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Nobu The Cookbook
By Nobuyuki Matsuhisa
Published by Quadrille
Distributed by Reed Books RRP $84.95
Nobuyuki Matsuhisa dreamed of becoming a sushi chef from a young age. He courageously left Japan to set up a restaurant in Peru, after which he set up one in Alaska which was destroyed by fire. He eventually settled in Los Angeles where he met the actor Robert De Niro. Celebrities flocked to his restaurant Matsuhisa, but it was the partnership with De Niro in what is now a chain of 13 Nobu restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, Malibu, Aspen, Las Vegas, Miami, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo, that has brought him world acclaim. This book covers his story, his philosophy, food and cooking techniques, and 50 superb recipes (including his signature dishes), all beautifully photographed. A great book. Hard cover.

No Cook Cookbook
By Orlando Murrin
Published by Quadrille
Distributed by Reed Books RRP $49.95
Created for the time-poor and those with a fear of cooking, this is a bit more than a shop, unzip bag and serve cookbook - as you'd expect from a one-time BBC Masterchef cook and current editor of the BBC Good Food Magazine. Fresh and appealing food. Over 200 recipes. Hard cover.

Masterclass in Japanese Cooking
By Emi Kazuko
Published by Pavilion Books
Distributed by Harper Collins RRP $79.95
Not a new format, but a successful one nonetheless, respected Japanese food authority Emi Kazuko, based in the UK, has selected 20 of the most celebrated Japanese chefs from around the world to provide 60 recipes, many of which are presented like a Masterclass, rich in detail. Kazuko has thrown in another 60 of her own favourite recipes, making this a comprehensive collection. Gus Filgate's clean and clear photography makes this an appealing package. Hard cover.

Foolproof French Cookery
By Raymond Blanc
Published by BBC Worldwide
Distributed by Reed Books RRP $49.95
The value of this book lies not in the quantity of recipes (40) but in the quality; they're all well explained and illustrated. If you're just starting to dabble in French cuisine, this could be the book for you. Favourites French dishes such as Moules Mariniere, Coq au Vin, Gratin Dauphinois, Tarte Tatin, Lemon Tart, Creme Brulee are covered, but there many others, which will inspire the novice, cook. Hard cover.

The Flavours of Olive Oil - A Tasting Guide & Cookbook
By Deborah Krasner
Published by Simon & Shuster
Distributed by MacMillan RRP $65.00
Interesting but pricey book with tasting notes on more than 150 oils, including one lonely oil from NZ. Full of sound advice and intriguing recipes: eggplant puree with vanilla-infused olive oil; seared scallops on chickpea crepes; fusilli with roasted red pepper, walnuts and pomegranate molasses sauce. Hard cover.

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