THE GLOBAL GOURMET
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).