5 Great cookery books every kitchen should have
- Apr 01, 2020
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Not every recipe that you cook in the kitchen requires a cookbook. Some may be so well ingrained in your head that you can make them from scratch.
However, when it comes to being truly creative, there is something magical about opening up a cookery book and following the recipes carefully. No matter how much time it takes, the end result is something awesome as you create a delightful meal, pudding or sweet treat for yourself or the family.
But you don’t want your kitchen cluttered up with cookbooks, nor do you want to spend hours researching which ones to buy. To save you a lot of time, we have amassed a list of the five greatest cookery books that every kitchen should have. Whether you are a seasoned cook or just starting out, you should find a range of books here that meet your every requirement. Whether it’s dinner parties, children’s treats or just healthy everyday meals that you are looking for, check out our list of favourite cookbooks.
French Provincial Cooking - Elizabeth David
Step back in time to the 1960s which is when Elizabeth David put together her fantastic recipes. These are real French classics that have stood the test of time and will continue to do so.
Four Seasons Cookery Book - Margaret Costa
A little later, in the 1970s, Margaret Costa provided avid cooks with this cookery book that shows how to make use of seasonal ingredients when they are at their best, freshly picked and readily available. You may even feel inspired to set up your own kitchen garden.
Best vegan dessert cookbook - Emma Hollingsworth
Who said being vegan means you can’t have mouth-watering desserts? This cookbook puts you in touch with which ingredients to use, replacing the traditional eggs and butter. Whether you are vegan or simply allergic to dairy, these vegan treats provide a full range of puddings, including cheesecakes, biscuits, chocolates and more. Each recipe is dairy and gluten-free and comes with stunning illustrations to get you excited.
Vegan one pound meals – Miguel Barclay
Vegan food may be expensive when you eat out but not when you use recipes from this book. If you want to know more about how to do vegan without spending a fortune, here you have a cookbook full of tasty recipes. Sweet sugary desserts are not included but who needs them when you have loads of plant-based meals such as mac without cheese, ‘sausage’ rolls and black bean meatballs. Get this book on your shelf and start cutting back on animal-based products.
The Green Roasting Tin - Rukmini Iyer
When you are busy but need to cook a healthy meal, all you need is a large roasting tin and this cookbook. These are one-pan recipes that make use of vegetables in season, hearty grains and dressing full of flavour. Included are both vegan and vegetarian dishes.
So there’s our ‘Top Five’. If you have room on your shelf to squeeze in one more, please make it an original copy of Mrs. Beeton's All-About Cookery. This is a book that takes you back to 1923 and yet every one of these 2000 recipes is still utterly relevant. Isabella Mary Beeton provides you with helpful tips and recipes for every occasion. When you are not cooking from it, this makes a delightful book to dip in and out of, exploring traditional English recipes that can still be made today.