Rose Prince

The best new cook books include recipes for Toad-in-the-hole, braised Pilot Whale and seal soup

Rose Prince explores the cuisines of Ukraine, Scandinavia, China and New York — and ends up with the simple egg

Timing is everything, and few cookbooks come at an apter moment than Mamushka (Mitchell Beazley, £25) by the excellently named Ukrainian-born Olia Hercules. It is too easy to pun on her strengths, but in these flamboyant recipes and stories, Hercules lifts up not just the cooking of her country but that of others in the former Eastern Bloc out of grey culinary oblivion.

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