If you're fond of English floral prints (the most charming ones, mind you), seasonal and simple recipes such as gooseberry yogurt and strawberry pancakes, and above all, of Miss Dahl's sunny looks and writing, then you'll be fond indeed of her newest book, a comfortable and moreishly colorful book of personal home cooking.
• Who wrote it: Sophie Dahl
• Who published it: Ten Speed Press, reprint
• Number of recipes: About 100
• Recipes for right now: Strawberry Pancakes, Fennel Frittata, The Sheriff's Marinated Lamb, Earl Grey and Lavender Ice Cream.
• Other highlights: Sophie Dahl is a former model (yes, she's the granddaughter of that Roald Dahl) and a writer and cook. She has what I think of as a modern romantic approach to British food, casually interspersing inspiration from California (hot smoked salmon tacos!) with classics from her own childhood (tapioca with stewed apples and apricots). The book is arranged by seasons, with each one (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer) broken down into Breakfasts, Lunches, and Suppers. It's a very sensible way to arrange a cookbook, especially one like this, which feels genuinely like a meandering walk through the things Miss Dahl likes to eat.
• Who would enjoy this book? Anglophiles, design lovers with a penchant towards the casual British elegance of Sophie Dahl, and home cooks who enjoy personal narrative and personally-arranged recipes.
Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon
Related: Sophie Dahl's Sweet Feminine Kitchen
(Images: Faith Durand)