I have a cookbook obsession.
I find shiny new cookbooks so hard to resist and my shelf is practically sagging under the weight of them.
I love browsing through the pages, drooling over pretty pictures, planning grand dinner parties in my head, and occasionally even making a recipe or two!
I also love sharing good finds, so I’ve made a list of my Top Five from my current cookbook collection.
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This is a post I’ve wanted to do for ages but it was so hard to pick just five books from my slightly ridiculous collection. After a lot of deliberation, I narrowed it down to these awesome books, which are are all very well-worn, batter-splattered and post-it-note-riddled.
1. Chloe’s Kitchen* by Chloe Coscarelli
Chloe’s Kitchen is the cookbook that converted me to vegan baking. Although there are both sweet and savoury offerings, it’s the “Cupcakes and More” section that I return to time and time again.
Coscarelli rose to fame after becoming the first ever vegan contestant to take home first prize on American baking program Cupcake Wars with her Ginger Nutmeg Spice Cupcakes. This girl knows what she’s talking about when it comes to vegan baking!
The recipes are simple but delicious and Coscarelli does a great job at making vegan food accessible to the masses.
Must-Try Recipes: Pancakes for Dinner / Baked Sprinkled Doughnuts
2. Thug Kitchen* by Matt Holloway, Michelle Davis, and Thug Kitchen, LLC
I have been a fan of Thug Kitchen since way back in their early blog days. Just like the blog, the Thug Kitchen book is written in an ultra-casual, potty-mouthed style that cracks me up with every page.
With instructions like, “If you mix too much, your muffins will be tough. Don’t waste all that peanut butter on some fucked up muffins” and, “This might look like you are trying to cast a spell or some shit like that, but just go with it”, this is not your average cookbook!
Aside from the hilarity, the food is amazing. I’ve pleased many-a meat-eater with recipes from this book. The food is healthy, hearty and full of flavour, honouring their motto: Eat like you give a fuck.
Plus, the book’s photography and design is to-die-for.
Must-Try Recipes: Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Burritos / Peanut Butter & Banana Nut Muffins
3. Isa Does It* by Isa Chandra
It wouldn’t be a vegan cookbook list without an appearance from vegan queen Isa Chandra. I have so many of her books on my shelf that my issue was deciding which one to include!
In the end, I went with Isa Does It because this big hardcover has a huge variety of dishes and it’s just a really beautiful book. The photography is stunning and the page design is gorgeous.
Chandra’s recipes tend to involve a lot of ingredients but her flavour combos are insane so they’re well worth the effort. Plus, once you stock up on some of the rarer ingredients, you’ll find yourself using them again and again.
(NB: This book is also how I discovered Chandra’s first name is pronounced ee-sa, not ai-sa. Now re-read the title…)
Must-Try Recipes: Red Lentil Thai Chili / Marbled Banana Bread
4. Bake and Destroy* by Natalie Slater
The book has some super-American, over-the top recipes like Fruit Punch Winkies and Candy Bar Smoothies in the sweet section, and Pizza Cupcakes and Taco Lasagna in the savoury. But from crazy to comfort, everything just works.
The illustrations throughout are really cute and the book is littered with pop culture references and hints at Slater’s love for punk rock, slasher films and pro wrestling! It’s a quirky and fun cookbook with recipes you won’t find anywhere else.
Must-Try Recipes: Honky Tonk French Toast / Chai Berry Muffins
5. Vegan Food Gifts* by Joni Marie Newman
If you’re a DIY gifter, Vegan Food Gifts is the book for you! Rather than simply recipes, this book is also filled with ideas for sweet, handmade foodie gifts and pretty presentation ideas.
From cookie mix jars to breath-freshening doggie treats, and pretty preserves to infused booze, this book is a treasure trove of original gift ideas. I’m partial to the cookie and cake recipes myself and my housemate is a big fan of the infused oils section.
The photography throughout the book is beautiful and the illustrations and hand-made label templates are too sweet.
Must-Try Recipes: Espresso Chocolate Chip Loaves / Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
What are your favourite cookbooks? Let me know in the comments (maybe I need to add them to my shelves!).