New Cooking books in August

This selection includes something for everyone.

Syndetics book coverSolo : Inspirational Cooking for One / Linda Tubby ; photography by Ali Allen.
“Linda’s imaginative and inspiring recipes are divided into 5 chapters, Almost Instant, A Little Ahead, Give It Time, Make It An Event and Those Little Extras, making it simple to find the perfect meal for any occasion.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverSecrets From My Indian Family Kitchen : contains 120 recipes / Anjali Pathak.
“Inventive, engaging and soulful. Anjali’s adoration of Indian cuisine and proud love for her Indian heritage combined with her cooking, writing and teaching skills, has made this book quite special. Anjali draws upon her family secrets in a beautiful collection of authentic Indian dishes and modern creations that are perfect for all cooks. Delve into heartfelt stories that bring Indian food to life, learn top tips for foolproof results, master classics and learn how a touch of spice can add a contemporary twist.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWhat Can I Cook Tonight? / editiorial & food director, Pamela Clark.
“Meals for weeknights are challenging as time is short and everyone is busy, but there still needs to be a healthy, tasty meal ready for the family. Home cooks will be inspired with these quick and easy family-friendly meals – perfect for busy weeknights…” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCourtyard Kitchen : recipes and growing tips for herbs and potted fruits / Natalie Boog.
“Courtyard Kitchen is prefaced with simple tips and hints on selecting the best herbs for your space and setting up and maintaining them; it includes essential information on seasons, cropping times and basic plant care. Following this are more than 80 simple fresh food recipes with clever flavour-matching ideas based around a specific herb or potted fruit theme-basil, mint, coriander, lemon, parsley, strawberry, thyme, rosemary, chilli. There are risottos, roasts, pizzas, salsas, salads, soups, recipes for pasta, polenta, couscous; there are sorbets, cakes, biscuits and treats – delicious, easy recipes that celebrate the sheer pleasure of home cooking with herbs you’ve grown yourself.” (Syndetics Summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Dumpling Sisters Cookbook : over 100 favourite recipes from a Chinese family kitchen / Amy and Julie Zhang.
“Dedicated to and destined to be adored by every Chinese food lover, this book is full of Chinese-food favourites, impressive sharing dishes and even sweet treats that have been little acknowledged in a western understanding of Chinese food – until now. This is Chinese home cooking at its best.” (Book Jacket)

Syndetics book coverV is for Vegan / Kerstin Rodgers aka MsMarmiteLover ; photography by Jan Baldwin.
“A bright and creative vegan cookbook that will change your perception of veganism forever. This is the perfect book for vegans, the vegan-curious and those just looking to cut down on their meat intake.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverCurious Barista’s Guide to Coffee / Tristan Stephenson ; with photography by Addie Chinn.
“The definitive guide to the extraordinary world of coffee from growing and roasting to brewing and serving the perfect cup. The ultimate guide to the history, science and community behind coffee…..Coffee offers 25 recipes for coffee-based drinks and baked treats to serve them with. From iced to Irish, espresso martinis to coffee beer, this is an essential anthology for the coffee enthusiast.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverMagic Soup : food for health and happiness / Nicole Pisani and Kate Adams.
“There is something about soup that has both the ability to revitalise and to soothe. They are packed with nutrition and offer variety, deliciousness and comfort as well as being a fantastic aid for weight-loss. Soup’s versatility and health benefits are captured in MAGIC SOUP.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGo Clean & Lean with Carie.
“Simplicity around eating clean and wholesome foods that are naturally wheat and gluten free with minimal to no added sugars! This is a resource tool and recipe book rolled into one. It offers a down to earth and easy to understand approach to eating healthy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet : more than 200 healthy homemade snacks you and your kids will love / Laura Fuentes, founder of
If you’re a parent or a caregiver, you know that kids are hungry all the time. And while you want to give them the best, snack time can be a true test. How do you avoid the convenient-but-unhealthy storebought treats and instead provide something that not only tastes good, but is good for them them too? With The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet, you’ll find more than 200+ great ideas for solving the snack conundrum.” (Syndtics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Beetlebung Farm Cookbook : a year of cooking on Martha’s Vineyard / Chris Fischer with Catherine Young ; photographs by Gabriela Herman ; design & letterpress by Emma Young.
“Chris Fischer is a chef, farmer, and writer whose roots on the island run twelve generations deep. His cooking combines practical, rural ingenuity with skill acquired in the world’s leading kitchens. Beetlebung Farm, his grandparents’ five-acre parcel in the town of Chilmark, is both Fischer’s inspiration and the source for the fine raw materials he showcases…..In this beautifully illustrated homage to the family and community that raised him, Fischer weaves seasonal menus through stories of growing up on the island……The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook is a clear and essential record of contemporary New England cuisine.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHog : proper pork recipes from the snout to the squeak / Richard H. Turner.
Hog is a celebration of all things pig from the king of meat himself, Richard H. Turner – from breeds and rearing, to butchering and preparing, with techniques, features and more than 150 recipes for nose to tail eating. The comprehensive range of dishes includes hams, bacon, sausages, charcuterie, pates, confits, roasts, grills, hotpots, ragouts, pies, casseroles, scratchings, crackling, trotters and much more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Geeky Chef Cookbook : unofficial recipes from Doctor Who, Game of thrones, Harry Potter, and more : real-life recipes for your favorite fantasy foods / Cassandra Reeder, the Geeky Chef.
“Geek out with recipes inspired by books, movies, television, and video games! You’ve conquered comic con. You binge watch Star Wars regularly. Now, it’s time to get your geek on in the kitchen! Cassandra Reeder loves to cook, and she’s a bona-fide mega-geek. Comic-lover, avid gamer, and sci-fi and fantasy lover, she started The Geeky Chef in 2008. She creates real-life recipes for all the delicious foods you’ve seen in your favorite sci-fi and fantasy movies, TV shows, and video games.”(Syndetics summary)