Rose Prince

Sunshine on a plate: the year’s best cookbooks

Rose Prince’s choices include Yotam Ottolenghi’s Flavour, Bill Granger’s Australian Food and Skye McAlpine’s A Table for Friends

Berry platter, from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Flavour. Credit: Jonathan Lovekin

In the dark days of a terrible winter, Elizabeth David began writing her first book, about Mediterranean food. The timing should have been wrong. People enduring post-war rationing would rather not think about sunlit shores and dishes of bright food, surely? But oh, how depressed, broke Britain lapped up A Book of Mediterranean Food when it was published in 1950.

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