My books

What To Cook & How To Cook It

What to Cook & How to Cook It is the ultimate step-by-step guide to home cooking. 

In What to Cook & How to Cook It, Jane Hornby takes 100 culinary classics back to basics. Pairing straightforward, easy-to-follow instructions with clear step-by-step photographs, recipes are beautifully illustrated, thoroughly tested, and taste as good as they look. Each recipe includes prep and cooking times, yield estimates, and ample headnotes, making this the ultimate resource for even the most reluctant home cooks.

Here you’ll find delicious dishes for every occasion: from Breakfast Pancakes and Eggs Benedict to Spaghetti Carbonara and Shrimp & Mushroom Laksa, these are crowd-pleasing favorites for weeknight dinners, weekend gatherings, and everything in between. The book also features Jane’s thoughtful tips on kitchen utensils, pantry staples, and more, guiding readers all the way from the supermarket to the dining table.

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What To Cook & How To Cook It: Fresh & Easy

Cooking simple, tasty dishes using fresh and wholesome ingredients has never been easier.

In What to Cook and How to Cook it: Fresh & Easy, Jane Hornby presents a mouthwatering collection of 75 easy, step-by-step recipes for simple dishes that make the best of fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruit, meat and fish.

Recipes range from Simple Tomato Gazpacho and a bright Vietnamese Summer Salad to Grilled Asparagus with Poached Egg, Parmesan and Balsamic Butter and a Spectacular Mango & Raspberry Pavlova. Each is illustrated with a clear photograph of the ingredients and step‐by‐step photographs explaining every stage of the recipe. The book also includes a handy guide to shopping for and selecting the best seasonal ingredients, as well as suggested menus for every occasion.

Jane’s friendly, accessible style shows how straightforward it can be to cook fresh, simple meals from scratch, whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced cook looking for new inspiration.

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What to Bake & How To Bake It

I’m bringing my step-by-step sensibility to one of my all-time favourite subjects – baking.

Whatever your level of skill or experience, What to Bake & How to Bake It will help you to bake something to be proud of.

As with the other titles in my What to Cook series, I’m taking a back-to-basics approach to 50 favourite recipes, each of which is accompanied by photos of the ingredients, a clear image of every step and a finished shot of the final product to help you cook along and achieve success every time.

I develop all of my own recipes, baking and tweaking again and again to make sure each method is simple as it can be without compromising on deliciousness. My recipes are thoroughly tested to ensure they work the first time with no nasty surprises.

Beginners will find that the text is written in a practical way, demystifying the craft of baking without bogging you down in technical information. More experienced cooks can enjoy revisiting old favourites and trying something new. Since writing the book, I’ve personally found it hugely useful to have the key recipes I turn to (such as brownies, pound cake, muffins) collected together in one neat package.

Choosing the recipe list was easy; I wanted this book to contain the 50 recipes you would find most useful for daily life, plus those special occasions when homemade says it best. From classic Peanut Butter Cookies to Flourless Chocolate Cake to freeform Apple & Blackberry Pie, What to Bake & How to Bake It covers every recipe you need to know to become a better baker.

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