Dear Santa, this year I’d like a cookery book (or 10)
Despite the internet’s vast catalogue of recipe blogs and foodie websites stuffed full of meal ideas and how-to guides I’m still a sucker for a real cookbook. A book I can hold in my hands, curl up and read on the sofa, and delight in every turn of a new shiny page. I have quite a few – not as many as most – but enough to feel overwhelmed that I’ll never get round to cooking from all of them.
I’ve purchased many of my books myself (a selection of mine above), but also received many as gifts. In my mind you can never go wrong with a cookbook as a Christmas gift.
I think it’s a little early to be talking of Christmas but if you’re the organised type who buys Christmas cards in January and and starts the Christmas gift hunt early in the Autumn then this advanced list is for you. If the thought of being that organised makes you feel ill, just simply pin this for later.
I’m definitely from camp tardy when it comes to festive organisation. Each year I refuse to buy Christmas gifts until December and then spend the last days before Christmas tearing around London’s Oxford Street (= utter hell), or alternatively – and my game plan of recent years – I head into one department store and commit to staying within its four walls until I have bought everything I need. This year I’m going to get organised and might even buy some of my Christmas gifts on the internet.
Here are the 10 cookbooks that I think would make excellent gifts this year, all available on the internet, from the comfort of your computer, leaving no room for Oxford Street utter hell this December. Pity.
10 Cookbooks for Christmas Gifts
Some of these are new for this year, and some have been out a while, so at reduced prices they make good stocking fillers or secret Santa gifts
For the health conscious;
- 1. River Cottage Light and Easy. The new lighter book by River Cottage’s Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. All recipes are wheat and dairy free, and there’s even a few recipes using chestnut flour in here. I’m intrigued.
- 2. Neals Yard Remedies Healing Foods. Not a new book, but a great read for those interested in a simple approach to naturopathic and therapeutic cooking. In simple terms a guide to why ingredients are good for you, and what’s in them that makes them so.
- 3. The Medicinal Chef by Dale Pinnock & 4. Honestly Healthy for Life by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson. Both of these books focus on cooking with healthy nutritious foods, and make the most of ingredients that benefit us in some way. Great starter books for someone looking to lighten up their cooking
- 5. The Best of Rose Elliot – The Ultimate Vegetarian Collection. in 2015 I pledge to learn to cook more veggie friendly food to mix it up a bit.
For the wannabe chefs;
- 6. The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit. I already have this book, and confirm it is an absolute must for all cooks. I actually read it from A-Z (on holiday), even though it is a thesaurus. If you’re not sure how to pair flavours together or just looking for interesting combos then this is what you need.
- 7. Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes. I love Tom’s creative spark in the kitchen. Even if some of these dishes may sound a bit indulgent I reckon it would be great fun using them as inspiration for something a more healthful.
- 8. Bryn’s Kitchen, 5 brilliant ways to cook 20 ingredients. I was lucky enough to go to Bryn’s restaurant Odette’s in Primrose Hill, London a few years back and as a fellow Welshie his recipes and cooking has my support.
For the thoughtful food warriors;
- 9. Cooked by Michael Pollan. I’ve read a few of Michael’s books already covering our (or USA’s, as Pollan is American) messed up food production system and have finished each one inspired to be a more thoughtful foodie. In this book Michael explores his own kitchen.
- 10. Mug Cakes – 40 Speedy Cakes to Make in a Microwave. Apart from the fact I no longer have a microwave this book sounds like great fun – and a little dangerous if you ask me. A cake in seconds.
Maybe one day my own cookbook will make it to this list. What’s on your list this year?
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