Cookbook Review: Roasting Tin Around the World by Rukmini Iyer

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know I love a chuck it all and bake it kind of dish. With minimal prep and even less supervision required, fuss-free recipes are perfect for mixing it up mid-week.

In one of my recent issues of BBC Good Food magazine, there was a particular recommendation that caught my eye – the latest edition of the Roasting Tin Cookbook series inspired by author Rukmini Iyer’s travels around the world.

This is the fourth book of Iyer’s, all of which are centred around the one-pot dinner. Others have included 10-minute roasting tin dishes and even a vegan/veggie focused cookbook.

Is it worth buying?

I think so, yes. But that obviously depends on what you look for in a recipe book. If you’re like me, someone who loves good food but maybe strapped for time during the week, this is perfect. However, these recipes won’t necessarily challenge you if that’s what you like.

It’s a really accessible, easy to follow series of recipes using ingredients that aren’t difficult to find and use. Perfect for beginners.

It’s also worth noting that these dishes are inspired, rather than authentic. Iyer makes it clear that these roasting tin recipes are loose takes on food that she’s experienced as she’s made her way around the world. To me, that adds to it’s accessibility and providing good, tasty food without fuss or fancy-ness.

Favourite dishes?

I haven’t even made my way through half of the book yet but there hasn’t been a bad dish yet. Some are much simpler than other, but none have been anywhere near strenuous.

Korean-Style Aubergines with Spring Onions and Sesame Rice

This was actually the dish recommended in my magazine that had me Amazon-Priming my copy of the book before I’d even finished the section.

I’ve got a bit of a small obsession with aubergines at the moment and just how versatile they are. And I also love Korean flavours so this spicy little number really tickled my pickle.

Difficulty: Low
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Malaysian Chicken Laksa

Maybe my favourite so far? Nestled in the South East Asia and Australasia chapter of the book, this recipe is packed with fragrant lemongrass, creamy coconut and aromatic spices.

Its such as simple and easy take on the national Malaysian dish – definitely one to bookmark.

Difficulty: Low to medium
Cooking Time: 1hr
Serves: 4

Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Another super stress-free and speedy all-in-one recipe that is reminiscent of days in Spain and sipping wine in the sunshine.

This one is perfect for dinner with friends, just plonk your oven-cooked paella in the middle of your party and let them dig in. The saffron infused rice, powerful garlic and chunky chorizo is just bound to be a crowd pleaser.

And if you’re not up for sharing, this one only gets better overnight, so perfect for leftover lunches the next day!

Difficulty: Super easy
Cooking time: 1hr 30 minutes
Serves: 4

What’s next?

I’ve already got my next few dishes bookmarked to try, so if the above hasn’t yet convinced you to buy, maybe these little gems will:

  • Crispy Kale and Bacon Mac and Cheese
  • Whole Butter Chicken with Sweet Potato and Lime
  • Za’atar Spiced Meatballs with Tomatoes and Bulgur
  • Slow Cooked Pork Pibil with Pickled Onions
  • Rocky Road S’mores with Peanuts and Marshmallows (yep, even roasting tin desserts too!)

If minimal effort and maximum flavour sounds like a bit of you, you can grab a copy of Rumkini Iyer’s Roasting Tin: Around the World on Amazon, currently for £9.99! (RRP £16.99)

The above is an affiliate link, which means I’ll get a little bit of commission if you buy through Amazon.

Let me know your favourite recipes!

Lots of love, LB x


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