In my opinion, either you like Christmas shopping or you don’t. I love it. Maybe it’s because I get some sort of sick satisfaction from writing things down all year that my friends and family mention liking so I can get them the perfect gift…or maybe it’s just because I’m a loving person. Maybe both? Anyways- for those of you that don’t love Christmas shopping, I have a solution. Instead of buying everyone you know a scarf (everyone is guilty of this, if you’re thinking “I’ve never done this” you’re lying.), buy a cookbook. Most people think that cookbooks should be given to people or are owned only by people that love to cook, and I think that’s stupid.
These are 9 of my favorite cookbooks and why I think they’re awesome.
Wild Adventure Cookbook by Sarah Glover
There are a lot of cool things about this book, my personal favorite is that Sarah used crowdfunding to help create her dream cookbook (for those of you that don’t know, cookbooks are insanely expensive to make!). This book shows people how simple it is to get outside and create something amazing outside of your home kitchen.
Florentine by Emiko Davies
I first picked up this book because of its beautiful cover, then looked at the recipes and photos and knew it was coming home with me. We cook the duck ragu (pictured below), at least once and month and are constantly flipping through the pages when deciding what to have for dinner. It’s one of those books that will be splattered with red sauce and sticky fingers because you use it that much. You can pick up the book by heading over to their website.
Cherry Bombe The Cookbook by Kerry Diamond & Claudia Wu
Cherry Bombe is an awesome magazine that is put together by the most bad-ass group of women in the magazine/food industry. When I saw they had created a cookbook, with over 100 recipes from over 100 awesome women, I knew I had to have it. I was not disappointed. The pictures are colorful and simple, the recipes range from quick and easy to “I might need to read this recipe twice”. The chocolate hazelnut torte, pictured below, has been on my “have to make ASAP” list since it came in the mail a few months ago…I’m jus too scared to make it because I will devour the entire thing myself.
If you’re more of a magazine person, you can gift a subscription to their biannual issue of Cherry Bombe Magazine.
Plenty & Plenty More by Ottolenghi
If you like food or cooking you probably own one or more of Yotam Ottoleghi’s beautiful cookbooks. If you are a vegetarian and like to cook you are an idiot if you don’t own them because they make being a vegetarian look like it might actually be fun. Buy it, cook from it, learn from it. Ottoleghi takes cooking vegetables to a whole new level.
Mexico The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte
This book has pretty much every single recipe for Mexican food that you could ever dream of. Not Tex-Mex Mexican food, but awesome and authentic, packed with flavor Mexican food. The type of Mexican food that you go to Mexico to eat. Moral of the story: if you like real Mexican food, buy this book.*Did I mention it has over 650 recipes!!!
Matt Moran’s Australian Food
This is the book we open when we want to do some serious home cooking. Think slow roasted lamb, fish burgers, and fresh tomato salad. It’s the type of food you eat with your family and friends, gathered around a big table with a glass (or two) of wine. Food that everyone will enjoy, I like to call it “food you want to eat”.
F*ck, That’s Delicious by Action Bronson
Hayden has a bit of an Action Bronson obsession (this is putting it lightly). Hayden watches his youtube videos while he cooks dinner and I’m not allowed in the kitchen unless I stay in one place and limit my talking to a minimum, and I’m pretty bad at those two things so I generally just stay away. When I asked Hayden what he wanted for his birthday he said the only thing he wanted was the “F*ck, That’s Delicious” cookbook. So that’s what he got. Is it my go to cookbook? Probably not. But Hayden loves it so it earns it’s spot on this list.
Baking by Food52
Food52 put together what I like to call the “easy baking bible”. This book makes baking at home accessible to a baker of any level. Cakes, cookies, breads, muffins and more. This book is the first step to achieving success in the world of baking.