I have a bit of a weakness for cookbooks. Ok, a bit of a weakness is an understatement. I love cookbooks and only wished my budget allowed me to add all the books I wanted to my collection.
Some are beautiful, and I love flipping through the pages, despite the fact I know I’ll perhaps never cook from them. Others are more useful, and well loved, and used regularly. So I thought I’d share today some of my favourite cookbooks to inspire your Christmas gift buying. Starting with my favourite vegetarian cookbooks.
Top row (L to R): Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi / The Vibrant Table: Recipes from My Always Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, and Sometimes Raw Kitchen / My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season
Middle Row (L to R): A Modern Way to Eat: Over 200 Satisfying, Everyday Vegetarian Recipes (That Will Make You Feel Amazing) / Veg: River Cottage Everyday
I’m sure there are some you’ve heard of in the image above, and hopefully there are some new ones too, that you might not have come across before. It is hard to pick a favourite from this lot, but if I had to pick it would be an equal tie between Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg and Anna Jones’ beautiful and brilliant A Modern Way To Eat. Simon Bryant’s Vegies comes a close second (or third, depending on how you look at it) with fantastic recipes with combinations and ingredients that you might not have tried before.
Below are other favourites. Some that are simply beautiful. Others like David Lebovtiz’s My Paris Kitchen, worth reading for the stories alone, and others that will forever be staples in my collection.
Top row (L to R): My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories / Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City’s Best Pastry Shops / The Ethicurean Cookbook: Recipes, Foods and Spirituous Liquors, from Our Bounteous Walled Gardens in the Several Seasons of the Year
Middle row (L to R): How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking / Entertaining at Home
Bottom row (L to R): Seasons / Two Greedy Italians: Carluccio and Contaldo’s Return to Italy. Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo / A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse
Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration with these lists, with a little something for everyone.
What cookbooks are on your Christmas wishlist this year?