8 Best Cookbooks 2019

Best Cookbooks 2019

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #9b9b9b;”] W[/dropcap]hat are the best cookbooks 2019 edition? It’s a question I love to think about.

Especially at this time of year.

When I’m plotting my list for Santa!

My 8 Best Cookbooks 2019

1. Market Cooking
by David Tanis
Years ago I loved Tanis’ ‘Platter of Figs’ but only thought to explore his other works for my birthday this year. I love the premise behind the book of following the French philosophy of allowing what you find in the market to determine what you cook. I’ve made so many things from this book. The highlight was the baked fennel. So amazing!

2. The Karen Martini Collection
by Karen Martini
One of my all-time favourite cookbooks is Karen’s first called ‘Where the Heart Is’. I had mistakenly thought this newer release was a collection of all Karen’s recipes. But it’s just a ‘highlights’ tour. And a very good highlights tour it is. But if you haven’t added and Karen Martini to your collection, Where the Heart Is’ is still my fave.

3. Simple
by Yotam Ottolenghi
As much as I love Ottolenghi, I wasn’t expecting ‘Simple’ to be truly simple recipes. And it isn’t. Not in any Stonesoup 6-ingredients sense. But to be fair they are significantly less complex than the usual Ottolenghi creations. I’ve really enjoyed using these recipes as inspiration. Worth buying for the Avocado Butter idea alone.

4. A Basket By the Door
by Sophie Hansen
I met Sophie at the fabulous Food & Words writers festival in Sydney back in September. While I loved the story behind the book of providing ‘care packages’ to friends and family, I wasn’t expecting to want to cook that much from the book. Happily I was wrong! Even though there is a lot of sugar and flour, I’ve found plenty of inspirational ideas. Worth buying just to feel like you’re having a cosy chat in the kitchen with Sophie.

5. The Food of Morocco
by Paula Wolfert
This classic Moroccan cooking bible has been on my wishlist for year and years. So I was ecstatic that Santa delivered the goods this time. If you ever want to explore the incredibly flavoursome wonderful world of Moroccan cuisine, this book is the best I’ve read. And cooked from.

6. The Noma Guide to Fermentation
by Rene Redzepi
If you’re a food microbiology nerd like me, you will love this deep dive into the world of all things fermented and delicious. I especially found the kombucha chapter enlightening for inspiring me to really master the art of this humble fermented drink. Which has had the added benefit of reducing my wine consumption because I often find I’m happy to have a ginger kombucha with my dinner instead of my usual vino.

7. The Flavour Thesaurus
by Nikki Segnet
I’ve actually had this book for a few years (both the print and ebook versions). I love it because it’s such a brilliant reference for when you’re in the kitchen looking for inspiration of a new flavour combo for old favourite ingredients. Prefect for more advanced cooks who tend to buy ingredients first and decide what to cook later. Hoping Santa brings Segnet’s latest offering ‘Lateral Cooking’.

8. The Village
by Matt & Lentil
This is the second year The Village has made it into my best Cookbooks list. Mainly because I’ve used it more as a gardening reference. The Seasonal Planting Guides which detail what you could be planting each season are worth it alone.

I’ve linked directly to Matt & Lentils website so you can buy the books from them. They ship anywhere in the world and you get to really support the authors! These aren’t affiliate links (as opposed to the other ones on this page :)

My Christmas Cookbook Wish List

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

More Cookbook Love…

Your Best Cookbooks 2019?

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 (and reading on the sofa)!

With love,
Jules x


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