Our favourite cookbooks of 2017
It’s no secret that we’re a bit obsessed with cookbooks…our shelves are heaving under the weight of them but we still can’t resist treating ourselves to the latest releases. Of course, there are different types of cook books: the beautifully-designed tomes that sit on your coffee table that you flick through now and then to admire the photography or the words and there are the well-thumbed manuals, scattered with post-it notes and enthusiastic scribbling, the pages stained with oil and wine. We’ve pulled together a list of our favourite titles of 2017: they’re books that we’ll return to time and time again and that we’d recommend to anybody who’s looking for a bit of inspiration to get them back into the kitchen.
"A seriously beautiful book. OK, perhaps more of a book you may read for the pleasure of it rather than one to cook from. Nevertheless, as a chef this is a very inspiring book with some amazing ideas and insights from the other side of the world. At first look the food is reminiscent of the fabulous dishes from Noma and those pioneering Nordic restaurants, but look closer and you see influences from Japan, China and of course the landscape of Australia. So good in fact we'll definitely try and go eat there next year if we get the chance!"
The Mindful Chef by Miles Hopper and Giles Humphries
“Great weekday dinner ideas on the healthier end of the spectrum…full of flavour and fun to eat. Myles and Giles are the founders of Mindful Chef, a healthy recipe box service and this book includes 70 of their favourite recipes. It’s the ideal book for when you’re time-strapped but can’t bring yourself to order a greasy takeaway. Each recipe takes around half an hour (actually) and has a maximum of 10 ingredients.”
Claridges: The Cookbook by Martyn Nail and Meredith Erickson
Mitchell Beazley, £30.00
“Classic recipes from a classic institution. It includes recipes for Claridge’s most famous dishes like their chicken pie and lobster risotto. You’ll be salivating while flicking through! It also provides a great insight into how the kitchen runs day-to-day and the history of the food. There’s a great chapter on Christmas, too.’
“An awesome book from Michelin-starred chef Galton Blackiston, Hook Line Sinker is beautifully produced with stand out design. It’s a really inspiring book, with a lot of pages marked! It’s helpfully divided into five chapters: Quick and Easy, Small Plates, Stress-Free, Spicy Seafood and Main Courses. Sensibly it also has an acrylic, wipe-clean cover for messy chefs!”
Tom Kitchin’s Meat & Game
Absolute Press, £26.00
“A grower...Loads of hearty, warming recipes as you’d expect. At first glance a bit full-on, but the more you read, the more you’re taken in by Tom’s passion for game and the hungrier and hungrier you get. And it’s not just pies and puddings, there are lighter recipes for pasta dishes, tacos and soups. Perfect for cold winter evenings.”
And we had to mention…
“Not a cookbook per se but this book completely demystified wine pairings for us so we feel it deserves a mention. We’ve read it cover to cover and always referencing for supper clubs and dinners. It’s helpful organised A-Z, by food first and then by wine. It’s written with confidence and authority, but it’s not snobbish or pretentious and the recommendations usually suit different budgets. Perhaps book of the year for us.”