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The Best Books of 2020: Cookery

Posted on 30th November 2020 by Mark Skinner

Whether cooking in the company of Jamie or Nigella, or sampling the culinary delights of Australia, Afghanistan and Greece, 2020 has served up some mouthwatering cookery books. Former Bake-Off winner Nadiya Hussain returned to her first love in Nadiya Bakes, and the Hairy Bikers worked their exuberant magic on a selection of tasty vegetarian treats, whilst fans of luxurious, beautifully designed and illustrated cookery books were catered for by the likes of The Food Almanac, Smorgasbord and Summer Kitchens. Bon appetit!  

Chefs & Cooks

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The ever-reliable Jamie returns with a no-nonsense, brilliantly accessible new cookbook based around seven ways to cook eighteen hero ingredients.
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With witty essays about food and tantalising recipes from her kitchen, Nigella shares her culinary philosophy in this delicious volume.
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Together with his co-writer Ixta Belfrage, Yotam Ottolenghi reveals those little magical combinations that will elevate a meal to extraordinary heights, while still keeping cooking relaxed, enjoyable and speedy.
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From roast hog with salt-baked potatoes and apple sauce to chocolate and ale cake, Kerridge’s new cookbook shares the most delicious dishes from the menus of his extraordinary two-Michelin-star pub.

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From filling one-pot wonders to stunning sweet treats, the duo behind the hugely popular Pinch of Nom phenomena shares a hundred new utterly delicious, calorie-counted recipes.
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To mark the 40th anniversary of the homelessness charity The Passage, a host of leading chefs and celebrities provide some of their most tantalising recipes in this attractively presented cookbook. At least £20 from each sale of A Taste of Home through Waterstones bookshops and Waterstones.com will go straight to The Passage.
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The world of food explored by celebrated chefs, food writers, poets and novelists, The Food Almanac is a stunningly illustrated collection that shows how wholly entwined gastronomy and culture are.
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A sumptuous celebration of the iconic Bull & Last inn gathers together seventy mouthwatering recipes, championing classic British cuisine with a continental twist.
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The Sunday Times columnist and the author of A Table in Venice shares her secrets to a stylish yet relaxed way of entertaining at home in this gorgeous cookbook.
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Regional Cookery

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From pistachio and cucumber soup to firecracker prawns, Simply presents over a hundred mouthwatering and delightfully simple recipes from the author of Persiana.

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The definitive collection of recipes from the ever-popular Dan Toombs – aka The Curry Guy – this handsome volume gathers together the very best dishes from over twenty years dedicated to perfecting the ultimate curry.
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A revelatory journey into the world of traditional Ukrainian summer kitchens, filled with evocative photography and gorgeous traditional recipes from borsch to poppy-seed babka.
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The winner of Britain’s Best Home Cook delivers a fun, fresh approach to Asian cuisine, boasting seventy easy-to-prepare dishes from pork bao to miso ramen.
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From the best pizzerias and chef interviews to the tastiest pizza movie scenes and tattoos, Thom and James Elliot bring together everything you ever wanted to know about this infinitely versatile and globally adored dish.
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Bill Granger, the father of avocado toast, shares scrumptious and easy-going delicacies from Down Under, bursting with sunshine and global flavours.
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Weaving together family history and a gorgeous compendium of Afghan recipes passed down through generations, Parwana is a celebration of delicious dishes and the memories they hold.
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A staple of Scandinavian cuisine, smorgasbords are relaxed celebrations of food and community that blend tradition with informality, and this beautiful book from Peter’s Yard provides readers with the perfect recipes to recreate the experience.
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Bringing a little Greek sunshine into your kitchen, this gorgeous cookbook from the former MasterChef star celebrates the fresh and vibrant flavours of her homeland's cuisine.
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Vegan & Vegetarian Cookery

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The inimitable BOSH! duo return with an inspiring new cookbook featuring delicious and inventive vegan meals, express style.
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The kings of comfort food cook up a vegetarian and vegan storm in another mouthwatering collection of unbeatably tasty dishes.
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Cookery superstar Ella Mills returns with a selection of hassle-free, time-sensitive vegan treats for anyone wanting to sample what a delicious plant-based diet is really like.
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With easily adaptable vegan alternatives for over forty of the dishes featured, the enticing recipes in The Vegetarian Kitchen have all been heartily enjoyed around the Leith family table.
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With a lot of passion and a few clever swaps, Tim Anderson presents succulent vegan versions of the mouth-watering favourites of modern Japanese soul food.
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Baking

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The Great British Bake-Off star Nadiya Hussain returns to her roots with this beautiful book bursting with brilliant bakes.
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London’s King of Pies shares his best recipes, from beef Wellington to rhubarb tarts, as well as a host of technical tips for mastering the perfect crust and more.
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Bringing the hugely popular trend of one-dish wonders into the world of baking, Edd Kimber introduces a treasure trove of no less than seventy savoury and sweet delights, all realisable in a 9x13 tin.
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From Cornish pasties to Aberdeen buttery rowies, Oats in the North, Wheat from the South is a fascinating journey around the British Isles, exploring its varied regional baking identities.
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