I wrote a post a few years ago about the 2 cookbooks I was using the most at the time. In addition to those, I now have a roster of about 9 that I switch between for those nights when I have a little more time on my hands and fancy something new. I’m planning on doing some more in-depth posts on a few of my favourites, but for now here’s a quick summary of what’s on my shelf.
1. The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson
Quick Overview: The most beautiful cookbook I own. Erin is a food photographer and a very talented water colourist, so I wanted this as much for her recipes as for the beautiful spreads. It’s visually stunning and her recipes are simple and delicious.
Favourite recipe: Artichoke & Potato Salad. It’s the ideal quick supper for when I fancy a simple, delicious meal without too many overwhelming flavours.
Can’t wait to try: Veitnamese Lentil Tacos – this is high up my list when the weather warms up.
Best for: Makes a fabulous gift. I requested this as a birthday present and love looking through it with a cup of tea on a Sunday morning as I plan my meals for the oncoming week. Also excellent as a coffee table book!
2. Feed Me Vegan by Lucy Watson
Quick Overview: Out of all my cookbooks, this one is by far the one I’ve reached for the most. That surprised me, but her recipes are genuinely so quick and easy to make and are some of the most delicious I’ve tried.
Favourite recipe: Griddled Courgette Galette – she uses puff pastry and cream cheese to create a really moorish and delicious dinner. This one is a fail-safe for when I want something delicious and quick to put together. Her Creamed Kale is one that I make every couple of weeks, and so is her Mac & Cheese recipe!
Can’t wait to try: Mexican Corn with Chipotle Crema – I love sweetcorn and chipotle so I’m certain this will become a staple. I also can’t wait to try the Chocolate and Raspberry Brownies.
Best for: Simple, quick meals that are utterly delicious. Also ideal for new-veggies or vegans, as she teaches you how to make meaty classics into vegetarian alternative, such as fry ups, Scrambled Tofu and even Popcorn ‘Chicken’ and Linguine ‘Carbonara’.
3. Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
Quick Overview: This one is a bit of a cult classic, and for good reason. If you want to venture into dairy-free, gluten-free or raw cooking, try it out. It’s got a full range of dishes to try, from breakfasts, snacks, main meals, dinner parties and desserts. She has truly unique twists to her meals too – her Avocado Chocolate Mousse is one I’ve seen recreated in blogs and restaurants all over.
Favourite recipe: Hands down it’s her Roasted Squash, Olive & Avocado Salad. This is one of my all-time favourite recipes, and the dish that turned me into a squash lover. I’ve cooked this at multiple dinner parties and it always satisfies. I’d recommend keeping the squash seeds instead of discarding them. Roast them with some paprika and olive oil before sprinkling on top of the salad for a delicious earthy crunch.
Can’t wait to try: Quinoa and Turmeric Fritters.
Best for: A staple in any veggie or vegan’s book shelf. Also fab for cleaning up your diet and transitioning to vegan/gluten-free meals. This is what I’d call a ‘complete’ cookbook – it’s one for those who want both simple and more advanced recipes.
4. Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw
Quick Overview: This is another great one for if you want to make the move over to a gluten-free or vegan diet. I’ve cut out most dairy and gluten from my diet in the past year due to intolerance, and this book was great for those evenings when all I could think about was cheesy pasta which I knew I’d regret in the morning. I would say some of the recipes include ingredients which may not usually be in the pantry, so it’s best to make a list of items to pick up on your next food shop and pre-plan some meals.
Favourite recipe: Autumn Salad with Grilled Corn, Quinoa & Chilli Salsa. This is a fail safe summer salad with a twist.
Can’t wait to try: Quinoa Burgers with Tahini Sauce – they sound amazing.
Best for: Anyone who wants a veggie guide to detoxing or those in a junk-food rut – the first 65 pages detail ways to cut out dairy, gluten, sugar etc. She also has a 6-week programme to guide you through clearing up your diet.
5. Vegetarian Sandwiches by Paulette Mitchell
Quick Overview: I always find myself reaching for boring cheese and tomato when I’m making a sandwich, but a quick look in this book always inspires me to go for something different. From hot grilled sandwiches to cold sarnies you can take on a picnic, it’s the one-stop-shop for veggies who want delicious lunches on the go. It even has a great section on how to make spreads – including everything from basil pesto and guacamole to hummus!
Favourite recipe: Veggie Melts – I used to live off these a few years ago. I also love the baked avocado and cheese recipe.
Can’t wait to try: Baked Asparagus Toast with Zesty Cheese Sauce – sounds like heaven on a plate to me.
Best for: Those who are short of time but still want delicious and healthy lunch options. Also for someone new to vegetarianism who loves a BLT!
6. The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson
Quick Overview: Much like Erin’s first book (above) this is a visual delight. She ups her game by introducing a range of recipes for dinner parties, and it’s just as beautiful as her first publication.
Favourite recipe: Eggplant Salad – I love her use of mozzarella. Haven’t had this for a while so I’m giving it a go again this week.
Can’t wait to try: Pretty much all of her dessert recipes – they look so beautiful. Also, her Cauliflower Cheese Steaks – I’ve seen these around in several restaurants and blogs but her rendition looks delicious. Definitely high up on my list of recipes to try next!
Best for: As above, makes the perfect gift for those who are into cooking, whether they’re vegetarian or not. Also fab as a coffee table book, or anyone who wants inspiration for simple and delicious recipes.
7. Tonics & Teas by Rachel de Thample
Quick Overview: My mum got me into the habit of making ‘cocktails’ of teas a few years ago – it’s simpler than it sounds, just getting a teapot and adding in a concoction of your favourite tea bags. My favourite is Peppermint & English Breakfast with some fresh mint leaves. This book has given me some really great ideas for other cocktails, like the Nettle and Mint Tea or even the Tummy Soother which is delicious! It also has a range of health tonics using all natural ingredients.
Favourite recipe: Scarborough Fayre Tea – simple but so delicious. I also love the Tropical Smoothie.
Can’t wait to try: Along with the Aztec Hot Chocolate, I’m also really looking forward to trying out the Armenian Herbal Tea – it sounds like lemon and lime heaven.
Best for: Tea-lovers! I actually got this as a secret santa present last Christmas, and it was the best gift. Also great for those into juicing as there are some fab juice recipes.
I hope this is helpful to any of you looking for some new cookbooks! Let me know what your must-have cookbooks are in the comments, or which books you’d like me to write more detailed posts on 🙂