Cookbooks are a perfect gift for anyone who likes to get creative in the kitchen and this list has every type of occasion catered for, from Christmas Day dinners to relaxed weekend brunches and beyond.
Scandinavian Comfort Food: Embracing the Art of Hygge by Trine Hahnemann — Hygge, the Danish term for all things cosy that give people a sense of wellbeing, is one of 2016’s words of the year and thanks to Trine Hahnemann you can now bring this concept to your dinner table. Her cookbook has more than 130 recipes celebrating the laid-back comfort of Scandinavian home cooking and is perfect for anyone wanting to try out the hygge lifestyle.
Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook — This Christmas cookbook does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s got everything you could want to make on the big day covered, from starters to leftovers, and offers a lot of options in between (and that includes edible gifts, just FYI).
Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and the Bread Street Kitchen Team — Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen offers people the chance to enjoy relaxed, all day dining, and this new cookbook is perfect for anyone who wants to recreate the feel of the restaurant at home with 100 recipes that range from sea trout with clams to a slow roast pork belly.
Brindisa: The True Food of Spain by Monika Linton — Brindisa’s restaurants are celebrated for their classic Spanish cooking, and this book gives people a real insight not just into how to recreate their dishes but what roles these creations play in different parts of Spanish culture, too.
Chiltern Firehouse: The Cookbook by André Balazs and Nuno Mendes — Chiltern Firehouse has been a success ever since it opened its doors three years ago, but now chef Nuno Mendes’ European recipes made with an American accent have been brought into one place, with a special nod to the restaurant’s cocktails, too.
Rick Stein’s Long Weekends — If you’ve been watching Rick Stein’s TV show this autumn and followed his stomach across Europe then this cookbook will accompany the series perfectly. If you haven’t been watching it then you can expect part recipe book, part travel guide, with a range of dishes suitable for any part of a long weekend.
Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain — This is Anthony Bourdain’s first cookbook in 10 years and in Appetites he has laid out the dishes he likes to eat, and to feed to his family and friends. It has everything from making the perfect omelette to preparing the best party food, with all the staples of meat, fish and seafood in there, too.
Breaking Breads: A New World of Israeli Baking by Uri Scheft — Uri Scheft has two bakeries, one in New York City and one in Jerusalem. While these cities may be worlds apart, the recipes that are used at these two sites are connected by a number of regions in between (Morocco, Germany and Georgia feature en route). But this book also adds Scheft’s Scandinavian heritage and European pastry training into the mix to create a truly globe-trotting collection of recipes behind its simple title.
Marcus at Home by Marcus Wareing — This book has every type of home cooking covered, from mid-week meals to weekend dinners, giving you options for dishes that can be made quickly when you’re pushed for time or help you pull out all the stops when you’re going for a Sunday roast. Whether you’re entertaining guests or just getting down to some baking for yourself, it has every eventuality catered for.
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This is a guest post from London-based journalist, Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith, who has written for The Independent and the Evening Standard, as well as our Open for Business blog.