‘The Art of Eating Well’ by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley has soared into the league of the UK’s best-selling non-fiction hardback books.
At number three in the chart, the cookbook by London-based sisters features more than 150 recipes which are free from grain, gluten, high starch and refined sugar. Jasmine and Melissa’s philosophy is simple: a healthy gut leads to a healthy body and mind. “We are a London based family business for people who want to live healthier and more energised lives,” they said.
‘Home Comforts’ by James Martin is at number eight. A tie-in book to the celebrity chef’s BBC series entitled ‘James Martin: Home Comforts’, this collection of recipes ranges from ‘fancy dinners to comforting puds’. The chapters are divided into Lighter Comforts, Quick Comforts, Easy Comforts, Slow Comforts, Spicy Comforts, Sweet Comforts and Baked Comforts. The recipes featured are taken from the first and second series of ‘James Martin: Home Comforts’, aired on BBC1 and BBC2 respectively.
“Here are the recipes I love to cook at home; the ones I turn to when away from the restaurant and from TV studios,” James said. “These are all the things I’ve learned over my career, coupled with some new recipes inspired by local producers and suppliers.”
‘Jamie’s Comfort Food’ by Jamie Oliver is in ninth position. The TV cook’s new book brings together 100 ‘ultimate comfort food’ recipes. It features versions of all-time favourites, and also introduces dishes from countries around the world. “This isn’t everyday cooking – this is about weekends, holidays, celebrations and occasions. Whether you’re home alone, or sharing the love with a big group of family or friends, there really is something for everyone,” Jamie said. Recipes include moussaka, gyoza with crispy wings, ramen and katsu curry to eggs Benedict, sticky toffee pudding and tutti frutti pear tarte tatin.
In tenth place is ‘Best Ever Dishes’ by Tom Kerridge. Known for his big flavours and accessible food, the Michelin-starred chef aims to show ‘how to cook the best ever versions of the food everyone loves to eat, turning ordinary dishes into extraordinary ones’. The book features more than 100 of his favourite recipes, starting with classics such as tomato soup, chicken Kiev and rice pudding, which he ‘refines and elevates to the best version that he has ever tasted’.
“Every day I try to make each dish as good as it can be: my personal best ever. I like getting the balance of taste and texture just right, using familiar ingredients and creating big, intense flavours. Now, I hope you’ll use my recipes to make some best ever dishes of your own,” Tom said.
The bestsellers list is compiled by Nielsen Bookscan TCM, which collates real time sales from over 6,500 retailers representing over 90% of the UK book market. It appeared in the January 25 issue of ‘The Mail on Sunday’s’ ‘Event’ Magazine.