Best new Cookbooks, 2015: Flavours for Summer
Guide to the best new cookery books summer 2015: whether you're picnicking, barbecuing, entertaining or just looking for gastronomic inspiration here's the freshest new recipes.
Elegant new cookbook Spring collects the fresh, seasonal recipes that are fast becoming a trademark of Skye Gyngell's new Somerset House restaurant of the same name. With all the mastery of flavour that you'd expect from a Michelin-starred chef, Spring recipes are also delightfully unfussy.
With fans including Gwyneth Paltrow and Elle McPherson, The Detox Kitchen is synonymous with the highest quality health food. Founder Lily Simpson began with a delivery service, bringing sugar, wheat and dairy free dishes to the doorsteps of discerning Londoners.
Now with one perennially packed deli and another on its way, it's become a cult brand. Dubious about the recipes with no wheat, dairy or refined sugar? The selection is surprisingly wholesome and hearty, replete with nutritious versions of favourite treats such as pizza and cupcakes.
We love this tasty but simple Beetroot falafel recipe, with an elegant dash of colour.
The Seahorse: the restaurant and its recipes, Mitch Tonks and Mat Prowse
Fern Verrow, Jane Scotter and Harry Astely
This wonderfully weighty tome transports you straight to the farm. From panoramic allotment shots and close up birds nests to hearty recipes, Fern Verrow celebrates nature as the basis of all home-cooking. With four sections -- Earth, Water, Air and Fire -- it's an engaging insight into rural life with biodynamic farming tips that will aid even amateur city gardeners.
Here's our favourite Fern Verrow recipe: Rose Angel Cake with Crystallised Rose Petal
Japan has the highest life expectancy and lowest obesity rate in the world. The two aren't incidental. This playful new cookbook shares not just favourite Japanese recipes for healthy living, but invites you to share in a culture of conscious eating.
Within a 'five' mantra spanning all food groups, flavours and textures, the recipes are separated ion steaming, grilling, simmering, no-cook and sushi. It's so easy you don't even need an oven. We love the fresh take on a greasy fry-ups with the 'Full Japanese' breakfast recipe.
Gail's Artisan Bakery Cookbook, Roy Levy and Gail Mejia
Beloved bakery Gail's new cookbook explains the art of airy bread and perfect patisserie to amateur bakers. There's nothing more comforting than fresh bread or crisp pastry and with all the expertise that built an empire of Bakeries, Gail's cookbook collects together classic and innovative recipes. It's simple enough for the most novice of kneaders, but still offers some challenges for the ambitious.
We love this cheesy picnic loaf recipe, which is super simple but mouth-wateringly impressive.