If you are looking to give someone you love a new cookbook for Christmas, or to treat yourself with a new addition to your collection, then you are spoilt for choice with the array of gorgeous new books about at the moment.
The most popular and biggest selling cookbook in Australia of late is from the wonderful Maggie Beer. Her latest, Maggie’s Recipe For Life, is a timely book aimed at reducing the incidence of the onset of Alzheimer’s and other lifestyle diseases through the preparation of healthy food.
Maggie has been a staunch advocate for improving the health of the elderly, especially those in nursing homes, by calling for significant improvements to the quality and diversity of meals in aged care facilities. This book, written in conjunction with Professor Ralph Martins, contains more than 200 recipes full of the nutrients required for beneficial brain health.
Both simple to prepare and delicious to eat, this is a must-have book for everyone, regardless of age.
One of my all-time favourite food writers and cooks is Nigella Lawson, who has a beautiful new book, At My Table: A Celebration of Cooking. Even without making any of her recipes, just reading her books is pure pleasure itself.
She is a mistress of language and gives you insights into the history of food, her lifestyle and personal world, along with terrific tips in her introductions to each recipe. With more than 100 recipes, including an amazing No-Churn Bourbon Salted Caramel Ice-Cream, this would be a gorgeous addition to anyone’s collection.
Locally, Australian chef Matt Moran has written a new book, Australian Food: Coast + Country, showcasing the best of regional and coastal food. Having grown up near Taralga and now a fourth generation farmer himself, as well as being one of Australia’s top chefs, this book is full of twists on traditional favourites along with many of the mouth-watering multicultural influences that have shaped our food over the years.
The country theme continues with Blue Ducks In The Country, the latest book from the Blue Ducks boys of Bronte, Byron Bay and now Rosebery fame, Darren Robertson and Mark Labrooy.
Both champions of growing your own food as well as foraging, this has everything from salads and barbecue to their favourites in the drinks cabinet. Chef Matt Wilkinson and his wife, Sharlee Gibb, have highlighted the fuss-free food they love to prepare at home, in Mr & Mrs Wilkinson’s How It Is At Home.
This is a perfect book for time poor but food loving folks, along with being a great gift for anyone moving out of home for the first time.
Those with a sweet tooth will not be disappointed in the new Bourke Street Bakery book, All Things Sweet. This is jam-packed with the best recipes from this iconic Sydney bakery.
Another Sydney icon is the Cornersmith Café, which has a new book, Salads & Pickles, full of fresh and simple ideas for salads and its famous pickles and preserves.
There is also a lovely new vegan cookbook from the amazing folk at Edgar’s Mission in Victoria, Cooking With Kindness. It contains more than 70 recipes collected from the best vegan chefs and restaurants across Australia, with all proceeds going towards the non-profit animal sanctuary.
I am also thrilled to see a new vegetarian cookbook from the Moosewood Restaurant Collective in the USA. Moosewood Café was one of the first ever vegetarian restaurants and their new book contains many vegan and gluten-free dishes in amongst more than 250 brand new recipes from this famous restaurant.