Great cookbooks are about so much more than just the recipes; they are visual trips to foreign climes and collections of inspirational possibility. With a new cookbook you can conquer the world, and our health, and have a lot of fun along the way. So be inspired to get into your kitchen with the ELLE Decoration team’s top ten…
1 A Lot on her Plate by Rosie Birkett. Food writer Rosie Birkett‘s upbeat prose and imaginative yet approachable recipes make for a winning combination. With an emphasis on fresh seasonal flavours and healthy dishes, this is a cookbook for the wellbeing-minded. That said, there’s also a selection of more indulgent recipes for when you hanker after something richer. Check out Rosie’s blog of the same name too. A Lot on her Plate, £25.
2 A Modern Way to Cook by Anna Jones Billed as ‘the new Nigella’, Jones has cooked everywhere from East London school kitchens to Australian beaches, not to mention a G20 leaders’ summit at 10 Downing Street! Nevertheless, switching to vegetarianism a few years ago gave her a new lease of life and this cookbook proffers the results: recipes so glorious you’re not meant to notice that they’re also meat-free. A Modern Way to Cook, £25
We also love her latest tome, A modern Way to Eat, £25.
3 At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin Having worked as a vegetarian chef for some 20 years, Amy now shares her know-how in this sophisticated cookbook. Part One explains how and when to use certain ingredients; Part Two is her collection of exciting, healthy and flavoursome recipes. At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen, £25
Watch Amy explain her book here…
4 Mamushka by Olia Hercules Celebrating the evocative tastes of the ‘Wild East’ (the area from the Black Sea to Baku), Olia Hercules brings the tastes of Eastern Europe to our tables. This cookbook has more than 100 recipes sourced from Ukraine and beyond. Think earthy, exotic dishes like Georgian poussins with spicy plum chutney and pickled garlic, washed down with a digestif of blackcurrent vodka. Mamushka, £25
5 Spring: The Cookbook by Skye Gyngell A beautifully-photographed collection of recipes taken from Skye’s much lauded London restaurant, Spring. Think guinea fowl with faro and parsley, and kimchi, chocolate and espresso puddings. Plus, insights from the chef into the restaurant’s design. Spring: The Cookbook, £19.99
6 Fernandez & Wells: Rustic by Jorge Fernandez and Rick Wells. The first book from the founders of the Fernandez & Wells chain of super successful London-based Spanish-meets-British cafes and wine bars. While the caffe cortado might be best left to the baristas, the book also includes easy bakes such as breakfast manchego and chorizo omelette and Eccles cakes. Fernandez & Wells: Rustic, £20
7 NOPI: The Cookbook by Yottam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully. For fans of Ottolenghi’s fabulous Soho restaurant, Nopi, this book presents the chance to recreate its Middle Eastern-inspired dishes at home. Colours and flavours abound — imagine baby artichokes with pink peppercorn aioli or black rice porridge with snowy white coconut milk. Yum. NOPI: The Cookbook, £28
8 Raw: Healthy, fresh food for a modern lifestyle by Solla Eiriksdottir. If you want to try your hand at plant powered cooking, then you ned look no further than Icelandic chef Solla Eiriksdottir’s book. Added bonus? the fresh, seasonal recipes are accompanied by beautiful photographs of Iceland’s stunning landscape. Raw, £24.95.
9 The Nordic Cook Book by Magnus Nilsson. This is a glorious compendium of landscapes and recipes inspired by Swedish super-chef, Magnus Nilsson‘s travels across Scandinavia. Inside he sits recipes for classic North-European fare like lingonberry jam with spiced meatballs alongside less familiar dishes, including rosehip soup and juniper and honey beer. The Nordic Cookbook, £29.95
10 The Great Dixter Cookbook: Recipes from an English Garden. Finally, here’s the one we’re waiting for… A chance to visit in print Christopher Lloyd’s legendary kitchen garden that surrounds the historic house and garden located on the borders of Kent and Sussex. But more even than that, along with the seventy seasonal recipes, this book is a valuable growing guide for more than twenty varieties of fruit and vegetables. Published in May 2017. The Great Dixter cookbook, £24.95
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