Six cookbooks have made to The Mail on Sunday’s list of top 10 UK best-selling non-fiction hardbacks.
At number one is ‘Jamie’s Comfort Food’ by Jamie Oliver. The TV chef’s new cookbook brings together 100 comfort food recipes. It features versions of all-time favourites, and also introduces dishes from countries around the world. Recipe examples include moussaka, gyoza with crispy wings, steaming ramen and katsu curry, eggs Benedict, sticky toffee pudding and tutti frutti pear tarte tatin.
The number two position is held by ‘Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect’ which includes over 100 new recipes from the cuisine queen and co-host of BBC1’s ‘The Great British Bake Off’. Some are tried-and-tested favourites given a twist; others contain a selection of new ingredients or flavour combinations. All feature ‘Keys to Perfection’; for each recipe, Mary shares her techniques and identifies the crucial part to get right to guarantee best results, and then demonstrates it with step-by-step instructions. For instance, she reveals the secret to crisp pork crackling or melt-in-the-mouth salmon, how to bake a feather-light cake, or the key to a-crunchy crumble topping.
‘The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking’ by Linda Collister is in third place. Inspired by the TV series, this cookbook offers120 original recipes, including those from both the show’s judges – Mary and Paul Hollywood – and contestants. Each chapter transports the reader on set and features the best recipes from ‘challenges’ including Mary and Paul’s Signature Bakes, Technical Challenges and Showstoppers, plus the best bakers’ recipes from the show.
In sixth position is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘River Cottage Light & Easy Healthy Recipes for Every Day’ which aims to deliver ‘wholesome delights with zero compromise on taste for all occasions’ – from salads, simple roasts and hotpots to fish dishes and lighter breads. Each of the 170 recipes is dairy-free and wheat-free.
‘Plenty More’ by restaurant owner Yotam Ottolenghi is at number seven. The focus is on 120 vegetable-based dishes, organised by cooking method (grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw). The recipes include alphonso mango and curried chickpea salad; membrillo and stilton quiche; buttermilk-crusted okra, lentils, radicchio and walnuts with manuka honey; seaweed, ginger and carrot salad; and desserts such as baked rhubarb with sweet labneh and quince poached in pomegranate juice.
At number 10 is ‘Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes’. It contains more than 100 of the chef’s favourite recipes, starting with classics such as tomato soup, chicken Kiev and rice pudding which he then ‘refines and elevates to the best version that he has ever tasted’.
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 September 21 issue of ‘The Mail on Sunday’s’ ‘Event’ Magazine.