Best Picture & Cookery Books this autumn

Here is our wishlist for this autumn's best picture and cookery books, from Patti Smith to a new River Cafe Lookbook (yes you did read that right!)

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Butter: A Celebration by Olivia Potts, out now

‘Everybody who cooks needs this book’ says Diana Henry about this celebration of the transformative nature of butter. From delicious caramel swirls to grilled kippers, Potts fascinating trawl through the history of butter is interweaved with the most delicious recipes.

Rare Birds, True Style: Extraordinary Interiors and Signature Looks by Violet Naylor-Leyland, 4th October

From Alice Temperley to Beata Heuman and Nicky Haslam, Naylor-Leyland examines what the essentials of eccentric British Style are and who really nails the look at home.

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SJ Axelby’s Interior Portraits: An Artist’s View of Designers’ Living Spaces, 13th October

If you like SJ Axelby’s cult Instagram feed RoomPortraitClub, then you’ll love this book of Sarah-Jane’s paintings of designers’ homes from Lucinda Chambers to Matilda Goad and Robert Kime to Sophie Conran.  Designed as a scrapbook to dip in and out of, it comes with a ribbon, coloured edges and handpainted end papers.

The River Cafe Look Book, 17th October

The first cookbook from the famous restaurant that is for both novice cooks and kids.  It has over 50 recipes including a host of their own classic dishes that have been simplified (without losing out on taste) – think chocolate torte and smashed broad bean bruschetta. With lots of inspiring pictures alongside the recipes, it’s for ‘kids of all ages.’

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The Evolution of Home: English Interiors for a New Era by Emma Sims-Hilditch, 22nd October

The interior designer best known for creating elegant but comfortable homes shows the reader how to create their own such houses, room by room.  From lakeside cottages to historical town houses, Sims Hilditch reveals how she marries practicality with style.

A Kind of Magic: The Kaleidoscopic World of Luke Edward Hall, 3rd November

From his Cotswold Cottage to London flat and his working studio, Edward Hall lets the reader into his magical world of baroque architecture, 80s music (the title refers to the Queen song which Edward Hall was obsessed with as a teenager), mythology and folklore.

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A Book of Days by Patti Smith, 15th November

Just kids by Patti Smith is still one of our favourite books and she shares more of her thoughts in this new publication which brings together a selection of her Instagram images.  Since she started her account in 2018, she has accrued over 1 million followers and shared images of her home and life on tour.  This book takes 365 images from that account in which Smith takes you through each day of the year alongside her poetry, writing and images.

The Organised Cook: The Life-changing Way to Save Time, Shop Smarter and Eat More Healthily by Amelia Freer, 8th December

With over 70 recipes, Freer guides the reader on how to make life-changing habits when it comes to organising the way you shop, cook and prepare your food. A practical book that combines valuable advice with easy, healthy recipes.

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