How to Eat a Peach

Menus, Stories and Places
Diana Henry
Published by Octopus Publishing Group

Diana Henry stirs up her favourite stories and places into evocative menus in How to Eat a Peach.

‘This is an extraordinary piece of food writing, pitch perfect in every way. I couldn’t love anyone who didn’t love this book.’

  1. Nigella Lawson

When Diana Henry was 16, she started a menu notebook (an exercise book carefully covered in wrapping paper) in which she wrote up the meals she wanted to cook. She kept this book for years. Putting a menu together is still her favourite part of cooking. Menus aren't just groups of dishes that have to work on a practical level, they also have to work as a succession of flavours. But what is perhaps most special about them is the way they can create very different moods – menus can take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating meze in Istanbul.

In this delightful new book, the best-selling food writer Diana Henry brings together many of her favourite dishes in 24 menus that take you through the culinary year and to different parts of the world. They are inspired by her travels, the people she has met and the food she has enjoyed (the book title comes from her first trip to Italy when she experienced a simple dessert of sliced peaches infused with cold moscatel).

Illustrated with evocative photography and bound in a furry cover like the skin of a peach, the book shows how menus are ways of travelling to new places, revisiting places you love, and celebrating particular seasons.

‘Everything Diana Henry cooks I want to eat.’

  1. Yotam Ottolenghi

Published by Octopus Publishing Group

256 pages

120 illustrations


255 mm x 194 mm

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