2019 has been a truly exciting year for new cookbooks. A bumper crop of new titles offer something for everyone, whether you’re looking for speedy solutions for your midweek cooking, indulgent dishes for long, lazy weekends or endless ideas to help you eat meat-free with ease. Ready your bookshelves: here is a round-up of 2019’s best cookbooks.
In 2019, Mary Berry answered the prayers of busy cooks across the nation with her Quick Cooking cookbook. Accompanying her BBC TV series of the same name, Mary’s book features 120 new recipes, that can all be on the table in 30 minutes or less. And for lovers of Mary’s bakes, there’s an irresistible selection of speedy sweet treats and bakes on the list.
We loved watching Chris Bavin dispensing vital budgeting advice on the BBC’s Eat Well For Less series. This accompanying cookbook is packed with flavoursome, achievable dishes, taking a practical approach to everyday eating, with a focus on planning, making the most of your freezer and leftovers and, of course, saving money along the way.
Georgina Hayden’s Stirring Slowly has been one of the most used cookbooks on our shelves since its release in 2016, so we were thrilled when Taverna was published in April. In Taverna, Georgie takes us on a culinary trip to Cyprus, exploring her family’s foodie roots and introducing us to a host of sensational, sun-soaked and simple new dishes. With a wealth of culinary inspiration and stunning photography from Kristin Perers, this is a book we’ll definitely be gifting this Christmas.
Snuggling under the duvet to watch Sunday Brunch is one of our essential weekend activities. With the release of the show’s official cookbook, we’ve been recreating many of the best-loved recipes from Sunday Brunch, including Korean Sticky Pork Belly, Chicken Katsu Curry Burger and Salted Popcorn Brownies.
We couldn’t be bigger fans of Rukmini Iyer’s The Roasting Tin books. It’s not an exaggeration to say that they have transformed the way we cook, making midweek cooking a ‘just chuck it in the oven’ breeze. Her new book in 2019 came to the rescue of even the busiest of cooks, with a brand new selection of speedy oven meals, all ready in under thirty minutes and all cooked in a single roasting tin. Thank you, Rukmini!
For those of you exploring the delicious world of vegan and vegetarian eating, or if you’re a seasoned plant-based eater looking for a recipe-collection refresh, Elly Pear’s latest cookbook Green is definitely something to tuck into. Bursting with nourishing ingredients and with an emphasis on ease, these fuss-free vegan and vegetarian recipes are intended for busy weeknights and chilled out weekends, proving that you don’t need to spend hours labouring in the kitchen to make innovative and creative meals that taste fantastic.
Ainsley Harriot graced our screens and bookshelves this year with his ITV series and book, Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen. Both book and TV show are a riot of colours, flavours and inspiring recipes. Ainsley gives us a whistle stop tour of the sunshine islands with recipes like Ultimate Jerk Chicken, Butter Rum Cake and Mango and Coconut Rum Daiquiri. This is a vibrant, energising cookbook from one of the best chefs in the business.
Award-winning author Meera Sodha returned with yet another stunning cookbook, this time showcasing mouth-watering vegan and vegetarian eastern recipes from Bangalore to Beijing. EAST is packed with vibrant, meat-free recipes like Chard Potato and Coconut Curry, Dairy Free Black Dal and Salted Miso Brownies. Fans of Meera’s previous books, Made in India and Fresh India, must pick up a copy of EAST. Likewise those who love the flavourful variety of Asian cuisine.
VEG is Jamie Oliver’s answer to meat-free cooking. It’s a celebration of cooking with vegetables and proof that vegetarian cooking can produce absolutely delicious meals. With chapters on Curries & Stews, Pasta, Traybakes and many more there’s something tasty for every occasion. This cookbook is the perfect guide to introducing more veg into your everyday cooking and will certainly help you expand your repertoire of meat-free dishes.
Nadiya Hussain knows how important it is to get nutritious, flavoursome meals on the table for her family. Her new cookbook, Time to Eat, is packed with inspiring recipes that make feeding a hungry crowd easy. Featuring 100 new family recipes, make-ahead tips and 3-in-1 recipes (get three different meals from one recipe), this cookbook is a must for busy families in need of some new, delicious meal ideas.
The Eat Well for Less team returned with another inspiring cookbook to help you eat healthily and save money to boot. Eat Well For Less Every Day is packed with simple, stress-free recipes, many of which can be made ahead or cooked in bulk to save you time and money. From quick midweek dinner fixes to sumptuous puds, the recipes in this book are bound to become recurring favourites.
Rick Stein returned to our screens in 2019 with a new French adventure. Rick Stein’s Secret France is the accompanying cookbook to the BBC series and it is packed with the best recipes from the show. Focusing on simple, traditional French fare, Rick shows how authentic recipes, hailing from Normandy to Provence, can all be recreated in our kitchens at home. A must-have for fans of French cooking and Rick Stein alike.
Get Veganuary 2020 off to a flying start with this cookbook, packed with easy recipe ideas for nutritious, balanced vegan meals. Simplicity is at the heart of Veganeasy; all the recipes feature a maximum of five ingredients. For plant-based cooking without the fuss, this book is a must.