14 cookbooks we loved this year | The Gift Guide

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    We at Easy Food love a good cookbook — and trust us, we’ve read a fair few of them! A cookbook can make a perfect gift this festive season, which is why we’ve created this fun list of recommendations to inspire your Christmas shopping this year.

    Super Food in Minutes

    By Donal Skehan
    Published by Hodder & Stoughton

    Easy recipes, fast food, all healthy. Super Food in Minutes is all about real, fast and delicious family food that just so happens to be good for you! Donal’s latest book includes 90 delicious recipes, and tips and tricks, for healthy home cooks that will change the way you cook.




    Cook Like a Pro

    By Ina Garten
    Published by Clarkson Potter

    In Cook Like a Pro, Ina shares some of her most irresistible recipes and very best “pro tips,” from the secret to making her custardy, slow-cooked truffled scrambled eggs to the key to the crispiest and juiciest fried chicken sandwiches. Ina will even show you how to make an easy yet showstopping pattern for her chocolate chevron cake-your friends won’t believe you decorated it yourself!




    Dirty Vegan

    By Matt Pritchard
    Published by Mitchell Beazley

    From the ex presenter of the cult TV show Dirty Sanchez , Matt Pritchard, comes the BBC’s first ever (and long overdue) vegan cookery programme and accompanying book. In this television tie-in, Matt shows you just how easy and cheap it can be to go vegan and how the right nutrition can help you perform better in all aspects of life.




    Icing on the Cake

    By Tessa Huff
    Published by Abrams

    As a follow-up to Layered , Tessa Huff returns with Icing on the Cake to dive deeper into dessert decoration and the presentation of layer cakes and other showstopping treats. Providing the confidence home bakers need to get creative, Icing on the Cake guides readers from cake pan to presentation to dessert plate. Organized by style, each dessert showcases a different decorative element, artistic pastry technique, or presentation idea.




    Food52 Dynamite Chicken

    By Tyler Kord
    Published by Penguin Random House

    Sautéed, fried, or nestled in a sheet pan, chicken is a clear winner for home cooks around the world–from jerk chicken and chicken adobo to Vietnamese chicken noodle soup, pho ga. But because chicken is so popular, you may feel like you’ve run out of new ways to love it. That’s where Food52 and Tyler Kord come in, bringing you a clever collection of deliciously inventive chicken dishes.



    Wine for Normal People

    By Elizabeth Schneider

    This is a fun but respectful (and very comprehensive) guide to everything you ever wanted to know about wine from the creator and host of the popular podcast Wine for Normal People. Millions of listeners have tuned in to learn a not-snobby wine vocabulary, how and where to buy wine, how to read a wine label, how to smell, swirl, and taste wine, and so much more!




    The Bacon Bible

    By Peter Sherman with Stephanie Banyas
    Published by Abrams

    Bacon is Peter Sherman’s north star. In 2014, he opened BarBacon, a bacon-themed gastropub in New York City, to immediate critical and financial success, and he has become the go-to bacon guru for the world. He has a nearly religious devotion to bacon, and in his tome, The Bacon Bible , he shares more than 150 recipes that show you how to incorporate bacon into nearly any meal you can imagine.



    By Jamie Oliver
    Published by Penguin Random House

    Jamie Oliver is back with brilliantly easy, flavour-packed, and accessible veg recipes.

    From simple suppers and family favourites to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, this book is packed full of phenomenal food — pure and simple. Whether it’s embracing a meat-free day or two each week, living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just wanting to try some brilliant new flavour combinations, this book ticks all the boxes.


    One Pot Feeds All

    By Darina Allen
    Published by Kyle Books

    Cooking using just a single pot is liberating, satisfyingly efficient and relatively inexpensive. There’s less juggling of different elements, no complicated techniques, little space required and less washing up to do. What’s not to like? You can cook in one pot for one person or one hundred — all you have to do is scale up or down ingredients — perfect for solo cooks, families and anyone wanting to rustle up a feast for friends.


    Greenfeast: Autumn, Winter

    By Nigel Slater
    Published by 4th Estate

    The second in a pair of fast, season-led vegetable books from beloved author and cook Nigel Slater. ‘Much of my weekday eating contains neither meat nor fish . It is simply the way my eating has grown to be over the last few years.’ From the start of autumn, we crave food that nourishes, food that sets us up for going out in the cold and wet.




    From the Oven to the Table

    By Diana Henry
    Published by Octopus Books

    Whether you’re short of time or just prefer to keep things simple, From the Oven to the Table shows how the oven can do much of the work that goes into making great food. Diana Henry’s favourite way to cook is to throw ingredients into a dish or roasting tin, slide them in the oven and let the heat behind that closed door transform them into golden, burnished meals.



    Let’s Make Ramen!

    By Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan
    Published by Ten Speed Press

    Playful and instructive, this hybrid cookbook/graphic novel introduces the history of ramen in addition to more than 40 recipes for everything you need to make perfect ramen at home, including stocks and broths, noodles, and toppings and accompaniments. Authors Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan present colourful, humorous, and easy-to-follow comics that fully illustrate all the steps and ingredients necessary.



    Half-Baked Harvest: Super Simple

    By Tieghan Gerard
    Published by Penguin Random House

    We all want to make and serve our loved ones beautiful food, but we shouldn’t have to work so hard to do it. With Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, Tieghan Gerard has solved that problem. Half Baked Harvest Super Simple takes what fans loved most about Half Baked Harvest Cookbook and distills it into quicker, more manageable dishes, including options for one-pot meals, night-before meal prep, and even some Instant Pot or slow cooker recipes.


    Simple Cake

    By Odette Williams
    Published by Ten Speed Press

    S’mores cupcakes. Rainbow birthday cake. Fruit-laden pavlovas. Everyone has a favourite style of cake, whether it’s citrusy and fresh or chocolatey and indulgent. All of these recipes and more are within your reach in Simple Cake, a love letter from Brooklyn apron and bakeware designer Odette Williams to her favourite treat. With easy recipes and inventive decorating ideas, Williams gives you recipes for 10 base cakes, 15 toppings, and endless decorating ideas to yield a treat for any occasion


    Are cookbooks your jam? Check out our Easy Food cookbook club on Facebook! It’s a community full of cookbook lovers — each month we choose a book to cook from, everyone in the group makes the recipes and posts comments and photos of the dishes the make. It’s a great motivator to try new recipes and a place to hang out and communicate with like-minded people. To join, click here.


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