Our pick of top cookbooks to get you through autumn and winter

The time of year for cosying up with something warming and delicious is upon us – and this selection of new cookbooks will see you through autumn and winter, whether you're in need of something nourishing and hearty, or indulgent

Nigel Slater's The Christmas Chronicles will guide you simply and heartily from the start of November through until January

1. At My Table by Nigella (Chatto & Windus, £26)

The queen of food is back with this sumptuous collection of home-cooked classics, all generously sized. Try: the 'emergency brownies'.

2. BraveTart by Stella Parks (WW Norton & Company, £26.12)

Light on pictures, but big on sugar, BraveTart brings together every iconic American dessert you could hope to make and/or eat. Try: the classic cherry pie.

3. Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh (Ebury Press, £27)

The first Ottolenghi pastry book, Sweet is all decadent puds, quick-fix cookies and sturdy tea-time cakes. The only other thing you need is a cup of tea. Try: the peanut sandies (like shortbread, but super nutty).

4. JapanEasy by Tim Anderson (Hardie Grant Books, £20)

Beautifully photographed, these recipes from the former MasterChef contestant make Japanese cooking totally approachable, without scrimping on flavour. Try: the fragrant fried gyoza.

5. Grill My Cheese by Nisha Patel & Nishma Chauhan (Quadrille, £12.99)

For cheese lovers, this book, from the celebrated duo behind the Grill My Cheese street food shack, is an absolute necessity. Try: the grilly cheese steak toastie - with steak, green pepper, mushrooms and lots and lots of cheese.

6. The Art Of The Larder by Claire Thomson (Quadrille Publishing, £25)

Chef Claire will have you reorganising your store cupboards with this ode to the larder, and learning you can't go far wrong if you've got some tinned tomatoes stashed away. Try: the linguine con vongole.

7. The Modern Kebab by Le Bab (Ebury Press, £9.99)

Who doesn't love a greasy kebab on the way home from a night out? Well, Le Bab – Soho's gourmet kebab restaurant – takes it to the next level. Try: the mackerel kebabs with lettuce, dill and pickled fennel.

8. Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat (Canongate Books, £28)

Less a cookbook, more a guide to handling the essential elements you need to master to be an excellent cook, don't expect intricate recipes; do expect to learn something. Try: to read it from start to finish.

9. Les Abats by Michel Roux Jr (Seven Dials, £25)

There's a cost to eating only certain cuts of meat, as well as a whole lot of waste. From brains to intestines and organs, in Les Abats, Roux shares ways to make the most of the whole animal, from snout to tail. Try: to be open minded about eating hooves.

10. Comfort by John Whaite (Kyle Books, £19.99)

This book is ridiculously autumnal. From the sticky Lebanese fried Brussels sprouts steaming in a bowl, to the fish pie potato skins bubbling with cheese, it'll certainly feed you up for winter. Try: the giant mushroom, spinach and ricotta Yorkshire pudding.

11. Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour (Mitchell Beazley, £20)

Whether you're feeding all your friends in one go, or want to treat your immediate household to something ambrosial, Persian cook Sabrina knows how to lay on a party. Try: the sticky tamarind ribs.

12. 5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph, £26)

Didn't think Jamie could get more straightforward than 15 minute recipes? Think again. These nifty dishes rely on just five ingredients and some inventive techniques for maximising flavour. Try: the flat breads with mango chutney, boiled eggs and chilli and the easy peasy plum tarte tatin – see recipe below.

13. The Sportsman by Stephen Harris (Phaidon Press, £29.95)

Go behind the scenes at the Michelin-starred Whitstable restaurant, famed for its self-taught chef Stephen Harris, and the fact it used to be just your standard boozer. Try: slip sole in seaweed butter.

14. The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater (Fourth Estate, £26)

Nigel will guide you simply and heartily from the start of November through until January, touching on the best things to eat during winter. Try: the pink grapefruit marmalade.


(serves 6)

600g ripe mixed-colour plums

1tsp ground cinnamon

120ml maple syrup

320g sheet of all-butter puff pastry (cold)

6 large scoops of vanilla ice cream

Jamie Oliver's Plum Tarte Tatin, taken from 5 Ingredients – Quick and Easy Food by Jamie Oliver

Preheat the oven to 220C. Place a 26cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat. Halve and destone the plums, add to the pan with 30ml of water and cook for one minute. From a height, sprinkle over half the cinnamon, then evenly pour over the maple syrup.

Place the pastry over the plums, using a wooden spoon to push it into the edges of the pan, and trimming off any excess to patch up little gaps, if needed. Bake at the bottom of the oven for 16 minutes or until golden and puffed up. Making sure you use oven gloves to protect your hands, confidently and carefully turn the tarte out on to a plate bigger than the pan.

Dish up with nice round scoops of ice cream, sprinkle over the remaining cinnamon from a height and drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil before serving.

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