Gift Guide: Food and Drink of 2020

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been tough on everyone. And with the holidays just around the corner, we’re hoping to make the added stress of choosing that perfect gift for a special someone a little bit easier with a series of gift guides.

In this gift guide, we’re focusing on food! Cookbooks, essay collections about food, and more are included in this list with some classics and some slightly lesser-known titles to make your gift stand out this year.

As far as food and drink, you can’t go wrong with Nigella, and her new book Cook, Eat, Repeat is packed with reliable recipes, insightful essays and dedicated chapters to her favourite ingredients. A treasure from last year and still one of our bestsellers, Dishoom is the first ever cookbook from, and a beautifully presented insight into, the beloved Indian restaurant. For plant-based recipes at a quick pace, Speedy BOSH! has over 100 delicious recipes to make in 30 minutes or less. If there’s time to spare, Yotam Ottolenghi’s Flavour will show you how to transform the humble vegetable into extraordinary food, the Ottolenghi way.

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Jikoni: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes from an Immigrant Kitchen by Ravinder Bhogal

Published: 09-07-2020
Cookery / food and drink - Hardback

Born in Kenya to Indian parents and moving to London as a child has instilled a playfulness in Bhogal when it comes to cooking. Her recipes embody clashes and of culture and cuisine in the best way, and the inseparable relationship between food, place, and identity. 

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Roasting Tin Around the World, The: Global One Dish Dinners by Rukmini Iyer

Published: 30-04-2020
Cooking with specific gadgets - Hardback

Iyer’s The Roasting Tin series is widely acclaimed for its ‘minimum effort, maximum flavour’ approach and we highly recommend this year’s release for its easy-to-make recipes that will let you feel like you’re travelling the globe even when you’re stuck inside. 

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Restore by Gizzi Erskine

Published: 26-11-2020
General cookery and recipes - Hardback

This is both a cookbook and a sustainability manifesto, showing us how to eat flavoursome and tasty food whilst looking out for the environment. Investigating the carbon footprint of the food we eat, Erskine creates accessible recipes and offers practical advice and steps we can take to live and eat more sustainably.

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Simply: Easy everyday dishes: The 5th book from the bestselling author of Persiana, Sirocco, Feasts and Bazaar by Sabrina Ghayour

Published: 20-08-2020
Cookery / food by ingredient: herbs, spices, oils and vinegars - Hardback

From the bestselling author of Persiana, this latest book is packed full of delicious recipes that are easily made in the evening after a long day at work. With easy-to-follow steps, and bold, exciting flavours, Ghayour’s Simply is an obvious choice for a gift.


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In Praise of Veg: A modern kitchen companion by Alice Zaslavsky

Published: 12-11-2020
Health and wholefood cookery - Hardback

Zaslavsky has created a cookbook that is all about vegetables, uniquely organised by colour! With recipes, storage advice, flavour combinations and more, this is a beautifully illustrated and vibrant cooking companion

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In The Kitchen: Essays on food and life by Daisy Johnson, Joel Golby, Mayukh Sen, Rachel Roddy, Ruby Tandoh, Yemisi Aribisala

Published: 08-10-2020
Cultural studies: food and society - Paperback / softback

In this charming collection of essays from Daunt Books, thirteen contemporary writers ponder eating and cooking, reflecting on their time in the kitchen, how food shapes our personal histories and inspiring readers to think differently about the wider cultural history wrapped up in the food we eat.

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