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Dear reader,

Happy Easter! And what a perfect weekend for it: sunshine, chocolate, a few extra days off for many and an ideal opportunity to spend some time getting creative in the kitchen.

Big hitters in the cookery section this month have included the ever-dependable Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking and the runaway success, Pinch of Nom – delicious, home-style slimming recipes by smash-hit bloggers Kate Allinson and Kay Featherstone.

After the deluge of strict diet and fitness books published every January, Spring also heralds the arrival of a mouth-watering range of more specialist cookery books, providing us with inspiration and ideas for experimenting. Like those I’ve highlighted below, these titles can take us all over the world and often include a generous history of a particular foodstuff, making them so much more than a simple list of recipes.

So choose your favourite, don your apron and enjoy making a delicious new dish this Easter!


The Modern Cheesemaker: Making and Cooking with Cheeses at Home by Morgan McGlynn

RRP £25
Jarrold price £20

This book is heaven for cheese lovers, written by a passionate cheese expert who is Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch cheese specialist and cheese consultant to leading retailers. With a potted history of cheesemaking and ‘cheese seasons’, it shows you how to make different types of cheese at home throughout the year. It also includes delicious cheese-based recipes, advice on cheese accompaniments and how to create the perfect cheese board.


Cocoa: An exploration of chocolate, with recipes by  Sue Quinn

RRP £25
Jarrold price £20

Stylishly produced, Cocoa is a must-read for chocolate lovers, delving into the history and culture of chocolate in an attempt to understand why it has fascinated and tempted us for over 5,000 years. From cakes and biscuits to ice-cream and puddings (the chocolate-swirl pavlova is to die for), to savoury dishes (the biggest surprise is pasta with gorgonzola, walnuts, rosemary and chocolate!), there are 80 tantalising, chocolate-based recipes that will show you how to use and savour chocolate in new and traditional ways.


Bish Bash Bosh! by Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

RRP £20
Jarrold price £17 

From the creators of Bosh! – the UK’s bestselling vegan cookbook ever – comes a second instalment of plant-based goodness. What seems to make this pair such a success is the way they make vegan food so hearty, filling and accessible to everyone. With dishes like curry house jalfrezi, burgers, an alternative steak and chips and really delicious salads and sauces, it doesn’t feel like anything (meat or dairy) is missing. If you’re looking for a way in to vegan cooking, I think this is it.


Dining With the Durrells: Stories and Recipes from the Cookery Archive of Mrs Louisa Durrell by David Shimwell


I couldn’t resist including this brilliant, nostalgic book that is so much more than a cookbook. There are plenty of evocative, personal recipes taken from Mrs Durrell’s archives, from ‘Gerry’s Favourite Chicken Curry’ to ‘Dixie-Durrell Scones with Fig and Ginger Jam’. Then there are family stories to accompany the recipes, plus black and white photos that transport you to the Durrell’s sun-drenched life in Corfu. To top it off, there is a foreword by Lee Durrell and afterword by Jacquie Durrell.


Prices and availability checked Thursday 18 April 2019

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