This month’s selection highlights healthy eating as well as flavoursome food. The recipes also celebrate the joy of cooking and sharing food with friends and family.
Effortless Bento : 300 Box Lunch Recipes / edited by Shufunotomo.
“Bento books have been some of the more accessible and popular genres coming out of Japan over the last few years, and Bento Bonanza is the bento encyclopaedia! Filled with hundreds of full-colour photos and numerous recipes this is the essential box lunch book. Edited by Shufu-no-Tomo, Japan’s most influential lifestyle and culture magazine. Their designs and recipes are creative, affordable and appealing to a global audience.” (Syndetics summary)
Hemsley Hemsley : Good + Simple / Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley.
“GOOD FOOD, GOOD MOOD, GOOD DIGESTION, GOOD HEALTH! Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley’s principles of healthy home cooking built around gut health, whole foods and affordable ingredients show how tasty and achievable eating well can be….Good + Simple includes plenty of practical tips and down-to-earth advice to help you gain confidence in the kitchen, plan for the coming week and cook for you and your family with ease.”(Syndetics summary)
Quinntessential Baking / Frances Quinn.
“Frances Quinn wowed the judges with her imaginative showstoppers and extraordinary baking skill to win The Great British Bake Off in 2013. Here is Quinntessential Baking : a treasure trove of inspirational ideas to bring a spark of creativity and a teaspoon of wonder into your kitchen. Frances’ combination of ideas and ingredients will provide you with straightforward master recipes or ‘building blocks’, and she explains how to apply a little magic to turn them into beautiful bakes….Whether you’re a baking novice or an extraordinaire, you’ll find achievable bakes for all occasions.” (Syndetics summary)
East : Culinary Adventures in Southeast Asia / Leanne Kitchen & Antony Suvalko.
“Take a journey east and discover one of the world’s most diverse food regions. From smoky hawker stalls in Thailand and Malaysia and bustling markets in Vietnam and Indonesia, to tranquil landscapes in Laos and Cambodia, East will take you on a culinary tour to uncover Southeast Asia’s most celebrated dishes.” (Book Jacket)
Simple Green Smoothies : 100+ tasty recipes to lose weight, gain energy, and feel great in your body / Jen Hansard & Jadah Sellner.
“Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner are on a fresh path to health and happiness- deprivation not included. In their book, Simple Green Smoothies, these two friends invite you into a sane and tasty approach to health that will inspire and energize you on your own journey toward a happier life. Simple Green Smoothies includes a 10-day green smoothie kick-start to welcome you into the plant-powered lifestyle, with shopping lists included. Follow it up with 100+ delicious recipes that address everything from weight loss to glowing skin to kid-friendly options.” (Syndetics summary)
Gin : the art and craft of the artisan revival in 300 distillations / Aaron Knoll.
“Gin introduces the reader to the global artisan gin revolution, highlighting the spirit’s history and the ways that today’s craft drinks-makers have transformed the notion of what a gin can and should be. This is the first book to take a closer look at the emerging new categories of gin and to place it within context alongside the old guard. It includes profiles of key players in the distilling world and hundreds of ideas for how to drink gin, whether it is as a cocktail, in a classic gin & tonic or neat, or as an aperitif or liqueur.” (Syndetics summary)
Fresh Made Simple : a naturally delicious way to eat : look, cook, savor / Lauren K. Stein ; illustrated by Katie Eberts.
“Each of the 75 recipes in Fresh Made Simple is a charming full-page illustration showing, rather than telling, how to make the dish described. Each meal or snack begins with one delicious ingredient, and the cook builds around that to make a simple yet elegant creation. From pineapple cilantro salsa and asparagus apple salad to a kale egg scramble, tortilla soup, and crostini, these simple recipes celebrate the unbeatable flavors of fresh ingredients.” (Syndetics summary)
Life in Balance : a fresher approach to eating / Donna Hay.
“Australia’s most trusted home cook is celebrating a fresher approach to eating. LIFE IN BALANCE is full of super-satisfying recipes – nourishing, virtuous and delicious….The only kind of diet that works, after all, is the balanced diet – the one you can sustain long term. And when your life is in balance, you feel great and it shows – from the inside out.” (Syndetics summary)
Simply Spice : homemade Indian vegetarian food / Raji Sharma.
“Indian cuisine is an old favorite in many homes; whether sticking with the classics or experimenting with spices and flavors, Indian cuisine is something that is constantly evolving. Simply Spice is a refreshing and innovative approach to Indian cuisine. With recipes and dishes for every meal and occasion, this book is an amazing collection of delectable from around the globe.” (Syndetics summary)
Superlegumes : eat your way to great health / Chrissy Freer.
“With over 90 recipes and packed with information on nutrition and cooking tips, Superlegumes dispels the myth that beans, pulses and legumes make for stodgy food. Here are fresh, healthy, easy vegetarian, meat- and fish-based recipes, for every meal and every season.” (Syndetics summary)