Cookery, Food and Drink

Variety is the spice of life and in our Cookery, Food and Drink section we have a range of new books that you can sit back and enjoy or get your hands messy and whip up something fantastic!

May 2022 Featured Books

The Hairy Dieters' Simple Healthy Food

The Hairy Dieters' Simple Healthy Food

Author: Hairy Bikers Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2022

The nation's favourite food heroes, aka the Hairy Dieters, are back to show you that losing weight and staying healthy doesn't mean losing out on taste and enjoyment. With more than 80 great new recipes, Si and Dave prove that healthy food can be delicious food - and also easy, accessible and affordable. With the abundance of health and nutrition information being published, it can be hard to keep up with what's good for you and what's not; what the latest advice is on low-fat products; or what you need to know about gut health or high fibre diets. As consumers, we are constantly bombarded by conflicting messages about what to eat and when - and unsurprisingly this can become overwhelming. Ten years on from the release of their first, multi-million copy selling diet book, THE HAIRY DIETERS, Si and Dave are aware of how confusing this can be. THE HAIRY DIETERS: SIMPLE HEALTHY FOOD is here to provide clear, simple nutritional ground rules - based on the advice of medical experts, including Professor Roy Taylor, and professional athletes - and delicious low-cal recipes to help you eat well, lose weight and stay healthy for the long term. This book is brimming with good-hearted healthy food, including tasty ways to start the day, light takes on lunch, speedy snacks, satisfying dinners and brilliant batch-cook basics. All made with easy-to-find ingredients and packed with the Hairy Bikers' trademark knockout flavours, so you won't feel like you're missing out when you cook from this book - these are healthy meals that the whole family will love.

The Nutmeg Trail

The Nutmeg Trail

Author: Eleanor Ford Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/04/2022

Beautifully presented, Eleanor Ford's The Nutmeg Trail blends delicious recipes with fascinating spice-trading history and travel writing flair to concoct a book that’s informative, inspirational and bursting with wonderful ways to spice-up your menu. “Using recipes as our maps, we are embarking on a culinary journey that weaves through history and halfway around the world, following the ancient maritime trade known as the spice routes”. The journey begins with an introductory A-Z spice library that’s invaluable, as are the flavour profiles detailing which spices are sweet and warming (like nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and allspice), and which are hot, earthy, medicinal, fragrant and floral, and sour. And so the scene is set for a glorious gastronomic trip. Each spread is a colourful delight, from the map displaying the origins of spices, to the elegant food photography. The chapters and recipes are organised by spice as the book follows the ancient spice route to present recipes from Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, China, Sri Lanka, India, Iran, and the Emirates. Ginger, for example, with its “rasping heat and woody notes” is represented by the likes of tangy Burmese ginger salad, salted chicken, and aphrodisiac greens, while black pepper (once known as “black gold”) features in recipes for Balinese green bean wraps, hot and tingly hand-pulled noodles, and sticky-sweet pepper pork. Meanwhile, chili adds fire to explosive gunpowder okra, Malaysian devil’s curry, and Kashmiri vindaloo. And, when you’re in the mood for something earthier (think cumin and turmeric), take your pick from curried udon noodles, or Indonesian spiced beef martabak. With eighty recipes, all of them easy to follow and eminently achievable, and tonnes of tips on how to layer flavours, The Nutmeg Trail is a spicy slam-dunk of a book.

April 2022 Featured Books

Go Camping

Go Camping

Author: Katherine Latham Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

Go Camping is a celebration of the freedom that camping brings - the perfect gift either to yourself or for a friend who may be toying with the idea of taking the plunge into this world of wilderness, wonder and escapism. This is a book to keep close at hand, to pick up and put down between tasks and chores to remind yourself that there are big and small adventures out there just waiting for you to turn up and have them. The book is packed with inspiring tips, info, quotes and photographs which beckon to your inner explorer from every page, willing you to get out there and do it! Open the book at random and you’ll discover pitching tips, turn a few pages and you’re checking out tasty camping recipes… from bushcraft to foraging, in tents or in campervans… kit lists, destinations, birdwatching, wild swimming, games… you name it. Go Camping feeds your camping dreams and introduces you to one of life’s purest and most fulfilling experiences. Don’t miss it.

The Slimming Foodie in One

The Slimming Foodie in One

Author: Pip Payne Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/04/2022

THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER The bestselling Slimming Foodie is back with a fantastic new collection of slimming recipes. These dishes are as tasty as ever but even simpler to prepare, as they can all be made in one pot, pan, tray or dish. The Slimming Foodie is known for her simple approach to food; she's a firm believer that you don't need to spend hours in the kitchen to deliver amazing results, nor do you have to completely change your eating habits to lose weight. With Pip's clever swaps and cooking techniques, you can slim down while still enjoying all your favourite foods - it's a modern weight-loss method that puts flavour first. In her first book, the Slimming Foodie showed us how easy and enjoyable slimming recipes can be. Now she has made dinnertime even simpler by creating delicious all-in-one meals with surprisingly few calories. From flash-in-the-pan dinners to slow-cooked comforts, you will find something for the whole family to enjoy without fuss and with minimal washing up! The Slimming Foodie in One is made up of seven chapters, each one reflecting a different method of one-pot cooking: Chapter 1: In a Pot Includes Pizza mac 'n' cheese, Chicken lemon pepperpot and Jumbled cottage pie Chapter 2: In a Pan Includes Black bean & mushroom dal, Special chow mein and Kofta meatballs with harissa chickpea sauce Chapter 3: In a Tray Includes Bombay burritos, Roesti-topped fish pie and Cheeseburger balls with loaded chippies Chapter 4: Soup-er Includes Arrabbiata orzo soup, Salmon & miso broth and Chicken & prawn laksa Chapter 5: In a Slow-cooker Includes White chicken chilli, Coffee-rubbed barbecue pulled pork and Fakeaway doner kebab Chapter 6: All in the Prep Includes Tex-mex macaroni, Crunchy Japanese-style rice salad and Chickpea & tuna salad Chapter 7: Jazz it Up Includes Speedy preserved lemons, Ketchup with a kick and Veggie salsa verde

Feed Your Family

Feed Your Family

Author: Nicole Pisani, Joanna Weinberg Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2022

Goodbye, beige; hello, colour! How refreshing to find a family cookbook that refuses to shy away from bold flavours, fresh twists or a generous helping of food theatre. A collaboration between Nicole Pisani, Head Chef and co-founder of Chefs in Schools, and cookery writer and columnist, Joanna Weinberg, this is a little gem for any family looking to break free from their cooking rut, without breaking the bank in the process. This beautifully curated book is bursting with culturally diverse recipes interspersed with the stories of the school chefs responsible for bringing them to dining halls across the country. For those just starting out on their food journey, classics like fish fingers and bolognese have been given a fragrant face-lift (and an added nutritious punch). For more adventurous children, wholesome dishes like SouSou’s Moroccan Chicken, Samia’s Samosas or a seafood Keralan Curry will all add a little joy to those midweek menus. There’s a fabulous selection of street food perfect for streetwise teenagers and look out for special contributions too from kitchen heroes including Thomasina Miers and Yotam Ottolenghi. The target audience for these delectable recipes may be school-aged children, but that’s no reason to stick to safe, time-tested favourites. Feed Your Family is about celebrating the excitement and drama that food can bring and laying down the foundations for positive relationships between children and the food they eat. It’s an absolute delight. 

March 2022 Featured Books

Glucose Revolution

Glucose Revolution

Author: Jessie Inchauspe Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/03/2022

Dietary science is on the move. For decades, people were wrongly focused on reducing fat and calories, whereas we now know that the real trouble-makers are the foods that deregulate our blood sugar levels. In writing both clear and empathetic, biochemist Jessie Inchauspe explains why blood sugar spikes are so bad for us and how to flatten those spikes to transform our health. By analysing decades of research and running thousands of original experiments on herself wearing a continuous glucose monitor, she has distilled 10 simple and surprising hacks that can be easily incorporated into everyday life. By the end of this book, you'll be aware of how food impacts your biology. You'll know which breakfast choices may be causing your cravings, in which order you should eat the food on your plate, what not to do on an empty stomach, which foods lead to mood swings, and how to avoid being sleepy at 3pm. You'll evolve the way you eat, take control of your health, and your life will flourish.

Feel Good Food

Feel Good Food

Author: Joe Wicks Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/03/2022

Make the food that makes your day What we eat has a huge impact on how we feel. From energy-boosting breakfasts to satisfying family feasts, the food you eat can transform your day. So I've created over 100 quick and tasty recipes that will put a spring in your step and have you feeling your best. With easy weeknight dinners and home-cooking hacks, energy-packed snacks and delicious food to feed a crowd, these nutritious meals are designed for energy and balance, and take the stress out of healthy home cooking. Packed with feel good food that everyone will love, it's never been easier to eat well. Joe Wicks was a number 1 Sunday Times Manuals bestseller in the w/e June 13th 2021

You Can Have a Better Period

You Can Have a Better Period

Author: Le'Nise Brothers Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/03/2022

A practical guide to understanding your cycle and balancing your hormones with nutrition, lifestyle changes and yoga for calmer, less painful periods. Written by Le’Nise Brothers, a nutritional therapist, yoga teacher and popular women’s health coach, You Can Have A Better Period is a straight-talking resource to help women understand their menstrual cycles and finally get answers to questions such as: “why am I so moody right before my period?”, “are periods supposed to be so painful?”, “why is my period so heavy?”, “is it normal to get headaches right before my period?” and more. Le'Nise takes us through each phase of our cycle, including clear and practical nutrition and lifestyle changes. The book explains which supplements work and the key stress management habits we can implement to bring long-lasting and sustainable changes to our hormones and menstrual health. In Western society, we have accepted a cultural narrative that periods are supposed to be painful, emotional and messy. This book is a practical guide that helps women change the way they look at their period and menstrual cycle to finally harness the power of the fifth vital sign.

There has never been a greater interest in cooking. Never been such a wide range of accessible ingredients from all over the world. Cultural diversity has led to us all broadening our culinary horizons. What better time to celebrate the sumptuous array of delectable books on offer, covering all aspects of our growing obsession with all things food … and drink (!). You won’t find the obvious choices here, the big name chefs and TV show spin-offs. We hope that we’ve lovingly compiled a special menu of off the beaten track titles to fire your imaginations and your ovens. Uncork your inner sommelier, sauté your inner chef and share a spoonful of our passion for something saucy, lip-smacking, eye-feasting and thirst-quenching. Bon Appetit!

We hope you’ll find our Food and Drink category full of titles that can be enjoyed either sitting in the armchair or used in a more practical way in the kitchen. Some of them provide a mixture of both.