Christmas 2021 Gift Guides (Books – Food & Drink)

Christmas 2021 is nearly upon us, so to help with some last minute gift inspiration we’ve put together a series of themed Gift Guides rounding up a selection of our favourite new releases – with a little something for everyone!

First up: Food & Drink!


By Rick Stein

Publisher: BBC Books

In this eagerly anticipated first book celebrating his all-time favourite home-cooked meals, Rick Stein shares over 100 very special recipes celebrating his favourite ingredients, food memories, family cooking moments and many of his favourite dishes to be cooked At Home, including recipes from his recent Cornwall series alongside many of the dishes he created while he was locked down in Australia last year.

RICK STEIN AT HOME explores family classics that evoke childhood memories and newer dishes that have marked more recent personal milestones.

Typically autobiographical, beautifully illustrated, and highlighting the importance of cooking from home, this is a must have for all Rick Stein fans and anyone interested in quality home cooking.


By Mary Berry

Publisher: BBC Books

‘I’m excited to share over 120 irresistible, no-fuss recipes that I hope will bring happiness into your kitchen.

Mary Berry fans certainly won’t be disappointed by this superb new tie-in book to the excellent BBC series, Love to Cook.

MARY BERRY – LOVE TO COOK is another ‘must have’ celebration of the joys of cooking at home, showcasing more than 120 simple and comforting home meals and the freshest ingredients that feed the body and mind.

Whether you’re trying your hand at Mary’s fragrant Kashmiri chicken curry or baking her mouth-watering Lemon limoncello pavlova, it’s hard to beat the unique pleasure of making a dish from scratch and enjoying food with family and friends


By The GBBO Team

Publisher: Sphere

No good foodie books Gift Guide would be truly complete without something from the Great British Bake Off team, and with THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF – A BAKE FOR ALL SEASONS, Prue, Paul and the 2021 Bake Off contestants bring us a new collection of timely bakes lovingly created to showcase seasonal ingredients and draw inspiration from the changing moods and events of the year.

Whether you’re looking to make the best of asparagus in spring, your prize strawberries in summer, pumpkin in autumn or blood oranges in winter, these recipes offer insight and inspiration throughout the year, highlighting the very best of what each season has to offer.


By Wagamama

Publisher: Kyle Books

This brand new book from the Wagamama team features 70 of the freshest and best loved dishes from the mouthwatering Wagamama menu, now complete with vegetarian and vegan options for each recipe.

Featuring quick and easy meals, soulful comfort food and store cupboard ‘throw togethers’, WAGAMAMA YOUR WAY includes dishes designed to be easy and flexible for everyone.

From vegan katsu curry and vegetarian firecracker to mandarin chicken salad, expect to find variations on Wagamama classics as well as new favourites. Many of the recipes are either vegan or vegetarian, and for those that aren’t there are alternative ingredient suggestions to create plant-based versions.

If you are a Wagamama fan then this is most definitely one to stick on your Christmas wish list!


By Claridge’s

Publisher: Mitchell Beazley

If you are a fan of suave and sophisticated cocktails then the stylish and debonair CLARIDGE’S – THE COCKTAIL BOOK is most definitely the one for you!

This modern and classy guide contains all the inspiration you’ll need for the cocktail hour, with a spirited – and no/low – selection of more than 500 recipes suitable for every occasion. Whatever your tastes and wherever your location, this new bartender’s bible will enable you to share the magic of Claridge’s with family and friends, from your own cocktail cabinet.

Compiled by Denis Broci (Director of Bars) and Nathan McCarley-O’Neill (Director of Mixology), CLARIDGE’S – THE COCKTAIL BOOK brings together a host of elegant cocktail classics from every period in Claridge’s history, alongside new inventions that reflect the evolution of cocktail-making.

Stunning photos and snazzy illustrations make this stylish new book a perfect Christmas gift for all cocktail lovers!


By Monica Galetti

Publisher: Aster

‘At Home’ cooking has definitely been the predominant theme of this year’s must have cook books. Top chefs and restauranteurs certainly made the most of their time in lockdown (away from their professional kitchens) to collect together the best non-chef-y dishes that can be created quickly and easily from the comfort of a home kitchen.

In AT HOME, Monica Galetti showcases the easy, everyday dishes she enjoys at home, with family and friends, using simple ingredients that everyone will enjoy.

Broken down into five sections: Chilled-Out Breakfasts; Weeknights; The Perfect Sunday; Family Get-Togethers; and Holiday Favourites, AT HOME is another lovingly crafted celebration of great home cooking from the esteemed chef and presenter.


By Ainsley Harriott

Publisher: Ebury Press

A brilliant new book from the living legend that is Ainsley Harriott, AINSLEY’S GOOD MOOD FOOD brings together all the recipes from his hit new ITV show in a must have new cook book that is all about the great food that makes us happy.

Because there’s no two ways about it – food can definitely raise your spirits. In this uplifting cookbook you will find comforting classics, great food for sharing, recipes for a bit of indulgence, light and healthy dishes to help you feel good from the inside out, easy one-pots that are all weeknight winners, some favourite barbecue dishes to bring sunshine to your table, and delicious desserts because – because we all need a treat now and again.

Packed full of foodie fun, and with a great variety of delicious, fuss-free recipes, AINSLEY’S GOOD MOOD FOOD is an essential stocking filler for all those foodies out there!


By Rohit Ghai

Publisher: Kyle Books

Michelin-starred Rohit Ghai has become one of the culinary world’s most in-demand chefs after a hugely successful decade on the London restaurant scene.

TARKARI (meaning ‘vegetable’ in Urdu) is the top chef’s anticipated first book and celebrates vegetarian and vegan dishes inspired by India’s incredibly rich and varied food scene, with an added personal, homely note.

Packed with innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes, TARKARI sees Ghai paying homage to the food his parents ate. From creative starters like Malabar Cauliflower, to big, bold curries such as Jackfruit Masala and Lotus Root Kofta, as well as breads, rice, dips and pickles, it includes everything you need to cook truly spectacular Indian vegetarian and vegan meals at home.

If you love top quality Indian food and are looking something a little bit different, then this is definitely one to check out!


By Anne Petersen

Publisher: Prestel

One for food fans and history buffs alike, LEGENDARY DINNERS gives readers a fascinating glimpse into twenty of the most legendary celebrations and dinner parties from the past two centuries.

Chances are you weren’t invited to the wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier, or to Truman Capote’s famous “Black and White” ball at the Plaza Hotel. But now you can experience those and other legendary celebrations in your own home, as well as learn about the historic and cultural moments they embodied.

In LEGENDARY DINNERS, each lavish event is represented in multi-page spreads alongside recipes and contemporary photographs to help you recreate the meals in your kitchen, while archival images and entertaining essays provide important historical context.

From Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding banquet to JFK’s triumphant visit to Berlin, the White House reception for the Apollo 11 crew and dinner with the famously private Audrey Hepburn, LEGENDARY DINNERS offers up a fun and sophisticated mixture of culture and food that will reside as happily on your coffee table as it will on your cookbook shelf.

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