Cookbook Corner: 9 newly-released cookbooks to dig into

By Alison Egan

26 May 2023

Few things in life bring us more joy than sitting down in a comfortable chair on a Sunday afternoon with a cup of coffee in one hand and a brand-new cookbook to browse through in the other.

Over the past few months, we’ve been blessed with an array of beautiful, newly published recipe books and it can be hard to keep track! If you’re looking for a recommendation, make sure to check out our must-read list, below.

Happy reading!

Cook Clever: One Chop, No Waste, All Taste
By Shivi Ramoutar
Published by HarperCollins. €20

Looking to save money and space while still wanting to cook high-quality meals? Shivi Ramoutar’s latest provides smart recipes that will keep your kitchen clean and your stomach full. By giving you ideas that utilise every ingredient that you have in your fridge, half of the cooking process is already done! Each recipe contains ingredients that maximise flavour and your health. Not only will you not be dealing with a messy kitchen, but you won’t have to worry about getting the most out of your meals.

You Can Cook This
By Max La Manna
Published by Penguin Randomhouse. €22

Searching for vegan recipes that don’t take all day? Max La Manna’s You Can Cook This offers over 120 simple recipes with minimal ingredients that are packed with veg and delicious meals like Butter ‘Chicken’ and Carrot Pecan Cake with Orange drizzle.

Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Slow Cooker Book
By Nathan Anthony
Published by Ebury Press. €26.60

A second instalment in Nathan Anthony’s Bored of Lunch cookbooks, this once again provides meals that require little to no effort. Delicious recipes, filled with pantry-staple ingredients that don’t sacrifice your healthy lifestyle, you’ll be able to find the makings of these dishes in your kitchen without making a trip to the supermarket. Not forgetting that each recipe can be thrown in the slow cooker while you carry on with your plans – perfect for the busy cook. Family favourites include mouth-watering Garlic Mac and Cheese and the classic Sunday Roast, while dishes like Lemon Butter Chicken, and Honey Chilli Beef Noodles are bound to become weekly staples. As our daily routines get busier and busier, this fabulous cookbook will quickly become your favourite kitchen companion.

More Than Cake
By Natasha Pickowicz
Published by Artisan Division of Workman Publishing. €30.70

Let the passion of self-taught pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz inspire you to bake and bring people together with her debut cookbook, More Than Cake: 100 Baking Recipes Built for Pleasure and Community. From Overnight Blackberry Doughnuts to Miso Tarte Tatin, there is no limit to what you can bake.

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible
By Mary Berry
Published by BBC Books. €31.85

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible is the definitive baking collection from the undisputed queen of cakes. In this beautiful new edition, Mary has chosen the best of her most mouth-watering bakes, including 250 re-tested and updated foolproof classics plus 20 brand-new recipes. With beautiful new photography and easy-to-follow instructions, plus top tips on basic equipment, key store cupboard ingredients and of course Mary’s expert advice, this book is the perfect ‘baking bible’ to inspire a new generation of bakers whatever their level.

Totally Kosher
By Chanie Apfelbaum
Published by Penguin Random House International. €34

Chanie Apfelbaum has created a modern spin on the kosher diet with her Totally Kosher cookbook. Featuring over 150 recipes that combine the traditional with the worldly, including recipes from Miso Matzo Ball Soup to Kishke Corndogs. If you’re cooking a traditional holiday meal or making a simple dinner for the family, this cookbook has you covered. Of Busy in Brooklyn fame, Chanie has provided kosher recipes since 2013 that have been featured in publications like The New York Times, and she won the 2019 Forward Food Choice Award. If you’re a kosher cook or just starting out, the book includes Chanie’s cooking secrets and kitchen hacks that will help you become an experienced chef in no time.

Caught Snackin’: 100 Recipes. Simple. Fast. Flavoursome
By Caught Snackin’
Published by Hamlyn. €20.99

From the TikTok sensation that has amassed over two million followers and 20 million UK views every month, Caught Snackin’s cookbook is sure to add some much-needed entertainment to your regular kitchen routine. With seven categories, ranging from SNACKIN’, BRUNCHIN’, LUNCHIN’, DININ’, BAKIN’, FAKIN’ and SIPPIN’, there’s no lack of ideas for you to try. Desserts are aplenty, with dishes like Honey Nut French Toast and Jaffa Cake Bread and Butter Pudding, and there’s no scarcity of flavour-packed meals, with recipes including, One Pot Sticky Cola Wings and Creamy Vodka Pasta. This cookbook even includes a lavish selection of drink recipes – Frozen Espresso Martinis and Strawberry Rice Paper Bubble Tea are at the top of our list to try!

Avoca at Home
By Avoca

For decades, Avoca cookbooks have been staples in kitchens in Ireland and beyond, filled with wonderful, reliable recipes for every occasion. Back with a mouth-watering new collection, Avoca at Home brings you over 100 of the very best Avoca recipes. Rustle up the white onion and Parmesan soup for a simple family lunch and add the sensational roast cauliflower and chickpea salad with spiced yoghurt dressing to your summer barbecue spread. Discover a go-to midweek dinner in the simple-yet-delicious smoky chicken and chorizo. Not forgetting those heavenly traybakes and biscuits — who could resist treats like chocolate brownies with toasted pecans and caramel sauce? From their kitchen to yours, Avoca at Home celebrates the joy of making and sharing delicious, home-cooked food.

Around the World Vegan Cookbook
By Niki Webster
Published by Welbeck Publishing Group. £12.99

You don’t need to travel the world to go on a plant-based food adventure! Niki Webster brings you over 75 easy-to-make dishes specially created for young adult readers, inspired by her international travels. Niki takes vegan dishes from plant-based traditions around the world and gives them her own unique, contemporary spin. She has also created the ultimate plant-based versions of classic international dishes, from Mexican no-meat chilli nachos to Japanese vegan katsu curry. This is the ideal title for young cooks who want to create exciting, delicious meals that the whole family can enjoy.