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!

January 2022 Featured Books

The Green Lunch Box

The Green Lunch Box

Author: Becky Alexander Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/01/2022

Save time, save money, save the planet and boost your health - in short, that’s exactly what Becky Alexander’s inspiring, practical - and stylish - The Green Lunch Box can help you do. Featuring sixty easy-to-follow, plant-based lunch recipes, these dishes are quick to make without compromising on taste. In fact, fulsome flavours are at the fore here, with the recipes focussed on converting leftovers into tasty lunchtime meals. Opening with an introduction that suggests simple ways you can “save your planet on your lunch break” (such as how to shop smarter and stock-up wisely using locally sourced products, and batch cooking), the book covers recipes for delicious salads, soups, sandwich fillings and snacks that’ll transform your lunch from functional to flavoursome in a few easy steps. If that wasn’t enough, the book is a thing of beauty in itself, thanks to Sally Caulwell’s elegant illustrations.

December 2021 Featured Books

Slimming Eats

Slimming Eats

Author: Siobhan Wightman Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/12/2021

Everyday recipes you will make time and again - flavourful, simple, slimming and so satisfying. From wildly popular blog SLIMMING EATS comes a stunning collection of 100 brand new recipes plus 15 blog favourites. This is an everyday cookbook for everyone. Siobhan's homely recipes are delicious and really work, plus over 100 are under 500 calories. You will find life-long family favourites, with recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, meals to feed a crowd, kid-friendly dishes, quick fixes, low calorie sides and recipes to satisfy any cravings. This is slimming food and delicious food - there's absolutely no scrimping on flavour here! Every recipe is made to help you achieve your goals, featuring: a nutritional breakdown with a calorie count helpful pointers for vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free diets suggestions for swapping in low-calorie sides Siobhan shares information on key ingredients and useful items to keep in your kitchen, plus a lot of motivation to keep you on track. Slimming Eats will be your ultimate kitchen companion for eating well every day.

Fast 800 Keto

Fast 800 Keto

Author: Michael Mosley Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/12/2021

AS SEEN ON CHANNEL 4'S 'LOSE A STONE IN 21 DAYS', A NEW PROGRAMME FOR ACCELERATED WEIGHT LOSS COMBINING KETO WITH THE HUGELY POPULAR FAST 800 A keto diet - where you flip your metabolic switch, going from burning sugar to burning fat for fuel - leads to significant weight loss and other potential health benefits. But one of the challenges of a standard low-carb, high-fat keto diet is that it can be hard to stick to. Dr Michael Mosley's Fast 800 Keto is both more effective than a conventional keto regime, and healthier and more sustainable. The secret to this new approach is that it combines keto with intermittent fasting, which means you go into ketosis faster, while also being able to enjoy delicious Mediterranean-style food. Based on the latest dietary science, this book presents a simple, highly flexible three-step programme to ensure you lose weight rapidly and safely, while preserving your metabolic rate. It includes protein-rich, low-carb recipes and easy-to- follow menus from bestselling author Dr Clare Bailey, and all the other tools you need to shift stubborn fat and transform your health for good.

Pinch of Nom Comfort Food

Pinch of Nom Comfort Food

Author: Kay Featherstone, Kate Allinson Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/12/2021

More than 100 hearty, easy and slimming recipes from Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone, authors of the bestselling Pinch of Nom series. From satisfying savoury dishes to indulgent desserts, Pinch of Nom Comfort Food is packed with slimming-friendly, delicious dishes that will keep you and your loved ones happy and healthy. From lazy weekend breakfasts to filling mains and warming puddings, this book is brimming with tasty meals that are easy to make. Many of the dishes have alternative cooking methods, so you can choose whether to cook in the oven, slow cooker or pressure cooker, depending on your schedule. From Katsu Chicken Bites, Steak and Chips Pie and Cheesy Aubergine Bake to Slow Cooker Stroganoff, Halloumi Couscous Burgers and Millionaire Shortbread, you'll be spoilt for choice on what to cook first. Feeling adventurous? Try Danger Dogs! Need a sweet and fruity fix? Cherry Pie ticks all the boxes. Featuring Pinch of Nom's trademark big flavours, these recipes use easy-to-find ingredients to create dishes that everyone will love - whether they're watching their waistline or not.

CO Specs: Recipes & Histories of Classic Cocktails

CO Specs: Recipes & Histories of Classic Cocktails

Author: Cas Oh Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2020

Stylish in form and content, this A-Z encyclopaedia of 200 classic cocktails serves up intriguing origin stories alongside inspiring recipes. Written and curated by London bar expert Cas Oh, whose impressive CV includes helming The Club at The Ivy, this gorgeously-produced book (think black-and-gold art deco elegance) represents the distillment of tens of thousands of cocktail recipes into 200 classics - nice work if you can get it! Chicly presented and organised A-Z, it covers everything from the Absinthe Frappé that originated in New Orleans in 1874, to the Espresso Martini of the 1980s, to the triple-rum Zombie of 1930s Hollywood. With the provenance and recipes of many cocktails keenly contested, this seeks to set the record straight, with beautiful reproductions of pages from recipe books of the past revealing the origins and evolution of each concoction. Alongside learning about well-known favourites like Margaritas, Mai Tais, Piña Coladas and Daiquiris, I loved discovering new bizarre brews, such as The Black Velvet, a blend of Guinness and champagne created to commemorate the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Designed to inspire and guide professional bartenders and home-mixers alike, CO-Specs will certainly add more than a dash of glamour to coffee tables. It’s a book to be dipped into, sipped and savoured, rather than downed in one. Joanne Owen, A LoveReading Ambassador

Indie Books We Love

November 2021 Featured Books

My Vegan Year

My Vegan Year

Author: Niki Webster Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2021

If you have a young vegan or would-be vegan in the family, this book is a must-have. It contains dozens of recipes for tasty year-round cooking and eating, from drinks and snacks to main courses and puddings, all proof that you can have a delicious and varied diet totally meat, dairy and egg-free. The recipes are easy to follow and accompanied by full colour photos but it’s more than just a cookbook. Niki Webster slips in tips and advice too on keeping healthy and ensuring that you get enough iron and vitamins and includes a really useful FAQ section at the end as well as shopping lists and seasonal food charts. Her tone is just right, friendly, practical but inspiring. Keep a copy in the kitchen!

Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Celebrating the Seasons with the Yorkshire Shepherdess

Author: Amanda Owen Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2021

A stunning book from Amanda Owen - shepherdess, wife, mother of nine children, bestselling author and star of C5's Our Yorkshire Farm - that brings her world to life in glorious colour. In Celebrating the Seasons, Amanda shares funny and charming stories about life with her family and their many four-legged charges and describes their activities at Ravenseat, from lambing and shearing to haymaking and feeding the flock in midwinter. Her gorgeous photographs showcase the famous Swaledale landscape she writes about, from the sweeping moors to rare wildflowers and the elusive hares glimpsed in the field. She lives in tune with nature and Amanda's attitude to food is the same. She believes in buying good, seasonal ingredients when it comes to feeding her family and includes her favourite recipes here, from wild garlic lamb with hasselback roast potatoes to rhubarb and custard crumble cake and Yorkshire curd tart. As inspirational as Amanda herself, this book is a beautiful keepsake that will delight everyone who has followed her adventures so far.

Sandor Katz's Fermentation Journeys

Sandor Katz's Fermentation Journeys

Author: Sandor Katz Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2021

Fermentation Journeys of the World is a cookbook which advocates fermented food not only as a sustainable source of tasty dishes but as a means to explore the world from your kitchen. The International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on the 9th August - a coincidence that did not go unnoticed by the International Panel for Climate Change on the day it released its starkest report yet. The IPCC acknowledged that indigenous knowledge of food processes could help us tackle the crisis. So what are fermented foods? Most people would probably not get past alcoholic beverages when thinking of fermentation but Sandor Katz delivers recipes in every department. Vegetables, meat and fish are all in there, but so are beans and seeds, mold cultures and milk. Dishes such as Mexican-Inspired Kimchi, Sauerkraut Chocolate Cake and Koji may sound experimental and edgy but they are in fact very easy to put together. Some recipes take as little as thirty minutes, but in other cases the food can take weeks to ferment before it is ready. I love this simplicity - allowing time and nature to do its thing, producing these wonderful and rich flavours from across the globe where they have been at the core of culinary practice for centuries, if not millennia. Fermentation Journeys is a return to the roots of cooking and a brilliant guide for adventurous foodies ready to join the fermentation revolution!

Annabel Karmel's Fun, Fast and Easy Children's Cookbook

Annabel Karmel's Fun, Fast and Easy Children's Cookbook

Author: Annabel Karmel Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2021

Young chefs get an excellent introduction to culinary skills with Annabel Karmel's Fun, Fast & Easy Cookbook. The recipes have been designed for children and grown-ups to cook together and are divided into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snacks & Treats,  with easy-to-follow steps, tempting photos and cooking tips. The recipes are a lovely mix of both healthy dishes, with fresh fruit and vegetables added in creative and appealing ways, and twists on old favourites such as sunshine paella, vroom vroom bolognese and pesto pizzas. Amongst the recipes there are informative double-spreads on essential food groups and nutrition plus useful rules to keep kids safe in the kitchen. There are also ideas for cooking for those with food allergies and dietary requirements, with suggestions of simple ingredient-swaps to turn the recipe into a vegetarian or vegan meal. This sturdy, colourful hardback makes a great gift, giving hours of entertainment and teaching an essential skill in a fun way. 

Together

Together

Author: Jamie Oliver Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/09/2021

Dedicated to the NHS and key workers for looking after us and keeping the nation going, enabling us to get back together, Oliver’s latest book and the 25th in his collection  is a triumph of togetherness. Being together is precious and after all of our recent time apart, this book is a celebration of that and the joy of good food. Every chapter starts with a little menu card for each meal, for easy sharing with your diners. This is a stress-free step-by-step guide to entertaining, no matter what the occasion. From a laid back feast to a sunny gathering, cosy indulgence or celebration roast, this book has it all. And my favourite bit is the recipe methods which help you get super organised the day before your event, thus maximising your precious time with your guests. Every single recipe has a glorious full colour photograph and Oliver’s nutrition team has been busy with a whole nutrition section which features easy-to-read nutrition information on every dish. Mouth watering, I’m already popping get-togethers in the diary so I can test these recipes out. And recreate some of the stunning table settings and beautiful images peppering the book. And let’s not forget the cocktail section to help you enrich any gathering you throw. Coffee negroni, yum. Jammy margarita, yes please. I’m off to test a few out…

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.