The Cardamom Trail Chetan Makan April 2016, published by Mitchell Beasley
CCC Founder, Lynn says – “I found this an exciting and colourful book to read, with wonderful styling and photography. Among the many recipes are chapters on the history of Indian herbs and spices, with inspirational ideas on flavour matches and other uses.
I immediately made the Lychee Cake, resulting in a very moist sponge which was as light as a feather. The caramel sauce was also divine.
It’s fair to say that you will immediately want to fill up your store cupboards with aromatic spices after reading this. I’m really looking forward to making more of Chetna’s recipes.”
The Spice Companion – Lior Lev Sercarz“A stunning and definitive spice guide by the country’s most sought-after expert”
Coming in November 2016, published by Clarkson Potter
With beautiful illustrations and wonderful insight, the spice companion is an excellent addition to the shelf of any serious home baker or cook.
The book starts with a detailed insight into Lior’s background as a chef in New York City and the ethos behind his use of spices. This is followed by an encyclopaedic style guide to individual spices and how to use them.
We particularly love the fact that, alongside guidance on traditional uses and recommended flavour pairings, Lior has included recipes for simple blends and guidance on how to formulate your own.
“The eagerly awaited follow-up to top 10 bestseller Persiana.”
May 2016, Mitchell Beazley
Sirocco, meaning “east wind”, is undoubtedly another great success for Sabrina Ghayour. Much like Persiana, it is full of Middle Eastern inspired bright and bold recipes, complimented by equally colourful and enticing imagery.
The recipe collection here is split into several sections, including breakfast, light bites, main dishes and sweet treats. This is quite useful for anyone planning on making a single recipe for a self-contained occasion.
Bake To Impress -Christian Hümbs
“Perfect for hobby bakers seeking new challenges or anyone looking for baking inspiration”
Alongside the pictures, the instructions are also extremely informative and easy to follow.
One small criticism may be that many of the recipes in this collection are quite run of the mill. For example, madeleines may require some technical skill, but perhaps do not quite fall into the “showstopper” mould.
June 2016, Octopus Books
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