BBC Good Food Magazine

BOOKS for COOKS

Our favourite cookbooks of the year will make brilliant gifts

- words FIONA FORMAN

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TARKARI by Rohit Ghai (£25, Kyle Books)

Chef and restaurate­ur Rohit has worked at some of the UK’S best Indian restaurant­s, including Trishna and Bombay Bustle, but in Tarkari, his first book, he goes back to his roots and home-style cooking. Paying tribute to his mother, he shares his favourite vegetarian and vegan dishes to cook at home, from paneer makhani, dal and aloo gobi, to lesser-known regional specialtie­s. This book is a must-have for any fan of Indian cooking.

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TOGETHER by Jamie Oliver (£26, Penguin Michael Joseph) This is the new bible for weekend cooking. We all missed the simple joy of eating with loved ones during the pandemic, and to celebrate us being reunited, Jamie has put together this fun collection of 18 menus. There’s something for every occasion: a taco party, curry night, picnic and celebratio­n roast, with handy get-ahead tips so you don’t spend all evening in the kitchen.

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THE SWEET ROASTING TIN by Rukmini Iyer (£18.99, Square Peg)

Food writer Rukmini is known for her best-selling Roasting Tin cookbooks, all designed for minimum fuss and maximum flavour. Her latest book follows suit with 75 sweet and savoury bakes designed to be made in one tin or tray, cutting down on washing-up. There are traybakes, brownies, cookies, crumbles, tarts and more, and some recipes have easy swaps to make them vegan, gluten-free or low-sugar.

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OTTOLENGHI TEST KITCHEN: SHELF LOVE by Yotam Ottolenghi (£25, Ebury) Ottolenghi teams up with Noor Murad to share some fridge-raid recipes with dinner-party-worthy results. Expect Ottolenghi’s classic big Middle Eastern flavours and vegetable-focused recipes, all given a cheffy twist, from burnt aubergine and tomato & tahini to black lime beef skewers with sumac onions.

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ASIAN GREEN by Ching-he Huang (£20, Kyle Books) Taiwanese chef and food writer Ching-he Huang started adapting dishes to make them vegetarian and plant-based in 2017 after her husband went vegan to help combat asthma and eczema. She fell in love with the flavourful dishes, and shares a wide range, including shiitake tofu scramble for breakfast and spicy Singapore-style noodles for dinner.

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FAMILY COMFORTS by Rebecca Wilson (£18.99, DK)

If you know someone who’s in a rut with family meals, this is the book for them. From the mum behind What Mummy Makes, Rebecca’s second book is packed with nutritious and easy dishes that everyone will enjoy, from babies to adults. There are quick recipes (we love the creamy spinach & fish gratin), breakfasts, midweek meals and a slow cooker chapter, too.

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