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THE RECIPE BOOKS KEEPING US SANE AND ENTERTAINED THIS LOCKDOWN

The ultimate way to kill time and calm the mind, we’ve been swapping recipes on the regular this lockdown. The ultimate way to upskill, nourish body and beat the boredom, these are the food bibles we can’t put down.

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Kelly Davies-Green, Founder and Designer

Whole Food Cooking Every Day, Amy Chaplin 

Discover 250 recipes (it’s 400 pages!) ninety percent of which are vegan and many naturally gluten-free. Part One explores the pantry, with everything you need to know on stocking your kitchen with nutrient-rich ingredients, while Part Two celebrates the season with recipes that show off local produce at its peak.

“This will surely come as no surprise to those who know me well! I am forever on the lookout for beautiful, wholesome recipes that inspire and nourish … the sesame, rose and millet bars on my list to make next!”

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Jess Engwall, Production Manager

Simple, by Yotam Ottolenghi

The New York Times best selling collection of over 130 easy, flavour-forward recipes from this beloved chef. Each dish can be made in 30 minutes or less, with 10 or fewer ingredients, in a single pot, using pantry staples, or prepared ahead of time for brilliantly, deliciously simple meals.

“SO easy to follow and guaranteed to bring the flavour bombs every time … an impressive starting point for brunch to dinner party. My favourite recipe is actually a side dish – baked mint rice with pomegranate and olive salsa.”

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Anna Hewetson, In-House Photographer

Pasta Grannies, Vicky Bennison

Inspired by the hugely popular YouTube channel of the same name, Pasta Grannies is a wonderful collection of time-perfected Italian recipes from the people who have spent a lifetime cooking for love, not a living: Italian grandmothers … nonne!

“Engaged to an Italian, pasta is only made by hand in our house …. this classic features over 70 easy and accessible recipes from all over Italy. My favourites have to be the meatball pasta and trofie with pesto.”

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Lauren King, Creative Developer

Take One Fish, Josh Niland

Niland revolutionised the way we think about fish with his scale-to-tail approach to cooking, where almost every part of the fish is used. This book builds on his Whole Fish Cookbook from 2019, in a way that he describes as more ‘joyful’ and accessible.

“I love a technical dish that feels simple yet punch-packing on the palette  …. wholesome but a little bit fancy. I also have a passion for cooking seafood, and this book brings it all in one tidy red hardcover. Josh Niland is an absolute genius and shares some insightful knowledge around selecting, storing and preparing seafood, too. Next up … Charcoal flounder with celeriac coleslaw and flounder gravy.”

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Kellie Hannon, E-Commerce Manager

Falafel for Breakfast, Michael Rantissi and Kristy Frawley

Israeli-born chef Michael Rantissi and his partner and ‘balaboosta’ Aussie girl Kristy Frawley (Kepos Street Kitchen) drill down to what we all love about the ingredients and flavours of the Middle East – grains and greens, generosity, pungency, sweetness, sharing. This is food that brings everyone to the table, and won’t let them leave.

“A contemporary yet comprehensive cookbook that keeps the whole family inspired from breakfast through dinner … and dessert! My go-to recipe is the Date and Dukkah brownies … the perfect balance of naughty and nice.”



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