With hundreds of recipe books available in the market written by various chefs and food writers around various types of cuisines, it can get difficult to understand which ones to buy. But worry not – we’ve handpicked 6 cookbooks for you that are both diverse and interesting and should be part of every home chef’s collection.
1. The Big Book of Treats By Pooja Dhingra
Owner of Le15 Patisserie and India’s queen of macarons Pooja Dhingra has many feathers in her cap. Apart from being an excellent baker, she also writes about the food that she prepares. Her book The Big Book of Treats gives a glimpse into the exquisite culinary knowledge that she possesses and the finesse that she has developed over the years. It’s the perfect book for home bakers who want to try baking brownies, cookies, cakes, cupcakes, tarts, bars and macarons. The recipes have detailed preparation steps and the flavours and frosting steps are impressive, too.
2. How To Eat: The Pleasures And Principles Of Good Food By Nigella Lawson
One of the most loved and celebrated English chefs, Nigella Lawson has several cookbooks in her kitty. But her first book is still the most popular choice among food enthusiasts. It has around 350 simple recipes, written in a conversational tone and offers recipes around different kinds of bread, slow-cooking food, dinner feast dishes, healthy food and more. Lawson helps you gear up to prepare basic roast chicken, vegetable soup, white bread loaf, and vanilla ice cream, among other delicacies.
3. My First Kitchen By Vikas Khanna
The first few steps that you would need to undertake if you wish to start cooking or host a party is to have the right kind of kitchen equipment, utensils and cooking gadgets. And along with this, of course, great food. Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna’s book has all the solutions and suggestions you need. He’s written step-by-step details about setting up the kitchen, how to create a menu, 100 plus recipes and a whole lot of know-how, which will enable you to cook up a storm in the kitchen.
4. Jamie Cooks Italy By Jamie Oliver
Wouldn’t you love to make food that tastes like what’s served at Jamie Oliver’s? Through his book, Oliver has ensured that you can do just that. It’s filled with ways to prepare authentic Italian food with a mix of fast as well as slow-cooking. Oliver has listed around 140 recipes including Stuffed Focaccia, Salina Chicken, Pot-roasted Cauliflower and Classic Carbonara, Limoncello Tiramisu and Baked Risotto Pie.
5. Cook in Boots By Ravinder Bhogal
Ravinder Bhogal, chef and owner of London’s Jikoni restaurant has been called the new Fanny Cradock by Gordon Ramsay on his show The F Word. In her new book, Bhogal provides 150 delicious and easy-to-make recipes. The book is segregated into 12 chapters, one for each mood. Recipes of dishes like Butterflied Leg of Lamb with a Spicy Yoghurt and Herb Crust; Breakfast Burritos with Chorizo and Scrambled Eggs; Raspberry Popsicles; and Love Apple Tartlets with Feta Bitter Chocolate are mentioned elaborately.
6. The French Laundry Cookbook By Thomas Keller
One of California’s most sought-after restaurants, The French Laundry is known to serve the best French food in that state. Thomas Keller, chef and owner, has shared in this book recipes of 150 dishes that are served in his restaurant. Various methods of cooking green vegetables, fish, preparing soups and baking doughnuts are mentioned in the book. The recipes are elaborate and are a celebration of the ingredients and the creative process of cooking.