Book Club – The Books About Food You Need In Your Kitchen

Flavour, Yottam Ottolenghi

The third installment in Yotam’s bestselling and multi-award-winning PLENTY series (over 2 million copies sold). FLAVOUR celebrates the limitless potential of vegetables and reveals how to transform them into magical dishes.

Flavour-forward, vegetable-based recipes are at the heart of Yotam Ottolenghi’s food.

In this stunning new cookbook Yotam and co-writer Ixta Belfrage break down the three factors that create flavour and offer innovative vegetable dishes that deliver brand-new ingredient combinations to excite and inspire.

Ottolenghi FLAVOUR combines simple recipes for weeknights, low-effort high-impact dishes, and standout meals for the relaxed cook. Packed with signature colourful photography, FLAVOUR not only inspires uswith what to cook, but how flavour is dialled up and why it works.

The book is broken down into three parts, which reveal how to tap into the potential of ordinary vegetables to create extraordinary food:

Process explains cooking methods that elevate veg to great heights; Pairing identifies four basic pairings that are fundamental to great flavour; Produce offers impactful vegetables that do the work for you.

With surefire hits, such as Aubergine Dumplings alla Parmigiana, Hasselback Beetroot with Lime Leaf Butter, Miso Butter Onions, Spicy Mushroom Lasagne and Romano Pepper Schnitzels, plus mouthwatering photographs of nearly every one of the more than 100 recipes, Ottolenghi FLAVOUR is the impactful, next-level approach to vegetable cooking that Ottolenghi fans and vegetable lovers everywhere have been craving.

Hiakai, Monique Fiso

A breathtaking account of Maori food – its traditions, ingredients and tikanga – from our brightest culinary star.

Monique Fiso is a modern-day food warrior, taking Maori cuisine to the world.

After years overseas in Michelin-star restaurants, Monique returned to Aotearoa to begin Hiakai, an innovative pop-up venture that’s now a revered, award-winning restaurant in Wellington.

Monique has also gone on to feature on Netflix’s ‘The Final Table’, alongside 19 other international chefs, with Hiakai being lauded by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Forbes and TIME magazine, which named Hiakai in 2019 as one of the ‘100 Greatest Places’ in the world.

This book is just as unforgettable: ranging between history, tradition and tikanga, as well as Monique’s personal journey of self-discovery, it tells the story of kai Maori, provides foraging and usage notes, an illustrated ingredient directory, and over 30 breathtaking recipes that give this ancient knowledge new life.

Hiakai offers up food to behold, to savour, to celebrate.

Raw + Free, Sophie Steevens

Sophie Steevens shares her favourite plant-based recipes and describes how she reversed a serious autoimmune disease by eating a completely plant-based diet. Four years on, she has fully recovered, her family have also embraced this lifestyle and they are all thriving.

Sophie’s hugely popular Instagram Raw and Free depicts her plant-based life with her gorgeous family of partner, professional surfer Ricardo Christie, and three young boys.

Her stunning cookbook is packed with over 100 delicious, vibrant plant-based, gluten-free and refined-sugar-free recipes that she has devised, and that the whole family enjoys eating.

There are easy, family-friendly wholefood recipes for all meals plus great information to help you get started, with material such as kitchen essentials, ingredient staples and lots of easy-to-follow tips for a wholesome, plant-based lifestyle.

Vegan With Bite, Shannon Martinez

In Vegan With Bite, Australia’s number one vegan chef, Shannon Martinez, presents more than 80 thoughtful but easy meals (complete with shopping tips and cheffy hacks) that are guaranteed to take the meal beyond the meat-and-dairy-free predictable. It is all part of Shannon’s mission to show readers that generous, delicious and environmentally sustainable food is entirely achievable – regardless of budget.

Alongside her recipes, Shannon shares her essential kitchen larder, a did-you-know guide to ingredients that are not actually vegan (but that many cooks think are, and vice versa), plus advice on leftovers and cutting back on waste. There’s also a chapter on dips, condiments and sauces described by Shannon as the essential glue that brings her meals together.

Vegan With Bite is everything you wouldn’t expect of a book presenting winning meals on a shoestring.

Ikaria, Meni Valle 

In the Aegean Sea lies the Greek island of Ikaria, where blue Mediterranean waters lap against a mountainous coastline and rocky trails lead to quaint villages, and where the locals seem to hold a secret.

Ikaria is known worldwide for its incredibly high life expectancies and low rates of chronic disease, much of which can be attributed to diet. Born to Greek parents, Meni Valle has always been fascinated by her family’s traditions of cooking and eating. In Ikaria, Meni collects traditional recipes from across the island that encapsulate the best of Mediterranean food: vegetables, beans, whole grains, small amounts of meat and fish, a couple of glasses of wine, and plenty of olive oil. But she also tells the stories that make up Ikaria, where life is all about taking time: time to cook, to eat, to nap, to spend with family and friends, to enjoy and to appreciate.

With intimate glimpses of the island’s festivals, produce, kitchens and people, Ikaria is a cookbook that will transport and transform you.