NADIYA’S MULTICULTURAL COOK­ERY

The Irish Times Magazine - - FOOD -

In the food world, Nadiya Hus­sain is rapidly as­cend­ing to first- name only sta­tus, join­ing the likes of Delia and Nigella. The 2015 Great Bri­tish Bake Off win­ner’s third cook­ery book ac­com­pa­nies her eight- part BBC tele­vi­sion of the same name, Nadiya’s Bri­tish Food Ad­ven­ture ( Michael Joseph, £ 20).

It is a joy to read, beau­ti­fully writ­ten and full of recipes that are ac­ces­si­ble, but of­ten with a twist. Just like the Bri­tain she en­coun­ters in her TV se­ries, there’s a multicultural, melt­ing pot feel to the book.

Flick­ing through it, tofu co­conut katsu curry is fol­lowed by chicken and chorizo paella, with jerk had­dock and jollof rice salad on the fol­low­ing page.

Ac­cord­ing to her Wikipedia page, Nadiya’s favourite book is nov­el­ist Mar­ian Keyes’s bak­ing book Saved by Cake. Her own bak­ing game is strong, as her Bake Off suc­cess proved. Crispy choco­late and salted peanut tart, us­ing thick cut salted crisps in the base, is the fi­nal recipe in the book, and a wor­thy show­stop­per.

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