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Best cookbooks 2018


In search of Christmas gifts for the foodies in your life? Check out our eight best books for cooks – from mixology to baking, there’s something for everyone.

Best cook books for 2018

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1. Bread & Butter by Richard Snapes, Grant Harrington & Eve Hemingway (Quadrille)

Best for bakers
One of food’s greatest double acts, there’s nothing like proper bread and butter. Master the art of making your own; there are recipes for a wide range of loaves and butters, plus a chapter on what to do with the leftovers (the buttermilk scones are a must).
Buy from Amazon (£12.68)

2. Aperitif by Kate Hawkings (Quadrille)

Best for mixologists
The ideal gift for booze aficionados, this book teaches you how to infuse your own spirits and mix the perfect negroni. Kate starts with a witty, engaging take on the history of aperitifs (it makes great bedtime reading), followed by 33 aperitif recipes, from a classic martini to a rose petal vodka, and tips on how best to serve them.
Buy from Amazon (£10.37)

3. Slow by Gizzi Erskine (HarperCollins)

Best for weekend cooks
An antidote to fast-paced modern life, Gizzi encourages us to enjoy taking our time in the kitchen with these comforting recipes worth waiting for. There are warming pies, cheesy pasta bakes, hearty stews, creamy gratins and Sunday roasts. A great big hug in a cookbook.
Buy from Wordery (£15.30)

4. Together by The Hubb Community Kitchen (Ebury Press)

Best for people who like to give back
This incredible book is a collection of recipes from women affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, who started cooking for their families and neighbours at a community kitchen nearby after many of them lost their homes. Profits from the book will help to fund the kitchen.
Buy from Waterstones (£9.99)

5. Khazana by Saliha Mahmood Ahmed (Hodder & Stoughton)

Best choice for flavour adventurers
This debut cookbook from the 2017 MasterChef winner is inspired by the opulent Mughal Empire and Saliha's travels across India. It's the perfect blend of Indian and Persian flavours – curries, rice and beautiful samosas are lifted with rosewater, saffron, almonds and pomegranate.
Buy from Amazon

6. The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness by David & Stephen Flynn (Penguin Ireland)

Best for vegetarian cooks
The kings of veggie cooking – Irish twins David and Stephen – are back with their third book. They cram serious flavour and passion into their recipes, with indulgent curries, pasta, noodles and burgers that are actually good for you.
Buy from WH Smith (£13.29) and The Hive (£14.59)

7. The French Revolution by Michel Roux Jr (Seven Dials)

Best for classic cooks
We often think of French food as rich, but here Michel adapts the dishes he loved growing up – quiches, cassoulets and puds like tarte Tatin – by making them lighter, with more vegetables, pulses and fruit, and, best of all, simpler, so they can be part of your everyday repertoire.
Buy from Waterstones (£21)

8. Jamie Cooks Italy by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)

Best for pasta lovers
This is the ultimate guide to Italian cooking. Jamie takes us on a culinary adventure with his mentor and friend Gennaro Contaldo and shares the recipes they learn from the nonnas – the real masters of pasta, who cook their treasured family recipes passed down through the generations.
Buy from Jamie Oliver Shop (£9.99)

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