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Wish List Reads

Take a look at some of the most notable, carefully researched and beautifully written books we've welcomed onto ckbk in recent months. For ckbk members, there's always something new to entice and challenge – and, with 50% Black Friday savings, there's no better time to subscribe.

Oats in the North, Wheat from the South

Oats in the North, Wheat from the South

By Regula Ysewijn

Regula Ysewijn shares her deep love for Britain’s food and history in a way that is entirely infectious. She is a keen observer of British foodways, noting historic class differences in the type of bread people have eaten, and the rituals and rules of afternoon tea. With recipes for Yorkshire Fat Rascals and Cornish Saffron Buns, the book is a joy to cook from, as well as fascinating to read.

Fire Islands

Fire Islands

By Eleanor Ford

Author Eleanor Ford is a rising star of the food-writing world and this, her second book, is a joy to read and cook from. She spent time as a child in Bali and Java with her family, and has traveled widely in the archipelago since. Her love of the country and its varied cuisine shines through; her writing is wonderfully evocative. Beautiful landscape and recipe photography complete the impressive package.

Oaxaca

Oaxaca

By Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral

Part recipe book, part family history, Oaxaca traces the Lopez family’s journey from southern Mexico to Los Angeles, and describes how vision, stubbornness and a love of good food lie behind the fame of Guelaguetza, the restaurant opened by Bricia Lopez’s father. The recipes are heartfelt and are shared “sparing absolutely no secrets”.

From Scratch

From Scratch

By Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman is one of the more literary and thoughtful of chefs and his writing is a pleasure to spend time with. This is a cleverly planned book. By choosing to focus on just a handful of crowd-pleasing yet flexible recipes, then give them a variety of themes and variations and some extremely helpful how-to-get-it-right pointers, he’s produced something engrossing, highly readable – and useful.

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Q&A with Prue Leith and Peta Leith

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