Books for cooks: 6 new food books to buy this spring

Looking for some fresh new recipes for spring? Here are six of the hottest new food books to add to your collection.

30 Minute Curries by Atul Kochhar – With these recipes from the man behind Benares, you can create authentic curries at home in just 30 minutes! Ditch the takeaway and spice things up with Goan chicken curry, spiced red kidney beans, and Mangalorean fish curry, accompanied by surprisingly simple homemade breads and chutneys.

Cook Thai: 100 delicious, modern Thai dishes by Sebby Holmes – Sebby Holmes is at the heart of London’s Thai food renaissance, having cooked at Smoking Goat, The Begging Bowl, and now Farang in Highbury. His first book is a real treat for adventurous home cooks looking for Thai dishes that go beyond the classic curries and stir-fries. Once you’ve mastered the essential pastes, dips and pickles, you can get stuck into recipes for sticky pork belly with salted roast pumpkin, curried crab claws, and tiger prawn and sweet potato fritters.

Nathan Outlaw’s Home Kitchen – Revamp your midweek meals with a little help from a Michelin starred chef. Nathan Outlaw’s latest book includes family favourites like chicken and leek pie and sticky toffee pud, as well as special occasion dishes like prawn and Champagne risotto and barbecued leg of lamb.

London: The Cookbook by Cara Frost-Sharrat – Part recipe book and part travel guide, this book will take you on a culinary tour of London, from foodie hot spots like Borough Market and Brixton to some of the capital’s most iconic restaurants. There’s plenty for London locals to enjoy too, including recipes from The Ivy, Bentley’s, Caravan and more.

Oklava by Selin Kiazim – Discover the unique world of Turkish-Cypriot food, from home-cooked meals to modern dishes you might find on the menu at Kiazim’s Shoreditch restaurant. Shake up your Saturday brunch routine with banana and tahini French toast or impress your friends with a feast of pomegranate-glazed lamb with yoghurt and chilli-roast cauliflower. The flavours might be new, but this is a book you’ll return to time after time.

On The Side by Ed Smith – Food blogger Ed (aka Rocket & Squash) presents 140 inspiring recipes that bring the humble side dish into the spotlight. Why suffer through boiled spuds and limp greens when you could be tucking into chorizo roasties, garlic oil pea shoots, and creamed chard? With fresh ideas for greens, roots, grains and more, getting your five-a-day has never been easier or more delicious.

Nothing you fancy? Stay tuned for summer releases like Trullo; Vivek Singh’s Indian Festival Feasts; Savage Salads; and Sabor: Flavours from a Spanish Kitchen by Barrafina’s Nieves Barragán Mohacho.