Bake Off star Nadiya’s cookbook debut is a hit

The first cookbook from ‘The Great British Bake Off’ 2015 winner Nadiya Hussain has soared straight into the best sellers chart.

Published on June 16 by Penguin Random House,‘Nadiya’s Kitchen’ is at number three in ‘The Mail on Sunday’ weekly list of the UK’s best-selling non-fiction hardback books.

‘Nadiya’s Kitchen’ features 100 of Nadiya’s favourite family recipes. With chapters ranging from ‘Lazy Sunday Mornings’ and ‘Midnight Feasts’ to ‘Snacks and Sharing’ and ‘Dessert for Dinner’, she offers twists on traditional classics and recipes for staple meals and bakes.

Examples include Best Fish Finger Butty, Churros French Toast, Cod and Clementine Curry, Popcorn, White Chocolate and Peanut Slice, Za’atar and Lemon Palmiers, Sour Cherry and Almond Bundt Cake –  and ‘Her Majesty’s Cake’ (Nadiya was asked to make a cake for the Queen’s 90th birthday).

More than 14 million people tuned in to see Nadiya win 2015’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’.  A columnist for ‘The Times’ and consumer magazine ‘Essentials’, Nadiya is also a regular reporter for ‘The One Show’.

TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton’s debut cookbook, ‘Cook Happy, Cook Healthy’, is at number two in the chart. Her title is billed as ‘full of easy, fast and healthy recipes for everything from breakfast and speedy suppers to baked treats. With an eye to food bills and time-poor households, the ingredients are easy to buy and few in number, and the methods very simple’. Dishes include Quick Granola, Courgette Fritters with Herby Yoghurt Dip, Halloumi and Roasted Beetroot Salad, and Almond and Apricot Biscuits.

In seventh place is food writer Sabrina Ghayour’s ‘Sirocco’. Described by ‘The Observer’ newspaper as ‘the golden girl of Persian cookery’, Sabrina is a seasoned cookery teacher, teaching Persian, Turkish, Moroccan, Georgian and Arabesque cookery classes at prestigious cookery schools such as Divertimenti and Leiths, as well as teaching and catering for both corporate and private clients. ‘Sirocco’ aims to bring tastes of the East to Western-style dishes in a collection of 100 recipes. With an emphasis on simple ingredients and strong flavours, the title covers a variety of dishes ranging from classics and comfort food to salads and sweet treats.

For non-fiction paperbooks, fitness guru Joe Wicks (aka The Body Coach) leads the way, taking the top two spots. At number one is ‘Lean in 15 – The Shape Plan: 15 minute meals with workouts to build a strong, lean body’ which introduces a new way of eating and training to build lean muscle and burn more fat. In the book, he shares 100 recipes and four new workouts. At number two is ‘Lean In 15’ which features 100 recipes and guides the reader through Joe’s home workouts.

The sixth spot is held by ‘The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet’ by Michael Mosley. In the book, the author of the bestselling ‘5:2 Fast Diet’ reveals ‘a game-changing approach to one of the greatest silent epidemics of our time: raised blood sugar levels’. The title is not just aimed at those at highest risk but at anyone who has struggled with their weight and wants to regain control of their health.

In seventh place is ‘The Hairy Dieters: Fast Food’ by celebrity cookery duo Si King and Dave Myers, which contains low-calorie recipes designed to be made in under 30 minutes.There are recipes for breakfast and brunch, soups, salads, mains and snacks, including Spicy Sweetcorn Fritters, Pasta with Chilli Prawns, Chicken Tagine and Instant Sorbet with Frozen Berries. 

This list appeared in ‘The Mail on Sunday’s’ ‘Event’ magazine on July 3. The book charts are compiled by Nielsen Bookscan TCM, which collates real time sales from over 6,500 retailers, representing over 90% of the UK book market

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