New cook­books

The Australian - Wish Magazine - - Food -

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

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