After talking to us about his big screen antics with Bradley Cooper last month, November saw Marcus Wareing back where we like him – that's right, MasterChef: The Professionals returned! Flanking fellow expert Monica Galetti, Marcus Wareing has been eyeing up the efforts of hopeful chefs across the country (which often seem to fall more into the amateur category than professional . . .) and every step of the action has been captured by Danny Kingston, our very own 'seasoned viewer', in his astute episode catch ups.
We have published a number of spectacular new recipes this month, from lobster and lamb dishes by Galton Blackiston to exquisitely elegant plates from Nigel Haworth and Lisa Allen's tasting menu at Northcote – think tender Mutton loin, Guinea fowl with pickled mushroom and an Apple and elderflower fool with a refreshing sorrel granita.
More cookbooks were reviewed, too, with a handful of tempting recipes shared from each one. Camilla Stoddart deemed Sophie Thompson's My Family Kitchen a success, full of insight and ideas including an easy Laksa recipe and much-loved Banana bread. Katie Smith devoured NOPI by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully, a beautifully photographed book aimed at offering the more adventurous home cook the opportunity to recreate authentic Ottolenghi favourites, such as his spicy fish stew recipe.