Oh, the irony. Here I am, my blog the anti-cookbook, with a list of my favourite cookbooks from this year.
I can’t help it. Even though I primarily still cook by laptop, I do love a good, old-fashioned, dead-tree cookbook. There were some good ones this year!
Here’s what I look for in a cookbook:
- #foodporn: Images are so important! I want a cookbook that has drool-worthy images.
- Vegetarian/Vegan options: I don’t eat much meat, so I’m always looking for cookbooks that at least include vegetarian options.
- Something new to learn: whether it’s a new recipe, a take on a classic, or a new technique, I always love to learn something new.
- A good story: food, let’s face it, is about context. Where you ate that amazing brownie is every bit as much part of the story as the ingredients that went into it.
Without further ado, then! My picks for the Top Cookbooks of 2014 (*note: these are cookbooks that came across my radar in 2014, or I acquired them this year. They may have been published a little earlier. I don’t own all of these, but the ones I don’t own, I want to).
Butter Baked Goods: Nostalgic Recipes From a Little Neighborhood Bakery: If you don’t follow Butter Baked Goods on Instagram, I highly reccomend you do, for your daily dose of some of the best #foodporn out there. The cookbook is more of the same–the photos are gorgeous and mouth-watering. I got this book months ago, but it remains in the place of honour on my coffee table, because it really is part cookbook, part coffee table book. Read more (including a recipe from the book).
Plenty More: 2014 saw the publication of Yotam Ottolenghi‘s follow up cookbook to Plenty. This is vegetarian cooking at its best. The recipes are beautiful, colourful, and fresh. Everyone I know is talking about this book.
The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes to Glow from the Inside Out: from one of my favourite vegan blogs, finally, a cookbook! Love it!
Jamie’s Comfort Food: Jamie Oliver is a machine! He pumps out cookbooks and cooking shows, and runs restaurants and generally makes the rest of us look like slackers. But this book–some of the stuff in here–drool. Like his ultimate grilled cheese sandwich, mac ‘n’ cheese, and other comfort food dishes from around the world. And because it’s Jamie Oliver, you know the recipes are going to be simple, accessible, and delicious.
Dirty Apron Cookbook: Recipes, Tips and Tricks for Creating Delicious, Foolproof Dishes: a local success story from one of our local cooking schools. I’ve not had a chance to dig deeply into this one yet, but I can’t wait to make more of the recipes in here. The ones I’ve tried so far have been stellar. Plus the photos… Read more (including a recipe).
The Thug Kitchen Cookbook: yes, there’s a lot of swearing, which, honestly, I find amusing. But if you go beyond that, these are simple, fresh, easy recipes, which happen to be vegan. Read more (including a recipe).
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories: David Lebovitz is an American living the dream in Paris. I love his writing–every day I live vicariously through him. Isn’t it every foodies’ dream to go and live and Paris? Well, it certainly is mine. Through this book, you can, too.
Delicious! (not a cookbook) by Ruth Reichl. I know a lot of people weren’t crazy about this novel which followed a young protagonist who goes to work for a dying food magazine. I enjoyed it, though. It was a fun read. Maybe something to read over your Christmas vacation? Read my review here.
What were your favourite cookbooks this year? Let me know in the comments section below.