Make a meal of it for autumn

The sea­sons are turn­ing – which means it’s al­most time to snug­gle up in­doors with a cook­book or two. ELLA WALKER shares her top picks

Burton Mail - - Food & Drink Extra -

PACK away the sun­block and get out your casse­role pans, autumn is a com­ing.

If you’re look­ing for some new dishes to add to your reper­toire – whether you’re ve­gan, veg­gie or mainly car­niv­o­rous – take in­spi­ra­tion from these fab fall cook­books...

SIM­PLE by Ko­tam Ot­tolenghi (£25, Ebury Press)

YES, the man who’s taken Mid­dle East­ern food main­stream in the UK, famed for his long and ex­otic lists of in­gre­di­ents, is go­ing for the sim­ple ap­proach with his lat­est recipe col­lec­tion. Go­ing big on veg­gie op­tions, as you’d ex­pect, we’re most ex­cited about him putting a few twists on the hum­ble jacket potato.

TIME by Gill Meller (£25, Quadrille)

RIVER COT­TAGE team mem­ber Gill’s de­but, Gather, was a beau­ti­ful slow burn of a book (and told us we should all be eat­ing squir­rel). Time sees him rem­i­nisce about the kitchens that have nur­tured and wel­comed him, and looks at cook­ing through the prism of morn­ing, day and night.

CRAV­INGS: HUN­GRY FOR MORE by Chrissy Teigen

(£16.99, Michael Joseph) CHRISSY TEIGEN is won­der­ful, whether you care about her food or not – just check out her In­sta­gram sto­ries. The model, and wife of singer John Leg­end, re­turns with her sec­ond cook­book, packed with the stuff she gen­uinely eats (her ba­nana bread is said to be spec­tac­u­lar).

THE NOMA GUIDE TO FER­MEN­TA­TION by Rene Redzepi

(£30, Ar­ti­san Pub­lish­ers)

RENE is the le­gendary

Dan­ish chef who trans­formed for­ag­ing into fine din­ing art at no­to­ri­ous Copen­hagen restau­rant, Noma. Now you can find out how his chefs go about pick­ling and fer­ment­ing pro­duce – your shelves are go­ing to be laden with in­trigu­ing takes on kim­chi, kogi, miso and kom­buchas.

THE FRENCH REVO­LU­TION by Michel Roux Jnr

(£25, Seven Di­als)

IF ANY­ONE knows his French clas­sics, it’s go­ing to be Michel

KHAZANA by Sal­iha Ahmed Mah­mood (£25, Hod­der & Stoughton)

SAL­IHA AHMED MAH­MOOD won last year’s MasterChef com­pe­ti­tion, im­press­ing judges Gregg Wal­lace and John Torode with her flavour com­bi­na­tions. Khazana sees her ex­plore Indo-Per­sian cui­sine and the deca­dent, fes­tive taste buds of the an­cient Mughal Em­pire. Roux Jnr. The Le Gavroche restau­ra­teur re­vis­its Gal­lic sta­ples, but light­ens up on the cream and but­ter, of­fer­ing fam­ily-friendly dishes that won’t im­me­di­ately clog your ar­ter­ies.

WHERE THE WILD COOKS GO by Cerys Matthews

(£25, Par­tic­u­lar Books)

RA­DIO broad­caster Cerys, be­low left, blends mu­sic, po­etry and cul­ture in her kitchen, and the global recipes she whips have spilled into this cook­book. Ex­pect folk­lore and snip­pets of ex­pe­ri­ence to frame her recipes – just make sure you have a good playlist to cook to.

SLOW by Gizzi Ersk­ine (£25, HQ)

IN op­po­si­tion to the sur­plus of books promis­ing fast meals, pre­sen­ter and cook Gizzi is en­cour­ag­ing us to linger over stews, daw­dle over sup­per and invest en­ergy and feel­ing – no mat­ter how long it takes – in what we’re cook­ing.

A LONG & MESSY BUSINESS by Row­ley Leigh

(£25, Un­bound)

A WORK of love, this col­lec­tion of food writer and chef Row­ley Leigh’s es­says – pub­lished orig­i­nally in the Fi­nan­cial Times – was a crowd­funded ef­fort. His words are ac­com­pa­nied by recipes, which he says in­clude some “starters, some mains and some pud­dings but of­ten are just some­thing to eat when you are hun­gry”.

THE BOR­OUGH MAR­KET COOK­BOOK by Ed Smith

(£25, Hod­der & Stoughton) DE­SPITE the ter­ror at­tack on Bor­ough Mar­ket last June, the Lon­don foodie hub has not been di­min­ished.

In hon­our of its traders and 1000-year his­tory, food writer Ed Smith looks at Bor­ough through the sea­sons, bor­row­ing tips from the stall hold­ers and pro­duc­ers along the way.

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