Welcome to September’s Observer Food Monthly


This month, we have Nadine Levy Redzepi’s practical, tempting family recipes, the story of amateurs turned professional chefs at Darjeeling Express, and Simon Hopkinson’s classic cookbook Roast Chicken and Other Stories

Chefs continue to intrigue and amaze us, but what fascinates me just as much (more, perhaps) is the food we cook at home. The everyday, essential sustenance we make for ourselves and those we love: an early meal for the kids; a meticulously planned celebration dinner; a slightly pissed midnight fridge raid.

I am clearly not alone. The interest in cookbooks by home cooks is heartwarming, and they are often the books whose spines are in tatters and whose pages are smudged with the ghosts of dinners gone by.

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