Chef John Whaite, of Great British Bake Off fame, has a collection of recipes out that highlights the simple, rather than the ornate. This latest cookbook, Perfect Plates, promises the home cook one very important thing: no recipe calls for more than five ingredients. Ideal for pantry cooking nights, beginners and anyone else who appreciates the beauty of a delicious, uncomplicated meal will love this book. These Middle Eastern lamb nachos will be the star of any party. 

Real party food is the sort of stuff you just have to keep going back to, emboldened by the booze, and against the judgement of others. That’s true in my case, anyway. But these really are sensationally good, and so different from the boring old chips ‘n’ dips you’d expect to stumble upon at a disco spread. The idea is, based on the chapter title, that these are for sharing with a crowd, but this recipe would make a lovely midweek supper too.

Reprinted with permission from Perfect Plates