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Time Out rounds up the best recipe and food books to give you culinary inspiration

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From baking bibles to volumes on vino, from classic titles to celebrity chef bestsellers, Time Out has rounded up the best food books on the shelves to give you culinary inspiration. Whether you're looking for authentic Thai recipes, a guide to great British classics or simply some ideas for a quick evening meal, check out our guide to the best food books available. Know of a better cookbook that we haven't reviewed? Use the comments box below or tweet your suggestions.

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Brian Bailey
Brian Bailey

Lets Get Cooking! by BEAM Services is a cook book aimed at helping young adults with intellectual disabilities how to cook. Each recipe appears in written and step by step picture form, which is especially helpful for anyone with learning and reading difficulties. This cook book has some lovely recipes but I suppose the main aim of this book is to give people with 'special needs' the opportunity to cook with the minimum of assistance . It's also a great little cook book for children as the 'picture' recipes make it easy for them to follow. Anyone with a 'special needs' child who loves to cook would find this book invaluable!

Janine
Janine

A great little book to check out is The Palate Teaser by Stephana Arnold.

zaphia
zaphia

One of the new cookbooks I have used is James Ramsden's 'Small Adventures in Cooking'. Some good Italian recipes in there... simple cooking.

Tony Berry
Tony Berry

The one title missing from this wonderful smorgasbord of food writing is the one I am seeking yet cannot remember the title. It is by a British writer with a lovely sense of humour and ironic turn of phrase and her focus was on the food of Italy (Tuscany). It was featured in the Daily Telegraph a month or so back. Can anyone help?

Daniel
Daniel

I believe Mark Hix's book "Hix Oyster and Chop House" deserves a mention.

JAF
JAF

(Take the point that it is not necessarily "new" however. Still, McGee comes recommended!)

JAF
JAF

Excellent list although Harold McGee On Food and Cooking - the 2004 updated edition - is strikingly absent in this list. Largely considered to be the definitive culinary reference book, it is a must have for anyone interested in gastronomy. This list should be updated to include it. Hugh FW, who's influence on a number of books on this list is apparent, makes comment on the cover of this book: "McGee has become a godfather figure for all right-thinking chefs and food writers". Blumenthal: "Never before has so much information been made so approachable. For anyone remotely interested in food Harold McGee’s brilliant reworking of his original masterpiece must go down as one of the greatest cookery books ever written."

Thomas
Thomas

A fantastically comprehensive list. Thank you. Please never, ever consider including books about food "intolerances".

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