Passionate about cooking, have tried all the recipes in your own grandmother’s cookbook and looking for something new? Office party coming up and you want to wow your boss and colleagues with your culinary skills? Looking to pick up some new recipes and wondering where to look? If you’ve hit check in your head to one (or more) of the aforementioned questions, your energetic quest through the internet has brought you to the right article. Read on to find out the names of 10 best cookbooks to feed foodies
At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka by Madhur Jaffrey. We will recommend this book not just because the recipes are awesome, but also because they’re easy, and her measurements are absolutely precise. Get this book whether you’re a beginner or an expert and get started on your journey in South Asian cuisine.
Spice Kitchen by Ragini Dey: The author is an Indian-born Australian chef and restaurateur. She uses easily available ingredients and her recipes are packed with flavour. Each dish is demonstrated with beautiful photographs, and kudos as much to her skills as a chef as her talent as a photographer. Though she writes mostly with the Western reader in mind, her dishes remain a 100% authentic. Her vegetarian dishes are the special attraction in the book, as they are easy and delectable, and make excellent side dishes with different kinds of rices and pilafs.
How to Cook Indian by Sanjeev Kapoor: More Than 500 Classic Recipes for the Modern Kitchen. The absolute staple cookbook for Indian cooking. Khana Khazana has been the number one cookery program in India since forever, and he is India’s very own male Martha Stewart. With over a hundred and fifty published cookbooks, Sanjeev Kapoor is one of the biggest celebrity chefs in the world. There are more than 500 recipes in this book, and he includes dishes from all over the country, as well as recipes for some street food.
V Is for Vegetables: Inspired Recipes & Techniques for Home Cooks — From Artichokes to Zucchini by Michael Anthony. The best cookbook for quick, simple recipes. The instructions are short, and there are a wealth of quick tips and techniques for cooks to make their work easier around the kitchen. This book includes recipes using a variety of vegetables prepared in a number of delicious and interesting manners.
The Everyday Baker by Abigail Johnson Dodge: Recipes & Techniques for fool-proof baking. Dodge knows how to write a really fool proof recipe, with substitutions and make-ahead information. She includes a number of traditional as well as experimental desserts and baked goods in her books, and if you’re a home baker or a professional one, this one should be a staple in your bookshelf.
Moti Mahal -Tandoori Trails by Monish Gujral: From the original place called Moti Mahal in Old Delhi, this cookbook is an interesting one to follow in order to learn the nitty gritty of tandoori style cuisine, and North Indian cooking in general.
The Complete Vegetable Cook Book by Vasantha Moorthy: Filled with delectable recipes of South Indian dishes, the book contains over 300 vegetable recipes. On the plus side, most of them are super easy to make.
The Complete Indian Regional Cookbook by Mridula Baljekar: Along with mouth-watering recipes, this book contains amazing pictures too! With 300 recipes and over 1500 photographs, Baljekar writes a well-researched cookbook exploring thoroughly the various regional cuisines in the Indian subcontinent. Her pulaos are guaranteed fool proof, and she even includes the rare recipe of pigeon soup.
Tasting India by Christine Manfield: This book has the added advantage of being both a travel and a recipe book. This unique cookbook contains 250 delicious recipes from Manfield’s travel and research all over India. As a die-hard foodie, the author begins every chapter of the book by recommending places to stay, restaurants to eat at and shops to purchase souvenirs from. This book is sure to steal your heart with its lucid prose, delectable dishes, and amazing photographs.
Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen by Richa Hingle: As the name suggests, the cookbook is vegan. There are a number of scrumptious recipes in the book which make no use of animal products and are made out of solely plant based ingredients. She gives her own rich, spicy twist to all of them, and they are quick and easy to try at home. Spicy tofu scramble, potato quinoa patties, and Goan Tempeh curry are three particular favourites.
Instead of splurging on that new pair of shoes, save up for an awesome cookbook. If your New Year’s resolution list included cooking more for your family, get out there and order one or more cookbooks from our list, and let us know how our selection helped you in impressing your fellow foodies with finger licking dishes they will literally savour to the core!