Best cookbooks for Christmas 2015

Christmas is a huge time for cookbook sales (just ask Jamie or Mary!). With that in mind we've picked the ten best cookbooks to put on your list or give as a gift this Christmas

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Nopi - Yotam Ottolenghi


Ottolenghi's Plenty More just won the Observer Food Monthly's Best Cookery Book of the Year Award, for its delicious array of recipes as colourful as they are flavourful. Now you can add another Ottolenghi to your collection; Nopi has recipes from the famous London restaurant of the same name, adapted for you to make at home. 




Here it is at last - Nigel Slater's third installment of his Kitchen Diaries which is as much a delicate comment on our emotional relationship with food as it is a fantastic tome of 250 recipes. From weeknight staples to dinner party specials, Nigel has once again created a book that will be an essential addition to many people's kitchen shelves. Catch up with his Mumsnet webchat.




The product of Rick Stein's journey through the Eastern Mediterranean, this book is inspired by the flavours of Greece, Italy, Croatia and Turkey, brought together by Rick's passionate writing and authentic recipes. The book accompanies the series on BBC 2 which aired this past summer. You can watch all the episodes on iPlayer so don't miss out on seeing his cooking in action.




Anna Jones' second book is an absolute delight for the vegetarian or healthy eater. All the recipes are helpfully divided into time categories: 15, 20 or 40 minutes, so you can always eat a mouth-watering meal however rushed off your feet you are. Recipes are practical, easy to put together, and taste so good you'll be surprised you made it in your own kitchen! Watch Anna make her Magic one pot spaghetti.




Food critics fell over themselves to lavish praise on Honey & Co's London restaurant when it launched in 2012, so it's no surprise that their two Middle Eastern recipe books have been flying off the shelves. The Baking Book is the second release from husband-and-wife team Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer (former pastry chef at Ottolenghi), and was voted Sunday Times Book of the Year. Pomegranates at the ready...



It's been a great year for Ella Woodward, a frequent favourite on the MN boards, who has just bagged the Observer Food Monthly Best Blog award for Deliciously Ella. Over 250,000 copies of her book have been sold since its publication in January so if you still know someone with an Ella-shaped hole in their life, Christmas is the ideal opportunity to fill it with deliciously healthy sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free recipes. 




In Hugh's recent webchat on Mumsnet he proved his worth when it comes to turning something that looks old and stale into something tasty. In Love Your Leftovers he shares invaluable tips on how to store ingredients and how to eliminate waste through careful planning, as well as sharing some great meal ideas. A great gift for those guilty of throwing away a good proportion of their weekly shop.



GBBO's popularity hit a new level this year with Nadiya's win: a record-breaking 13 million viewers tuned in to watch the final. Celebrations was published in conjunction with the series and includes recipes from Mary and Paul as well as some of the challenges faced by the class of 2015 (including cream horns and Spanish windtorte). Baking fanatics will find plenty to inspire them into perfecting their very own showstopper.


Coast - Rachel Allen


With this book, Rachel introduces us to her Ireland, sharing delicious recipes as well as her favourite places to stay and stories of the people she met along the way. Accompanied by stunning photographs of the rugged Atlantic coast of Ireland, Coast is a feast for the eyes and the tastebuds. Read three of her booziest recipes for Christmas, including the Irish cream liqueur cheesecake pictured above, and an ice cream infused with the Mumsnet staple, gin!


Nigella Christmas - Nigella Lawson


We know it's not new this year but we've snuck this one onto the list in case you're looking for a book to cook from before the hoards descend this Christmas. It was a close call between Delia's Christmas and Nigella's Christmas, but we think Nigella just pipped Delia to the post. Mumsnetters swear by this classic Christmas book, praising everything about it, right down to the crockery!


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