It’s quite common for publishers to release cookbooks at the start of autumn in preparation for the Christmas rush on gift buying that happens in the following couple of months, and in 2020 this was no exception. With the COVID-19 lockdowns and a general rise in interest in healthy and affordable cooking at home, more and more people are looking at buying recipe books for their friends and family, or for themselves.
The following books are just a few of the many released or updated around September 2020. Included are hit books from established chefs, award winning cooks and a recipe book especially created for your Halloween bash at the end of October!
7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week by Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver’s recipe and cookbooks keep coming and they always fly off the the shelves. His latest book, 7 Ways: Easy Ideas for Every Day of the Week is no exception. In his book, Jamie has taken 18 of the nation’s favourite staple food ingredients; such as chicken breast, mince, eggs, mushrooms, etc., and using his skills and knowledge, he has created 7 new ways of cooking them. Each recipe is exciting and easily manageable, requiring a minimal amount of time, effort and extra ingredients. Recipes include: Sesame Roast Chicken, Mushroom Cannelloni, Sticky Ginger Beef, and much more.
“7 Ways, the most straight-forward cookbook Jamie has ever written. Simple, affordable and delicious food designed for all the family. Cooking dinner just got easier and tastier.”
Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
In this new cookbook Yotam Ottolenghi and his co-writer Ixta Belfrage bring you innovative vegetable dishes that are full of flavour and utilize exciting ingredient combinations to inspire and thrill. Ottolenghi FLAVOUR contains simple recipes for every day of the week. Each dish is low-effort but high in impact on the eyes and tastebuds. In the book, the authors explain how flavour is created, what you cooking processes you can use to get the most flavour out of your vegetables, and what produce pairings work exceptionally well together. Recipes include: Spicy Mushroom Lasagne, Romano Pepper Schnitzels, Miso Butter Onions and more.
Packed with colourful photography and innovative creations, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR is a must for vegetable lovers everywhere!
Dumplings and Noodles by Pippa Middlehurst
I was particularly drawn to this recipe book because of the eye-catching cover and also the fact that I’m interested in ramen! In the cookbook Dumplings and Noodles: Bao, Gyoza, Biang Biang, Ramen and Everything in Between, author Pippa Middlehurst discovers the traditional cooking methods behind some of our favourite Asian dishes. In this book you will learn how to make over 70 recipes with step-by-step techniques to help you achieve dumpling perfection and awesome wontons!
Recipes include mouth-watering dishes such as Barbecue Pork Bao, Miso Ramen, Aromatic Lamb Biang Biang and Dan Dan Mian, all accompanied by stunning photography and interesting information for food fans.
Cook Slow: Light & Healthy by Dean Edwards
TV chef Dean Edwards releases his latest book Cook Slow: Light & Healthy: 90 Easy Recipes for both Slow Cookers & Conventional Ovens as a follow up to his previous publication Cook Slow which was very well received by critics and home chefs alike. In his latest book, Dean wants to show us that your slow cooker is a versatile and amazing machine that can be used to cook light and healthy dishes and not just stodgy, winter stews that some might believe a slow cooker is only useful for. Its pages are packed full of amazing recipes including: Coconut Fish Curry, Teriyaki Beef, Baked Aubergine Katsu Cury, Maple Baked Figs with Granola and much more, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.
If you don’t own a slow cooker, fear not as all the recipes can be made in a conventional oven, however we would really recommend you invest in a slow cooker. Prices start under £20 and the electricity savings alone are a huge incentive to owning one, but we also love them for their practical usefulness and the fact that they make food taste amazing!
The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For by Helena Garcia
Helena Garcia, self-proclaimed creative witch, stylist and crafter, was a contestant on the Great British Bake Off TV show were she wowed the judges with her ghoulish bakes. In the cookbook The Wicked Baker: Cakes and Treats to Die For, Helena offers you a wide selection of spooky sweet treats and bakes, not only for Halloween but all year round! Make her Mummified Eclairs, Brain-shaped Cinnamon Buns, Cookie Bats, and the impressive Haunted Tree Cake. All the recipes are clearly explained with step-by-step instructions and the excellent photography really helps you visualise the final bake.
Yes, you too can become the Ghostess with the Mostest this Halloween with The Wicked Baker cookbook!