6 books for budding cooks

For the gourmet in your life or anyone who just loves good food, here are some of the best new cookbooks from a variety of celebrated authors.

Cooking for Jeffrey
by Ina Garten

Fans (and I am one of them) of Ina Garten and her award-winning Barefoot Contessa cookbooks have waited for two years for Cooking for Jeffrey. In this, her most personal cookbook yet, are recipes for the tasty, comforting meals she loves to cook for her husband. Recipes, which couldn’t be simpler to prepare, are brimming with flavor and that ‘wow’ factor that we all crave.

Taste of Persia
by Naomi Duguid


Culinary anthropologist, photographer, and storyteller Naomi Duguid treats you to the evocative flavours and beguiling food traditions of the countries that once made up the Persian Empire and offers a glimpse into people’s homes today. Beautiful coffee table addition or inspiring stovetop companion for anyone who loves to travel vicariously and cook passionately.

Oh She Glows Every Day
by Angela Liddon

Easy, convenient and awesome recipes for vegans, vegetarians, even omnivores who are realizing the benefits of more whole foods and plant-based dishes.

Small Victories
by Julia Turshen

A great choice to get beginners off to a good start, and equally inspiring for seasoned cooks to prove there is always something more to learn. Julia Tushen laughs at her own cooking mistakes, turning them into useful tips for everyone. Inspirational and enticing with mouth-watering photographs.

The Spice Companion
by Lior Lev Sercarz

Lior Lev Sercarz is the chef, spice blender, and owner of La Boite, the New York City spice and biscuit shop that’s the go-to source of renowned chefs looking for unusual spices and custom blends. This is the definitive spice guide to help home cooks turn ho-hum dishes into flavourful masterpieces. Also includes stunning photography and botanical illustrations.

Best of Bridge: The Family Slow Cooker
by Elizabeth Chorney-Booth, Sue Duncan and Julie Van Rosendaal

For 40 years, the ‘Ladies of the Best of Bridge’ books have delighted some four million loyal fans with recipes that cooks return to again and again for family meals, potluck suppers or neighbourhood parties. Recently the Ladies retired, but not before passing on their culinary heritage to a trio friends - exceptional, next-generation cooks who are dedicated to moving the brand with the times.