In-depth cookery book reviews.

Sambal Shiok: The Malaysian Cookbook by Mandy Yin

Sambal Shiok by Mandy Yin cookbook cover

I’ve been anticipating the publication of Mandy Yin’s Sambal Shiok cookbook for many months, and now the book’s in my hands, it doesn’t disappoint! As Yin explains, Malaysian food reflects the diversity of the Malaysian people and encompasses a glorious range of ingredients, flavours and techniques from the Malay, Chinese, Peranakan, South Indian and indigenous ... Read more »

Table-Top Barbeque Japanese & Korean Style

Table-top BBQ

We fell in love with yakiniku (also known in Japan as Korean barbeque) when visiting Japan, and have loved it ever since. This year, one of my Christmas gifts from Pete was a table-top Korean barbeque grill by Primst, and a big box of bamboo charcoal briquettes. We veered towards Japanese flavours for our first ... Read more »

Our 2021 Favourite Cookbooks

Sumac by Anas Atassi (book cover)

We’ve reviewed some fabulous cookbooks on Kavey Eats this year, much as we did last year. Here’s a rundown of the ones we loved, along with links to the recipes we’ve shared from each. (Contents) This Year’s Books Chinese Takeaway in 5 by Kwoklyn Wan | Serendip by Peter Kuruvita | Sumac by Anas Atassi ... Read more »

How to Bake Anything Gluten Free by Becky Excell

How to Bake Anything Gluten Free by Becky Excell

The publication of How to Bake Anything Gluten Free by Becky Excell follows the phenomenal success of her debut How to Make Anything Gluten Free (previously reviewed here), which prompted Nigella Lawson to endorse Becky as “the Queen of gluten-free baking” (I can only imagine the resulting paroxysms of joy in the Excell household). Becky’s ... Read more »

Veggiestan by Sally Butcher

Veggiestan by Sally Butcher

This 10 year anniversary green and gold clad edition of Veggiestan by Sally Butcher comes at an opportune time: vegan and vegetarian cookbooks almost outnumber the omnivore cookbooks publishers are currently offering, as climate consciousness encourages us all to reduce our meat intake and increase the production quality (and hence cost) of the meat we ... Read more »

Your Home Izakaya: Fun and Simple Recipes Inspired by the Drinking-and-Dining Dens of Japan by Tim Anderson

Your Home Izakaya by Tim Anderson

Ever since I saw Your Home Izakaya: Fun and Simple Recipes Inspired by the Drinking-and-Dining Dens of Japan by Tim Anderson listed as an upcoming Japanese cookbook from one of my favourite publishers, I’ve been hyper-excited to get a copy. When it arrived in the post I immediately binge-read it cover to cover in rapt concentration and ... Read more »