Christmas 2012: Books For Cooks

J. Sheekey Fish
Gü Chocolate Cookbook
Pure Vanilla: Irresitible Recipes and Essential Techniques
Sweet Studio - The Art of Divine Desserts
Orlando Gough Recipe Journal
Cinnamon Kitchen: The Cookbook
Gordon Ramsay\'s Ultimate Cookery Course
The Great Northern Cookbook
Jerusalem
Jamie\'s 15-Minute Meals
Slow Cooking: Mouthwatering Recipes With Minimum Effort
Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration
The Square The Cookbook Volume 1: Savoury
Cape Cod Cookbook
My Basque Cuisine: A Love Affair with Spanish Cooking
J. Sheekey Fish Gü Chocolate Cookbook Pure Vanilla: Irresitible Recipes and Essential Techniques Sweet Studio - The Art of Divine Desserts Orlando Gough Recipe Journal Cinnamon Kitchen: The Cookbook Gordon Ramsay\'s Ultimate Cookery Course The Great Northern Cookbook Jerusalem Jamie\'s 15-Minute Meals Slow Cooking: Mouthwatering Recipes With Minimum Effort Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration The Square The Cookbook Volume 1: Savoury Cape Cod Cookbook My Basque Cuisine: A Love Affair with Spanish Cooking
By Camille Georges December 14, 2012
The London seafood institution that is J. Sheekey has finally released a cookbook that celebrates if love of all things fish. The practical cookbook shares the establishment\'s once best kept cooking secrets. For the ultimate guide on cooking everything from lobster thermidor to slip soles this book is a must. By Tim Hugues, Allan Jenkins and Howard Sooley, £25 available at Waterstones www.waterstones.com
Chocolate lovers will fall in love with this chocolate Bible from renowned chocolate maker Gü. This mouthwatering book combines delicious and easy recipes for desserts, cakes, nibbles and much more. It also has lots of basic tips and useful advice. It\'s a great gift for any chocoholic. £11.39 available at John Lewis www.johnlewis.com
This is a fabulous alternative to the traditional chocolate cookbook. Instead this book focuses on all things vanilla. It\'ll show you how to incorporate vanilla into everything from breakfast to drinks, cookies and more. By Shauna Sever, £15.99 available on Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
Know someone that loves baking or wants to refine their skills? Sweet Studio is a great pick. Chef Darren Purchase has created a selection of mouthwatering recipes including mousses, sponges, creams and spreads. By Darren Purchese, £20 available at Waterstones www.waterstones.com
This is a slightly unusual curveball to throw into the mix. Written by British composer for dance, Orlando Gough, has released his own selection of personal recipes. The book features favourites from the 50s, through to more sophisticated and modern creations. £11.95 available at Toast, www.toast.co.uk
This combination of modern Indian recipes has been curated by Cinnamon Kitchen, Vivek Singh\'s notable London-based Indian restaurant which has recently expanded to boast outposts in East London and Soho. The book gathers authentic Indian spicing with western cooking techniques. This is a inspirational gift for anyone that loves Indian cuisine and has the ambition to create beautiful and tasty dishes at home. By Vivek Sinch, £25 available on The Cinnamon Kitchen website www.cinnamon-kitchen.com
Love him or hate him, Ramsay is a straightforward chef, avoiding lotions and potions in favour of great quality ingredients cooked well. This cookbook is aimed at beginners and is a great aide in the kitchen to any novice chef. By Gordon Ramsay, £25 available on Gordon Ramsay\'s website, www.gordonramsay.com
Don\'t venture further north than Watford? Well you\'re missing out! The Great Northern Cookbook is a celebration of one man\'s love of his heritage and his region\'s delicacies. From soups to pies, stews and puddings, this book has it all. By Sean Wilson, £20 available on Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
Ottolenghi has won all sorts of awards for his book, Jerusalem. It\'s a beautiful cookbook which showcases some of the secrets from the kitchen of his restaurants. With Muslim, Arab, Jewish, Christian and Armenian influences the recipes will take the reader on an adventure through the Middle East. By Sami Tamini and Yotam Ottolenghi, £27 available at Waterstones www.waterstones.com
He tried to teach the world (or the UK at least) to cook a delicious family meal in 30 minutes. A lot of people moaned that was just too long to dedicate to preparing a feast, so Oliver has come back to show us it can be done in just 15 minutes. This book is a lesson in how to cheat. By Jamie Oliver, £26 available at Waterstones www.waterstones.com
The lovable host of Saturday Kitchen reveals how to prepare irresistible and simple dishes for family and friends. He demonstrates how slow cooking and marinades are the perfect way to draw out flavours and textures to create easy and tasty meals. There\'s everything you\'d expect from this Yorkshire-born chef, including soups, roasts and one-pot dishes, but there\'s a few surprising adventurous creations too. £20 available on Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
If you want quick and easy-to-achieve Italian recipes then you don\'t have to look much further than Nigella. Her latest book, Nigellissima, is an ideal gift for lovers of the dolce vita; it elevates everyday eating into a celebration of flavour, all without too much fuss. There\'s also a great chapter on party food. By Nigella Lawson, £26 available at Waterstones www.waterstones.com
This winter, world renowned chef, Philip Howard, owner of two-Michelin-starred restaurant, The Square, in London, released the first of a monumental two-part volume series, featuring his own savoury recipes. Combining culinary creativity and technical expertise, Howard reveals the secrets of his success by giving precise instructions to cook outstanding meals to Michelin standards. Volume two will follow in the spring. By Philip Howard, £40 You can get a signed copy on The Square website www.squarerestaurant.com
Bringing New England family-cooking to Britain, the Cape Code cookbook features unpretentious and delicious recipes while raising money for charity Spinal Research. The book includes traditional Cape Cod recipes such as Clam Chowder or Slow Roasted Pulled Pork, as well as a selection of international favourites such as Falafel with Garlicky Tahini Sauce or Farfalle a la Vodka. It is a superb gift with easy recipes that will charm all the foodies and enthusiastic amateurs alike! By Kelly Moss and Michael Aviles, £18.50 available on Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
Ash Mair, the 2011 winner of the BBC TV show MasterChef, shares his techniques and secrets to help you prepare fabulous Basque cuisine. Most recipes in the book have a connection to traditional Basque and Spanish cooking but they\'ve been given a modern twist by the talented Mair. By Ash Mair, £19.99 available on Amazon www.amazon.co.uk
From TV shows to magazines, shop windows and general chit chat, cooking and food have become a big part of our lives. At the centre of this culinary revolution stands some of the most notable chefs to have ever stepped into a kitchen. If you want to treat your partner, impress a friend or simply help your parents jazz up their daily eating routine, we can recommend a cookbook for you to gift them this Christmas. Just scroll through the gallery below to check out our curated pick of the best cookbooks available online and on the high street right now...
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