Books inprintFordesigninspirationor ideas for dinner, here’s our guide to this month’s essential reads
1. Country Chic by Beatrix Kleuver, £37.50, Terra Comfortable, accessible, forgiving of family life, and providing an oasis of warmth in a high-pressure world, country chic has proved to be an enduring decorating style. See how it’s done in this collection of interiors from around the world. Properties include a former residence of Laura Ashley and a beautifully preserved interior of the English social and art historian William Morris.
3. Weber’s Complete Barbecue Book, £14.99 Barbecuing is one of the easiest, most enjoyable and healthy ways to cook food, and this book will certainly fire your appetite for outdoor grilling. Each recipe has step-by-step instructions to help you BBQ like a pro. There are 150+ ideas for red meats, poultry, seafood, vegetables, fruit, flavour rubs, marinades and sauces, plus handy hints on safety, choosing a BBQ and selecting meat.
2. 200 Cupcakes by Joanna Farrow, £4.99, Hamlyn You won’t be short on ideas for fairy cakes and muffins with this versatile little cookbook. Whether you like sweet or savoury, or are baking for adults or children, each recipe comes with clear instructions and a photo to inspire.
4. Dream Gardens of England by Barbara Baker, £24.95, Merrell This beautiful sourcebook is a celebration of 100 of England’s most inspirational gardens. Photos by Jerry and Marcus Harpur are accompanied by captions to identify the plants depicted and descriptions of the history and design behind each plot.