If you are looking for a Christmas present for the foodie in your life, then these new cookbooks could be just what you are after. Enjoy this small selection of books, including two charity cookbooks.
Chilli & Mint
If you love food, spice, and the intricacies of Indian home cooking, then Chilli & Mint is the book for you. Author food writer Torie True, also a cookery teacher of Indian food, has travelled extensively to India, including visiting her husband’s Indian family based in Kolkata. Chilli & Mint has over 100 recipes, published alongside full colour photographs, and the book includes plenty of tips and tricks for successful dishes. These are not standard curry house dishes, rather recipes to nourish your loved ones. Many are vegetarian, but there are also chapters showcasing delicious meat and fish curries. Highlights include Indian savoury doughnuts, dill dal, homestyle Bengali chicken curry, beetroot paratha, and chilli and cinnamon fondants.
Galley – The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Cookbook
Celebrating and showcasing the traditions and innovations of a unique culinary world come Galley – The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity Cookbook. Generously sponsored by ESS Defence, all proceeds go towards the charity’s work supporting serving personnel, veterans, and their families. Galley shines a light on the incredible skill and talent found within this demanding industry with contributions from 20 professional chefs with a connection to the Royal Navy, including Michel Roux Jr, who served in the French military and has endorsed the book. This is a sumptuous book, perfect for those who have an interest in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines as well as for those who love cooking fine dining meals at home.
The Green Rocket Cookbook
Philip Pearce is the chef/owner of Green Rocket, an award-winning café and restaurant in Bath. He has been a vegan for 26 years, and firmly believes that vegan good doesn’t have to be bland or entirely health focused. The Green Rocket Cookbook has more than 80 tried and tested vegan recipes, developed with flavour at their core. Philip has travelled extensively, including to India, Thailand, Australasia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, and this has influenced the flavours in his recipes. Highlights include tempeh Caesar salad, macadamia feta and fermented sriracha hot sauce, tandoori mushrooms with raita and kachumber salad, and raw raspberry cheesecake. This book is ideal for those wanting to enjoy a more plant-based diet and expand their culinary repertoire.
The Roadie Cookbook: Toured There, Ate That
The Roadie Cookbook is a new charity publication created by live music crew members to fund Mental Health First Aid training for every tour bus in the UK. When Covid-19 hit, live music stopped overnight. Stories of memorable meals were shared – as was the stark reality that isolation and mental ill-health was becoming commonplace within the forgotten touring business. Recognising how food can bring people together, the idea of an industry cookbook was formed. All profits from each copy sold will go towards Music Support and Stagehand, helping fund Mental Health First Aid Training and normalise taking the Mental Health First Aid course. Carefully crafted by backstage professionals, the book showcases a collection of 50 recipes, anecdotes, and advice for staying healthy on tour.