The best food & gardening books of the month

Feel Good: Quick and Easy Recipes for Comfort and Joy by Melissa Hemsle


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You know what I need now? A night in with a good book and a delicious home- cooked meal that will make me feel healthy and satisfied – the type of meal that encourages herbal tea as the beverage rather than (too much) wine.

This cookbook will help those that share my fantasy for the perfect evening. There are more than 100 recipes that are literally designed to create a sense of wellbeing. Think easy, affordable and healthy food that champions sustainable cooking and a low-waste approach.

Already a favourite in my home is the chicken with ginger one pan special. It took less than 10 minutes to pull together, 30 minutes to cook and gave me an entire evening of happiness.

British author Melissa Hemsley is a self-taught cook, and this shows in her recipes: everything is designed for ease and for soothing your soul. Feel Good is a collection of comfort food recipes and truly is nourishing on every level. More of this please!


Green Kitchen: Quick and Slow by David Frenkiel & Luise Vindahl


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I’ve always delighted in the fact that cookbooks are the zeitgeist to how we are all feeling. David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl have been ahead of their time with their beautifully created cookbooks, each designed around modern and vegetable-focused meals for families.

This is their fifth Green Kitchen book together and I am pleased to report that it offers a complete collection of vegetarian meals for every occasion, all bound in one hardback edition.

With its guides to broths, stocks and fermentation (these two love fermenting) and its reminders to take your time, these recipes will bring you a step closer to living and eating sustainably.

Frenkiel and Vindahl live in Sweden with their three boisterous kids within a framework that is all about taking time to enjoy family life and feeling good about themselves. It’s a model that surely, we should all endeavour to create. This cookbook is a good starting point.


Chris Gordon is the community engagement and programming manager for Readings. She also writes on the topics of gardening and cooking for the Readings Monthly.

Green Kitchen: Quick & Slow

Green Kitchen: Quick & Slow

David Frenkiel, Luise Vindahl

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