Indian and Persian cookery books jump into best sellers list

Two new cookbooks, focused on Indian and Persian cuisine, have made their debut in The Mail on Sunday’s list of best sellling non-fiction hardbacks.

Indian and Persian cookery books jump into best sellers list

Published on July 3 by Penguin (Figtree), ‘Made in India: Cooked in Britain: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen’ by Meera Sodha has zoomed straight into the number 10 spot.

It is the first book by keen amateur cook Meera, who was born in Lincolnshire to Ugandan Asian parents. Within its 320 pages, she introduces Britain to the food she grew up eating here every day. Billed as ‘essential for anyone who loves Indian food and wants to know how to make it easily at home’, it includes more than 130 recipes collected from three generations of her family: from street food and curries to side dishes and puddings.

‘Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East & Beyond’ by Sabrina Ghayour is at number eight. Sabrina, who describes herself as a private chef, supper club host, cookery teacher and writer, says the book is a celebration of the food and flavours from the regions near the Southern and Eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

There are over 100 recipes for ‘modern and accessible’ Middle Eastern dishes, including Lamb & Sour Cherry Meatballs; Chicken, Preserved Lemon & Olive Tagine; Blood Orange & Radicchio Salad; Persian Flatbread; and Spiced Carrot, Pistachio & Coconut Cake with Rosewater Cream. The 240-page hardback was released by Mitchell Beazley on May 6.

Meanwhile, the new edition of Mary’s ‘Cook Now, Eat Later’ book, which came out on July 3 from Headline Book Publishing, is at number two in the chart. This book is aimed at the keen, busy cook who does not want to spend hours in the kitchen before having friends in for a kitchen supper. It is followed in third place with ‘Mary Berry Cooks’ (a tie-in to her recent BBC2 series of the same name) which focuses on home cooking with a collection of 100 recipes, including Mary’s menus for each episode of the show. At number five is TV chef Jamie Oliver’s ‘Save With Jamie’ which features ‘favourite tips and tricks to help you shop smart, cook clever and waste less’.

‘The Art of Eating Well’ by sisters Jasmine Hemsley and Melissa Hemsley is in seventh position. Described as ‘a revolutionary cookbook that will help anyone who wishes to feel better, lose weight or have more energy’, it includes over 150 recipes – all of which are free from grain, gluten, refined sugar, high starch and are alkaline friendly. Finally, Jamie Oliver reappears at number nine, with ‘Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals’.

The bestsellers list is compiled by Nielsen Bookscan TCM, which collates real time sales from over 6,500 retailers representing over 90% of the UK book market. It appeared in the July 20 issue of ‘The Mail on Sunday’s’ ‘Event’ Magazine.

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