The best of the latest cookbooks
New cookbooks reviewed and rated.
I think I eat too much meat. I’ve been trying to cut down recently, have a couple of days a week without any meat, and to eat more fish and seafood instead of just, well, red meat, that sort of thing. My efforts have been moderately successful so far, but I’m hitting a definite limit [...]
One of my favourite cook books from last year was Sumayya Usmani’s brilliant Summers Under the Tamarind Tree, an intoxicating collection of Pakistani food. I’ve cooked from it ever since, and my copy is stuffed with bookmarks to remind me what to do next. Usmani’s new book, Mountain Berries and Desert Spice is its equal, [...]
A few years’ ago, there was a public health campaign warning of the dangers of heart disease. It featured a middle-aged everyman who’d let himself go, a couch potato who drank too much. At one point, Everyman shovelled the contents of an Indian takeaway container onto a plate. The message was clear – drink too much, smoke, [...]
There are a lot of broadly Middle Eastern cookery books around at the moment. In the last few months, I’ve cooked from Ottolenghi’s peerless Jerusalem, and Levant by Anissa Helou, and now Joudie Kalla’s excellent Palestine on a Plate. All of these books share a common sense of identity, of place, and of history. The [...]
Hipster hamster food? Not exactly. Maybe. OK, yes. No. That’s not fair. This is a book about the Holy Trinity of preserving, namely fermenting, pickling and drying. Three related but very, very different processes. Kool kids love kimchi? Kool kids do indeed love kimchi. And rightly so. Yes, it’s fashionable right now to ferment anything [...]