10 of the Best Cookbooks for Christmas

10 of the Best Cookbooks for Christmas

What could be a better gift for the food-lover in your life than a gorgeous new cookbook? And this year there really is something for everyone. Take a look at these 10 mouthwatering offerings from some of the best chefs in the world:


The Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better by Matt Preston 

This is Matt Preston’s go-to list of delicious, fail-safe recipes – from the perfect crispy hasselback potatoes to the ultimate roast pork with crackling and foolproof cheesecake that will have your friends begging for the recipes. Nobody is better qualified than Matt Preston to bring you this kind of knowledge, as he reveals for the first time the secrets and tips he has picked up over his many years food writing, TV presenting and working alongside some of the greatest cooks of our time, from CWA matriarchs to Marco Pierre White. These are the building blocks for better cooking and now they’re easy to master.


Fast Food for Busy Families by Peter Evans 

Aware that most of us don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen making meals that are good for us and that taste great too, Matt Preston brings us recipes that are both easy to make and nourishing. Here, the key is herbs, spices, nuts and good fats to bring bold flavours and textures to even the simplest dishes. He shares more than 100 of his favourite no-fuss meals for people on the go. It’s fast food as never before: fresh, delicious, nutrient-dense and ready in minutes. It covers breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and shows you quick ideas for those times when it’s hard to keep things healthy: for snacks, treats, barbecues and when entertaining. There are also tips for cutting down your time in the kitchen so that you can spend more time enjoying your meals with the people you love. All the recipes are full of fresh vegetables, ethically farmed meats and offal, sustainable seafood, nuts and seeds, and free from grains, dairy, refined sugar and legumes.


New Kitchen by Karen Martini

Beloved cookbook author, chef and television presenter Karen Martini draws on a life spent in the kitchen in her latest volume of signature recipes. With the way we cook and eat changing so much over the past decade, Karen has looked in-depth at the broad range of new ingredients and styles of dish now popular. She shows readers a new way of cooking in this beautiful book of advice, instruction and stunningly photographed recipes. From hearty breakfasts to raw, light and leafy superfood lunches; cutlery-free food for entertaining and a whole section on ‘weekend projects’ and celebrations, this book defines dining in the modern Australian kitchen.


Simplicious by  Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson brought us sugar-free;  now she strips things back to the essentials, showing us how to shop, cook and eat like we used to in the days before sugar-laced processed food hit our shelves – with ease and without waste, while honouring that deep sense of pleasure that comes from nourishing ourselves and each other. The ‘simplicious flow’ sets out how to buy in bulk, freeze and preserve, and use leftovers with flair. She unashamedly makes scraps sexy again and elevates leftovers to the main attraction. All 306 recipes – from guilt-free sweet treats to one-pot wonders and abundant bowls brimming with nutrients – expand our knowledge of age-old kitchen processes. Drawing on the latest nutrition research and kitchen hacks, this is the cooking guide for those who want sugar out of their lives.


The Wholesome Cook by Martyna Angell


Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson

The domestic goddess herself is back with a cookbook that’s billed as “uncomplicated, relaxed and yet always satisfying.” From quick and calm suppers – think Miso Salmon, Cauliflower & Cashew Nut Curry – to stress-free ideas when catering for a crowd – Chicken Traybake with Bitter Orange & Fennel – or the instant joy of bowlfood for cosy nights on the sofa – Thai Noodles with Cinnamon and Prawns – this is food to make us feel good. As always, Nigella provides a gorgeous celebration of food that is soothing and uplifting.


Everyday Superfood by Jamie Oliver


Fresh and Light by Donna Hay

This is a cookbook aimed at achieving balance between not denying those guilty pleasures in life while at the same time seeking something ‘a little more virtuous’.  It’s designed to complement Donna’s existing repertoire, with new recipes that combine the freshest ingredients, pantry staples and her personal tricks for a lighter touch.The recipes are loaded with power foods with a focus on vegetables, grains and protein. It’s all about flavour and eating well. Divided by meal, Fresh and Light is a solution-packed book of recipes loaded with power foods to give you the balance you need across your week. There are light breakfasts, tasty lunch box tips and fast dinner solutions to give you ideas for every time of the day!


Feel Good Food, Valli Little 

The Great Australian Cookbook 

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