The Best Cookbooks for Autumnal Comfort Food

As the evenings draw in and the temperature falls, the urge to indulge in some hearty comfort food only grows stronger! Not to worry, though; the cookbooks below offer a plethora of recipes for rich, warming fare, including mouth-watering traditional dishes, spicy foreign food and - of course - sumptuous desserts. See below for the best cookbooks for autumnal comfort food.

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1. 30 Minute Curries

Atul Kochhar

In 30 Minute Curries, Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar reveals how to make simple and scrumptious curries in no time at all. With his trademark combination of fresh British produce and a modern Indian approach, he aims to make creating curries at home far less daunting - and the divine photography is sure to make your mouth water! The curries make use of vegetables and pulses, eggs and cheese, seafood, poultry and meat, and highlights include Mangalorean fish curry, Goan chicken curry and spiced red kidney beans.

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2. Tom Kitchin's Meat & Game

Tom Kitchin

In this stunning cookbook, Tom Kitchin shares his passion for meat and game, making use of the likes of venison, partridge, pheasant, grouse, rabbit, hare and all things wild. He adds them to roasts, pasta dishes, terrines, soups and pies to make for wonderfully warming comfort food that's sure to please the whole family. With contemporary twists as well as classic dishes, meat-lovers are sure to return to this book again and again.

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3. Tagines & Couscous

Ghillie Basan

This beautiful cookbook is bursting with recipes for rich, aromatic and irresistible dishes. Indulge in some of the most treasured classics of Moroccan cuisine, such as Lamb Tagine with Dates, Almonds and Pistachios, and Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon, Green Olives and Thyme. Plus, you'll find more contemporary dishes for fish and vegetable tagines that are equally as delicious! There's also a chapter devoted to couscous dishes, featuring essential recipes for the classic accompaniment as well as a selection of fresh salads and side dishes.

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4. Jamie's Comfort Food

Jamie Oliver

This book is brimming with family favourites and good-mood food that's guaranteed to hit the spot with all the family. It features traditional and comforting dishes from around the world (along with Jamie's trademarks twists!). The recipes are inspired by everything from childhood memories to seasons and include the ultimate mac and cheese, mighty moussaka, delicious gyozas, sumptuous sticky toffee pudding and many more mouth-watering dishes.

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5. Gino's Healthy Italian for Less

Gino D'Acampo

One of the nation's favourite chefs presents a cookbook packed with wholesome Italian fare, perfect for those who want to stay healthy whilst cooking on a budget. Find out how to cook like a true Italian, how to shop and store food smartly, and how to make the most of your fridge and freezer. Plus, discover the basic ingredients that every Italian keeps in their cupboard, and try over 100 simple yet stunning dishes that are both nutritious and full of flavour. The recipes include delicious pasta dishes, perfect pizza feasts and meaty meals to savour.

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6. Try It! Slow Cooking

DK

This comprehensive slow cooking compendium will show you how to create rich and rewarding meals without slaving over a hot stove! You'll be able to put your feet up and relax whilst your preparation work is transformed into a wholesome, hearty feast. Discover more than 100 recipes bursting with flavour, guaranteed to please the whole family. From classic casseroles and perfect pot roasts to delectable tagines and traditional puddings, you can serve up crowd-pleasing meals whether you have a slow cooker, oven or hob.

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7. Mug Crumbles

Christelle Huet-Gomez

A crumble can fix a surprising amount of problems in life, but who has time to wait patiently by the oven door? This mouth-watering book features 30 crumbles that you can whip up in less than five minutes! The ultimate comfort food is only a few tablespoons and a microwave away with these easy-to-follow recipes. Suitable for even the most apprehensive bakers, mug crumbles are simple to prepare, but seriously scrummy!

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8. Panini, Bruschetta & Crostini

Ryland Peters & Small

This book reveals the very best recipes for tasty toasted sandwiches that are sure to provide all sorts of picnic, lunchbox and light lunch ideas! Whether you prefer your panini full of melted cheese, spicy salami or delicious veg, you'll find an irresistible idea here. The book also includes ideas for bruschetta, open sandwiches and delectable crostini. It even contains recipes for roasted tomatoes, caramelised onions, basil pesto and sour sweet-pickled vegetables known as giardiniera. There's also a mayonnaise recipe, the perfect accompaniment for a panini!

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9. Proper Healthy Food

Nick Knowles

This isn't just healthy food: it's proper, which means it's hearty, nutritious and satisfying! Popular DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles reveals how a trip to Thailand inspired him to transform his diet and live a better life. He shares innovative vegetarian and vegan recipes that are sure to appeal to even the most meat-loving carnivore. From posh nosh to a chunky vegan burger to indulgent desserts, this book will show you how delicious and substantial healthy food can be.

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10. Burgers

Paul Gayler

Who doesn't love a good burger? This quirky burger-shaped book has a recipe for just about everyone, whether you prefer beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish or veggie burgers! It contains ideas for 25 drool-worthy dishes and each features a photo of the finished creation that's sure to make your mouth water. Whether you want crowd-pleasing burgers for a barbecue or posh burgers for a dinner party, you'll find a huge variety of recipes for this iconic food staple in this dedicated burger book, including a Caribbean pork burger, a smoked chicken cobb burger and a jumbo prawn burger.

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    Ghillie Basan
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    Tagines are the rich and aromatic casseroles that form the basis of traditional Moroccan cooking.

    In this collection of recipes from Ghillie Basan, you will find some of the best-loved classics of the Moroccan kitchen - such as Lamb Tagine with Dates, Almonds and Pistachios, and Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemon, Green Olives and Thyme - together with less traditional but equally delicious recipes for fish and vegetable tagines.

    There is also a chapter devoted to couscous dishes that provides essential recipes for the classic accompaniment and a selection of fresh-tasting salads and vegetable side-dishes.
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    Jamie Oliver
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    Jamie Oliver's cookbook Jamie's Comfort Food is - as the cover suggests - the ultimate weekend cookbook, bursting with delicious dishes, family favourites and brimming with good mood food that is guaranteed to hit the spot.

    An old-fashioned cookbook full of comforting and indulgent recipes from around the world - with a typical Jamie twist! - the recipes are inspired by everything from childhood memories to the seasons, including: the ultimate mac and cheese, mighty moussaka, delicious gyozas, sumptuous sticky toffee pudding and much, much more...

    A must-have recipe book for Jamie Oliver fans, and those who simply love food, Jamie's revolutionary approach to home cooking has changed the way we eat - and that's why we love him!
  • BURG
    Paul Gayler
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    Who doesn't love burgers? This little gift book, shaped itself like a burger, has a burger for everyone - whether you prefer beef, lamb, pork, chicken, fish or a vegetarian option!

    Compiled by Paul Gayler, executive chef at the Lanesborough Hotel London, the book contains 25 recipes alongside a photograph of the finished creation that is sure to make your mouth water. Whether you want a burger for a low-key barbecue or one for a sophisticated dinner party, this is the cookbook for you.

    An iconic food staple, a home-made burger is nutritious, filling and portable - and among the exciting recipes included in here are a Caribbean pork burger, a smoked chicken cobb burger and a jumbo prawn burger.
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    Gomez Huet
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    Following in the tasty footsteps of Mug Cakes and Mug Cakes: Chocolate comes Mug Crumbles - and it's full of even more sweet treats that can be made in a matter of minutes with little preparation!

    Perfect for when you want to treat yourself, there are 30 recipes to enjoy and they range from the classic apple crumble to pear and ginger and rum and raisin.

    A brilliant little book full of mouth-watering crumbles that you'll love making and eating.
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    Make comforting, rich, rewarding meals without slaving over a hot stove. Try It! Slow Cooking allows you to sit back and relax while your preparation work is transformed into a hearty feast. Get your taste buds tingling with more than 100 recipes in Try It! Slow Cooking. From classic casseroles and special occasion pot roasts to exotic tagines and traditional puddings you'll be serving up delicious dishes to your family and friends. Whether you have a slow cooker, oven or hob each recipe can be made using the method that suits you, and step-by-step instructions expertly guide you through key preparation techniques. Make mealtimes sensational with Try It! Slow Cooking.
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    Gino D'Acampo
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    Gino D'ACampo is one of the nation's favourite chefs and in his latest cookbook he will show you how to cook like a true Italian - on a budget!

    He explains how to shop smart and store food and how to make the most of your fridge and freezer. He also explains the basics that every Italian keeps on hand in their kitchen storecupboard. There are over 100 simple meals to make and they're all nutritious and full of flavour.

    From the heart of Italy, these feel-food recipes will delight the entire family and among the dishes covered are a delicious pasta with cherry tomato sauce, pancetta and pecorino Romano and the timeless classic of spaghetti carbonara.
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    Ryland Peters & Small
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    Translated as 'little breads', the Italian tradition of panini sandwiches is one we all love to follow - especially in the warmer weather!

    This book shows you the best recipes for the tasty, toasted sandwiches and is sure to provide all kinds of lunchbox ideas. Whether you prefer your panini to be full of melted cheese, spicy salami or very tasty veg, you'll find an idea here. Just make sure you have the best ingredients around on hand.

    This book also has ideas for bruschetta, open sandwiches and true crostoni and crostini. It even contains recipes for roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, basil pesto and sour sweet-pickled vegetables known as giardiniera. There's also a recipe for mayonnaise - so you will always have somewhere to dunk your perfect panini!
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    Nick Knowles
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    Popular DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles reveals how a trip to Thailand inspired him to change his diet and live a better life - and shares the recipes which will allow you to do the same.

    Now slimmer and healthier than ever before, this book is full of the vegetarian and vegan recipes that Nick loves. He promises these dishes will appeal to even the hungriest carnivore and the hearty nature of them will stop your tummy rumbling.

    From posh meals to impress to puddings that will delight everyone's taste buds, he even shows ho how to make a healthy raw chocolate cake. We highly recommend the proper chunky vegan burger.
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    Atul Kochhar
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    Atul Kochhar is a Michelin-starred chef who you may recognise from his appearances on the BBC's Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen. In 30 Minute Curries he shows you how to make simple and delicious meals in next to no time at all.

    With the aim of making curries at home far less daunting, the recipes in this collection all contain Atul's trademark combination of fresh British produce and a modern Indian approach and the photography of the dishes is sure to make your mouth water.

    The curries make use of vegetables and pulses; eggs and cheese; seafood; poultry; and meat. Our favourite dishes include Mangalorean fish curry, Goan chicken curry and spiced red kidney beans.
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    Tom Kitchin
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    Now established as one of the nation's favourite chefs, Tom Kitchin shares his passion for meat and game in this mouth-watering cookbook.

    The game recipes make use of the likes of venison, partridge, pheasant, grouse, rabbit hare and all things wild and adds them to roast, pasta dishes, terrines, soups and pies, while the meat ones include roasts with all the trimmings and smoked ham hocks with hot pineapple salsa.

    Tom also adds some new and contemporary twists on much-loved classic meat dishes.