Discover the Joy of Cooking

Are you sick of getting take-aways? It's never too late to start cooking at home and prepare your very own nutritious meals. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, here are 13 books that are sure to ignite your passion!

7 Ways

Jamie’s looked at the top ingredients we buy week in, week out. We’re talking about those meal staples we pick up without thinking—chicken breasts, salmon fillets, mince, eggs, potatoes, broccoli, mushrooms, to name but a few. We’re all busy, but that shouldn’t stop us from having a tasty, nutritious meal after a long day at work or looking after the kids. So, rather than trying to change what we buy, Jamie wants to give everyone new inspiration for their favourite supermarket ingredients.  

Jamie will share 7 achievable, exciting and tasty ways to cook 18 of our favourite ingredients, and each recipe will include a minimal amount of ingredients. Across the book, at least 70% of the recipes will be everyday options from both an ease and nutritional point of view, meaning you’re covered for every day of the week. With everything from fakeaways and traybakes to family and freezer favourites, you’ll find bags of inspiration to help you mix things up in the kitchen.

Step up, 7 Ways, the most reader-focused cookbook Jamie has ever written.


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The World Eats Here

Prized recipes and tales of home, work, and family—from the immigrant vendor-chefs of NYC's first and favorite night market.

On summer Saturday nights in Queens, New York, mouthwatering scents from Moldova to Mexico fill the air. Children play, adults mingle... and, above all, everyone eats. Welcome to the Queens Night Market, where thousands of visitors have come to feast on amazing international food—from Filipino dinuguan to Haitian diri ak djon djon. The World Eats Here brings these incredible recipes from over 40 countries to your home kitchen—straight from the first- and second-generation immigrant cooks who know them best.


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What Mummy Makes

Wean your baby and feed your family at the same time by cooking just one meal in under 30 minutes that everyone will enjoy!

Say goodbye to cooking multiple meals every day and the hassle of making special little spoonfuls for your baby, plainer dishes for fussy older siblings, and something different again for the grown-ups.

With this ingenious new way to introduce solid food to your baby, you'll cook a single meal and eat it together as a family where baby will learn how to eat from watching you. Each recipe is quick to prepare and easy to adapt for different ages and dietary requirements.

So forget 'baby food' and make light work of weaning with What Mummy Makes!


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Veg

Jamie Oliver is back with brilliantly easy, healthy, flavour-packed, accessible and affordable veg recipes.

A real explosion of colour, taste and variety, he wants to get the nation switched on to just how tasty and comforting veggie meals can be, leaving people feeling full, satisfied and happy—and not missing meat from their plate. Whether it's embracing a meat-free day or two each week, living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just wanting to try some brilliant new flavour combinations, this book ticks all the boxes.

Sharing simple tips and tricks that will excite the taste buds, and help keep people's brains and mouths engaged, this book will also give people the confidence to up their veg intake and widen their recipe repertoire, safe in the knowledge that it'll taste utterly delicious. From simple suppers and family favourites to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, this book is packed full of phenomenal food—pure and simple.


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East

In her stunning new collection, Meera Sodha puts vegetables at the centre of the table. Drawing from her 'New Vegan' Guardian column, East also features plenty of brand-new recipes inspired by a wide range of Asian cuisines, from India to Indonesia, China to Singapore, by way of Thailand and Vietnam. There are noodles, curries, rice dishes, salads and bakes, all surprisingly easy to make and bursting with exciting flavours. East will show you how to whip up a swede laksa and a chard potato and coconut curry; how to make Kimchi pancakes or silken tofu with pine nuts. There are sweet potato momos for starters and unexpected desserts like salted miso brownies.

This is modern, vibrant, fuss-free food for anyone who wants to eat well. A must-have whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or simply want to eat fresh, delicious plant-based dishes.


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The Science of Cooking

Which vegetables should you eat raw? How do you make the perfect poached egg? And should you keep your eggs in the fridge? Food scientist Dr Stuart Farrimond answers all these questions—and many more like them—equipping you with the scientific know-how to take your cooking to new levels.

In The Science of Cooking, fundamental culinary concepts sit side-by-side with practical advice and step-by-step techniques, bringing food science out of the lab and into your kitchen. Find the answers to your cookery questions and get more out of recipes with intriguing chapters covering all major food types from meat, poultry and seafood, to grains, vegetables, and herbs.


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The Science of Spice

Break new ground with this spice book like no other, from TV personality, food scientist and bestselling author, Dr Stuart Farrimond. Taking the periodic table of spices as a starting point, explore the science behind the art of making incredible spice blends and how the flavour compounds within spices work together to create exciting layers of flavour and new sensations.

Spice profiles—organised by their dominant flavour compound—showcase the world's top spices, with recipe ideas, information on how to buy, use, and store, and more in-depth science to help you release the flavours and make your own spice connections.

Explore the world's best spices, be inspired to make your own new spice blends, and take your cooking to new heights. You'll turn to this beautiful and unique book time and again—to explore and to innovate.


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Tartine Bread

Tartine—A bread bible for the home baker or professional bread-maker! It comes from Chad Robertson, a man many consider to be the best bread baker in the United States, and co-owner with Elizabeth Prueitt of San Francisco's Tartine Bakery.

Chad Robertson developed his unique bread over two decades of apprenticeship with the finest artisan bakers in France and the United States, as well as experimentation in his own ovens. Readers will be astonished at how elemental it is.

Now it's your turn to make this bread with your own hands. Clear instructions and hundreds of step-by-step photos put you by Chad's side as he shows you how to make exceptional and elemental bread using just flour, water, and salt. 


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Tartine: Revised Edition

This brilliantly revisited and beautifully rephotographed book is a totally updated edition of a go-to classic for home and professional bakers—from one of the most acclaimed and inspiring bakeries in the world.

Tartine offers more than 50 new recipes that capture the invention and, above all, deliciousness that Tartine is known for—including their most requested recipe, the Morning Bun. Favorites from the original book are here, too, revamped to speak to our tastes today and to include whole-grain and/or gluten-free variations, as well as intriguing new ingredients and global techniques.

More than 150 drop-dead gorgeous photographs from acclaimed team Gentl + Hyers make this compendium a true collectible and must-have for bakers of all skill levels.


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Curry

Embark on a global curry adventure!

Top chefs and cooks known for their expertise in the curries of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Caribbean—and anywhere with a curry tradition—share their recipes with you. Try Thai jungle curry, chicken adobo or South African bunny chow. All 200 recipes are authentic and written for the modern cook. Features add a further dimension, introducing you to the key spice combinations and ingredients that define each local cuisine.

Break out and explore new boundaries. Or rely on this authentic resource for old favourites. Observer Food Monthly described these as "the best ever curries". Red-hot results are guaranteed every time!


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The Big Book of Kombucha

Brewing your own kombucha at home is easy and fun! You can get exactly the flavours you want, and for a fraction of the store-bought price. This complete guide, from the proprietors of Kombucha Kamp (kombuchakamp.com), shows you how to do it from start to finish, with illustrated step-by-step instructions and recipes for 286 different flavour combinations. The book also includes information on the many health benefits of kombucha, fascinating details of the drink's history, and recipes for delicious foods and drinks you can make with kombucha (including some irresistible cocktails!). 


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The Noma Guide to Fermentation

At Noma—four times named the world's best restaurant—every dish includes some form of fermentation, whether it's a bright hit of vinegar, a deeply savory miso, an electrifying drop of garum, or the sweet intensity of black garlic. Fermentation is one of the foundations behind noma's extraordinary flavour profiles.

Now Rene Redzepi, chef and co-owner of noma, and David Zilber, the chef who runs the restaurant's acclaimed fermentation lab, share never-before-revealed techniques to creating noma's extensive pantry of ferments. With more than 750 full-colour photographs, most of them step-by-step how-tos, and with every recipe approachably written and meticulously tested, The Noma Guide to Fermentation takes readers far beyond the typical kimchi and sauerkraut to include koji, kombuchas, shoyus, misos, lacto-ferments, vinegars, garums, and black fruits and vegetables. 


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American Sfoglino

A comprehensive guide to making the best pasta in the world: In this debut cookbook from Evan Funke, he shares classic techniques from his Emilia Romagna training and provides accessible instructions for making his award winning sfoglia (sheet pasta) at home. With little more than flour, eggs, and a rolling pin, you too can be a sfoglino (a pasta maker) and create traditional Italian noodles that are perfectly paired with the right sauces.

Features recipes for home cooks to recreate 15 classic pasta shapes, spanning simple pappardelle to perfect tortelloni. 


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Complete Baking

What's the difference between beating and folding? What should "soft peaks" look like? How do you line a pastry crust? When it comes to baking, knowing what an instruction means can be the difference between a showstopper and a soggy bottom. That's where Complete Baking comes in.

Each of the 80 classic recipes in this essential collection is fully illustrated, with photographs of every stage of the baking process. See what other baking books only tell you: how to knead dough, rub together butter and flour, and create a pastry lattice to top a pie or tart. Then try your hand at more than 250 variations on those classics, or use them as inspiration to build on what you've learned and experiment with your own baking creations. With sweet and savoury recipes that everyone will enjoy, it's time to roll up your sleeves, flour your work surface, and whip up something superb with Complete Baking.


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