Simple by Diana Henry

Simple: effortless food, big flavours
Diana Henry
Published by Octopus, Mitchell Beazley
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Only released in autumn 2016, I have a feeling Simple will go down as a modern classic.

Diana Henry’s tenth book hits that all too rare sweet spot of offering totally achievable recipes that people are likely to cook, whilst still being interesting and creative. The recipe titles tempt, and the ingredient lists and methodology reassure. There are some cracking ideas in there and, as the title suggests, everything is simple. I wish I’d written it.

Who should have it?

Suitable for all standards of home cook.

Recipes to look out for

Honeyed pork loin with plum and lavender relish; Moroccan-spiced chicken with dates and aubergines; bitter flourless chocolate cake with coffee cream.

If you’re already a fan

Head to Diana’s other books, in particular A Bird in the Hand; A Change of Appetite; and Salt, Sugar, Smoke.