Cookbooks have been around for centuries. They carry enormous sociological value, documenting both culture and cuisine, functioning almost as a window to the life and times of the people in that era. The cookbooks as we know them proliferated in the 16th and 17th centuries, with the development of the printing press, and it has since become a best-selling genre all over the world.
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We all own cookbooks in some way, shape, or form. Why? Because everyone loves cookbooks. The weight of a cookbook, with its gorgeous, glossy pages, and hefty hardcovers, makes it the perfect coffee table book for guests to flick through and admire. On the inside, they not only provide a collection of recipes, but also valuable information about the food we eat and the culture and beliefs behind them.
So here are our top five Cookbooks To Own for 2015. Make sure to add them to your collection:
This classic cookbook celebrates 25 years with a special revision that includes 64 pages of exclusive photographs and commentary from fellow chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Tom Kerridge, and Jason Atherton. Uncover the secrets to gourmet cooking, and learn more about Marco Pierre White himself, and his outlook on food and the culinary arts.
Internationally renowned chef Curtis Stone shares 130 of his favourite recipes, guaranteed to make cooking the fun, joyful experience it’s meant to be. He talks about his own experiences with food and family, and how good food really begets a good life.
Coming in spring this year, Simply Nigella is all about balancing quick and easy recipes, with gorgeous dishes for special occasions. There are 150 recipes contained in this volume that include everything from soups to desserts, and wonderful dairy and gluten-free recipes.
How to Be a Domestic Goddess, one of Nigella’s bestselling cookbooks
If you’re looking to make authentic Thai food, this is the book for you. This cookbook is the brainchild of Andy Ricker, who is the founder and chef of the renowned Thai restaurant that lends its name to this volume, and food writer J.J. Goode. It is a collection of recipes that have been painstakingly created to replicate the vibrant flavours of Thai food in the most faithful way possible.
Serious bakers will love this hefty volume and its meticulous attention to detail. Not only will you learn how to make the cakes, pies, and pastries from the recipes within, you’ll also pick up valuable knowledge on techniques that are tried and true. Everything you ever need to know about baking is contained in this one, amazing book.
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