Christmas Gift Guide: Books For Foodies

December 13, 2011

‘Tis the season to cook up a storm, and we have selected our 8 favourite cookbooks of the year that will impress the foodie in your life this Christmas!

Delicious. Simply The Best, by Valli Little

A sumptuous book full of all-new mouthwatering recipes for every occasion, from the award-winning Delicious magazine editor Valli Little.

Bill’s Everyday Asian, by Bill Granger. $49.95

The big, bold taste explosions of Asia have had Bill Granger hooked since childhood.
With Bill’s Everyday Asian, he takes the best that Asian food has to offer and gives it
the unique Bill makeover.

Mindfood Summer Cookbook, edited by Michael McHugh. $29.95.

Don’t you just want to eat that cover right now? One of our favourite magazines has released their first cookbook with recipes that scream summer. With an easy-to-follow A to Z of seasonal produce and packed with gorgeous photographs, this is one of those cookbooks you’ll use over and over again during the long, hot days of summer. Order online or call 02 9318 1300.

Hungry, by Guy Mirabella. $49.99

“This is the food I cook for my friends, my customers and my family. It’s the food I love to cook for the people I love to be with.” – Guy Mirabella. Guy Mirabella is a man of many passions. The way he cooks and writes about food is a reflection of them all: art, design, film, travel, music, his Sicilian heritage and his family. The recipes are a contemporary take on Italian home-style cooking – the food that Guy makes with so much care at home and at his cafe, where he cooks for the customers he treats like family. From the Savoury Counter choose Broad Beans, Zucchini, Fior de latte and Mint in a fresh salad, or for something more substantial, try the Stuffed Squid bursting with chorizo, quinoa and spices. From the Sweet Counter the elaborate Tutu Trifle is a dramatic statement for any feast with its layers of cream, custard, fruit and Guy’s magical “tutu” topping. Hungry will delight. It is a cookbook with a difference, one to savour and inspire, full of warmth, beauty, and of delicious dishes to cook for the people you love.

Simple Dinners, by Donna Hay. $39.95

Donna’s recipes never fail. Whether it’s noodles or rice from the pantry or vegies from the fridge, Donna’s latest book shows you how to take everyday star ingredients and turn them into delicious weeknight dinners.

The Good Life, by Adrian Richardson. $59.95.

Adrian Richardson has a finger in many pies. He is a chef, a TV and radio cook
(he is the co-host of Channel 10’s Good Chef, Bad Chef and will soon appear on
Lifestyle’s Secret Meat Business), an author, restaurateur (La Luna Bistro in
Carlton, Melbourne) and a devoted father of three. Adrian’s food philosophy is
simple: things taste better when they’re homemade. The Good Life is back-tobasics
living at its best, with delicious family dishes, classic roasts, canapés and
drinks for picnics and summer parties, ice creams and sorbets, delicate cakes,
warming winter puddings, tarts and more.

Bali: The Food of my Island Home, by Janet De Neefe. $59.95

Janet De Neefe arrived in Bali in 1984 and fell in love with the island’s culture,
people and mouth-watering cuisine. More than twenty years later, Janet still
lives in Ubud with her husband and four children. She runs three restaurants,
founded the Ubud Writers’ Festival and the famous Casa Luna Cooking School.
Bali: The Food of my Island Home celebrates the traditions of Balinese cooking,
adding Janet’s own modern twist. The recipes explore fiery sambals, rice
dishes, spicy curries, ceremonial food, home cooking, moreish street cuisine
and more.

Hairy Bikers’ Perfect Pies, by Dave Myers & Si King. $45.00.

In their culinary homecoming, Si and Dave celebrate a dish close to their
hearts. This beautifully illustrated cookbook brings together the Great
British classic in 150 brand-new recipes. Featuring an extraordinary range
of pies – from the sweet and savoury, deep and small and to the pies that
are puddings – The Hairy Bikers will inspire you to cook and share the
mighty dish with the ones you love.

Which cookbook are you hoping to find in your Christmas stocking?

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