Monday, 23 February 2015

Books to sink your teeth into – check out 2014’s best cookbooks for inspiration

Do you want to improve your culinary skills in the kitchen? Looking for some delicious recipes for your next summer party? 2014 served up some impressive cookbooks for faster cooking and plan-ahead meal ideas, while also giving you more reasons to be reaching for that extra slice of cake again and again.

So many of New Zealand’s favourite chefs, from across the globe, have released cookbooks this past year; the haul just might even break your coffee table. From vegetarian and vegan recipes to beautiful baked goodies, there’s something for everyone in this mix.

I’ve picked a few of my favourites from last year’s crop, to bring you inspiration by the gallon and the ladleful.


River Cottage Light & Easy By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Fearnley-Whittingstall’s latest offering is filled with a bevy of healthy everyday recipes at your fingertips. Steering clear of both wheat and dairy, vegetables are the alternative stars of these dishes. These nourishing, wholesome and healthy crowd-pleasers will satisfy keen harvesters and the grow-your-own type of cooks.

Josh's Backyard BBQ by Josh Emmett 
This book is one for the blokes and takes outdoor cooking to the next level. Masterchef judge Josh Emett proves there are family-friendly and ‘no-fuss’ ideas to spice up the tradition meat and three veg meal. If your man is a hungry meat-loving carnivore, these recipes will lead you to exhaust the BBQ over this summer season.

Movida Solera By Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish
You may not be able to pronounce its name, but this cookbook offers you the next best thing to taking a journey through the Spanish region of Andalusia. It is filled with vivid photography, Moorish food and majestic travel stories. If you’re searching for simple food with top quality ingredients then look no further.

Everyday Delicious By Chelsea Winter
This book is a personal favourite in my household, where we often refer to Chelsea as our most cherished and valued flatmate. Chelsea's debut cookbook ‘At my table’ is loved by many for its tasty and hearty recipes. Her second book contains the same relaxed and accessible style of Kiwi cooking, but focuses more on 'week-night' meals that are quick and easy to whip up. Two of my favourite recipes are the shortbread and peppermint slice; straight-forward, delicious and no-fuss.

Through the seasons: the free range cook By Annabel Langbein
Every Mum in New Zealand is surely equipped with one of the many cookbooks created by this matriarch of hearty Kiwi cooking. Audiences once again see why Langbein has solidified a permanent place in the New Zealand food scene, returning with an essential kitchen handbook for today’s busy bodies. Inspired by a year of fresh seasonal harvests, she has created even more simple and alluring recipes, many of which are gluten-free or vegetarian.

Healthy every day: 120 delicious and nourishing recipes for energy and good health By Pete Evans.
Pete Evans, Celebrity chef and one-half of the My Kitchen Rules Australia judging duo, shares his favourite recipes for good health and vitality. Inspired by the ‘paleo lifestyle’, these everyday meals feature loads of nutritious ingredients, and are free of gluten, sugar and dairy. The recipes are fairly easy, assuming you have many of the ingredients already stocked in your pantry, but are delicious and achievable after a long day at work. Sadly for many, sauce is sparingly added to the mix, however with striking photography, and a range of recipes from different cuisines, this book is great for the health conscious foodie.

- our thanks to Sophie Buchan for the guest post!

1 comment:

comicbookgal said...

Love Chelsea Winter! great post, I have some requesting to do :)