Christmas Gift Guide: Books

By
Eve O'Sullivan
Added
27 November, 2015

Put simply, Cooked would not be here if it weren’t for our hugely talented authors. There are so many to choose from Bloomsbury, Hardie Grant and Quadrille Publishing’s 2015 list, but we’ve managed to pick out five books that we’d love to find under the tree.

For the restaurant lover




Rustic, the first cookbook by London cafe group Fernandez and Wells, epitomizes simple food done well. Majoring in Spanish and Middle Eastern flavours - think harissa tomato soup and grilled chorizo sandwiches and caramelised onion tortilla - these recipes are perfect for relaxed entertaining. Even better, you’ll soon be able to find it on Cooked, too. 




For the Scandi chic fan




Nordic cookery is more popular now than ever, but Simon Bajada’s stunning tome manages to both capture the essence of this cuisine while taking a fresh approach to classic ingredients. You will of course find the likes of pickled herrings, cinnamon buns and meatballs, but duck with charred cucumber and malt, liquorice with cherries and sea salt and rhubarb and rye bread pudding have an altogether more modern, restaurant feel. Find the recipes on Cooked here.




For the budding baker


Our Great British Bake Off columnist’s very own book, BIY: Bake it Yourself, cleverly starts from the basics, and excuse the pun, builds up to sugary masterpieces. Give this to the GBBO fan in your life, and expect Irish cream profiteroles, pink grapefruit cheesecake and pork, fennel and chilli sausage rolls in return. Find the recipes on Cooked here.




For the eco-minded cook




Judging by our River Cottage takeover earlier this year, Cooked members are as big fans of Hugh and the RC HQ team as we are. When Christmas feasting is over, Love Your Leftovers will be a godsend, from potato peel soup and classic fish cakes to Asian-style chicken salads and leftover lamb and onion bhajis. Find River Cottage recipes on Cooked here




For the sugar fiend




With his latest offering, James Martin has returned to his roots and created an ode to desserts. From warming teatime treats such as banana and nutella marbled cake and walnut macaroons with coffee cream, to show-off puddings like chocolate and cherry tart with creme fraiche sorbet and glazed Cambridge cream with apples and hazelnuts, all you need now is the right occasion. Find recipes from James on Cooked here




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