8 Brilliant CookBooks (That’ll Make Great Christmas Presents)
I love dishing out fun and useful cookbooks to friends and family at Christmas. I think beautiful cookbooks are such a treat and it’s also a good time of year to give them as January is normally a “new start” for people who might want to up their cooking game (I definitely have that on my list every year).
So, I’ve whittled it down to 8 of my favourite cookbooks that I think would make great gifts:
1. Plenty More by Ottolenghi
This book is full of amazing vegetable dishes that make you look really impressive because the plates end up looking so colourful and fun! Salads are no longer boring and you’ll learn how to fuse together different flavours that will leave you feeling confident when it comes to sprucing up pretty much any vegetarian meal. From curried chickpea salad, stilton quiche, walnuts with manuka honey, Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad.
2. Long Weekends by Rick Stein
I LOVE city breaks, who doesn’t? This books is full of amazing recipes from the most beautiful corners of Europe. I love the premise behind this book, the idea of re-creating a long weekend in your own home. It’s also filled with Rick Stein’s own personal memories and tips which really makes it special.
3. Low and Slow by Neil Rankin
Meat-lovers, rejoice! This is the perfect cookbook for those people you know who love a steak, grill, roast or barbeque. If you’ve ever dreamed about being one of those people who can do a dinner party with an impressive bit of meat that falls of the bone, this book can get you started (I’m still learning).
4. A Modern Way To Cook by Anna Jones
This is one of my favourite cookbooks. Anna Jones has created a lifestyle food book that is the perfect level of adventurous for beginners while not being intimidating at all. From herby omelettes to healthy breakfasts this book is full of food that is nourishing but by no means boring. It’s healthy without being preachy. This book that will give you more energy and make you feel a little bit brighter.
5. Happy Salads by Jane Baxter and John Vincent
I gave this book to my best friend this Summer as one of her wedding presents. This is a feel-good cookbook, as with most of book that fall under the colourful LEON umbrella the pages are fun and vibrant and you can’t help but feel HAPPY, just as it says on the tin.
6. Fresh India by Meera Sodha
This brilliant bestseller is the perfect book for curry-lovers and anyone who wants to learn how to make everything from mushroom and walnut samosas to oven-baked onion bhajis. The recipes are fairly quick too which surprised me as I assumed each dish might have the longest list of tasks. Really great book for anyone that loves Indian food.
7. A Flavour Map For The Adventurous Cook by Felicity Cloake
As it says on the cover, this book is for adventurous cooks! It says on the blurb “for people who are looking for inspiration rather than instruction”. It gives inspiration per letter of the alphabet, so this one is really for anyone who is a pretty confident when it comes to cooking and wants to shake things up again.
8. Love and Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio
For the food photographer and bloggers, this book is off the back of the Love and Lemons blog. The vegetarian recipes are bursting full of flavour and colour, but it’s also a really gorgeous book of photography too.
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