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Looking for a cookbook for the foodie in your life? Or maybe just want one more for yourself? Here’s our list of the must-have cookbooks of the year.


Momofuku Milk Bar, by Christina Tosi

If you’ve been lucky enough to taste Christina Tosi’s cakes and ice creams in New York, you know how addictive her sweet treats are. Crack pie, anyone? Make one recipe and you’ll be transported to her original East Village bakery.


The Family Meal, by Ferran Adria

Foodies worship Ferran Adria, he of El Bulli fame, and this cookbook contains the recipes used for staff meals at the restaurant. Every dish – such as Mussels with Paprika and Cheeseburger with Chips – is straight-forward, using ingredients you already have in your kitchen.


Quiches, Kugels and Couscous, by Joan Nathan

Not just a beautiful tome containing over 200 French-Jewish recipes, but a very special collection of personal stories and journeys.


Jamie’s Great Britain, by Jamie Oliver

Jamie does is again, with another must-have cookbook filled with gorgeous photographs. This is his ode to Ol’ Blighty favourites, like Fish Pie and Guinness Lamb Shanks.



The Homesick Texan Cookbook, by Lisa Fain

If spicy ceviches and slow-cooked ribs are more your thing than uninspired Tex-Mex, you’ll love the first cookbook from popular food blogger, Lisa Fain.


The Good Table, by Valentine Warner

One of my favourite cooks, Valentine cooks from the soul, using seasonal ingredients and always happy to share a funny little anecdote here and there. The photographs are really beautiful.


Indochine, by Luke Nguyen

Luke Nguyen not only serves some of Sydney’s favourite Vietnamese (Red Lantern, anyone?) but his cookbooks are fast becoming cult favourites. His latest focuses on French-influenced Vietnam, its recipes and stories.



Marque: Evolution, by Mark Best

Up the road from Red Lantern on Crown Street is Marque, one of the world’s great restaurants. This cookbook is a labour of love for owner-chef Mark Best, who has worked on it for years, intending for it not just to be a collection of recipes but the story of a restaurant and its people.


The River Cottage Veg Everyday, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The River Cottage’s cookbooks are the authorities on every subject from meat to baking. If you’ve been looking for inspiration on cooking with vegetables, this will be your new go-to.


Ruhlman’s Twenty, by Michael Ruhlman

Michael Ruhlman is the kind of cook you’d like to have in your kitchen, cooking along with you. In Twenty, he looks at the 20 techniques you need to know to become a confident cook, and uses them as the guide for over 100 delicious recipes, like the best-ever French Onion Soup.


What is your favourite cookbook of 2011? What are you hoping to receive for Christmas?