I believe a great cookbook has everything from delicious recipes that work, beautiful photography and writing that inspires. Most importantly you need to feel excited to cook and enjoy eating each and every dish. A cookbook gives us inspiration to get in the kitchen. Great for ideas when you are looking to cook for your husband or entertaining with family and friends. I love collecting cookbooks, it is something I started when I was training to become a chef. My passion for them is so strong that I am now writing one myself. Below are a few of my favourite cookbooks.
Life in Balance - A fresher approach to eating
Author – Donna Hay (Harper Collins)
Australia’s best-selling cookbook author Donna Hay has created a stunning colourful cookbook full of healthy goodness. New recipe ideas - full of unique flavours and tastes that will inspire you to cook for your family and friends. Chapters include healthy breakfasts, tasty grills, power proteins, baking and much more. Inside you will find amazing photography with each recipe to inspire you. This cookbook is a must-have in any kitchen. Available on Amazon and all quality bookstores.
Favourite recipe to try: Ras el Hanout Grilled Lamb
Layered – Baking, Building Spectacular Cakes
Author - Tessa Huff (Harry N Abrams)
If you love baking and eating delicious cakes then this book is for you. 150 innovative recipes which combine new and exciting flavours of cakes, fillings, and frostings. Simple instructions and step by step photos to help you create the perfect layered cake. Some amazing layered cake flavours are butterscotch bourbon cake and blood orange thyme cake. Available on Amazon and all quality bookstores.
Favourite recipe to try: Rhubarb Riesling Crisp Cake
Taste & Technique
Author – Naomi Pomeroy (Ten Speed Press)
James Beard Award-winning and self-made chef Naomi Pomeroy's debut cookbook. Featuring over 100 recipes that outline the fundamentals of cooking. Chapters include, starters, sauces, main course, sides, and desserts. Plus detailed sections on ingredients, equipment, and techniques. This inspiring and beautifully photographed cookbook will improve your cooking, whilst learning professional techniques and flavour combinations. Available on Amazon and all quality bookstores.
Favourite recipe to try: Lacquered Duck Confit
L’Art De La Table – Taste of the Mediterranean
Author – Gintare Marcel (Aerial Media)
A beautiful cookbook that has stunning photography, delicious food and Mediterranean landscapes. This cookbook would also make the perfect coffee table book. Sit back, relax and and go on a journey to the Mediterranean. Featuring over 100 recipes from around the region. Chapters include breakfast, light meals, starters, mains, pasta, and desserts. Available on Amazon and all quality bookstores.
Favourite recipe to try: Grilled Sea Bass with Almonds and Brown Butter
Eleven Madison Park – The Cookbook
Author – Daniel Humm and Will Guidara (Little Brown & Company)
A magnificent cookbook from Eleven Madison Park, one of New York City's most popular fine-dining restaurants. Famous Chef, Daniel Humm creates the latest culinary techniques with classical French cuisine. The book features more than 125 sophisticated recipes, arranged by season. Adapted for the aspiring home cook, and accompanied by stunning full-colour photographs by Francesco Tonelli. Available on Amazon and all quality bookstores.
Favourite recipe to try: Hazelnut & Grapes