The best new recommended cookbooks for Autumn 2016

As summer draws to a close it's high time for another round up of the latest cookbooks, from dishes inspired by holiday destinations, to the best hangover cures you can fry. So as the food publishing bonanza continues - here's our pick of the top recipe collections around this month.

Best for the virtual vacation

 Didn't get away this summer? Not to worry: you can cook up beach-worthy dishes without leaving your own kitchen.

eivissaEivissa, by Anne Sijmonsbergen

The food of Ibiza rarely gets much publicity, but this book opens up a whole new vista of Mediterranean dishes, from the classic Spanish paella and it's pasta-based cousin Fideua, to simple vegetarian salads, flatbreads and desserts showcasing the best produce of each season. Vibrant, colourful - and simple: holiday cooking as it should be.

Harper Collins, £20

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ninacapriNina Capri - Antonina Parker

Nina boasts an impressive cooking pedigree from Alain Ducasse to L'anima and Locanda Locatelli. Her book, with many dairy and gluten free ideas, offers a light alternative to heavy pasta dishes, but still includes delights like a Dolce and Gabbana carrot and pistachio cake - "regal and chic" - and a rhubarb pomegranate bellini. Cheers.


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Best for simple comforts

toasthashToast Hash Roast Mash by Dan Doherty

Dan Doherty is already one of our all time favourite chefs and his new book, the splendidly titled , looks set to become one of our favourite cookbooks too. And not just because there's a whole chapter devoted to hangover cures: this book has everything you want for round the clock comfort - with dishes based around eggs, pancakes, toast and hash.

We're already lusting after the custard-soaked brioche pudding with baked plums and clotted cream - after we've put away a sturdy helping of chicken, harissa, feta and sweet potato hash - with a side of braised baby gem, pearl onions, peas and mint.

Octopus, £25

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simpleSimple by Diana Henry

There are few cookery writers better than Diana Henry - and her latest book promises to fill your kitchen with the kind of easy generosity which we all aspire to. "If you can shove a tray of red peppers into the oven, or cook pasta until al dente, you can make great food", she says - offering the kind of inspiration to turn the ordinary into something special. There's a whole chapter devoted to eggs, with plenty more including things on toast, vegetables, pulses and fruit puddings, like marmalade baked fruit with boozy orange ice cream. If only all of life were this Simple.

Mitchell Beazley, £25

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Best for relaxed days and unfussy nights

stirringslowlyStirring Slowly, Georgina Hayden

Georgina brings all the influences of her Greek family background and her work writing recipes and food styling for Jamie Oliver to this book - and it's not hard to see why Jamie himself is a huge fan. It's one of those books which makes you want to cook everything - it's new and exciting without being at all fancy or fussy. We're all over the hazelnut pancakes with caramelised apple and ricotta, and the salad with herbed puy lentils, greens and smoked mackerel. Plus plenty of cakes for special occasions and spicy, Asian inspired dishes too.

Square Peg, £20

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Best for cooking the seasons

oliverroweFood for All Seasons, Oliver Rowe

There are no glossy photos in Oliver's debut book - in fact no photos at all: this is a book which lets the prose paint the pictures of his food, his philosophy, and his journey from that first day in a restaurant kitchen, to setting up his own place, closing it down, and starting a new more eclectic cooking career. As you'd expect, it's divided into months of the year, with plenty of ideas for using seasonal, local ingredients at their best.

It's not too late to head out for a picnic with his Scotch Eggs and glorious summer pudding, or try courgettes every which way: pickled, in fritters, or chargilled with ricotta and mint.

Faber, £20

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Best for turning up the heat

deepsouthDeep South, Brad McDonald

The Lockhart and Shotgun BBQ chef was born in Mississippi - and he's been on a mission to bring the food of America's deep South to the UK.

This book continues the journey: the story of a man who found his own craft through cooking the food of his forefathers, the food which, he says, began the whole story of American cooking. Plus you can get the recipe for 'THAT' cornbread, shrimp and grits, proper BBQ meats, and peach cobbler like your South Carolina grandmother would have made. If you didn't have a South Carolina grandmother, this book is the next best thing.

Quadrille, £25

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palomar2The Palomar Cookbook

There's heat of another kind from the team behind the widely acclaimed Palomar restaurant. More than 100 recipes will transport you to the cultures of southern Spain, North Africa and the Levant - with all the spice and zest which inspires the cuisine of modern Jerusalem.

Find out how to make sharing dishes of mezze galore, Jewish 'kreplach tortellini', dried fruit with Israeli couscous and a vibrant fish stew.

Mitchell Beazley, £25

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Best for breakfast joy

symmetrySymmetryBreakfast: Cook-Love-Share Michael Zee

You probably follow Michael already on Instagram - along with more than 600,000 others. He's built the phenomenon with his lovingly made, beautifully photographed identical breakfasts which he makes for himself and his boyfriend Mark every single day. In his debut book, Michael has come up with more than 100 recipes for breakfasts inspired countries around the world - after all, it's always breakfast time somewhere, and by the sheer joy of cooking for someone he loves. Plus he photographed every dish, in duplicate of course, on his i-Phone.

You can find everything here from a "diverse Fritttata" packed with sweet potato and goats cheese, to sweet blintzes and some naughty breakfast cocktails. Setting up your own Instagram account - optional.

Quadrille, £25

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Some more top recommendations

  • Eleonora Galasso's As the Romans Do (Octopus, £20) for the sheer joy of Roman life and the stories behind its food
  • Fresh India by Meera Sodha (Figtree, £20) - her second book showcases a whole new range of vegetable based Indian dishes which are quick and easy to make at home.
  • Prêt-à-Portea, High-Fashion Bakes & Biscuits - a celebration of the fashionista tea at The Berkeley Hotel out on 19 September.