If wishes were cookbooks... top 12 list for Christmas


Last week's post was about what to cook on Christmas Day, today it's about what to give. With five shopping days left, here are a few thoughts/hints for those still Christmas shopping (Tim?). I'll be posting some Christmas morning recipe ideas on Thursday, so until then, have a great Christmas week, 
Ps - Click on the book titles below for more info/prices/where to buy.

Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini
Georgia Pellegrini is an all-hunting, all-gathering cook who likes to hone her 'pioneer spirit' with the help of a shotgun, fishing rod and rudimentary kitchen. She is awesome and so is her blog.

Four Seasons by Manuela Darling-Gansser
It's hard not to suffer some lifestyle envy of the beautiful, 'inveterate traveller' and food writer Manuela Darling-Gansser. She travels, eats and writes in some of the world's most glamorous locations and does it all without a hair out of place. This book is combines four previous publications into one beautiful collection of recipes and stories from travels around Italy.

Home Made by Yvette Van Boven.
Finally this beautiful book has been translated into English (from Dutch). Heaps of preserving recipes here, plus lots of lovely illustrations by the clever author herself.

Ready for Dessert by David Lebovitz
David writes a fantastic blog and this book pulls together his greatest hits - literally. He is the master of home made ice cream.

The River Cottage Family Cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and Fizz Carr
Hugh - thank you for cutting your hair, now I can love you unconditionally. This book isn't new (released in 2008), but I have been coveting it this past year and think the time has come.

Country Chefs, by Country Style magazine
What a great showcase of Australian regional food culture.

The Insiders’ Guide to New Zealand , NZ Life and Leisure
If you haven't yet come across NZ Life & Leisure, try and track down a copy (purchase online and in some, larger newsagents); I think it's the most unique and inspiring lifestyle magazine out there. Have ordered three copies of this for Christmas presents and am hoping they'll arrive in time.

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders
This book is apparently an authority on jam, I have tried a few recipes from their site with happy endings so here's to the whole book.

Free Range in the City, by Annabel Langbein
Having loved this book's country cousin 'The Free Range Cook', I can't wait to read NZ chef Annabel Langbein's latest collection. Her recipes always ALWAYS work beautifully and she writes with generosity and common sense. 

Artisan bread in 5 minutes a day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
Baking a successful loaf of bread is one of the most satisfying things you can do in the kitchen. A friend gave me the no-knead bread recipe from this book and it is one of the best recipes I've ever made.

Menus for Chez Panisse by Particia Curtan
Chef and letterpress artist Patricia Curtan worked with Alice Waters in the early years of Chez Panisse. She would hand print menus every night and the originals are now collectors items. Here Patricia has collected her favourites. I can't wait to get my hands on this book and read the menus that made this restaurant one of the world’s best.

Feasting by Karen Martini
I love a solution and Karen Martini's book Feasting provides them in spades.. I first discovered this book via a friend, she cooked the slow roast lamb with couscous menu for us one night and had the whole table fighting over leftovers. Thank you Ali!


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