Dulcie May Kitchen: Everyday, by Natalie Oldfield (HarperCollins, RRP $45):
Following on from the earlier success of her Gran’s Kitchen and Gran’s Family Table cookbooks, Natalie Oldfield has produced another winner packed with recipes that are both desirable and accessible.
All too often, modern cookbooks tend to feature ingredients that no normal person has in their pantry or food that looks like it’s been painted on to the plate and is all about art over appetite.
However, Oldfield isn’t one of those arty-farty types, instead preferring to offer up food that will appeal to all and will work for the average family.
She knows what people want to eat, hence her award-winning cafe Dulcie May Kitchen, in Auckland.
Oldfield learned to cook the old-fashioned way: her gran taught her. And it is her grandmother who has also continued to inspire her, both in cooking and writing.
This book is a celebration of every day dishes that aren’t too fussy but are certainly packed with flavour: you’ll find classics such as roast beef with all the trimmings sitting quite comfortably alongside modern dishes such as pork and herb terrine.
There’s also baking, breakfasts, children’s recipes and much more, all beautifully illustrated and simply explained.
This one is likely to become a well-used kitchen classic.