• Natasha Hart

The Best Lockdown Cookbooks

Updated: Jun 26, 2020

During lockdown, the baking aisle in many supermarkets has been the place to go for all your wonderous baking needs. So much so, that flour and yeast became known as ‘essentials’, selling-out across stores nationwide.

This influx of amateur bakers and foodie creators sent the home-baking industry into a whirlwind of supply vs demand. Has there ever been so much home bread baking as in lockdown? Are you tired of making the same old vanilla cupcake recipe? Is there just not enough whipped-cream for your scones?

With baking becoming so much more than just sweet treats for after school snacks, there’s never been such a perfect time to discover a new go-to baking recipe than now. Here, we share seven of our favourite baking books to help you discover your favourite new recipe.

All these books have been specifically chosen for their simplicity, and their ability to ease you into the world of home baking comfortably. These are for those days where you just want to make dough and cookies and devour a whole cake in one sitting (no judgement here).

1. Three Ingredient Baking by Sarah Rainey

This is just the perfect book if you’re low on ingredients (I mean, who isn’t in lockdown?) and want the simplicity of a great recipe that only has 3 ingredients. Sarah has researched and tested all these recipes herself, so you know they’re just right. Perfect for if you’ve got little ones and want to bake something simple, yet deceptively delicious, with them.

2. Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh

No cookbook list would be complete without a mention of Yotam Ottolenghi, and in this list we're looking at his new book Sweet written in collaboration with Helen Goh. Get stuck-in to these exotic and delicious recipes. They range from the simple to the extravagant, so you can always find a recipe to fit your mood. Figs, orange blossom, cardamom all play a part in this book that’ll have you creating recipes you only thought possible by expert chefs.

3. One Tin Bakes by Edd Kimber

This is the most perfect cookbook for lockdown EVER. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in a perpetual cycle of washing-up and dishes since we’ve been indoors. If a recipe requires 3 bowls, a saucepan, and a baking tray it’ll be a firm no from me right now. That's why we all need this book in our lives. The One Tin Bakes does exactly what it says on the, well, tin. There are a whopping 70 bakes in this book, maybe you’ll find a new favourite?

4. Simple Cake by Odette Williams

We always have those days where we just fancy a cake. One of those lovely, deliciously decorated ones from those really nice bakeries. Well, you can now recreate these at home with Odette Williams cookbook Simple Cake. The cakes are easy and quick to make, with a whole variety of flavours to quell any taste buds. Noted as the ‘nostalgic ode to cake baking’ no bakers bookshelf would be complete without this fantastic book.

5. Mary Berry’s Baking Bible by Mary Berry

Like Ottolenghi, no cookbook list would be complete without Mary Berry. A firm favourite of those who watch TGBBO, Mary Berry’s baking is second to none. If you’re just starting out in baking, or even if you're super confident, you’ll need this book as it covers such a vast array of baking techniques and skills. It’ll really elevate your baking style.

6. 6-minute Show Stoppers by Sarah Rainey

Another excellent simple book from Sarah Rainey, 6-minute Show Stoppers is one of the newer editions on this list. It’s modern take on simplicity makes baking a breeze. With minimal fuss recipes, with time restrictions, these bakes will be ready before you can finish reading a chapter of your book.

7. 100 Great Breads by Paul Hollywood

And finally, a book all about bread. There’s been such an insurgence of bread-baking during lockdown, how could we not include a book specifically written for that perfect crusty loaf? And who better to turn to than the King of bread himself, Paul Hollywood. Bread has been his life, his passion, and this book oozes with delicious recipes. Paul Hollywood is tired of seeing bread allocated as the side-dish to meals, and so has made this book to focus solely on bread as the crux of the recipes.

So, time to get your chef hat on and get baking this June.

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