In-depth cookery book reviews.

Carpathia by Irina Georgescu

Front cover of Carpathia: Food from the Heart of Romania by Irina Georgescu

Romania was a complete mystery to me. The closest I’d come was giving a desperately homesick, mosquito-bitten Romanian waitress in a remote Greek village a bottle of my repellent spray. She responded with heartfelt thanks and an equally heartfelt description of the beauty, warmth and vibrancy of her homeland. The poignant depth of her desire ... Read more »

Andrew Kojima’s No Sushi

Book cover for No Sushi by Andrew Kojima

‘No Sushi’ is part autobiography, part cookbook, written by chef restaurateur and winner of Masterfchef 2012, Andrew Kojima. The title is a reference to the (gradually eroding) British perception of Japanese food being all about sushi, the topic of a conversation Koj had with his Japanese father shortly before he died. It’s also the name ... Read more »

Tim Anderson’s Japaneasy

Tim Anderson's Japaneasy cookbook

Recently, I reviewed Tim Anderson’s Vegan Japaneasy. Now I want to tell you about his previous title, Japaneasy. Stylistically – in voice and in approach – both cookbooks are stamped with the humour, personality, skill and enthusiasm of their author, so I’ll avoid duplicating my own equally enthusiastic approval of all four traits (warning: probably ... Read more »

Bazaar by Sabrina Ghayour

Cover of Bazaar cookery book by Sabrina Ghayour

Bazaar is Sabrina Ghayour’s fourth book and her first foray into a cookbook with a purely vegetarian set of recipes. I was intrigued to see how a confirmed omnivore would tackle the subject, particularly as I aim to cook vegan or vegetarian 2-3 days a week, so a new source of ideas from a non-vegetarian is ... Read more »

Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter

Greenfeast Autumn Winter by Nigel Slater

Nigel Slater is one of those authors I can hear talking whenever I read his recipes. More importantly, he is also one of those authors I trust, and any time I pick up a Nigel Slater recipe I’m confident that I’ll get to the end without being bemused by incomprehensible instructions or missing ingredients, and ... Read more »