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Ready, set cook! 9 new cookbooks for Autumn

Want to switch up your meal plan for the new season? Or just a sucker for tempting pictures of food? If any of the above apply, we have you covered

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love by Ottolenghi (Ebury, £25)

The coolest cover award goes to Ottolenghi’s publishing team (it has coffee table tome written all over it). Expect flexible home cooking with recipes that make the most of cupboard staples, veggies and freezer food (yes, really) all with classic ‘Ottolenghi flair’. There’s also a nifty notes section to record your cooking triumphs.

Makan by Elizabeth Haigh (Bloomsbury, £26)

Meaning ‘time to eat’ or ‘dinner time’ in Malay, Elizabeth Haigh draws together recipes handed down through the generations from Nonya to Nonya, in this love letter to family cooking. First up on our hit list: beef redang, nasi goring (spicy fried rice) and miso apple pie for desert. Delish.

Essential by Ollie Dabous (Bloomsbury, £30)

Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabous is one of Britain’s most exciting chefs with a CV to boot including Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and HIDE Restaurant in Piccadilly. His first cookbook for home cooks features unfussy, uncomplicated cooking that’s both autumnal, familiar (hello cauliflower cheese, roast beef and cheesecake) with a refined elegance to impress your dinner party guests.

The Sweet Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer (Square Peg, £18.99)

Sweet tooth? Then you’ll love the latest instalment in Rukmini Iyer’s The Roasting Tin series – 75 easy bakes, cakes, cookies and deserts that are all minimum effort with maximum flavour. Baked mascarpone, cherry and walnut brownies for us, please.

One Pot, Pan, Planet: A Greener Way for You to Cook for Your Family and the Planet by Anna Jones (4thEstate, £26)

This is quick and sustainable family cooking with 100 recipes to use up your leftover veg and food that’s often thrown away. There’s also practical advice on how small changes in shopping, planning and reducing waste can make big changes. Feel-good cooking at its finest.

The Botanical Kitchen by Elly McCausland (Bloomsbury, £26)

Thought botanicals were just for gin? Think again you lush! From common to unusual, this cookbook is all about using botanicals to transform your recipes – from relishes and bakes to warming soups and bread – with a look at their history and usages in the kitchen over time.

Med: A Cookbook by Claudia Roden (Ebury, £28)

This is Mediterranean cooking at its most effortless and flavoursome, exploring tastes from Provence to the Levant, Andalusia to Morocco. Claudia Roden shares her travels and stories with the food they inspired with beautiful travel photography peppered throughout.

Rick Stein at Home by Rick Stein (BBC, £26)

Featuring recipes from his recent Cornwall series Rick Stein’s new cookbook – the first to share his favourite home recipes – is packed with warming, nostalgic dishes from braised pork belly with soy and black vinegar to spiced poached pairs.

A A-Z of Pasta: Stories, Shapes, Sauces and Recipes by Rachel Roddy (Fig Tree, £25)

Don’t know your Fettuccine from your Fusilli? From Guardian columnist and award-winning food writer Rachel Roddy this new cookbook is the definitive guide to everybody’s favourite food group with the history and culture of all those fiddly pasta shapes and what sauces your should be pairing with them. 

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