SARAH TUCK, FROM THE KITCHEN, H/B, $60
THIS BOOK IS based around being unstuck, or in a helpless place. Tuck speaks about recent struggles: her children have left home and so has her husband, leaving her feeling “unlovable”. This is an anthology of recipes that helped Tuck get through those times when she felt unstuck. The food is sometimes simple, sometimes a little more complicated, but always comforting. The book’s chapters cover all the bases, plus there’s a very helpful wee wine guide at the back, and most recipes give a brief insight into the cook’s life. There are recipes from her childhood, like the perfect scrambled eggs, some she’s developed for Cuisine and Dish magazines, and others that will have you covered when you’re home alone. Plenty of recipes for entertaining are in the book too, followed by the From The Kitchen blogger’s well-known sweets at the end. Whole orange cake, whiskey chocolate tart and rhubarb tiramisu are all enticing, approachable recipes to keep at the ready for your next entertaining opportunity. This book was born out of struggle, but each page contains a feeling of hope and whimsy.