In what is one of the first but certainly will not be the last of big books chronicling and celebrating the life of the Joan Didion following her death, What She Means She Means has been put together by cultural critic Hilton Als and highlights Didion’s fascination with the two coasts that shaped her writing. Described as a “biographical exhibition in book form” Als includes works from artists like Ed Ruscha to Betye Saar and Vija Clemins. And if you’re hoping to read just one more wry Didion sentence you’re in luck as three previously uncollected texts are also included.
This is one of our cookbooks of the year – beautiful photographs accompany Gurdeep Loyal’s culinary journey where he explores the ‘authentic’ home-cooked Punjabi food, and the ‘inauthentic’ curry-house Tikka Masalas of his childhood. What results are over 100 mouth-watering recipes, including a Stilton and Tamarind Toastie, Aloo Chaat Wedge Salad and a Miso-Masala Fried Chicken Sando. If Nigella thinks his recipes are “genuine, personal and flavour-led” then so do we!