Berry – Mary Berry’s Baking Bible: 250 classic recipes – The best!! 9 readers rate it 5 *

Tarek Malouf – The Hummingbird Bakery Nice classic recipes 

Scandilicious bakingJohn Whaite – John Whaite Bakes at Home Bake Off’s own – for more confident bakers

Sine Johanson – Scandilicious Baking Wasn’t there a very complicated  Swedish bake on last week? This might help

Alex Hoffler and Stacey O’Gorman- Meringue Girls Cookbook Meringues are the new macaroons

Signe Johansen – Scandilicious Baking – Wasn’t there a Swedish cake in last week’s Bake Off that looked complicated. This might help

Pronto! Fast cooking for summer

Pronto!: let's cook Italian in 20 minutesDo you want to sit and relax rather than slaving making dinner?

Pronto!: let’s cook Italian in 20 minutes by Gino D’Acampo may be worth taking a look at. It’s got 130 delicious and quick dishes to inspire you to leave behind the same ‘dull, after-work meals’. Recipes are organised by ingredients, so you can easily find a dish using what you have in the cupboard or fridge

Or there’s Emma Lewis’s Food for friends: every dish, three ways – you choose!: 30 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes   This is a collection of 360 recipes, providing a wealth of inspiration for relaxing meals to share with friends even when you’re short of time

Fay Ripley’s ‘Fay makes it easy: 100 delicious recipes to impress with no stress’  100 deliciously easy and simple recipes that will keep your family and friends coming back for more

Recipes on the move

If you’ve ever borrowed cookery books from the library and written down a few recipes you liked, this recipe manager app is a way to save them and add your own touches.

Called Sesame, you can use the app to find and save recipes from various websites, or input your own and tweak them if you find you prefer different ingredients or serving styles.  It also searches the web to help you find more recipes and let’s you tailor portion size/numbers to cater for and avoid the nasty ingredients you don’t like.

Recipes can be tagged to make them easy to find, and there’s a multiple timer feature so you can cook and time things together. It lets you email the recipe directly from the app to the person who’s just admired the meal you cooked. Also good for enlisting helpers – create a shopping list from your recipes so you or your lovely assistant can tick off the items as they go in your trolley. It’s all saved in the iCloud, so no problem if you drop your phone in the washing up.

Is Jamie going frugal?

9780718158149Looking forward to these new cook books which we’ve got ordered.

Jamie Oliver’s new cookery book is ‘Save with Jamie’ We like the look of this one  as we’re all for being a cheapskate!

”Save with Jamie’ draws on knowledge and cooking skills to help you make better choices, showing you how to buy economically and efficiently, get the most out of your ingredients, save time and prevent food waste.’

Then there’s the healthy sounding ‘River Cottage fruit everyday’ by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. With 180 delicious recipes, it shows you how to enjoy a broader eating experience and make fruit easy, fun and irresistible. Recipes for seasonal fruit that grows in this country, and how to make the most of fruit from other parts of the world:  marinated lamb and fig kebabs; barbecued pork chops with peaches and sage; venison stew with damsons; and parsnip and apple cakes;  fresh and zingy salads as well as gorgeous cakes, tarts, pies, crumbles and puddings.

And this one will be our favourite: Michel Roux Jnr ‘The French Kitchen’. It’s got 200 recipes so if you feel inspired by watching Masterchef, this is the one for you


‘With its delicious dishes and exquisite ingredients as diverse as the regions from which they come, heritage cooking and family values from provincial France have stood the test of time. In this book Michel Roux Jr explores the heritage of his native French cuisine: from the rustic to the haute.’

Still looking for some recipe inspiration, here’s our 2013 cook books to browse through with everything from curries to meatless, superfoods, Mary Berry, Levi Roots and more !