Best summer books of 2022: Food and drink

A Portrait of British Cheese: A Celebration of Artistry, Regionality and Recipes
by Angus D Birditt, Quadrille Publishing £27

An ever-so-slightly obsessive quest by a young writer and photographer to document British cheesemaking turned into a vital, comprehensive guide, complete with superb recipes. A work of love. A beautiful object that’s more than the sum of its substantial parts.

A Waiter in Paris: Adventures in the Dark Heart of the City
by Edward Chisholm, Monoray £16.99

This tough little book documents the experience of being a foreign worker, lost in the understrata of the often exploitative industry from which we benefit. It seems glib to compare it to Orwell when it’s more universal, or Bourdain when it doesn’t glorify the mess. Not exactly a jolly read, but important.

Modern Pressure Cooking
by Catherine Phipps, Quadrille Publishing £26

Phipps adds another blinder to her substantial canon of authoritative subject-specific cookbooks. The combination of her technical rigour and joyous voice means she can turn pressure cooking into something fascinating and occasionally lyrical. If Phipps wrote the Yellow Pages, I’d happily cook from them.

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The Weekend Cook: Good Food for Real Life
by Angela Hartnett, Bloomsbury Absolute £26

Hartnett (OBE) seems on her way to becoming a national treasure and this collection of recipes will hasten the journey. Chefs often have trouble writing recipes relevant to civilians but these have such warmth and honesty that you can believe she cooks them in her own kitchen.

The Dusty Knuckle: Seriously Good Bread, Knockout Sandwiches and Everything in Between
by Max Tobias, Rebecca Oliver and Daisy Terry, Quadrille Publishing £20

There are lots of bread books out there but the Dusty Knuckle, a highly regarded East End bakery, has managed to make this one accessible and foolproof while remaining authentic and inspiring. I should warn that there are photographs of sandwiches here that border on the indecent.

Summer Books 2022

All this week, FT writers and critics share their favourites. Some highlights are:

Monday: Economics by Martin Wolf
Tuesday: Environment by Little Clark
Wednesday: Fiction by Laura Battle
Thursday: History by Tony Barber
Friday: Politics by Gideon Rachman
Saturday: Critics’ choice

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