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The best cookbooks for Christmas 

Best cookbooks of 2016 

From smokey Southern BBQ to Nordic stews, Olivia Walmsley can find your perfect recipe book

In uncertain times, we crave comfort. The latter part of 2016 dished up Brexit and President Trump, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that autumn’s most pervasive cookbook trend concerned “hygge” – pronounced hue-gah – the Danish art of cosiness. Think Nordic comfort food: warm cinnamon buns; creamy, saffron- and dill-spiked fish stews.

A blizzard of recipe books descended upon us, of which Signe Johansen’s How to Hygge (Bluebird, £14.99) and Trine Hahnemann’s Scandinavian Comfort Food (Quadrille, £25) stood out. I was drawn to Johansen’s cardamom twists and Hahneman’s sweet rye bread with green anise. The...

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