The Best European Cookery Books for Christmas
A cookery book may be a popular Christmas gift but there’s every reason to treat keen cooks this year with culinary gems hitting the book aisles at the moment. Among the hit foodie volumes doing the rounds this season are a number of tomes with a distinctly European flavour. Here’s our pick of the best:
Rachel Khoo’s ‘The Little French Kitchen’, the second offering from the Paris based pastry chef, follows the same theme as her previous effort in adding a modern twist to classic French dishes. This time the author tours around France showing recipes with a regional flavour. The book is as stylish and well put together as Khoo herself and is an excellent choice for Christmas stockings.
A couple of London boys, James and Thom Elliot, famous for their pop up restaurant, leave their hometown behind and travel Italy searching for the best pizza and pasta recipes. ‘Pizza Pilgims’ should be a great gift for foodies and those who like to keep it simple in the kitchen. Alternatively, ‘Gino’s Italian Escape’ is the latest in TV chef Gino D’Acampo’s catalogue of cookery books and serves up a list of simple Italian classics, with plenty of guidance and background information.
‘The Great British Bake Off: Everyday’ is a tie in to the super successful TV series and is joined for the Christmas season by Lizzie Kamenetzky’s ‘Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen’, while the show’s presenters should also do well with their individual cookery books this Christmas. ‘Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds’ won’t help anyone deal with tightened waistbands after Christmas excess but is full of deliciousness, while ‘Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection’ is as practical and down to earth as you’d expect from the veteran cook.
‘Christmas Flavours of Ireland’ by Margaret M. Johnson, new this year, is the author’s ninth volume of Irish recipes and takes readers on a tour of Emerald Isle Christmas favourites both old and new.
‘Scandinavian Christmas’ by Trine Hahneman is a low profile book that’s nonetheless packed with warming winter recipes that offer something different to the well known favourites. Let’s face it, Scandinavians know their winter cooking and the author is a well-known and respected chef and food writer in her Danish homeland. Perfect for when the frost starts biting!
How many cookbook books to you have? I lost count after 20.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this post. For more information read my Media Kit.