The best new cookbooks

Hungry for food books? Time Out rounds up the best of the bunch.

Home at 7, Dinner at 8

Sophie Wright

Kyle Cathie, £14.99

This paperback promises ‘easy-to follow’ recipes that ‘make whipping up a feast’ simple and quick. With chapter titles such as ‘Every day’ and ‘Watching the pennies’, the book ticks all the post-recessionary boxes.

Red wine risotto with gorgonzola, orange and walnut sounded like it had a flavour too far but tasted great – and Wright’s instructions to cook the rice in a shallow pan meant that it cooked faster.

Mexican beef burritos with guacamole were another hit. Clock-watchers will be very pleased to hear that the suggested times really are achievable – and prep times are clearly stated (Jamie Oliver, take note).

Although lacking the ambition of Jamie’s book, it’s a good one. The Evening Standard are now using Sophie Wright’s ‘no-stress’ recipes for their commuter readership; the first recipe was bought naan bread with beef sausage topping (ready in 15 minutes).  

Susan Low, Time Out London issue 2122: April 21-27 2011