The perfect cookbooks of 2023 up to now – mydrugbank

The perfect cookbooks of 2023 up to now

Discovering Culinary Delights: A Compilation of New Cookbooks

1. Comfort and Joy by Ravinder Bhogal

Embark on a culinary adventure with “Comfort and Joy” by Ravinder Bhogal, a chef and food writer whose upbringing in Kenya amidst Indian influences laid the foundation for her deep appreciation of vegetables. Bhogal’s cookbook is a celebration of the vibrant colors and flavors found in nature’s bounty. From her grandfather’s lush garden to the local women growers, Bhogal’s childhood memories are infused into every page of this remarkable book.

“Comfort and Joy” is not just a cookbook; it’s a testament to the soul of the kitchen, where vegetables take center stage. With boundless opportunities for creativity, Bhogal explores traditional and innovative recipes alike. Indulge in mouthwatering dishes like hot and sour sweetcorn risotto with lime leaf butter or the exotic mango and ‘golden coin’ curry. Each recipe is a reflection of Bhogal’s rich heritage and multicultural experiences, having moved to London at a young age.

If you’re a culinary enthusiast seeking inventive, cross-cultural recipes brimming with warmth and love, then Bhogal’s work is unmatched. Dive into the pages of “Comfort and Joy” and let your taste buds embark on a journey of discovery.

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Recipe to Try: Sweet and sour dal with chickpea flour pasta rags.

Published by: Bloomsbury (£26).

2. The Flavour Thesaurus: More Flavours by Niki Segnit

Enter the world of flavor exploration with Niki Segnit’s “The Flavour Thesaurus: More Flavours,” the eagerly anticipated follow-up to her classic work. Segnit’s latest offering delves deeper into plant-based flavor pairings, unraveling the intricacies of taste and aroma. With a scholarly yet engaging approach, Segnit invites readers to understand and experiment with flavors in new and exciting ways.

From the nuanced balance of saltiness and sweetness in neri miso to the historical significance of barley coffee during World War II in Italy, “The Flavour Thesaurus” is a treasure trove of culinary knowledge. With Segnit’s lively prose and insightful commentary, this book transcends mere recipes to become an indispensable companion in the kitchen.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or an adventurous home cook, “The Flavour Thesaurus: More Flavours” promises to elevate your culinary creations to new heights.

Recipe to Try: Neri miso – a blend of miso, honey, and sake.

Published by: Bloomsbury (£20), available at Blackwells.

3. Love is a Pink Cake by Claire Ptak

Indulge in the sweet delights of “Love is a Pink Cake” by Claire Ptak, the creative genius behind East London’s beloved Violet Bakery. Ptak’s enchanting cookbook is a celebration of seasonal baking and the joy of sharing homemade treats with loved ones. Drawing inspiration from her dual heritage, Ptak offers a tantalizing array of recipes that reflect her Californian roots and English home.

From the comforting warmth of black tea poppy seed muffins to the delicate sweetness of apricot, chamomile, and honey scones, each recipe in “Love is a Pink Cake” is infused with Ptak’s passion for baking and her commitment to using the finest seasonal ingredients. With helpful tips and techniques sprinkled throughout, Ptak empowers readers to embrace the art of baking with confidence and creativity.

Whether you’re a novice baker or a seasoned pastry chef, “Love is a Pink Cake” invites you to savor the simple pleasures of homemade treats and the joy of baking from the heart.

Recipe to Try: Pistachio green plum cake with candied violets.

Published by: Square Peg (£22), available at Blackwells.

Notable Releases

  • Vietnamese Vegetarian by Uyen Luu: A stunning celebration of Vietnamese cuisine, showcasing the harmonious combination of flavors in vegetarian dishes.
  • 50 Pies, 50 States by Stacey Mei Yan Fong: A heartfelt tribute to American culture through the art of pie-making, featuring recipes inspired by the diverse culinary traditions of each state.
  • Simply Scandinavian by Trine Hahnemann: A collection of uncomplicated yet flavorful recipes inspired by the seasonal bounty of Scandinavia, perfect for cozy weeknight dinners.

Embark on a culinary journey with these tantalizing cookbooks, each offering a unique perspective on the art of cooking and the joy of sharing delicious meals with loved ones.

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