When you’re hungry and are looking for supper inspiration, sometimes nothing beats rifling through the pages of a cookbook with enticing images and stumbling over a recipe that will make your mouth start to water. We’ve picked out some of our favourite cookbooks which have quick, delicious and interesting meals that you can rustle up quickly.
1. Gill Meller – Gather
Gill is a chef, food writer and cookery teacher at River Cottage and Gather is his first solo book.
Separated by landscape and season, Meller’s recipes take you on a journey across the British countryside.
Recipes include blackcurrant greens with chilli, ginger and garlic; Goat’s cheese with rhubarb and lovage; beef shin with smoked dulse but our favourite is probably the Chocolate rye brownies with bay and almonds.
2. Meera Sodha – East
East by Meera Sodha features vegan and vegetarian recipes from east and south-east Asia. Nearly all the recipes are quick to make without long lists of ingredients, making them perfect for delicious mid-week meals.
3. Sabrina Ghayour – Simply
As the title suggests, Ghayour’s book is full of delicious and easy to cook recipes for ‘maximum flavour with minimum fuss’ which is music to our ears.
4. Nigel Slater – Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter
We couldn’t write this list without including Nigel Slater. A stalwart figure on the British food scene, he’s one of the country’s best loved food writers and chefs. His back catalogue of cookbooks and popular TV series have provided inspiration for meals across the country. You can also catch him using the John Julian Bowl Pestle and Mortar in his programmes!
5. Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage – Flavour
The culinary powerhouse that is Ottolenghi is well known for his love of vegetables. As with Plenty and Plenty More, his latest book co-written with Ixta Belfrage puts vegetables at the centre stage once again. Boasting more than 100 innovative recipes that pull a flavour punch, it’s difficult to know where to start but we advise just diving right in!