All the mouth-watering new cookery book releases of the season that everyone should own.

Summer is second only to autumn in all its bounty as a brilliant time to fall back in love with cooking. Perhaps your garden is offering up a glut of seasonal produce, or those slower, longer days are allowing you the time and inclination to dabble in new recipes. This summer’s bookshelves are heaving with new cookery tomes to entice – from easy plant-based recipes for beginners from wellness goddess, Ella Mills to authentic recipes from around the Med to quell your wanderlust if you are Blighty-bound. Amongst these future bestseller, we’ve even included reads for the best cocktails and ‘wild cooking’ recipes for if the campfire is calling…

Deliciously Ella – Quick & Easy

Ella Mills

Forging the way for veganism and ‘wellness’ in mainstream food back in 2012, Ella Mills’ ‘Deliciously Ella’ brand of plant-based nutrition is seamlessly intertwined with lifestyle and mindfulness tips in an easy, accessible (and, crucially, non-preachy) way. Her latest cookbook (number six and counting) uses easy-to-source, affordable ingredients to create quick, flavour-packed mealsl, with sections on batch-cooking (great for busy families) as well as indulgent treats, 10-min recipes and great ideas for entertaining, too. If you’re looking to dabble in more plant-based meals, this is the best entry-level option with plenty of supporting content to boost your wellbeing, too. One of the best cookbooks for beginners. Buy it here.

A Table for Friends

Skye McAlpine

Sunday Times columnist and cookery author, Skye McAlpine’s culinary style has become synonymous with laid-back, relaxed hosting, making cooking for two, or twenty seem effortless and infinitely do-able. Her new book, A Table for Friends shares recipes for every occasion, with clever chapters divided into ‘stars, sides, sweets and extras’ to allow you to pull together a menu with ease. Depending on your mood (and culinary abilities) there are recipes earmarked ‘Throw Together’, ‘On the Hob’, or ‘In the Oven’ – depending on the level of attentiveness you are able to provide both your dinner, and your guests. She also imparts her ‘fluster-free’ advice on what to prep ahead and how to dress a table, beautifully. The perfect buy for sociable cooks, or the ideal hostess gift if you are visiting friends and family this summer. Buy it here.

7 Ways – Easy Ideas For Every Day Of The Week (out Aug 2020 – pre-order now)

Jamie Oliver

Ever feel like you cook the same roster of fail-safe recipes on repeat? If you’re keen to break out of your culinary rut, Jamie’s latest book looks at the ingredients we, as a nation, buy week-in, week-out in our food shop and gives new and exciting ideas of what to do with them. Think chicken, salmon, eggs, potatoes, mince, broccoli et al; in other words, all the trolley staples that we buy on default. Here they are given a new lease of life as we are shown seven easy ways to cook them, all with minimal ingredients lists and straightforward-to-follow instructions. There are ‘fakeaways’, family favourites, traybakes and time-saving batch cook ideas. Perfect if you just need a nudge of inspiration to see the contents of your fridge in a whole new light. Buy the book here.

Jikoni - Proudly Inauthentic Recipes From An Immigrant Kitchen

Ravinder Bhogal

Ravinder Bhogal’s style of cooking is ‘proudly inauthentic’, drawing inspiration from her birth in Kenya to Indian parents, through her move to London as a child. What emerges from these rich and diverse reference points is a world larder from which Ravinder draws in her ‘immigrant cuisine’. Each recipe is intertwined with back stories, memories and cultural references, illustrating ‘the powerful relationship between food, people, place and identity’. Flavour-packed, playful, modern dishes that feel both rooted in Ravinder’s heritage, but on her own modern terms. Buy it here.

Gin O’Clock

Craft Gin Club

In need of some Gin-spiration? If your cocktail ideas have run dry on lockdown or you’re just looking for ways to impress your guests with a new tipple, The Craft Gin Club’s new Gin O’Clock book has 70+ recipes to try – all with mother’s ruin as their star ingredient. And guess what? They’re not all to quaff! There are marinades, desserts and even some tempting gin truffles to try, too. A great gift for gin-lovers, or ebullient hosts. Buy it here.

Wilderness Chef: The Ultimate Guide To Cooking Outdoors

Ray Mears

Heading off for a spot of camping this summer? Make sure you pack Ray Mears’ first cookbook, Wilderness Chef, to help you increase your campfire repertoire of sausages and Smores. There are tips on how to lay a fire in the wild, how to set up an outdoor kitchen, build your own smokery and even a simple ground oven. He includes all the campfire favourites, as well as recipes sourced from indigenous people he has lived with around the globe on his exploration adventures – intertwined with anecdotes of baking a birthday cake from foraged ingredients in the Amazon, to cooking an emu leg drumstick in a ground oven in the central Australian desert. Perfect for those hankering after a spot of adventure in the wild this summer, even if the ‘wild’ is the bottom of your garden. Buy it here.

Aegean – Recipes From The Mountains To The Sea

Marianna Leivaditaki

Food has an incredible way of transporting us to foreign climes, and none more so than the evocative and authentic dishes of Cretean cook. Marianna Leivaditaki learned all she knows from her Greek grannies in their family-run taverna, and her latest book, Aegean, is part storytelling, part passion for the heritage of her family’s recipes, re-told in her own, contemporary way. Using simple, high-quality ingredients that need little adulteration, her sharing plates and communal dishes are perfect for lazy, summer lunches – filled with the bountiful Mediterranean ingredients that can take us there in one bite. Buy the book here.

By Lydia Mansi
July 2020


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