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Anna Jones Picks the Best Food Writing and Cookery Books of 2017

Posted on 6th December 2017 by Martha Greengrass

Putting vegetables firmly front and centre, Anna Jones has been transforming how our nation cooks and eats. Now she’s back with an eagerly anticipated new book, The Modern Cook’s Year, bringing a calendar of seasonal vegetarian and vegan delights to make your table sing all year round. This year she’s in good company too and here, exclusively for Waterstones, she slices and dices the best of the year’s crop of new titles.

This year has been such a good one in the world of food and so many incredible cookbooks have made their way onto our shelves. I am so happy that, finally, eating with vegetables at the centre of your plate is being celebrated and taken seriously in restaurants and home kitchens. 

Every year I notice there are more choices on restaurant menus outside of the obligatory goat’s cheese and red onion tart or mushroom risotto. The number of people moving over to eating in a way that is kinder to our bodies and the world around us is rising rapidly. It is my hope in all of this that we keep the focus on the joy of eating and cooking and sharing, that we shout about good food from the rooftops and make eating and cooking a pleasure it should never be about what is left out but a celebration of what is.

Food has the power to create community, to break down barriers and to change things. These cookbooks are my favourites of 2017 and they all in their own way do one of those things. Most focus on vegetables but i've included a few which just spread the sheer joy of eating and cooking. My favourite vegetarian cookbooks are the ones which don’t focus on leaving something out, but instead celebrate the sheer joy of plant-based cooking. I hope they find a place in your kitchen and in your hearts as they have mine. 

Green Kitchen at Home by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl

My favourite food writing couple have done it again – this bright book focuses on meals you can make at the end of a long day at work, as well including some more involved recipes for lazy Sundays. It’s full of practical suggestions from batch cooking ideas to a delicious sounding lemon ricotta lasagne. You can also expect their trademark vibrant photography. 

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In Green Kitchen at Home, bestselling authors David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl share over 100 vegetarian recipes - their family favourites - which feature in their own kitchen every day of the week. From quick, delicious weekday breakfasts and dinners, to more elaborate meals for weekend celebrations, this is food that will make you look and feel great.
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On the Side by Ed Smith of Rocket + Squash

Though not technically vegetarian, this book does champion the vegetable, elevating side dishes to something greater than we normally give them credit for. A clever idea that was long overdue, Ed has produced a stylish and delicious book. 

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Our side dishes have the potential to be as inspirational as the main event itself. In fact, they're often the best bit! A revolutionary cookbook with 140 recipes that move the humble side dish to centre stage. Complete with a recipe directory that will help you find the perfect accompaniment, whatever your cooking, On the Side will brighten and invigorate every meal.
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Naturally Nourished: Inventive Vegetarian Recipes That Come Together Quickly by Sarah Britton

I have been a fan of Sarah’s blog for many years, and have been looking forward to the follow-up to her first book My New Roots. This one is all about pulling together delicious and satisfying meals in a flash, and her suggestions for building up layers of flavour are smart and interesting. Anyone who likes her blog will love this gorgeous book. 

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Following the publication of Sarah's first book, one of the most common requests from her fans was for wholesome, nutrient-rich recipes that come together in a snap with ingredients found in your neighbourhood grocery rather than a speciality store. Sarah responds with Naturally Nourished, featuring 100 new recipes for inspired weeknight cooking.
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On Vegetables by Jeremy Fox

On Vegetables is a cheffier book than some of the others on this list, but still approachable. Jeremy uses unusual ingredient combinations and focuses on texture, something I think is often overlooked when cooking vegetables. A classic from Phaidon. 

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The highly anticipated cookbook from Jeremy Fox, the California chef who is redefining vegetable-based cuisine with global appeal
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Sweet by Ottolenghi and Helen Goh

Not many vegetables here but what is a list of cookbooks without one with some cake. Finally, Ottolenghi is sharing some of his baking secrets. As beautiful and decadent as I had hoped, like all of his others, this is is set to be a classic. 

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Features recipes containing fresh, evocative ingredients, exotic spices and complex flavourings - including fig, rose petal, saffron, aniseed, orange blossom, pistachio and cardamom - to indulgent cakes, biscuits, tarts, puddings, cheesecakes and ice cream. This book also includes mini-cakes and cookies that parents can make with their children.
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The Christmas Chronicles – Nigel Slater

This festive masterpiece is not totally vegetarian – but I had to list it here because nobody writes quite like Nigel, and he has long been one of my culinary heroes. A beautiful concept, these pages rejoice in the colder months and Christmas. It’s romantic and we ould probably even get Scrooge in the chritsmas spirit. 

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From the BBC1 presenter and bestselling author of Eat, The Kitchen Diaries and Toast comes a classic new book featuring everything you need for the winter solstice. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, a perfect celebration of the traditions that make winter magical.
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In My Kitchen by Deborah Madison

Deborah has been the most knowledgeable voice in vegetarian cookery for many years and for a long time an inspiration for my work, I adore her writing. This book pulls together some of her favourite recipes and some newer, simpler ones. It is not only a book I want to look at, but one that I want to cook from time and time again. 

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From the foremost authority on vegetarian cooking and one of the most trusted voices in food comes a carefully curated and updated collection of 100 favourite and most inspired recipes, reflecting how Deborah Madison loves to cook now.
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Six Seasons  by Joshua McFadden

A brilliant veg centered book which walks you through the seasons and each vegetable that Joshua loves. His recipes are original and utterly delicious. Interesting Joshua divided his book into six rather than four seasons which is exactly how I approached my latest book, always good to know that someone else's brain works in the same way as yours.

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Joshua McFadden celebrates vegetables as only a chef with the soul and experience of a farmer can. The 225 fresh, modern, and entirely approachable recipes range from the raw to the cooked to the preserved. In each of the six seasons, McFadden's intuitive feel for the way seasons affect flavour translates into recipes that coax out the best of each ingredient.
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