Cookbook Reviews

The Clandestine Cake Club started as a way for amateur bakers to get together, each bringing their own cake. It's now gone global and the Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook has a great sampling of recipes from club creator Lynn Hill and other members. The book is split into types of cakes from Classic to Chocolatey and Fruity to Creative.
The book is broken down into different ingredient sections with everything from marmite to cola & lemonade getting its own time in the spotlight. Sections that you might think would be all savoury or sweet contain a mixture of both showing how inventive you can be with everyday recipes. The Cream Cheese section is especially brilliant.
Burgers have become a regular on menus and in supermarkets but it can be hard to get hold of really good quality ones - making your own is a great way to get healthy, tasty meals every time and this book is full of amazing recipes and interesting combinations.
Sud de France is as much a foodie travelog as it is a cookbook, there are lots of notes about the region which is wonderfully written and interesting to read. The familiarity that Conran has with this area of France shines through, the insight is thorough and while reading you feel that you have seen and tasted the area.
There is a really sensible progression through the cookbook so that you 'learn' as you go along. A lot of the recipes need a good bit of prep work but there are enough that can be made quickly when you need a sugar hit. Also while many of the ideas are complicated or require practiced skills they are well explained and worth trying out.
Obviously, as a woman it's possible that I could be a little put off my a cookbook called Manly Food but as Cave sets it up at the very beginning as "hearty, bold, adventurous and downright greedy" it's clear that gender has nothing to do with it (I'm certainly both hearty and greedy...)
In the introduction Tim Wilson tells the story of Ginger Pig which is both inspirational and also really funny. I am a huge fan of the Ginger Pig shops and the Hackney branch was my usual butcher while I lived in London, so I can testify to how good their produce is.
Mincespiration - Dean Edwards Bantam Press - 2013 Photography: Martin Poole Mince is an easy and cheap way of eating meat
The Forager's Kitchen is a very different approach than most other cookbooks and so it can take a little time to get your head around but it is both thrifty and a lovely alternative to the usual recipes that you see.
Originally from Australia Tori Haschka moved to London and her love of travel and food spawned a well-loved blog that has finally become a book. Each dish in A Suitcase and a Spatula has a note beside it explaining where the inspiration comes from.