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Cook your­self around the world with­out leav­ing your kitchen with these three new con­ti­nent-cross­ing tomes JA­PAN: THE COOK­BOOK This hard­back has been bound to re­sem­ble a sushi-rolling mat. While the pages in­side, which are punc­tu­ated with at­mo­spheric pho­to­graphs of misty paddy fields and noodle-mak­ing kitchens, do ex­plain the Ja­panese clas­sics – such as how to make the ul­ti­mate maki roll – there are recipes for much lesser-known dishes, too (£29.95, Phaidon). FEASTS FROM THE MID­DLE EAST De­li­cious though it may be, it’s time to look be­yond hum­mus. Learn to cook other fab­u­lously fra­grant Mid­dle Eastern dishes – such as harissa squid, and a semolina, almond and orange blos­som honey cake – in this new book from the in­ven­tive cook be­hind Comp­toir Libanais, the grow­ing chain of colour­ful Le­banese restau­rants dot­ted around the UK (£20, Harper Collins). A TA­BLE IN VENICE If you don’t let the in­evitable life envy dis­tract you too much, this book by Skye Mcalpine – a food writer who has lived be­tween Venice and Lon­don for most of her life – pro­vides a won­der­fully thor­ough guide to tra­di­tional recipes from north­ern Italy – from meringue semifreddo to ar­ti­choke hearts with pars­ley (£9.99, Blooms­bury).

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