Cooking is something that to many people brings comfort – the routine, the delicious smells and the satisfaction of  serving something you have made from scratch. Many of us have found that we have had more time to cook over the last year, to take the time to plan meals and come up with new ideas.

If you are looking to try something new or want to improve your kitchen craft, we’re sure to have something to whet your appetite in our collections!

For starters – some titles from our BorrowBox collection:

Greenfeast – Nigel Slater The inimitable Nigel Slater furnishes the reader with a store of plant based recipes to try. This is one of two books based around the seasons, in this case Spring and Summer. It contains over 110 beautiful spring and summer dishes, each with suggested variations, that you can serve up in 30 minutes!

Big Vegan– Robin Asbell Big Vegan satisfies both the casual meat eater and the dedicated herbivore with more than 350 delicious, easy-to-prepare vegan recipes covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It points the way to a meat free, dairy free life style and includes a useful resource guide and glossary.

The Curry Guy– Mr Dan Toombs (aka The Curry Guy) has perfected the art of replicating British Indian Restaurant cooking after travelling around the UK, sampling dishes and learning the curry house kitchen secrets. He makes homemade curries that taste just like a takeaway from your favourite local but in less time and for less money.

The Little Viet Kitchen– Mrs Thuy Diem Pham Offering a fresh approach and insight into how to make the best Vietnamese dishes, it is Thuy’s expertise and memories that are the heart of this book. It delves into Thuy’s journey from Vietnam to England, celebrating her love of Vietnamese cooking, culture and way of life whilst tantalizing the the readers along the way.

The Lazy Cook’s Family Favourites – Mo Smith, this book goes some way to proving that quick cooking can be delicious and healthy. Old favourites like Bangers and Mash rub shoulders with new alternatives such as Red Chicory and Avocado Salad. Party food and cooking with children are also featured.

A Girl Called JackJack Monroe Jack is a cash-strapped single mum living in Southend. When she found herself with a shopping budget of just £10 a week to feed herself and her young son, she addressed the situation with immense resourcefulness, creativity and by embracing her local supermarket’s ‘basics’ range. She created recipe after recipe of delicious, simple and upbeat meals that were outrageously cheap. Learn with Jack Monroe’s A Girl Called Jack how to save money on your weekly shop whilst being less wasteful and creating inexpensive, tasty food.

For our mains we have this little collection to help you recreate your favourite takeaway!

Wagamama Feed Your Soul Chinese Takeaway Cookbook Fakeaways

The Veggie Chinese Takeaway Cookbook

Now, if you are feeling the festive spirit then the next few books are for you (you’re welcome!)

Christmas Cookies Vegan Christmas Feasts Christmas with Good Housekeeping ScandiKitchen Christmas

This concludes our culinary tour of the shelves; I hope you have found some inspiration. Happy cooking everyone!

You can go off and raid the Christmas biscuits now…