Delia’s Cakes, Delia Smith (Hodder & Stoughton, $39.99) Smith is Britain’s Margaret Fulton, a thoroughly safe pair of hands in the kitchen whose books are among my go-to guides when it comes to fail-safe recipes. First published in 1977, this volume on sweet treats has been completely revised and rewritten, with old favourites such as a classic sponge cake and rich fruit scones now complemented by rhubarb and orange muffins and coffee and cardamom cake with pistachios.
Paul Hollywood’s Bread, Paul Hollywood (Bloomsbury, $39.99) Throw away that breadmaker gathering dust in the cupboard. British master baker Hollywood, a judge on the television series The Great British BakeOff, guarantees “foolproof” recipes, some with step-by-step photographs, for everything from soda breads to sourdough with a range of continental and flatbreads. I love that Hollywood recognises scones aren’t just for afternoon tea — he plonks a wholemeal, cheese and rosemary version into a hearty beef cobbler. Good man.
The Karen Martini Collection (Lantern, $49.99) Bacalao-style trevally with sauteed endive; roast spatchcock with chorizo, potato and yellow pea paste, and Moroccan semolina pancakes with honeycomb butter and banana are indicative of the alluring Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours we’ve come to love from Melbourne chef Karen Martini. This new release presents 170 of her most enduring recipes in an easy-to-use format and, like her other dog-eared volumes, will be getting a good workout