Our library is growing every week here and we’ve had a selection of great new books arrive. We’ve highlighted a few here, but do recommend you come by the shop and browse through some books if you have the time. There’s no comparison to holding a book, feeling the texture of the paper and the weight of it in your hands versus seeing images on your screen.

Some of the new arrivals include Secrets of the Sommeliers (Rajat Parr & Jordan MacKay), a book designed to get you thinking like a top sommelier when it comes to wine. Then there’s My Sweet Mexico (Fany Gerson) which provides a guide to pastries, breads, candies, frozen drinks and more from this largely under-appreciated country. Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe (Joanne Chang) has the potential to become your new baking staple, with its baking tips and recipes for delicacies like pop tarts, brioche au chocolate and lemon raspberry cake. On the same note, Chewy, Gooey, Crispy & Crunchy (Alice Medrich) and Field Guide to Cookies (Anita Chu) could become your all-you-need-to-know guides to understanding and perhaps more importantly actually baking perfect cookie.

Lastly and certainly not the least given that it’s a favourite amongst the team here is Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way (Francis Mallmann), a captivating and beautifully photographed book that illustrates how our neighbours across the Atlantic get their hands dirty over the coals in the back yard. Great traditional recipes and some simple tips to make brilliant meals outdoors, this will add a superb twist to your outdoor braai/grill/barbecue season.

There’s plenty more too, so pop round and have a look, or get more details via rachel@chefswarehouse.co.za.