What to give at Christmas? Books make for perfect presents. And for foodies - cookbooks are the gifts of choice. We've picked out the best cookbooks that your loved ones will love - whether it to use over and over again, or to adorn the coffee table. Pair it with a rolling pin, apron, a nice bottle of wine, or one of these homemade food & drink gifts.
Our list of cookbooks as gifts spans notable newcomers, cult-favourite food-blogs-turned-books, and award-winning tomes from renowned chefs that reimagine the culinary landscape. Some are bestsellers, some hidden gems, and some plucked from our own thoughtfully stocked kitchens at home. Explore our pick of the best cookbooks to give as gifts this Christmas.
Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain
Our beloved Bake-Off winner has returned to her true love, baking, and created the ultimate baking cookbook to conquer cakes, biscuits, traybakes, tarts and pies, showstopping desserts, breads, savouries, and even 'no-bake' bakes. Includes all the delicious recipes from the BBC2 TV series.
In this brand new tie-in to a new BBC Two series, Mary Berry shares over 120 of her ultimate food recipes, all made simply and guaranteed to get smiles around your kitchen table. This Christmas, help them find comfort with Mary's easy home cooking.
7 Ways by Jamie Oliver
Help them discover 7 ways to reinvent each of their favourite ingredients with Jamie's brand-new, No. 1 bestselling cookbook, featuring 120 exciting and tasty new recipes. With everything from fakeaways and traybakes to family and freezer favourites, they’ll find bags of inspiration to help mix things up in the kitchen.
Simply: Easy everyday dishes by Sabrina Ghayour
The 5th book from the bestselling author of Persiana, Sabrina Ghayour's new collection of unmissable dishes in her signature style, influenced by her love of fabulous flavours, features over 100 bold and exciting recipes that can be enjoyed every day of the week.
Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage
The third instalment in Yotam's bestselling and multi-award-winning PLENTY series. FLAVOUR celebrates the limitless potential of vegetables and reveals how to transform them into magical dishes.
Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson
Cook, Eat, Repeat is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella's engaging and insightful prose. Within these chapters are recipes for all seasons and tastes including a suitably expansive chapter devoted to family dinners, plus inspiration for vegan feasts, solo suppers and new ideas for Christmas.
Eat What You Watch by Andrew Rea
This is the perfect cookbook for both movie buffs and cooks to transform iconic movie moments into delicious recipes. From the comforting frothy butterbeer from Harry Potter to the sumptuous apple strudel from Inglorious Basterds, there are recipes from more than 40 classic and cult films.
Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski, the food and wine expert on Netflix's hit show Queer Eye has debuted his gorgeous first cookbook. Some of the delicious recipes in this book are weeknight healthy(ish) meals often composed of fewer than five ingredients. Perfect for newbies and knowledgeable cooks alike.
The Artisan Kitchen by James Strawbridge
Giving a modern twist to age-old techniques, this book shows how to master 25 different cooking and preserving processes, from fermenting to cheese making, hot smoking to sourdough baking. Spark someone's creativity and help them reconnect with a more mindful way of cooking.
Root, Stem, Leaf, Flower by Gill Meller
Root, Stem, Leaf, Flower by Gill Meller is a cookbook about plants. A true celebration of seasonal vegetables and fruit, it's packed with simple and surprisingly quick vegetarian recipes - every dish captured by acclaimed photographer Andrew Montgomery.
The Fast 800 Recipe Book by Clare Bailey and Justine Pattison
This fabulous companion cookbook offers a collection of delicious, nutritious and easy to make low-carb Mediterranean style recipes to help anyone incorporate the new 800-calorie programme for intermittent fasting and long-term health into their daily life.