November is the month for some mouth-watering cookery books. From baking wonders like Aimee's Perfect Bakes and Sweet! Celebrations to easy, family cooking with Delicious Everyday by Anna Gare and everything seafood with The Australian Fish and Seafood Guide, there's something for everyone...
Delicious Every Day by Anna Gare
Balancing a busy life with the need to serve up delicious, healthy food for the whole family can be tricky. In Delicious Every Day, Anna Gare shares her absolute favourite go-to recipes that will feed a crowd and keep you and the rest of the family ticking over. There are solutions to midweek dinner dramas like Anna’s Japanese salmon with miso broccoli and brown rice; One-pot stars such as herby chicken casserole on pearl barley; ideas for salads and easy sides that are so good they’ll steal the show; and naughty and nice desserts from Mexican spiced chocolate torte to Banana chia and almond cake with honeyed labne.
Including a chapter on full-flavour no-fuss ideas for party food, Delicious Every Day is packed full of family recipes that you’ll come back to over and over again.
Aimee's Perfect Bakes by Aimee Twigger
In her second book, UK food blogger of Twigg Studios Aimee Twigger shows that baking for family and friends doesn’t have to break the bank. Featuring over 50 original sweet and savoury baking recipes, Aimee's Perfect Bakes will have your mouth watering and your fingers itching to grab the nearest mixing bowl.
Bake Raspberry ripple cake and Cookie dough chocolate cake in Aimee’s ‘Cake’ chapter; indulge your sweet tooth with Cinnamon Danish pastry swirls and Banoffee brioche loaf in ‘Sweet Bakes’; go savoury with Quail’s egg-stuffed pork pies and Fig, honey, pistachio and goat’s cheese loaf in ‘Savoury Bakes’; and impress guests with ‘Little Gifts’ of Mini blue cheese and apple pies and Mini dark chocolate and orange jelly cakes. Each treat has easy-to-follow instructions and is paired with stunning photographs shot by Aimee herself. She also gives crafty tips for beautifully wrapping and presenting her delicious bakes to make perfect, edible gifts for any occasion.
Aimee’s Perfect Bakes is the ideal book for anybody who wants to create delicious and unique treats to delight and impress.
Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan
What do you do when a cake-decorating hobby turns into a full-blown addiction? If you're Elise Strachan, you open a cupcake business and launch a wildly successful YouTube channel and blog of the same name. My Cupcake Addiction, now one of the largest baking and decorating communities on the internet, reaches millions of dessert enthusiasts each week thanks to Elise's talent for helping novice bakers all over the world achieve astounding results.
Imaginative, playful and occasional cakes are Elise's specialty. In Sweet! Celebrations she shares edible delights that anyone can tackle with a few basic tools and a trip to the local supermarket, including delicious creations for Halloween, Birthdays, Valentines and Christmas. Every chapter includes a large 'centrepiece' cake, in addition to 'small bake' recipes (and a couple of 'no bake' options). Make Balloon cake pops in the chapter ‘Let’s Celebrate’; lovingly create Chocolate raspberry cookie pots in ‘Sweets for my sweet’; get inspired with Elise’s Lemon curd cheesecake eggs and Beehive meringues in ‘Spring Fling’; pull out all the stops with the ‘Make a splash’ Chocolate Drip Cake in the chapter ‘Tea for Two’; impress hot dog fanatics with a Hot dog cake with pouring ketchup illusion in ‘The Grill Master’; create a ‘Frightening Feast’ with a Jack o’ lantern smash cake and Zombie brain cakes for Halloween; make a Tree stump cake in ‘Rustic Romance’; and get festive with Stuffed stocking surprise cookies in the final chapter ‘Happy holidays’. The book also features a generous selection of tried and trusted basic recipes, in addition to templates for cake designs.
With recipes for simple drinks and smaller treats, along with craft projects, party-planning tips and styling ideas, Sweet! Celebrations will help you find a theme and take it as far as you want ... the cake is only the beginning.
Australian Fish and Seafood Companion by John Susman, Anthony Huckstep,Sarah Swan and Stephen Hodges
The Fish and Seafood Companion is just the handbook home cooks need to take the fear out of selecting, preparing and cooking fish and earns its place as an instant classic.
Years in the making, this is the definitive guide to enjoying the fish and seafood, as has never before been attempted. Covering 100 species of fish and seafood; identification, handling and cooking guides; 150 recipes for the best ways to prepare it; case studies on best-practice fisheries and fishermen; guides to 20 key cooking techniques; as well as hundreds of produce identification photographs highlighting the best possible produce. Recipes include Bream with bok choy, parsley root and salted red chilli, Pan-fried john dory liver on toast, Smoked eel and green peppercorn pâte, Pickled mackerel, Pan-fried squid hoods with rocket pesto and Grilled scampi with garlic butter.
This stylish compendium is a labour of love by the most respected authorities on seafood in the business.