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Best cookery books for Christmas gifts

  cookery books

Cookery books make great presents for food-loving family and friends, so it's little wonder that so many are published ahead of Christmas. Here's our pick of the year's best recipe collections - packed with all sorts of delicious food, and suitable for beginners through to experienced chefs.


PersianaPersiana Sabrina Ghayour

Supperclub cook Sabrina Ghayour captured everyone's imagination with her debut book Persiana, which picked up best new cookery book at this year's Observer Food Monthly Awards. An instant bestseller, Sabrina's recipes range from soups and stews, to tagines and sweet treats - something for everyone.


honey_and_coHoney & Co: Food from the Middle East Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer

Husband and wife team Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer have won legions of fans at their tiny central London restaurant. Their food comes from the heart, and Itamar's love of cooking shines through every page of this inspirational but also useful cookery book.


Top_BananasTop Bananas! Mumsnet

"Reliable, useful and, most importantly, completely delicious," were Yotam Ottolenghi's thoughts on the first Mumsnet cookbook. We handpicked hundreds of your recipes, gave them a thorough testing with Mumsnetters - and then passed them over to authors Claire and Lucy McDonald to hone into a family cookbook. The results were pretty darned tasty, if we do say so ourselves.


Tom_KerridgeBest Ever Dishes Tom Kerridge

Tying in with Kerridge's BBC TV series which aired this autumn, this book sees the Michelin-starred chef creating his own versions of some of Britain's favourite dishes. Expect to find recipes for tomato soup, chicken Kiev and rice pudding - all given a Kerridge twist to elevate them from the mundane, to the sublime.


The_Recipe_WheelThe Recipe Wheel Rosie Ramsden

Multi-talented author Rosie Ramsden is a blogger, food stylist, recipe tester and writer for Delicious magazine. Her first book sees her rip up the rule book and throw out the index, instead taking key ingredients as inspiration for more exciting recipes - from simple white bread you get beetroot panzanella, or perhaps butterbean, garlic and thyme on toast.


Plenty_MorePlenty More Yotam Ottolenghi

If you loved Ottolenghi's Plenty - and judging by the time it spent in the bestseller lists many of you did - you'll be first in line to buy his follow-up. This contains 150 new vegetable-based dishes, working through different methods of cooking. We love the sound of Membrillo and Stilton quiche, or quince poached in pomegranate juice.


How_To_Be_A_Better_CookHow To Be a Better Cook Lorraine Pascale 

Lorraine Pascale's recent BBC TV series was all about giving people the confidence to cook up great food for their friends and family. The book covers every scenario from roast Sunday lunches to Bonfire Night fare, and brings together a diverse range of cultures.


Hemsley_and_HemsleyThe Art of Eating Well Hemsley & Hemsley

Sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley have forged a reputation in the fashion world for their delicious but healthy catering on shoots. With a Vogue food blog under their belt, they've turned out their first book, containing over 150 nutritious recipes which they say 'will make you look and feel amazing'. We're intrigued by the sound of the no-cook coconut soup and Quicker-Than-Toast courgette salad.


Nadias_Fabulous_FoodFabulous Family Food Nadia Sawalha

Celebrity Masterchef winner and Mirror columnist Nadia Sawalha has three other books under her belt, but now she turns to family-friendly dishes for the first time. With a remit that all the recipes should be easy to cook, or would be possible for even the busiest of families to prepare ahead of time, chapter headings range from no-fuss food to one-pot wonders.


Light_and_EasyRiver Cottage Light and Easy Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Having cornered the veggie market with his previous book, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall marches straight on into healthy food. Light & Easy aims to inspire anyone who's time-strapped, and show that fast food doesn't have to be bad for you. Examples of recipes include storecupboard fishcakes, pumpkin seed dropscones and a chocolate and avocado mousse.


A_Modern_Way_To_EatA Modern Way To Eat Anna Jones

Whether you're looking for recipes to please a child that's turned vegetarian, are reducing your family's meat intake or want to expand your own veggie repertoire, Anna Jones' book seeks to inspire you. Having worked with Jamie Oliver for years - he describes the book as "modern, clever, beautiful and full of delicious recipes" - Anna's recipes are simple to make, as well as delicious.


Jamie's_Comfort_FoodJamie's Comfort Food Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's latest instant bestseller is a perfect Christmas gift, containing 100 ribsticking recipes for comfort food to help your family survive the cruellest of winters. Inside you'll find burgers, chilli, toasted cheese sarnies and everything in between. And, as you've been led to expect, it's beautifully produced, with mouthwatering photography.


Paul_HollywoodPaul Hollywood's British Baking Paul Hollywood

Billed as a tour of Britain's best baking recipes - taking in Eccles cakes and Scottish oatcakes along the way - this new book from the GBBO judge covers all manner of recipes from sweet to savoury. It's also packed with really helpful step by step photography, to help you achieve Bake Off winner status in your family.


DabbousDabbous: The Cookbook Oliver Dabbous

When Ollie Dabbous opened his eponymous restaurant in London in 2012 it immediately became one of the hardest restaurants to get into - with a waiting list of a year or more. Now he replicates some of the recipes that catapulted him to fame, arranged by season. It's not easy, laid-back cooking - but if you're a foodie who relishes a challenge this is the book for you.




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