Browsing through the Chefs Warehouse shop is something only for those either keen to purchase or with a very strong will. There are some seriously tempting items around. From tins of Karoo Virgin olive oil to slabs of Callebaut chocolate to bags of Japanese green tea, there are tons of delicious items on the food side. On the product side, just as many.

Like these rather cute but very functional Le Creuset individual soup pots, pictured here in ‘flame’ colour option. It’s winter and you know you’re going to be making soup, so these oven/microwave safe pots are a neat way to serve them in style.

Another part of the shop that attracts a lot of attention is the table out front literally overflowing with baking items. Cookie cutters (fluted and round), piping bags, muffin trays and molds of every shape and size you can imagine. It’s all here.

Three books that are worth a browse are these above three: The Vegetarian Option by Simon Hopkinson, who preaches simplicity, practicality and sensitivity through his recipes that are all appealing, whether you’re vegetarian or not. RAW by Charlie Trotter & Roxanne Klein is another gem, superbly laid out and filled with inspiring and sometimes challenging recipes. Things like Shiitake Mushroom Soup with Lime Radish and Winged Beans. Then there’s Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen. Everybody enjoys good dumplings when visiting restaurants, but with Nguyen’s recipes and easy-to-understand line drawings, she makes it achievable at home.