There is a seemingly infinite supply of cookbooks and recipe guides available for those who have aspirations of being a chef or simply want to create some more sophisticated meals for themselves, friends and family. However, rather than having a cupboard full of books that you may never get round to reading, why not choose five essential ones that cater for all your cooking needs?
Jamie Oliver – 15 Minute Meals/30 Minute Meals
The idea of spending hours creating your evening meal may not appeal to some people, which is why Jamie Oliver’s speedy recipes are so popular. These books are packed with recipes that make cooking simple and quick – perfect for those people for whom time (and possibly patience) is at a premium. These books are two of the fastest-selling cookbooks in the world: testament to their quality.
Nigella Lawson – How to be a Domestic Goddess
This book by one of the world’s most famous chefs is full of advice on how to master the art of baking. Containing brilliant recipes for cakes, muffins and other delicious treats, it is perfect for indulging yourself and your friends and family.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – The River Cottage Cookbook
The River Cottage Cookbook focuses on fantastic recipes that are made with locally-sourced ingredients, specialising in vegetables, fruit, eggs, meat and dairy products. This can inspire to you look closer to home for your cooking ingredients without compromising the range of meals that you can make. This book is perfect for both big and small meals
The Hairy Bikers – The Hairy Dieters
Famed for their TV shows where they tour the world creating recipes from various countries, cookery duo The Hairy Bikers have published a new book focusing on healthy yet filling recipes that are perfect for those who are trying to eat healthily without compromising on meal quality.
Nigel Slater – Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food
Containing over 150 recipes for easy meals, this is not a book for those who are time-conscious. However if you are willing to spend a little more time on your cooking, this book contains all you need to create a huge variety of dishes that appeal to every taste.
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