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The Best Books of 2021: Food & Drink

Posted on 3rd November 2021 by Mark Skinner

Whether it's raiding the kitchen cupboards with Yotam Ottolenghi, discovering mesmerising Mediterranean cuisine with Claudia Roden or gorging on cupcakes and cookies courtesy of Jane Dunn, our pick of the year's most mouthwatering food and drink books is sure to whet your appetite for culinary gifts and treats this Christmas.   

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With the emphasis firmly on sharing delicious meals together rather than spending all your time stressed in the kitchen, Jamie’s mouthwatering cookbook is packed full of tasty, comforting dishes that require minimum preparation.
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From the first jam tart he made with his mum to his current favourite dishes, Nigel Slater shares his best recipes, tips and most evocative food memories in this gorgeous, must-have volume.
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Centred around the concept of cooking stunningly flavoursome dishes with minimum stress and fuss, Shelf Love is a mouth-watering compendium of recipes that pay homage to humble kitchen cupboard essentials from Yotam Ottolenghi and his superb Test Kitchen team.
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Filled with vibrant ideas and mouth-watering combinations, this delightful treasury of recipes from the beloved Nadiya Hussain will elevate your daily fare into a fuss-free feast.
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Having helped bring the nation’s families together during his lockdown PE sessions, the Body Coach reveals a hundred tasty, nutritious meals, from Mexican chicken burgers to broccoli and pancetta carbonara, that are perfect for sharing.
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From lamb kofta vindaloo to cherry and dark chocolate cheesecake, the Hairy Bikers serve up one hundred of recipes for stunning, satisfying everyday meals that are a breeze to prepare, along with a generous side order of humour and cheer.
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Filled with nostalgia and humour, this heart-warming memoir from the beloved actor and food enthusiast Stanley Tucci is a celebration of unforgettable meals and the importance of gastronomic joy in life.
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Sharing 120 delicious recipes from her eponymous BBC show, Mary Berry’s Love to Cook brings decades’ worth of passion and knowledge to the fore, presenting beautiful, inspiring meals that feed both the body and the soul.
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Known and loved for his culinary travels, Rick Stein focuses on the joys and comforts of his home kitchen in this wonderful treasury of inspiring recipes, memories and food stories.
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From banana waffles to beer-battered fish and rosemary salt chips, Monica Galetti shares her most beloved recipes for relaxed home cooking, arranged in inspiring menus for breakfast, quick weeknight meals and unforgettable family get-togethers.
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The former Shadow Chancellor, political pundit and Strictly legend serves up a deliciously enjoyable and heartwarming blend of memoir and recipe guide, perfect for evoking the comfort food of days gone by.
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The Hollywood star and author of Wildflower serves up her favourite recipes and a host of personal essays on self-care, single parenting and female friendship in her first lifestyle book, adorned by photographs taken by Barrymore herself.
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From seafood tagliatelle to orange and pistachio tiramisu, Gino D’Acampo draws inspiration from his Neapolitan inheritance and shares his most delicious recipes, perfect for relaxed family cooking.
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Bursting with recipes, anecdotes and gastronomic tips and tricks, this handsomely produced compendium from the beloved Radio 4 culinary panel show is invaluable in any kitchen.
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From a speedy sticky toffee pudding to sumptuous chicken souvlaki, Gordon Ramsay serves up a hundred recipes that can be whipped up in ten minutes and harness home cooks with the top tricks and clever prep-tips to achieve stunning results in next to no time.
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Bringing a touch of Michelin-starred magic to home cooking, this inspiring collection of gloriously uncomplicated recipes from celebrated chef Marcus Wareing caters for all skill levels, ranging from simple everyday suppers to show stopping feasts.
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Accompanying Blanc’s ITV series, the recipes in Simply Raymond are born out of both the practical limitations and emotional connections of lockdown, with these simple, comforting dishes standing as a testament to his late mother’s home cooking.
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Providing first aid to every food craving, the author of The Borough Market Cookbook serves up a tantalising selection of exciting recipes, ingeniously arranged by their flavour profiles, from fresh and fragrant to cheesy and creamy.
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Omelettes both literal and metaphorical are explored with love, wry wit and lashings of charm in this delicious combination of food writing and memoir from the popular singer-songwriter and podcaster.
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From long, leisurely weekend breakfasts to hearty dinners, the phenomenally popular Pinch of Nom duo serve up over a hundred recipes for delightfully light and incredibly tasty comfort food.
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Brimming with fresh ideas and sophisticated versions of the classics, this stunning seasonal treasure trove of mouth-watering recipes, handy tips, edible gifts and more from Lucy Brazier and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is guaranteed to get anyone into the festive spirit, River Cottage style.
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From the creators of Atlas Obscura comes a lavishly illustrated guide to esoteric and eccentric cuisine from around the world, embracing everything from English bog butter to China's sacred mountaintop tea house.
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One of our best-loved food writers and an iconic promoter of Mediterranean cuisine in Britain delivers a stunning compendium that features beautifully simple dishes bursting with flavour, complete with unforgettable stories and insights gathered during a lifetime of travelling.
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Guardian columnist Rachel Roddy's love letter to pasta brings together essays, history and mouthwatering recipes in an inspiring celebration of Italy's favourite food.
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The global love affair with the Italian delicatessen is explored with passion and authority by world-renowned chef Theo Randall, in this sumptuously produced and illustrated volume.
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This ultimate collection of Latin American cuisine travels from Mexico to Uruguay in pursuit of the region’s most delicious and evocative dishes, beautifully presented in a sumptuously designed hardback volume.
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Following on from her bestselling Zaitoun and The Saffron Tales, Yasmin Khan returns with a stunning collection of recipes and stories that bring the tastes, smells, history and culture of the Eastern Mediterranean straight into your kitchen.
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Adorned with stunning photography and indispensable chef’s tips, Wagamama Your Way is filled with nourishing recipes, from prawn tempura ramen to mandarin and sesame salad, and features a host of plant-based dishes.
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Uniting both the rustic traditional recipes and ornate cuisine of Sicily, Tish delivers a comprehensive cookbook for the island from seafood such as octopus and chickpea stew to meat dishes like roasted pork belly with fennel and sticky quinces.
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The author of bestselling former Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month A Cheesemonger's History of the British Isles returns with a mouthwatering selection of the 150 finest cheeses to savour in Britain and Ireland.
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Pioneering and endlessly inventive, the award-winning Anna Jones is one of the nation’s most respected cooks and, in the sleek, gorgeously produced One, she provides a broad range of exotic global cuisine, all vegetarian and vegan, geared to minimise waste and maximise taste.
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The beloved BOSH! boys return with 100 lip-smacking plant-based recipes, from comfort food to brunches to desserts, which can be prepared in an affordable, hassle-free way.
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Celebrating the inspirational legacy of Linda McCartney, this essential volume features ninety of her best-loved vegetarian recipes, re-visited and brought up-to-date by Paul, Mary and Stella and served alongside moving family photos and stories.
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Making tasty vegan cooking incredibly easy, Vegan Roasting Pan serves up a selection of brilliant recipes, from light to hearty and from savoury to sweet, as well as a host of time-saving tips.
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Another mouth-watering addition to the beloved series, The Sweet Roasting Tin features seventy-five delicious and fuss-free recipes for amazing cakes, cookies and bakes for easy entertaining and week-night treats.
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Social media baking sensation Jane Dunn delivers her eagerly-anticipated debut recipe guide, promising everything from gooey cookies to fluffy cupcakes in a bright, fun and accessible style.
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Following on from his bestselling One Tin Bakes, Kimber shares seventy new recipes for impressive but incredibly easy show-stopping bakes, including plenty of gluten-free, vegan and no-bake options.
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A delicious and inspiring collection of 150 brand-new cocktail ideas from world-leading mixer maker Fever-Tree, these recipes utilise everyday ingredients to create simple and stunning drinks to enjoy at home.
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This unbeatable annual from Hugh Johnson guides the reader through 2022 in the world of wine, brimming with information on growers and regions, and complete with pairing suggestions and a colour supplement called ‘The Ten Best Things About Wine Right Now’.
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Covering both the secret to crafting the perfect whisky and a fascinating history of distilleries the world over, Morgan's indispensable guide is the definitive volume on the celebrated spirit.
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