7 Great Cookbooks You’ll Actually Use!


Looking for the perfect present for the food lover in your life – or a beautiful edition to your own kitchen shelf? An inspiring cookbook is always in demand. We believe that a great cookbook requires certain things; delicious recipes and easy-to-follow instructions, beautiful photography, and most importantly food ingredients that inspire and are exciting to eat. The list that follows contains a selection of our favourite cookbooks that have stood the test of time in our homes:

Alphabet Lifestyle Book Recommendation Shehzad Husain Healthy Indian Cooking
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  1. Healthy Indian Cooking – Shehzad Husain

This book is an inspiring book for those wanting to delve into authentic Indian cooking. It takes you through useful utensils, Indian ingredients, spices and cooking techniques and has an emphasis on nutritious vegetables, pulses, rice and grain recipes.

Favourite recipe: Vegetable and red kidney bean pulao. This pulao makes an excellent complete vegetarian meal in itself.

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2. Food With Friends – Gary Rhodes

This book is a meal planner to make entertaining simple. All the recipes are part of a dinner plan. They include shopping lists and preparation schedules, including a time plan. Organised into three categories: menus for four, menus for six and menus for eight and more. Try a meal plan for 6: Tastes of the Caribbean – Jerk chicken wings, Grilled swordfish with sweet sour relish and sweet potato roasties followed by baked tropical fruits! Heaven!

3. The Kinfolk Table – Recipes for Small Gatherings

The author of this delightful book has travelled the world, collecting recipes. He takes us into the homes of each contributor and captures what makes them all so special. The Kinfolk Table offers great recipes that are uncomplicated and inexpensive, yet ideal for entertaining with friends. This book feels like a welcome invite into the kitchen of a group of diverse and interesting friends.

Alphabet Lifestyle Book Recommendation The Kinfolk Table – Recipes for Small Gatherings
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4.  Jamie’s Italy – Jamie Oliver

Jamie’s Italy is a result of Jamie’s quest to capture the essence of Italian cooking. It’s more than just a cookbook, it’s a travelogue of Italy, from Sicily to Tuscany, savouring the Italian flavours along the way. It features local fishermen, family bakers and special ‘Mamas’ sharing their tips and recipes.

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5. Tagines – Over 50 Delicious Recipes by Lakeland

Discover the fragrant dishes of Morrocan cooking with a heady blend of spices and herbs.  Create hearty, slow simmered stews and authentic North African dishes. Our favourite is the Lamb and Apricot Tagine with Citrus Cous Cous.

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6. The Complete Book Of Low-Carbphydrate Cooking – Elaine Gardner

This is our go to book when we need to shed a little bit of weight or we’re just looking for high protein/low carb healthy recipes. This is a quick easy reference guide for healthy weight loss options and contains over 150 nutrient packed recipes.

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7. Keeping It Simple – Gary Rhodes

In this simple cookbook, Gary Rhodes strips out complicated techniques and fiddly instructions and demonstrates the fundamentals of good cooking. This is an essential cookbook for busy people who want simplicity and flavour. This book allows you to follow your own instincts and discover and create your own favourites. A great beginner guide but also an essential reference book.

Favourite recipe: Roast Chicken Wing Kiev

Alphabet Lifestyle Book Recommendation Keeping It Simple - Gary Rhodes
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