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This month’s foodie news

John Lewis COOK is our seasonal guide to kitchen kit and cookware,
step-by step recipes, chef’s tips and food news.

Here’s a roundup of some of our favourite bits from the latest edition.

This month’s foodie news

Time to bake

Time to bake

Get those rolling pins at the ready, BBC’s Great British Bake Off is back for a 7th series. To celebrate, we’ve got lots of exciting inspiration and bakeware suggestions.


In action

Visit a John Lewis demo kitchen to catch the latest cooking trends live. This month home economists will be demonstrating how to create your very own Bake Off showstopper.


Pastry peak

Dominique Ansel, the French pastry chef famous for inventing the cronut, opens his first bakery on 1 September on Elizabeth Street, London. Find out more at

The technique

The AEG SteamBake Oven

This month we’re excited about steam baking. Once the domain of professional bakers, steam is now being used to great effect in the home – and it’s perfect for everything from bread to tarts and sponges.

In season

Our favourite in season food for September is figs – they’re fragrant, velvet-skinned and highly versatile. They can be roasted, poached, baked in tarts and even made into jam or chutney. Here's some of our favourite tools for making and preserving jam or chutney...

Preserving accessories

In focus

For this month’s edition of COOK, we’ve looked at our top 5 chopping boards. We believe the secret to efficient cooking is to prep ingredients ahead – and choosing the right board can make all the difference.

1. Made of bamboo, this clever chopping board is more crack-and-warp-resistance than others

2. Wooden spikes will secure your meat in place and drip channels catch juices ready to make gravy

3. Each board is individually coded so you can trace it back to the tree it came from

4. Rustically charming, this board is made of grained oak for a beautifully heavyweight feel

5. Simplicity meets classic design – an elegant pebble-shaped walnut board to suit any kitchen

Chopping boards

Kitchen know-how

We recently chatted to Italian chef, Giorgio Locatelli who let us in on his secrets to making the perfect pasta.
He also shared his favourite tagliatelle recipe with us, which you'll find at the bottom of the page in our recipe section.

Prepare, create, enjoy

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