Best books of 2022: Food and drink

Cooking: Simply and Well, for One or Many
by Jeremy Lee, Fourth Estate £30

The food world has been waiting a long time for Jeremy Lee, the last great pillar of modern British cookery to finally go into print, and it was worth the wait. His voice and style shine through. Beautiful illustrations by John Broadley and photos by Elena Heatherwick.

Book cover of 'Hoppers: The Cookbook: Recipes, Memories and Inspiration from Sri Lankan Homes, Streets and Beyond'

Hoppers: The Cookbook — Recipes, Memories and Inspiration from Sri Lankan Homes, Streets and Beyond
by Karan Gokani, Quadrille Publishing Ltd £30

A proper immersion in Sri Lankan home and street cooking, and an impressive debut book for a truly excellent writer. Accessible but thoroughly inspiring recipes and much rich colour. Definitely one to enjoy diving into.

Book cover of 'Taste: My Life Through Food'

Taste: My Life Through Food
by Stanley Tucci, Fig Tree £20

The facts that he’s not primarily a writer and that he is a Hollywood star occasionally reveal themselves but, as apparently millions of people have discovered, there’s something incredibly seductive about Stanley Tucci’s honest enthusiasm for food. A warm and lovely book.

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Book cover of 'Motherland: A Jamaican Cookbook'

Motherland: A Jamaican Cookbook
by Melissa Thompson, Bloomsbury Publishing £26

Recipes for family cooking that draw on the various traditions of the island from an inspiring new voice in food. Well written and comprehensive, without shying away from a complex and difficult history of colonisation and enslavement.

Book cover of 'The Italian Pantry: 10 Ingredients, 100 Recipes — Showcasing the Best of Italian Home Cooking'

The Italian Pantry: 10 Ingredients, 100 Recipes — Showcasing the Best of Italian Home Cooking
by Theo Randall, Quadrille Publishing Ltd £26

Theo Randall’s writing is entertaining, comprehensive and beautifully presented. The Italian Pantry also gets my nomination for cover design of the decade — it looks like a giant tin of anchovies.

Books of the Year 2022

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

Monday: Business by Andrew Hill
Tuesday: Environment by Pilita Clark
Wednesday: Economics by Martin Wolf
Thursday: Fiction by Laura Battle
Friday: Politics by Gideon Rachman
Saturday: Critics’ choice

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