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41 Book Review


Dartmouth Food Festival. No doubt the weekend will be full of celebration, exploration and probably a fair bit of over indulgence. October is also the month for a glut of new food and drink publications in the build up to December’s season of goodwill. As I write Nigella, Nigel, Rick, Hugh and Giorgio are all jostling to knock Jamie off the top spot. There’s also a stack of books covering all manner of diets and healthy eating, though I’m pleased to say there’s also plenty to entice cooks with a more hearty appetite celebrating food, flavour and field to table. Fun, family, friends, flavour and no-


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fuss are all essential parts of food in our house as are…..Feasts. I’m always on the look out for the book that will create the ‘perfect meal’ with the least amount of stress particularly when expecting more than 10 guests. Step forward celebrated food writer and journalist Rose Prince with Dinner & Party: Gatherings. Suppers. Feasts. (Seven Dials). This is a book all about effortless and elegant entertaining with a no-nonsense approach. With 2 clear sections for Dinner and Party there are ideas for menus, matching courses and flavours as well as advice for catering for up to 60 guests. Her aim is optimum effect for minimal effort and maximum enjoyment and as in her previous books there are many helpful hints and ideas for a seasonal approach. Whether it’s your first invitation or your latest open-house party this book sounds like a godsend and I’m keen to get hold of a copy. Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour and published by Mitchell Beasley is another book to perk up the table with its beautiful, jewel-like cover. This is the highly anticipated follow- up book from this British-Iranian chef with a delicious array of Middle Eastern dishes for celebrations and


utumn is officially here - the season of harvest, plenty and


by Emma Jones F IS FOR …FOOD …FESTIVAL …AND FEASTS! sponsored by Dartmouth Community Bookshop


occasions with family and friends. It’s written in a non-dictatorial style actively encouraging inspiration and innovation with ideas for anything from a picnic to a vegan feast. If you like to fill the table with big plates of sharing food, full of flavour and spices this is the one for you. Imagine a feast of tamarind sticky ribs, garlic, fenugreek and cumin flatbreads and white chocolate, cardamom and macadamia squares – fabulous – and as the Guardian says, “Brilliant for the novice, the time-


poor and even the seasoned cook.” There’s no doubt that food and its production is for many of us the ultimate form of therapy both creating and unleashing memories and feelings. This year Allan Jenkins, Editor of Observer Food Monthly released Plot 29: A Memoir (Fourth Estate) to rave reviews. In October this Plymouth boy will be returning to Devon for the Food Festival to talk at the Eat Your Words sessions about his love of gardening, his allotment and how this relationship grew from a challenging childhood in care. His book is both haunting and beautifully written intertwining seeds and plants with memories but it’s also a “celebration of the joy to be found in sharing food and flowers with people you love and the joy of tending a garden”. Finally… a mention for a book


that I’ve yet to see but nonetheless intrigues me. The Little Library Cookbook by Kate Young (Head of Zeus) combines two of my favourite home comforts - books and food. It is a collection of recipes inspired by the author’s own book shelves including Paddington’s marmalade, mint juleps from The Great Gatsby and coconut shortbread from Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent. Sounds like the perfect pick for the next book club meet!


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