LAT­ERAL COOK­ING

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What’s it about?

While Niki Seg­nit’s last book, The Flavour Th­e­saurus, fo­cussed on flavour (and sold more than 250,000 copies, while it was at it), her fol­low-up looks to the method­ol­ogy of cook­ing. This is all about learn­ing to be­come an in­stinc­tive cook.

Why you should read it?

Bro­ken down into 12 culi­nary cat­e­gories – ev­ery­thing from bread to bis­cuits, corn­bread to cus­tard – each chap­ter starts with an in­tro­duc­tion and recipe, be­fore re­veal­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties. In fact, there are 70 ba­sic recipes, 500 lee­ways, and 600 flavour vari­a­tions. That’s some se­ri­ous good value. But what makes this book re­ally spe­cial, just like the Th­e­saurus, aside from Niki’s im­pres­sive ex­per­tise, is her hu­mour and per­son­al­ity. It’s a joy to read. Out 20 Septem­ber (£30, Blooms­bury).

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