The best of the latest cookbooks

New cookbooks reviewed and rated.

Etxebarri, by Juan Pablo Cardenal & Jon Sarabia

Etxebarri, by Juan Pablo Cardenal & Jon Sarabia

A couple of years ago, I bought a pizza oven, a proper one, one that took four people to lift into place. I burn kiln-dried logs in it, and it hits almost 500c. It cooks a pizza in about two minutes, maybe less, and those pizzas are like nothing else I’ve ever tasted. The wood [...]

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The Taste of Portugal, Edite Vieira

The Taste of Portugal, Edite Vieira

Portugal is very small, a slim slither of a country clinging on to the side of the Iberian Peninsula, battered along its western coast by the most magnificent of Atlantic breakers, its interior parched under a southern European sun. The strip along the bottom is a tourist haven, its capital, Lisbon, one of the most [...]

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Naturally Nourished, by Sarah Britton

Naturally Nourished, by Sarah Britton

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 [...]

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Mountain Berries and Desert Spice, by Sumayya Usmani

Mountain Berries and Desert Spice, by Sumayya Usmani

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, [...]

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Saffron Soul, by Mira Manek

Saffron Soul, by Mira Manek

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, [...]

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