So Christmas is almost upon us and if you’ve left it to the last minute to buy the ones you love a gift, here are some of my favourite cook books from my own collection that I think everyone should own. They might not be the newest books out there (some have even had sequals published) but these are my tried and tested favourites.
|Chin Chin: The Book
If you’ve been to the restaurant why not try cooking some of the delicious dishes yourself? Full of beautiful photography and great South East Asian recipes, this book is an ode to it’s namesake, documenting how Chin Chin has grown to become one of the most popular restaurants in Melbourne.
|The Flavour Thesaurus
If you’re looking for something for the experienced cook, this is an excellent book. It caragorizes flavours into distinct groups, pairing them in both classic and unusual combinations. Great for cooks who like to create their own recipes and like to experiment.
|Community: Salad Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen
If you love your veggies and your mouth waters over a good salad, this is the book for you. Full of simple, easy salad recipes that make both excellent side dishes or stand alone main meals.
Easily one of my favourite cook books of all time, this book is based on the cooking of McConnell’s iconic Melbourne restaurant Cumulus Inc. Full of easy to follow recipes using beautiful ingredients, this book belongs in every good cooks collection.
Frank Camorra & Richard Cornish
The debut cook book from the iconic Melbourne restaurant, this is a great book full of slow braises, bold flavours and classic Spanish recipes. It’s a great documentation of Camorra’s lifetime of cooking knowledge.
|Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals
Even great cooks get lazy. Following the success of Jamie’s 30 minute meals comes the even more impressive 15 minute meals. Great for the busy home cook who is short on time but still wants to eat well.
Have you got a friend who’s an amazing sweet chef? Have they perfected the art of the macaron or maybe just want to experiment with some new flavours? Then this one is perfect. With 40 flavour combinations including cherry coconut, mandarin, tonka bean or salt and vinegar, this is THE book for macarons from the man that made them mainstream in Australia.
|What Katie Ate
Successful Sydney blogger Katie Quinn Davies’ debut book, “What Katie Ate” is beautifully designed and photographed, making it the perfect gift cook book. She has also published two additional books since: “At the Weekend” and “Recipes and Stories”.
Yotam Ottolenghi is a successful restaurant owner based in the UK who is known for his salads. This book is a great one for vegetarians looking for inspiration to dress up their veggies.
The perfect book for the budding pastry chef, Sweet Studio gives the home cook the chance to create some of Darren Purchese’s amazing creations. Aimed at intermediate to advanced home cooks, this one contains a few tricky techniques for those looking to improve their skillset.