8 Best Cookbooks for 2017


Smoky Roast Mushroom Bowls recipe here.

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] A[/dropcap]part from a nice glass / bottle of wine, my vices are modest. In truth, my biggest addiction is books.

Especially cookbooks.

This year I decided to stop buying magazines and put my money into new cookbooks instead. Definitely a good decision and one I’m planning to continue into the new year.

My 8 Best Cookbooks for 2017

1. Supernormal
by Andrew McConnell
When you’re in the mood for making some Chinese-ish food this is the book for you. Have been loving using the book to inspire some Saturday date night feasting with my Irishman. Definitely not simple but definitely delicious!

2. Honey & Co : Food from the Middle East
by Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer
Have made so many dishes from this book. Wins the award for most cooked from book for 2017 in the Stonesoup kitchen. Love how Middle Eastern food can taste so exotic while using mostly every day ingredients. Worth it for the Lamb Sharwama recipe alone!

3. Breddos Tacos
by Nud Dudhia and Chris Witney
I’ve discovered a source of Australian tacos made using an ‘authentic’ Mexican recipe so have had many great ‘taco’ nights inspired by fab little book. The recipes are generally complex but worth it for a weekend feast! The Breddos restaurant / shack is high on my list next time I’m in London.

4. Twenty Dinners
by Ithai Schori and Chris Taylor
This was a surprise ‘bowling ball’ (Simpsons reference) birthday present from my Irishman who is a big fan of Taylor’s indie band ‘Grizzly Bear‘. Love the beautiful photographs and simple seasonal menus. A good book for entertaining.

5. Alimentari : Salads and other classics from a little deli that grew
by Paul + Linda Jones
Love the fresh simple recipes from this Melbourne deli with both Italian and Middle Eastern heritage. This re-ispired me to get into making dukkah and putting it on everything. If you get it, make sure you make the Farro & Pesto Salad. Soo good!

6. Made in India : Cooked in Britain: Recipes from an Indian Family Kitchen
by Meera Sodha
My all-time favourite Indian cookbook. Ever since I worked as a waitress in an Indian restaurant during my university days I’ve loved Indian food. Until this book my Indian home cooking was a bit hit and miss. Have loved everything I’ve made from this book – ‘all winners’ as a friend of mine said.

7. Real Food by Mike : Seasonal Wholefood Recipes for Wellbeing
by Mike McEnearney
Every time I go to Sydney I’m still devastated that Mike closed his Rosebery restaurant. Luckly his cookbooks let me experience the joy of Mike’s food from the comfort of my own little kitchen.

8. Dishing Up the Dirt:
Simple Recipes for Cooking Through the Seasons

by Andrea Bemis
Hands down my favourite food blog at the moment. I thoroughly enjoyed cooking my way through this beautiful book of creative ways to serve vegetables. Bemis is a vegetable farmer, fellow beet-lover and girl after my own heart.

My Christmas Cookbook Wish List

Just in case a certain Irishman happens to be reading this ;)

Cornersmith : Salads and Pickles : Vegetables with More Taste & Less Waste
by Alex Elliott-Howery and Sabine Spindler
Loved the first book from the Sydney Cornersmith cafe and can’t wait to dig in to this next edition. Especially love the idea of vegetables with more taste and less waste – girls after my own heart.

The Christmas Chronicles : Notes, Stories & 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter
by Nigel Slater
Long term readers of Stonesoup will know that Nigel Slater (aka ‘St Nigel’) is one of my all time favourite food writers. This is going to be an early Christmas gift to myself. Loved the December entries of all the ‘Kitchen Diaries’ books and looking forward to using this to get into the festive spirit. Especially exciting this year because we’re having a Northern Hemisphere Christmas with my Irishmans family.

The Food of Morocco
by Paula Wolfert
As you may have guessed by now I have a big thing for Middle Eastern and North African food. This classic Moroccan cooking bible has been on my wishlist for a while now. Hoping Santa decides to pick up a copy for me this year!

Your Best 2017 Cookbooks?

I’m always on the lookout for new cookbooks. If you have any favourites please let me know in the comments below!

Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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  • My name is Diandra and I am a cookbook addict. ^^

    The books I have used most this year are the Skinnytaste books – most things come together easily, and neither on the blog nor in the books have I found anything that did not turn out beautifully. The blog has also inspired me to get an air fryer. (Ahem.)

    Apart from that I wish I had more time for baking and cake-decorating, so I have been getting beautiful books on that matter.

  • Dear Jules, first of all a huge thank you for all the hard work you put in to produce these amazing recipes here and on your diabetes site. It is a true God send! I have used many of your recipes and love the ‘adaptions’ underneath it recipe to make them accessible to many.
    A thought from some of your veggie/ vegan ideas especially- frittata (egg based). You can substitute chickpea flour for the eggs. I have had success with this and even egg fans have enjoyed them. The beauty is that varying thickness you can make pancakes, thin omlettes or even thick sliced frittatas. What do you think? There are many recipes out there that I am sure you can work your magic on! Keep up the good work.

  • Just received my copy of Dr Joseph Mercola and Pete Evans Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook yesterday – it is absolutely fabulous for anyone wanting great really healthy delicious recipes. Can’t recommend it enough!

  • My two favourites (at least one was published this year) are ‘Neighbourhood’ and ‘Community’, both by Hetty McKinnon. I think you’d love them.

  • I have hundreds of cookbooks. If I buy any more, the woman I have not as yet married would disown me.
    The most fun is to read half a dozen recipes for the same dish. Put the books away. Cook the meal. No cheating.
    One of the better mushroom recipes I have came from a science teacher in the seventh grade. He said to slice either white mushrooms (or LBMs – baby ‘bellas). Pour home made Italian dressing over the mushrooms and let them “steep” overnight. Even a seventh grader could get this right. Eat them as is, put them in a salad, or cook with them. Yum.

    • Yum!
      Loving the marinated mushroom idea. Thanks Daryle.
      And sounds like a wise move not to expand your cookbook collection ;)

  • Hi Jules just wondered if you are a member of your local library. My library has a digital portal (is that the right word?) for magazines (and books too) and many magazines are available to read on your ipad or computer. Might be worth a look if you miss you magazine reading. p.s. Your blog is great!

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