Autumn is an exciting time for anyone who’s passionate about food. It’s the season to rekindle our love of warming foods and reintroduce comfort food onto our plates.
The season is characterised by delicious, warming flavour from berries and apples, root vegetables, spiced with cardamon and cinnamon and herbs.
Here’s a roundup of some of the most delicious recipe books – some classics, some brand new – that will be your best friend in the kitchen as we head into the cooler months.
A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura
Melbourne-based cook, author and teacher Julia Busuttil Nishimura has really delivered with this collection of simple recipes, which she created in-between delivering cooking workshops and pasta masterclasses.
The book has you covered from breakfast to dinner to dessert, with recipes including granola with poached plums, spiced split lentil soup with fried eggplant, miso roast chicken, and blackberry and apple pudding.
The Female Chef by Clare Finney and Liz Seabrook
The joint forces of food writer Claire and portrait photographer Liz results in this empowering book celebrating 31 women in the UK food scene.
It’s packed with warming, autumnal dishes, including Chantelle Nicholson’s apricot tarte tatin, Nox Majozi’s fish curry and pumpkin maize meal and Neives Barragan Mochacho’s seafood rice.
Available for pre-order now, delivered from September 20th
An A-Z of Pasta: Stories, Shapes, Sauces, Recipes by Rachel Roddy
Is it even autumn if you don’t indulge in hearty pasta dishes on the regular? Guardian columnist and food writer Rachel has your back.
Her collection of 120 pasta and sauce recipes spans every type of past you can think of, as well as practical tips on which pastas to pair with which sauces. The perfect accompaniment to cosy nights in.
Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter by Nigel Slater
Feast on more than 100 recipes that are all perfect for the run-up to winter, including soups, crumbles and puddings, with classic autumnal staples such as leeks, butternut squash, ginger, cardamom and maple syrup. The book is handily categorised into different cooking methods, such as in the pan, in the oven, or on toast.
One Pot: Three Ways by Rachel Ama
We all know that autumn is all about throwing veggies into a bubbling pot – and YouTuber and rising star in the plant-based world, Rachel, is on hand to help. Her vegan cookbook guides hungry readers through making vegetable-packed dishes that can each then be elevated one of three ways to easily create one of three dishes.
Towpath: Recipes and Stories by Lori de Mori and Laura Jackson
For more than 10 years, the popular Towpath café, run by Lori and Laura, has graced passers-by along Regent’s Canal with its delicious dishes. And now, the book that will help you create some of its most beloved recipes has arrived.
Lori and Laura favour ‘honest unfussy’ food that’s seasonal, and the recipes they’re sharing in their new book include warming chicken dumpling broth, aubergine parmigiana, and their famous cheese toastie with a side of quince jam. Pure autumn fodder.
Roasting Pan Suppers by Rosie Sykes
Chef and food writer Rosie has taken her skills to the kitchens of some of the UK’s best known chefs, including Joyce Molyneux, Shaun Hill and Alistair Little, and she has her own gastropub, The Sutton Arms in London.
She’s packed over 70 recipes inside this book, which means your roasting pan definitely won’t be getting a rest this autumn. Starring delicious recipes including ginger and turmeric chicken with potato and chickpea curry, lamb steaks in mojo verde with roast potatoes and green pepper, mushrooms stuffed with rice, spinach and pine nuts and baked pearl barley, peas, beans and green sauce.
Ottolenghi FLAVOUR, Yotam Ottolenghi
Ottolenghi is an Israeli-born British chef, restaurateur and food writer. His newest book has more than 100 recipes that are perfect for autumn. You might want to give the aubergine dumplings alla parmigiana a go, or try your hand at the hasselback beetroot with lime leaf butter – two perfectly autumnal dishes to warm up your loved ones this year.
The book also helpfully breaks down how to get the most from your veggies, explaining the importance of process, pairing and produce.
Stirring Slowly, by Georgina Hayden
Georgia, a food and recipe writer, cook and stylist from North London, has created this book to help us all slow down and cook more mindfully.
From noodle bowls to slow-cooked pies, each recipe is one to savour. Maybe you’ll try the crab and prawn wonton broth with charred corn first, or the pumpkin and ginger layer cake. And for those dark, early mornings, there’s always slow-cooked creamy porridge to coax you awake.
Milk & Cardamom by Hetal Vasavada
You didn’t think we’d forgotten dessert, did you? MasterChef Season 6 contestant Hetal Vasavada has turned her popular blog into a book, collating some of her favourite dessert recipes from, and inspired by, India.
Each of the 73 recipes is an explosion of spices and fruits; perfect for an autumn afternoon treat. With irresistible pairings including pistachio and rose, chocolate and ginger, fennel and almond, you’ll be introduced to traditional rice puddings, lassis and biscuits.