Light, long evenings: New meal ideas

With the arrival of daylight savings, the evenings are starting to get lighter and longer. This October, why not spend an evening trying out a new recipe? Here is a selection of new cook books just in, with a variety of quick and easy, comfort recipes to try at home. These cook books will impress anyone at your next dinner: with loads of ideas on how to do shortcuts, cooking techniques, cooking for dietary restrictions and how to create an amazing meal with not much time at the end of your day.

Pasta Grannies. traditional family recipes from Italy’s best home cooks / Comfort cooking / Bennison, Vicky
“Vicky Bennison, the author of the bestselling Pasta Grannies cookbook, brings you more heart-warming recipes and stories from our favourite Italian grandmothers in this easy-to-follow, crowd-pleasing recipe book that shows you how to make authentic Italian food that everyone will enjoy. Every recipe is accompanied with a QR code which, once scanned, will take you directly to the YouTube videos of these remarkable women and their recipes.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The cook you want to be : everyday recipes to impress / Baraghani, Andy
“Be a better cook with flavour-forward everyday recipes and easy-to-understand techniques. Andy’s love of flavour began with the comforting dishes of his Iranian parents’ immigrant household. Blending the home cooking of his upbringing and his professional training, Andy evolved into a culinary influencer by asking himself, ‘What kind of cook do I want to be?’.  This cookbook is a genre-breaking cookbook of transformative techniques and recipes that will guide all to become the kind of cook that they want to be.” (Adapted from catalogue)

Easy : simply delicious home cooking / Baber, Chris
“Simple. Speedy. Delicious. Stuffed with quick, simple and mouth-watering recipes, ‘Easy’ is the only cookbook you’ll need to make every meal count without stressing in the kitchen. Whether it’s having a crowd of mates over for a weeknight dinner, recreating your favourite takeaway or rustling up a delicious brunch to start the weekend right, Chris has a dish for every occasion.” (Catalogue)


Around the table : delicious food for every day / Nishimura, Julia Busuttil
“Slow Sundays are for herbed roast chicken and silky smooth panna cotta. Eating outside means cheddar scones and fresh, spring salads. Friends coming by for afternoon coffee calls for a simple blackberry yoghurt loaf or comforting ginger cake with cream cheese frosting.  With recipes ranging from quick, flavourful meals for busy weeknights to simple indulgences for summer feasts, Around the Table perfectly matches dishes to time and place.”–Publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The modern proper : simple dinners for every day / Erickson, Holly
“The Modern Proper will expand your list of ‘go-to’ dishes and turn you into a more intuitive, creative cook. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, a workaholic or a busy parent, this book will empower you with tools, tricks, and shortcuts to get dinner on the table night after night. Every ingredient is easy to find, plus you’ll find plenty of swaps and options throughout.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The real food table : 100 easy and delicious mostly gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free recipes for every day / Beacom, Jessica
“As busy moms, authors Jessica Beacom and Stacie Hassing know how challenging it can be to get dinner on the table on a busy weeknight, much less a meal that helps you feel better inside and out by accommodating food allergies, sensitivities and fighting inflammation. Enjoy healthy and delicious food every night of the week with these 100+ approachable comfort food recipes perfect for any budget or dietary restriction.” (Catalogue)

The vegan baking bible : over 300 recipes for bakes, cakes, treats and sweets / Tegelaar, Karolina
“You shouldn’t have to compromise on flavour, texture and the look of your cake just because it’s vegan. From carrot cake and chocolate cookies to madeleines and muffins; in this ultimate bible, Karolina has veganised old baking favourites as well as creating new baking recipes to make vegan baking accessible and fun to the novice baker. With The Vegan Baking Bible by your side, you’ll never stop saying, ‘I can’t believe it’s vegan!'”–Publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)