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The Only Cookbooks You’ll Ever Need

Cookbooks, where to start? With beautiful images, illustrations and stories you can find yourself with an overflowing stack of books detailing recipes from all walks of life from all corners of the world. So how do you know which ones you actually need and which ones you just like to look at? We’ve done the work for you. In this article, you’ll find our top 5 picks so you’ll always have a recipe to hand no matter the occasion.

Good Housekeeping Cookery Book

From traditional favourites to contemporary classics, the Good Housekeeping Cookery Book has firmly established itself as the ultimate cook’s bible. First published in 1948, it has had several revisions to keep it up to date and has sold over 2 million copies to date.

Each recipe is accompanied by a colour photograph and packed with useful information – including preparation and cooking times, freezing notes and a calorie count – and there are tips on everything from storing fresh herbs and dejointing a chicken to icing cakes and making perfect pastry.

Joy of Cooking | Irma S. Rombauer

Irma S. Rombauer self-published Joy of Cooking in 1931 with a run of three thousand books. Since publication, it has gone through several revisions and expansions and sold over 20 million copies making it a firm favourite in kitchens around the world.

You will find tried-and-true favorites like Banana Bread Cockaigne, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Southern Corn Bread-all retested and faithfully improved-as well as new favorites like Chana Masala, Beef Rendang, Megan’s Seeded Olive Oil Granola, and Smoked Pork Shoulder. In addition to a thoroughly modernized vegetable chapter, there are many more vegan and vegetarian recipes, including Caramelized Tamarind Tempeh, Crispy Pan-Fried Tofu, Spicy Chickpea Soup, and Roasted Mushroom Burgers.

How To Eat A Peach | Diana Henry

The cookbook every host needs. Designed with a menu first approach, you’ll never be left wondering what to serve guests again. “I don’t invite people round and then wonder what I’ll cook. I come up with a menu and then consider who would like to eat it.” – Diana Henry

How to Eat a Peach is the supreme fusion of taste and memory. This is food to take you places, from an afternoon at the seaside in Brittany to a sultry evening eating mezze in Istanbul.

The Complete Asian Cookbook | Charmaine Solomon

Instantly heralded as a classic when it was first published in 1976, The Complete Asian Cookbook covers 800 classic and contemporary dishes from fifteen countries (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, The Philippines, China, Korea and Japan).
Recipe and chapter introductions give valuable information about how local dishes are prepared and served, while the comprehensive glossary explains unfamiliar ingredients (which are steadily more commonplace in supermarkets today).

The Bar Book | Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Ever need to impress friends or family? The Bar Book will be sure to provide you with recipes and techniques that will wow. The Bar Book contains more than 60 cocktail recipes that employ the techniques you will learn in this craft cocktail book. Each technique is illustrated with how-to photography to provide inspiration and guidance.

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