I was lucky enough to be sent a preview copy of Matt Preston’s new recipe book World of Flavour which is out now.

Everyone knows Matt not just by his flamboyant cravats but also his wealth of knowledge in the culinary realm and his magnificent turn of phrase.

What I want from a cookbook is, initially, tonnes of pretty pictures. So, check! The book is filled with lush images of foods you will want to cook immediately. Things that look inviting but are also easy enough to make

Beyond that, I want a bit of storytelling. I loved the way this book was organised, talking about each recipe with a ‘Myth’ vs ‘Fact’ setup. It gave some background to each dish.

I wanted to try something sweet so gave this sponge cake a whirl. Hands down the BEST sponge I have ever made. Look at that height! Matt went into detail about warming the bowl which I think contributed to the eggs emulsifying so beautifully.

Seriously… look how high those layers are?! It’s been a week and though the sponge is long-gone, I still can’t get over it.

Loved this new book and think it would make a great Christmas present for any eager cooks in your life.

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