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Sunshine on a plate: the year’s best cookbooks

21 November 2020 9:00 am

In the dark days of a terrible winter, Elizabeth David began writing her first book, about Mediterranean food. The timing…

When Idi Amin threatened to shoot the cook

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Private chefs keep many secrets and are expected to go to their graves without sharing a morsel of gossip about…

Make it an applefest this Christmas — the best of the year’s cookbooks

23 November 2019 9:00 am

If it were not for a banker with a hangover, we would not have Eggs Benedict. Or so one of…

Will it be kid pie this Christmas?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

A long and messy business is how the chef Rowley Leigh explains his preferred way of eating. Picking at a…

Eva Braun dieted obsessively, but didn’t hold back on the pilfered champagne

Culinary cold war at the White House

20 January 2018 9:00 am

‘Tell me what you eat and I shall tell you what you are.’ The best known adage in food literature,…

Scallops with seaweed butter, from The Sportsman

Menus on the wild side

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The terroir of the Kentish coast is faultlessly represented in The Sportsman (Phaidon, £29.95), a book of recipes from an…

Dinners for beginners

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Never mind teaching children to cook: they need to be taught to eat. Obvious? Totally, but this is the choosing…

Ham it up: scents of home-smoked meat now waft across suburbia

A cure for Christmas: the pleasure (and perils) of preserves

28 November 2015 9:00 am

My family knows that once the flaming pudding is on the table, late on Christmas Day, all meals will be…

Guillemot eggs, Iceland. From The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson (Phaidon)

From toad in the hole to seal soup: the best new cookbooks

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Timing is everything, and few cookbooks come at an apter moment than Mamushka (Mitchell Beazley, £25) by the excellently named…

Tomatoes and melons from the garden of the Prince Bishop of Eichstatt (German school, 17th century)

A kitchen-garden renaissance

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Considerable areas of our memory are taken up with food: it might be the taste of Mother’s sponge, the melting…

A mouth-watering selection: 2014’s best eight cookery books

29 November 2014 9:00 am

The people behind the people are the ones to watch for, and we have all been waiting for a book…