May 22, 2019

Cooking up a Storm: The 5 Best Cookbooks of 2019


People love delicious food, and a lucky few find cooking an even greater pleasure than eating. Sure, a lot of effort goes into cooking, but as we pour love and attention into what we’re doing, it’s no longer a chore - and we can enjoy an incredible end product.


While you probably know how to cook, there's no harm in expanding your knowledge inside the kitchen. 2019 has seen a whole flurry of incredible new cookbooks published by world-class chefs. Ranging in variety, they tackle dishes from all across the world. Whether you're looking for sweet, spice or something in between, you'll be spoilt for choices with the number of new cookbooks that have come out.


We narrow it down to five of the very best!



Aloha Kitchen: Recipes from Hawaii - Alana Kysar


Alana Kysar may not be ethnically Hawaiian, but she grew up and lived there long enough to know the ins and outs of these beautiful islands - with a focus on the region’s cuisine.


When the world thinks of Hawaii, they picture blue waters and pristine beaches. However, that’s not all there is to this rich archipelago. There's a whole world of incredible cuisine just waiting to be explored. Taking elements of influence from the outside world as well, Kysar does a fantastic job not only of teaching you how to prepare new dishes, but about the significance of Hawaiian culture as well.


Midnight Chicken - Ella Risbridger


If a story starts with chicken, it's hard to go wrong! But this book is more than just about cooking and recipes. It’s also the story of Ella Risbridger and how the world got too overwhelming for her. As she lay down on the kitchen floor one day, hopeless, she thought of cooking, roasting and eating chicken - something that made her get up and gave her the will to live. Truly, life-saving poultry.


More than anything, the recipes it offers make for fun cooking. After all, if you’re not having fun while you’re cooking, is there any purpose to it? Whether it's spicy fish finger sandwiches, chili-lemon spaghetti or charred leek lasagna, it’s the kind of food that’s best cooked while sipping at some wine!



Cali'Flour Kitchen - Amy Lacey


Ever indulged in guilty carb cravings? Amy Lacey provides a solution to that - or 125 solutions, to be precise.


Lacey's cookbook provides innovative ways of making guilt-free recipes from the humble cauliflower - junk food like pizza, cookies, lasagna and enchiladas among others. Apart from the 125 recipes, the book provides photographic instructions on how to create cauliflower crusts, wraps, crisps and more. You have no idea just how many different ways you can turn cauliflower into guilt-free, delicious meals!



Baking at République - Margarita Manzke


If you've always had a passion for baking and are looking to take it to the next level, then look no further than Baking at République. A masterclass cookbook, it's the perfect guide for committed bakers who are trying to master complex techniques for dishes like brioche, croissant, pâte á chou, and more. It even provides instructions for making the perfect cake batter and cookie dough.



Pok Pok Noodles - Andy Ricker with JJ Goode


Going to Southeast Asia, JJ Goode and Andy Ricker provide the perfect guide to Thai noodles. Noodles have always been a speciality of Thailand (and the rest of Southeast Asia) and this cookbook provides recipes for fried noodles, noodle soups, khanom jiin(thin rice noodles) and more. It also includes some fantastic photography of Thailand.


It doubles up as a coffee table book, as well as offering some delicious recipes that are absolutely essential when you want to stir up some Thai-style noodles!



These are simply five of many world-class cookbooks. Whether you want to start with the basics or advance to the next level, there are plenty of options available.


Many of us are tempted to go the digital route, experimenting with recipes from a plethora of websites and digital influencers. However, the online world is not curated. You are as likely to get a gem as a dud when you browse the inter-webs for food ideas! Go with the experts for consistently excellent recipes. Invest in a cookbook for a consistently happy stomach!


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