Summer cooking inspiration

Get some summer cooking inspiration for your kitchen with a selection of the best cookbooks below.

River Cottage Much More Veg
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, $45.00 hb
Hugh’s River Cottage Veg Every Day became a best-selling vegetable cookbook, persuading us through sheer temptation to make vegetables the mainstay of our daily cooking. In this much-anticipated follow-up, Hugh delivers more irresistible recipes, and this time, takes things one step further. Fuelled by his passionate belief that plant foods should be the dominant force in our kitchens, Hugh has put cheese, butter, cream, eggs, and refined flour and sugar firmly to one side. Instead, he uses veg, fruit, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, spices and cold-pressed oils to explore the length and breadth of what can be achieved with natural, unprocessed plant foods. River Cottage Much More Veg! makes it clear that unadulterated ingredients are the very best building blocks for delicious and healthy meals.

Ferment: A Guide to the Ancient Art of Culturing Foods
Holly Davis, $45.00 hb
What does your favourite farmhouse cheese have in common with crusty sourdough bread, a glass of sparkling ginger beer or a bowl of marinated olives? The answer is each is a product of fermentation, a process that harnesses good bacteria in order to preserve ingredients and transform them into uniquely delicious foods with remarkable health benefits. Thanks to an increasing awareness of the crucial role probiotic-rich foods play in our wellbeing, the ancient art of fermentation is experiencing a renaissance. Add to this the joy, ease and economy of making fermented foods at home, and it’s no wonder we are scrunching, pickling and bottling our way to better gut health and a deeper connection with our food.

Cheese: The Essential Guide to Cooking with Cheese
Michel Roux, $29.99 hb
Cheese has been a lifelong passion for Michel Roux, initially inspired by early visits to French markets and fuelled by extensive travels around the world discovering new cheeses. Here he offers a wealth of advice on cheese and a fantastic collection of over 100 recipes for inventive canapés, comforting soups, tempting starters and snacks, sensational salads, original fish and meat dishes, mouth-watering pasta, rice and vegetable dishes, and delectable desserts.

Children’s Baking Kit (Giftbox with book rolling pin cookie cutters)
$24.99 pb
A sturdy children’s baking kit in a beautiful gift box containing two biscuit cutters (one heart-shaped and one star-shaped), a rolling pin and a 32-page recipe book. Suitable for complete beginners, these tried-an’d-tested recipes will put the fun into baking.

Rick Stein The Road to Mexico: 120 Recipes from California and Mexico
Rick Stein, $49.99 h
Rick Stein brings his unrivalled enthusiasm and trusted expertise to the fresh, flavourful food of Mexico and California. No one better captures the food essence of a country and brings the best recipes into our kitchens like Rick. Starting in San Francisco and Baja California, and working his way down to the southernmost tip of Mexico, Rick Stein cooks, eats and experiences Mexican food at its very best and most diverse. Packed with vegetables, centred around fresh ingredients and always high on flavour, Mexican and California cooking is naturally healthy and satisfying—from the incredible seafood of the north Pacific coast and the mole of Oaxaca, to the spices and salsas of Yucatan and Quintana Roo. With the trademark beautiful photography and evocative design of Rick’s books, this cookbook will encourage anyone to try out the bold food of these sunshine states.

Nopalito: A Mexican Kitchen
Gonzalo Guzman, $49.99 hb
The true spirit, roots, and flavors of regional Mexican cooking—from Puebla, Mexico City, Michoacán, the Yucatán, and beyond—come alive in this cookbook from Gonzalo Guzman, head chef at San Francisco restaurant Nopalito. Inspired by food straight from the sea and the land, Guzman transforms simple ingredients, such as masa and chiles, into bright and flavour-packed dishes.

The book includes fundamental techniques of Mexican cuisine, insights into Mexican food and culture, and favorite recipes from Nopalito such as Crispy Red Quesadillas with Braised Pork and Pork Rinds; Toasted Corn with Crema, Ground Chile, and Queso Fresco; Tamales with Red Spiced Sunflower Seed Mole; and Salsa-Dipped Griddled Chorizo and Potato Sandwiches. Capped off by recipes for cocktails, aqua frescas, paletas, churros, and flan—Nopalito is your gateway to Mexico by way of California. This is a cookbook to be read, savored, and cooked from every night.

Catalonia: Recipes from Barcelona and Beyond
José Pizarro, $49.99 hb
Located in the northeast of Spain, Catalonia borders France’s Pyrenees mountains and has a heritage and scenery like no other place in the world. In Catalonia, José Pizarro travels from the impressive Gaudi architecture in buzzy Barcelona, to the Roman and Greek ruins in Girona and secluded beaches in Costa Brava to create some of the best-loved dishes from the Catalonian region at home. Starting in the markets, José revels in the fresh meat, fish and vegetables, with dishes including classic Patatas Bravas, a delicious Duck Egg and Mushroom Stew, and a Rabbit Rice, typical of the region. From a Roast Chicken with Langoustines, Baby Squid with Mint that’s perfect for spring, to a wintery Civet of Venison with Ceps and Mash, and the delicate Hazelnut and Plum cakes, José’s interpretation of the regional flavours will inspire you to get into the kitchen. Set to the backdrop of stunning location photography, Catalonia will make you feel truly transported to this special region.

Lisbon: Recipes from the Heart of Portugal
Rebecca Seal, $45.00 hb
Accessible and authentic recipes from the beautiful Portuguese capital. Full of history, great food, and bursting with character, Portugal’s capital is one of Europe’s most charming cities. In Lisbon, Rebecca Seal shares her favorite recipes, inspired by her travels. Set on seven hills, Lisbon features world-class beaches, city views, and wild forests. And the food is as diverse as the surroundings—there’s so much more to it than just cod and custard tarts. Featuring over 80 accessible recipes based on traditional Portuguese cuisine, including Caldo Verde (kale soup), Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato (clams in white wine and garlic), and pesticos (Portuguese tapas). From the bars of Bairro Alto to the cafes in Chiado, there’s something for everyone. All set to the stunning backdrop of eighteenth century buildings, ornate churches, nostalgic trams, and pastel-colored houses, Lisbon is a stunning cookbook.

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