The 10 best new cookbooks of 2017

16th Dec 17 | Lifestyle

These are our favourite recipe collections of the year - and will make pretty good Christmas presents to boot.


If you haven’t already got these cookbooks smeared with sauce, sticky with caramel or ringed with coffee from use in your own kitchen, you’ll now know what to ask for for Christmas.

These are our favourite recipe tomes of the year, packed with dinner ideas, sweet treats, show-stealing sides and tempting snacks – and they’ll look pretty great on your coffee table too.

1. Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh

The Ottolenghi stores have always been famed for their giant meringues, and now Yotam and his long-time pastry collaborator Helen are sharing all their dessert based secrets. Some of the recipes do involves tonnes of ingredients, but there’s a precision to pudding making, and these guys have it nailed.

Make the: Peanut sandies – and squish them together with Nutella, you won’t regret it.

2. Two Kitchens by Rachel Roddy

Romans…. I have left some copies of Two Kitchens at my friend @alicekiandra.adams Latteria studio here in Rome. if you call by the studio on Saturday 10th dec for the Christmas bake sale you can buy Two kitchens for 25 euros, 20 of which will be invested straight into the neighbourhood orange project……,For the last two years latteria studio has helped two young Nigerian men trying to make a new life in Italy gain practical work experience and earn some extra money in a dignified and valuable way. The fact that this tiny social enterprise is still going is thanks to the group of people who continue to support the project by buying the marmalade. Over winter alice and the two young men make orange marmalade using the seville oranges that grow in parks, gardens, and on the streets of Rome. You can also buy marmalade from Alice/ at the bake sale along with Christmas cakes, biscuits and chutneys from @carla_tomasi And @theeateryinrome . I am also going to get some copies of both books to the beautiful tea and spice shop @emporiodellespezie here in Testaccio, they could make a good Christmas present for someone, maybe.

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Rachel Roddy’s stories from her Italian kitchens – she’s got two now – are as mesmeric as her food. Think traditional dishes from Rome and Sicily, with lots of love thrown in.

Make the: Deep fried aubergine and tomato pasta, it’ll remind you of summer.

3. The Savvy Cook by Izy Hossack

If there are students in your life, or you have a hankering for quick, veg-heavy suppers with flair, Izy’s your gal.

Make the: Corn kernels with chilli, crumbled feta and crispy onions, it’s super moreish.

4. Chai, Chaat & Chutney by Chetna Makan

If you’re au fait with curries and naan but want to delve deeper into Indian food and the culinary variations between regions, Chetna’s collection of street food recipes will educate, and please tastebuds.

Make the: Dabeli – bread rolls filled with a mixture of potato curry, spicy chutneys, peanuts and fresh pomegranate seeds, with a tangy hint of lime.

5. Baking Fiction by Kate Young

It's publication day. When I was 7 years old, I told anyone who would listen that I was going to be an author. I spent most of my waking hours buried in books, and adored storytelling in all its many forms. In school, English wasn't my strongest subject, and I lost confidence. Maths and sciences came easily, and I found the uncertainty without a 'correct' answer hard to navigate. But, despite the shift in subject focus, I never stopped reading books. And today, three and a half years after I posted a recipe for Harry Potter's treacle tart online, my first book is being published. Plenty to celebrate tonight – there are hundreds of canapés ready, and the wine is chilling. I've even had my hair done. I'm so proud of it (of my work, and of my gorgeous friend @leantimms' photos), and I can't wait for you to see it.

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Reading can make you hungry, especially when you come across passages devoted to food. Kate’s taken it to the next level, conjuring up dishes you’ll find in literature – it’s both inventive and beautifully done.

Make the: Harry Potter’s treacle tart – best eaten while reading the books.

6. On The Side by Ed Smith

Too often side dishes are thrown together with little thought or care, and at the last minute. For Ed Smith, that’s a travesty, hence this book celebrating all things on the side.

Make the: Carrots with brown butter and hazelnuts – nutty, tasty and pretty healthy.

7. Comfort by John Whaite

Perfect winter fodder, this stack of recipes ticks every craving, whether you’re in need of something cheesy, sticky, gooey or hearty. It’s very stylish too.

Make the: Sticky Lebanese sprouts – you’ll never eat boiled ones again after trying these.

8. Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour

This is the ideal book if you love hosting a party and feeding the masses – expect dishes that will wow, chock-full of punchy flavour, and menu plans to make catering easier.

Make the: Sticky tamarind ribs, they’re rich and unctuous.

9. At My Table by Nigella

A quick flick through my new book! #atmytable #recipeoftheday

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Nigella does it again. At My Table is filled with gentle, nourishing and relaxing dishes you might not actually want to share with anyone else.

Make the: Butternut squash and sweet potato curry – it’s vibrant but still cosy.

10. Stir Crazy by Ching-He Huang

For quick suppers that are sour, sweet, bitter, tangy and packed with colour, Ching-He’s stir fries are brilliant – you won’t want to reach for a packet sauce again.

Make the: Spicy satay chicken – a sauce better than anything you’d get from the Chinese takeaway.

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