Good food fast: Latest cookbooks

The month of March can sometimes feel like a busy one. Autumn is here, the universities have started back, and the evenings are slowly getting darker. This selection of new cookbooks share the same theme; quick, easy and delicious. There’s a new recipe to try for everyone in our collection!

Is this a cookbook? : adventures in the kitchen / Blumenthal, Heston
“Well, it’s full of Heston’s typically brilliant, delicious and inventive recipes. Every recipe is simple, straightforward and totally do-able. This is Heston at his most accessible. But there’s so much more. Each of the 70 recipes is accompanied by Heston’s thoughts, stories, insights and hacks, turning each cooking session into a journey that will excite and inspire and reveal a whole world of culinary possibilities and fresh perspectives. It’s the next best thing to having Heston as your sous-chef. So why not get in the kitchen and have an adventure?” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Good food fast : delicious recipes that won’t waste your time / Jonzen, Emily
“Discover over 80 simple recipes that can be thrown together in a flash, from speedy mid-week meals to relaxed weekend feasts for friends. Most can be on the table in 30 minutes tops.”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)


Real life recipes : fantastic fuss-free food / Kerridge, Tom
“The ultimate cookbook for simple everyday recipes that fit your needs and won’t break the bank.” (Catalogue)




The edgy veg : easy eats : quick, tasty, vegan / Hutchings, Candice
“In her follow-up to the bestselling The Edgy Veg: 138 Carnivore-Approved Vegan Recipes, Candice Hutchings, returns with Edgy Veg Easy Eats, a collection of brand new recipes that don’t sacrifice creativity or bold flavour for ease or time. In these delicious pages, you will find vegan food built differently.   Flip open to any page, and each recipe will take you no longer than 45 minutes to make, while never compromising your need for great taste. No more backbreaking, long-haul, wallet-robbing treks to the fancy health food store for you. In no time at all you will be serving up dinner with an attitude and a cheeky side.”– Provided by publisher.” (Adapted by Catalogue)

Pimp your air fryer / Grigg, Jake
“Pimp Your Air Fryer goes against what you think a cookbook is. Written by Jake Grigg, aka the Air Fryer Guy, it is a recipe book that is not only fun and light-hearted, but one that promotes creativity and challenges the fundamentals of cooking. The Air Fryer Guy is a TikTok and Instagram sensation. His videos went viral after he started making wacky recipes in his air fryer.  So, if you have just bought an air fryer and you are still learning the tricks of the trade, or if you are an air fryer OG and looking for some next-level hacks and creativity, this is the book for you!”–Publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Fool proof veggie one-pot : 60 vibrant and easy-going vegetarian dishes / Rosenthal, Alan
“Celebrate the essence and simplicity of one-pot cooking with everything from creamy pastas and risottos to fragrant curries and stir-fries, with 60 delicious and modern vegetarian recipes that are full of flavour”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)


Go-to dinners : make ahead, freeze ahead, prep ahead, easy, assembled / Garten, Ina
“Cooking during the pandemic inspired Garten to rethink the way she approached dinner. Here she shares strategies for making delicious, satisfying, and uncomplicated dinners. Many of the recipes are freeze-ahead, make-ahead, prep-ahead, or simply assembled from leftovers from another dinner. She even shows you how to assemble amazing boards using store-bought ingredients! — adapted from front flap” (Catalogue)

Sweet treats and drinks: Recent cookbooks

February may be the last month of summer, but there’s still time to sit outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures with a delicious snack! Here is a small selection of some of the new food and drink books on our shelves now — try out your baking skills and create something delicious, or add a drink to go with your sweat treat. We hope you find new recipes to enjoy below while the warm weather lasts!

Simply vegan baking : taking the faff out of vegan cakes, cookies, breads and desserts / Cox, Freya
“70 fun and accessible recipes for all your favourite classic bakes made vegan – from Great British Bake Off‘s young vegan star, Freya Cox.  Try any of the 70 reassuringly familiar recipes and you’ll be amazed that they’re so effortlessly vegan.  Recipes include: salted caramel cupcakes; carrot cake; triple chocolate cookies; cinnamon rolls; white chocolate and raspberry blondies; banoffee pie slices; lemon meringue pie; black forest gateau.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

What’s for dessert : simple recipes for dessert people / Saffitz, Claire
What’s for Dessert includes lots of make-ahead, no bake, and simple stove top desserts, while still combining Claire’s trademark of dependable recipes with wow-factor ingredient combinations to create show stopping and viral-worthy recipes. Filled with a variety of recipes, including chilled and frozen desserts, easy cakes, pies, tarts, galettes, cobblers, and crisps, soufflés, stirred custards, and bars, cookies and candy.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Celebrate! : bake every day special / Dunn, Jane
“100 simple recipes to make every day a celebration, from […] bestselling author Jane Dunn, the blogger and baker behind Jane’s Patisserie. Celebrate! is packed with simple bakes, mouth-watering flavours and moreish treats that will make every day special. Good things come to those who bake!” (Catalogue)

The great British bake off : favourite flavours
“A feast for both the eyes and the taste buds, these flavourful bakes will leave you inspired to mix and match different combinations, or to indulge yourself with some classic tastes and textures. Whether you’re looking for a tart blackcurrant millefeuille, a fresh passion fruit trifle, a sticky ginger treacle tart or a rich chocolate and speculoos cake – Paul, Prue, the Bake Off team and the 2022 bakers are here to show you how to get the perfect result. From earthy to spicy, and from tangy to creamy, this book showcases how to bring out the very best flavours in whatever you create.” (Catalogue)

Mocktails, cordials, syrups, infusions and more : over 80 delicious recipes for alcohol-free drinks
“It’s time to reclaim alcohol-free drinks from the bland and the boring, and instead elevate the cordials, infusions, syrups and mocktails to unprecedented heights of deliciousness.” (Catalogue)

60-second cocktails : amazing drinks to make at home in a minute / Harrison, Joel
60-Second Cocktails: Amazing Drinks to Make At Home in a Minute is the latest book from award-winning drinks writers and TV presenters Joel Harrison and Neil Ridley. These simple-yet-delicious cocktails are divided into three chapters: ‘No Shake, Sherlock’ – the easiest to make, requiring little or no preparation, and using standard spirits and mixers; ‘Shake It Up’ – slightly more complex concoctions that need a quick shake or stir; and ‘Magnificent Mixes’ – special drinks for the more decadent drinking occasions which require a little more prep, or an unusual ingredient here and there.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

How to make the best coffee at home / Hoffmann, James
“The author demonstrates everything you need to know to make consistently excellent coffee at home, including: what equipment is worth buying, and what isn’t; how to grind coffee; the basics of brewing for all major equipment (cafetiere, aeropress, stovetop etc); understanding coffee drinks, from the cortado to latte and the perfect espresso.” (Catalogue)

The curious bartender : in pursuit of liquid perfection : recipes for the finest cocktails / Stephenson, Tristan
The Curious Bartender: In Pursuit of Liquid Perfection is the sixth book by master mixologist, spirits entrepreneur, award-winning bar owner and bestselling author Tristan Stephenson. Tristan’s back to shake up the cocktail world once more, crafting classic cocktails and offering his signature reinventions using his world-renowned mixology skills.” (Catalogue)

New year; new recipes and ideas

Here are some of the latest new cook books for 2023. They will give you some ideas on what to cook when your cupboards are bare, ideas for fast delicious meals and some inspiration to try something new. Maybe try a summer BBQ or a one pot meal; the options are endless.

Cook what you have : make a meal out of almost anything / Kimball, Christopher
“The Milk Street team solves the problem of making dinner, starting with what you have on hand in the kitchen. Focusing on two dozen key kitchen ingredients such as couscous, tomato paste, canned beans, lentils, breadcrumbs or yogurt, the 225 featured recipes will demonstrate the endless possibilities that can be fashioned from just the ingredients you already have at home”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

Easy speedy vegan : 100 quick plant-based recipes / Beskow, Katy
“Simple, straightforward and delicious – Easy Speedy Vegan is the ultimate guide for plant-based mealtimes, bringing you 100 new recipes from bestselling author Katy Beskow. Easy to prepare, quick to cook and using readily available ingredients, this book is not only the go-to cookbook for new and established vegans, but also for home cooks looking for effortless ways to bring plant-based meals into their kitchen. “–Publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Tonight’s dinner 2 / Liaw, Adam
“Australia’s favourite cook Adam Liaw is back with Tonight’s Dinner 2, the sequel to his bestselling recipe collection of mighty meals for every day featuring 80 all-new recipes inspired by Adam’s hit SBS series, The Cook Up. Tonight’s Dinner 2 provides simple, satisfying meal ideas and captures what Australians want to eat now, served with a side of Adam’s signature wit and expert advice. What are you having for Tonight’s Dinner?” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Cast iron skillet one-pan meals : 75 family-friendly recipes for everyday dinners / Freeman, Jackie
“75 meals you can make in a single cast iron skillet. These are complete meals, organized by protein”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)



The Hairy Dieters simple healthy food / King, Si
“The nation’s favourite food heroes, aka the Hairy Dieters, are back to show you that losing weight and staying healthy doesn’t mean losing out on taste and enjoyment. With more than 80 great new recipes, Si and Dave prove that healthy food can be delicious food – and also easy, accessible and affordable.  All made with easy-to-find ingredients and packed with the Hairy Bikers’ trademark knockout flavours, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out when you cook from this book – these are healthy meals that the whole family will love”–Publisher’s description. (Adapted from Catalogue)

Beans, peas and everything in between / Jones, Vicky
“A staple in plant-based dishes and beyond, pulses are not only satisfying to eat but they are also cheap, sustainable and readily available. Taking her inspiration from all around the globe, Vicky Jones showcases all the best uses of beans, peas and lentils in these deliciously healthy recipes. This is the go-to cookbook for anyone who is ready to embrace these protein-rich and diverse ingredients.” (Adapted from Catalogue)


Fire grill smoke
“The smell of the barbecue is the smell of summer, of friends and family gathered around the grill. No matter your preferred way to barbecue – be that charcoal, gas or wood – there are a wealth of recipes containd within to get you cooking outdoors all season long.” (Catalogue)



The weekend cook : good food for real life / Hartnett, Angela
” Great flavours and simple recipes abound in these pages, each one a joy to cook and eat, from satisfying one-pot dishes and comforting risottos to perfect party food and bakes to feed a hungry crowd. Collected in these pages are over 100 recipes from one of Britain’s most-loved chefs, as well as time saving tips and cheats that will take the stress out of hosting and allow you to enjoy your dinner parties without breaking a sweat. The only essential ingredients are friends and family… and lots of them.”–Provided by publisher.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Yummy kai: New kiwi cookbooks

This month, I thought it would be nice to showcase our New Zealand chefs with their new cook books that have been recently added to the catalogue. Yummy kai, designed for Kiwis to try.

Pic’s really good recipe book
“Recipes and more from Pic’s Peanut Butter. As well as giving a fabulous range of tasty peanut butter recipes, both sweet and savoury, this book tells stories about how the brand got started. From the early days, when Bruce ‘Pic’ Picot made his own peanut butter in an adapted concrete mixer and sold it at a local market, to the opening of Pic’s Peanut Butter World in Stoke, near Nelson, there are many hilarious tales to be told.  There are more than 60 enticing recipes that will have peanut butter lovers drooling as they flick through the pages.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Whānaukai : feel-good baking to share aroha & feed hungry tummies / Toilalo, Naomi
“A bilingual te reo/English cookbook from Naomi Toilalo. In 2017, Naomi was runner-up in TVNZ’s Great Kiwi Bake Off. Baking should be a simple pleasure. In Whānaukai, celebrated baker Naomi Toilalo shares more than 70 of her tohutao reka – delicious recipes – all made without fancy equipment or hard-to-find ingredients. Featuring breads, slices, biscuits, cakes and pastries, Whānaukai is a window into the whakapapa that inspired Naomi’s passion for baking, where feeding people has been a special part of her life for as long as she can remember.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

The homemade table / Galloway, Nicola
“Nicola Galloway is one of New Zealand’s most respected food writers and photographers, well known for her syndicated columns and award-winning website ‘Homegrown Kitchen’, as well as her book of the same name. She has also built a large following for her sell-out cooking workshops that she runs around New Zealand. ‘The Homemade Table’ is her latest book. It expands on her approach to cooking, which is more than just about preparing homemade meals. It encompasses an inspired way of living and thinking about food that not only feeds the body but also the mind and soul. With many new seasonal recipes, and in-depth sections on sourdough bread, preserves and fermentation, this is a substantial, beautifully illustrated cookbook that the reader will be able to return to again and again.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Together : food for sharing / Metcalfe, Cherie
“With more than 70 photographed recipes, there are dishes for everyone – from sides and salads to bigger plates and sweet delights”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)



The RNZ cookbook : a treasury of 180 recipes from New Zealand’s best-known chefs and food writers
“An authoritative and above all useful cookbook from New Zealand’s favourite broadcaster, featuring 180 trusted (and tested) recipes hand-picked from the thousands of delicious recipes that have featured on RNZ shows such as Nine to Noon, Afternoons, and Saturday Morning in recent decades. The format is mapped to a day on air on RNZ: the recipes are in categories that take the user from morning to well into the night. Featuring recipes from key personalities from down the years–from Alison Holst and Julie Biuso to Martin Bosley, Nadia Lim, and Peter Gordon–it’s a terrific way to track our food history.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Simple fancy : inviting recipes for all eaters + occasions / Flanagan, Rosa
“We have a “simple fancy” philosophy when it comes to our recipes. Start with your plants. Use whole, unprocessed familiar ingredients that you have at home in new and inventive (yet simple) ways … and then add your choice of protein – animal or plant-based. Because, all eaters are welcome”–Page 9.” (Catalogue)


Kai : food stories and recipes from my family table / Lowe, Christall
“The gathering of food and the gathering of people to share a meal are at the heart of Maori family life. Award-winning food photographer Christall Lowe invites us to join her whanau table and experience for ourselves an abundance of mouth watering dishes, a veritable feast for the eyes and for the stomach. Kai is a passionate homage to a life deeply rooted in food, where exquisite flavours weave seamlessly with cherished food memories. It is impossible not to open the pages of this book and be inspired by the beautifully captured recipes, and compelled to recreate the deliciousness of Kai in your own kitchen. This book is a precious taonga – a treasure trove of recipes gifted to you from Christall’s pataka (storehouse), for your family table”–Publisher’s website.” (Catalogue)

Christmas gatherings: inspiration for what to cook and serve

The countdown is on! The Christmas celebrations have started, so now is the time to think  about what to plan and eat with our friends and whānau.  What do you cook?  What can you cook?  How many people? Do you need inspiration? Here are some new releases and some old classics to help you prepare for the festive season ahead.

Best ever recipes
“The Australian Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen has been developing and triple-testing recipes for decades. This is a superb collection of over 100 hundred recipes from the not too distant past, that have been requested over and over by readers of The Weekly and the cookbooks.” (Catalogue)

Christmas : feasts and treats / Hay, Donna
“Donna Hay’s bestselling classic Christmas Feasts and Treats, now fully revised and updated with many new recipes to make, enjoy and give away, will make your Christmas cooking and entertaining fabulously easy and delicious. Donna Hay takes the stress out of Christmas cooking and entertaining with this must-have collection of over 170 stunning yet simple festive recipes. Featuring all the nostalgic favourites and some fun twists on the classics, this is the only cookbook you need for the festive season.” (Catalogue)

Cocktail botanica : 60+ drinks inspired by nature / Anders, Elouise
“Cocktail Botanica is a celebration of all things floral, herbaceous, fruity and boozy. Put a little nature in your glass! Explore the world of botanical cocktails – delicious boozy concoctions that use the very best floral, herbaceous and fruity ingredients. With more than sixty recipes for infused cocktails and punches to please a crowd, as well as recipes for creating your own botanical-driven spirits and wine at home, you’ll find a cocktail for every occasion.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Vegan Christmas / Fitzjohn, Audrey
“Deck the halls with plant-based goodies, for Vegan Christmas is here. We all know the state of panic. It’s your turn to host the whole family for the holidays, which means dozens of people, so you’re already stretched thin. And then you find out that so-and-so’s new boyfriend is vegan! Luckily for you, this book is a fool proof guide to making plant-based meals for the holidays.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Christmas express : quick, delicious & easy recipes for the festive season
“Preparing food for Christmas can often mean days of labour-intensive cooking. If you’re short on time, or just don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else is opening presents, then this book is for you. Using clever tricks and quality shortcuts, we show you how to create your favourite festive foods and flavours in a fraction of the time. Christmas Express is all about spectacular food with minimum fuss.” (Catalogue)

Christmas feasts and treats / Hay, Donna
“Donna Hay makes Christmas cooking and entertaining so easy, with this must-have collection of over 200 easy, delicious, reliable and totally fabulous Christmas recipes to make, enjoy and give over the festive season.  This book is full of recipes I love and trust for exactly those times. With step-by-step images and plan-ahead tips, you can change-up your menu with confidence. And, you’ll find plenty of modern styling ideas and time-saving tricks inside.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Boards & spreads : shareable, simple arrangements for every meal / Fahr, Yasmin
“Provides more than sixty-five recipes for creating epic spreads for family-friendly, sharing meals that go beyond the standard cheese or charcuterie board and include Italian aperitivo board with crispy prosciutto caprese, any-night tacos, and egg pita sandwich board.” (Catalogue)

Bring the World to your Kitchen

Here are some of the latest cook books released this month. They are themed on flavours and recipes from around the world for you to try.  One night you could be in Jamaica and the next night you could be in Greece; the options are endless.  Take your cooking to a different part of the world and try something new.

The nutmeg trail : recipes and stories along the ancient spice routes / Ford, Eleanor
“In this richly illustrated volume, Eleanor Ford uses recipes as maps as she takes readers on a culinary journey that weaves through history and around the world. She explores both the flavour profiles and the spread of spices. This unparalleled volume provides 80 flavourful recipes for entrées, appetizers, sides dishes, and more, enabling you to make a divine garlic clove vegetable curry, jasmine tea-smoked chicken, as well as staple spice pastes and mixtures to have on-hand. The result will enable you to stock up and to have a home kitchen rich in international flavour and fragrance.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

West winds : recipes, history and tales from Jamaica / Phillips, Riaz
“A beautiful cookbook that celebrates the nuance in Caribbean cooking, focussing specifically on Jamaica, in over 100 recipes. Delve into West Winds– the most-talked-about cookbook of 2022 and a joyous celebration of Jamaican food culture. With 100 traditional and delicious dishes that draw on Riaz’s memories, West Winds is so much more than a showcase of Jamaican cooking, it is also rooted in the exploration of the island’s heritage and culture.  Take a trip to Jamaica with West Winds”–Publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Lebanese cuisine : the authentic cookbook / Kazan, Samira
“Filled with an abundance of recipes that use healthy, fresh ingredients, this complete collection of Lebanese meals is derived from meetings with top chefs in Lebanon who serve up the best this cuisine has to offer.” (Catalogue)



Persiana everyday / Ghayour, Sabrina
“The all-new collection of more than 100 crowd-pleasing recipes for everyday eating from the author of the award-winning, Sunday Times bestselling cookbook Persiana. Designed to ensure maximum flavour with the greatest of ease – including no-cook, quick-prep, quick-cook and one-pot dishes, Persiana Everyday is full of generous, inviting and delicious recipes to cook again and again for family and friends”–Publisher’s description.” (Catalogue)


Simply more Greek : foods from the garden, the sea and the bakery / Bardis, Ruth
“Simply More Greek is the third book on Greek cookery written and photographed by international award-winning author Ruth Bardis. This book is an extension to her previous books featuring a collection of other traditional foods, not commonly found in cookbooks that are meat free; a must have for pescatarians and vegetarians or those wanting to expand on their common Greek repertoire. Ruth’s food inspiration, vibrant photography, design skills and personality shines through every page.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Pierogi : over 50 recipes to create perfect Polish dumplings / Zak, Zuza
“The bible of Polish dumplings, Pierogi is the essential cookbook for learning about this popular food. In North, South, East, West and Central we delve deep into the regions of Poland, along with the dumplings, traditions and stories that define them. In the Modern, Vegan, Festive, Creative and Gluten-free chapters, we find a fun take on dumplings for a contemporary audience. With beautiful location photography, thoughts on the history and development of pierogi, and tips and tricks for perfecting them, Pierogi is a deep-dive into this compelling and culturally significant food”–Publisher’s description.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

A curious absence of chickens : a journal of life, food and recipes from Puglia / Grigson, Sophie
“After her children grew up and left home, Sophie Grigson found herself living alone. About to turn 60, she took the decision to sell or give away most of her belongings, to pack up her car and to drive to Puglia on her own to start a new life. In a part of Italy where she didn’t know anyone, having last visited the region 40 years ago, this narrative book of food writing, stories and recipes brings to life the region, its food and the local characters that she meets along the way. This is a book about courage, hope, new horizons and, above all, delicious food.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Dine in Palestine : an authentic taste of Palestine in 60 recipes from my family to your table / Odeh, Heifa
“Re-create traditional, flavourful Palestinian meals at home with this comprehensive collection of Middle Eastern recipes. From familiar favourites like Dawali (Stuffed Grape Leaves with Beef), Shawarma and Baklawa, to more complex meals like Musakhan, Palestine’s national dish, Heifa Odeh has carefully adapted her family recipes with streamlined techniques, making it easier than ever to enjoy a taste of Palestine.” (Catalogue)