Bring your holiday home with a brilliant novel and matching recipe


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If your summer holiday has been cancelled or you're planning a relaxing staycation this summer, create the escapism you need with the perfect book and accompanying recipe. Fancy a trip to Spain? A jaunt to France? A getaway to Greece? Recreate those vacation vibes in your own home with a delicious feast and a sensational story that'll whisk you away to wherever you want to go.

Escape to the French Farmhouse by Jo Thomas

Spirit yourself away to the hazy sunshine of Provence with Escape to the French Farmhouse. In this feel-good sunbeam of a book, Del finds herself starting a new life in the South of France, with no husband and just the smell of lavender to inspire her fresh start. With one humble recipe, she turns her life around - just as with the glorious lavender and lemon drizzle cake below, you can bring a little taste of France to your own summer. Feel the sun on your face, taste the floral fancies of the lavender fields, and pretend you're in a farmhouse of your own.

Get your copy of Escape to the French Farmhouse here.

Transport yourself to the south of France with this lemon and lavender drizzle cake.

Desperately Seeking Summer by Mandy Baggot

Feel like being swept off your feet on a sweltering Greek getaway? Plunge yourself into Desperately Seeking Summer, the feel-good romantic comedy that is sunshine in book form. Abby escapes to Corfu for a break, but gets more than she bargained for when she has to rescue her family's business, and meets gorgeous Theo along the way. Throw together a fresh Greek salad shining with olives, tomatoes and a gleaming combination of honey and olive oil, and combined with the book you could be sitting on a veranda in Greece, soaking up the sun as well as the summer flavours.

Get your copy of Desperately Seeking Summer here.

Take a bite, close your eyes and you too could be in Corfu with this Greek salad.

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Sometimes in life, you just need to hit the beach. And at the beach you need sun, sand, a brilliant book to read - and preferably a deliciously creamy ice cream to top it all off. Beach Read is the uplifting, tender, feel-good love story of the summer, and Nigella's indulgent yet easy-to-make pomegranate ice cream is the perfect companion. Sweet and fruity, whip up a heavenly bowl to enjoy all to yourself as you sink into the simmering love story that'll leave you tingling all over - a story about two writers, who may just end up writing their own love story instead of their planned bestsellers...

Get your copy of Beach Read here.

Bring the beach home with a bowl of Nigella's easy ice cream.

Grown Ups by Marian Keyes

If you're sad that your summer holiday has been cancelled, turn to Marian Keyes and her dazzling novel Grown Ups. Marian can lift the lowest of spirits, and will see you crying cathartic tears as well as laughing with joy, and appreciating the ups and downs of life. What's more, this talented author is a keen baker and lover of chocolate. So serve up a decent slice of choco-mocha cake alongside this wonderful slab of a book, and sink into the family drama full of colourful characters, spilled secrets and unforgettable laugh out loud moments. Like the cake, this book is sweet, moresih and irresistible - and the cake itself is the showstopper for any summer garden party (or just for some me-time reading, we reckon.)

Get your copy of Grown Ups here.

Soothe your lost holiday blues with a slice of choca-mocha cake.

Then. Now. Always. by Isabelle Broom

Transport yourself to Spain with the escapist page-turnerThen. Now. Always. Hannah ends up on the dream work trip to Spain with her dashing boss, and other awkward colleagues who just keep getting in the way. You'll be able to taste the paella and the sangria from here - especially if you make the accompanying tipple we recommend! Brimming with fruit and finished with a flourish of lemonade, it's the sparkling taste of Spain that, coupled with this absorbing story, will keep you entertained on the long, light summer evenings.

Get your copy of Then. Now. Always. here.

Sip yourself all the way to sunny Spain with this authentic recipe for sangria.

Hetty's Farmhouse Bakery by Cathy Bramley

For those of you who missed the lockdown trends, who want to jump on the baking bandwagon OR simply love the smell of fresh bread, settle down with Hetty's Farmhouse Bakery, a light, lovely read that's the ultimate comfort this summer. Pair it with this wonderfully easy yet heavenly mug bread from James Morton, and you'll be wrapped in the pure bliss of great storytelling and freshly baked, good-smelling bread all summer long. Who needs to escape to a local bakery in the countryside? With this heart-warming novel and this wonderful recipe, you've got everything you need right here.

Get your copy of Hetty's Farmhouse Bakery here.

Make like you're in a farmhouse bakery with slice after slice of easy mug bread joy.

Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller

A bewitching, atmospheric crime story set in the English countryside, this is a book with bite that you won't be able to put down. It's about a naïve young woman, and the glamorous couple she is at first so charmed by, with their lavish dinners and lies. If you like something deliciously dark to draw you in, put this on your summer reading list and you won't be disappointed. Just like Nigella's chicken traybake with bitter orange and fennel, it's impressive, full of zest and flavour, and will leave you wanting more.

Get your copy of Bitter Orange here.

Bring maximum flavour and minimum fuss to your table this summer with this easy Nigella traybake.

An Embarrassment of Mangoes by Ann Vanderhoof

After weeks of lockdown and the ever-building pressures of real life, don't you fancy packing it all in and heading for an adventure? That's exactly what Ann and her husband did in the nineties, when they left their jobs, rented out their house and sailed around the world in pursuit of a new life, swapping deadlines and stress for bare feet and beaches. Recreate a little island life for yourself with Ainsley Harriott's tempura lobster, served with boozy rum salsa and coconut piña colada sauce. Let your tastebuds be tantalised by the sweetness, the spices and the light crisp of the batter, and slip into your own Caribbean dream thanks to this dazzling dish and gem of a book.

Get your copy of An Embarrassment of Mangoes here.

Bring the Caribbean to your kitchen with this vibrant and luxurious summer dish.

Truth to Tell by Mavis Cheek

Wishing you were in Venice, enjoying gelato on a gondola, or silky pasta in the sun? Opt for the next best thing with this glittering novel about Nina, a woman who decides to shake up her life and rediscover herself on a trip to Italy. It's funny, life-affirming and gleaming with Venetian vibes, pretty piazzas, sparkling canals and all. What's more, you can live the Venetian dream and eat pasta for breakfast with this gorgeous Sausage and Egg Bucatini - as smooth, comforting and self-indulgent as it gets. Happiness really is a bowl of pasta and a cracking good book.

Get your copy of Truth to Tell here.

If there's one thing that'll soothe the sadness of a cancelled holiday, it's pasta for breakfast.

Watermelon by Marian Keyes

Nothing says summer like the freshness of watermelon - and nothing ELSE says summer like the incomparable entertainment of a Marian Keyes novel. If you're staying local this summer, embrace all the home comforts you can to make it the best staycation yet, with Nadiya's halloumi and watermelon skewers (perfect for the BBQ) and a book that'll have you hooked (perfect for any summer's night). Don't blame us if you burn the skewers, simply because you can't look away from this wonderful whirlwind of a story. It's about family, and friendship, and nursing a broken heart - something this mouth-watering recipe might also be able to help with, in fact.

Get your copy of Watermelon here.

Fire up the barbie, tuck into these skewers and declare summer open.

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