Christmas Gift Guide: The Cookbooks

Published: 4 April 2014

With Christmas comes dreaded Christmas shopping. Hoards of tourists flood the streets, haphazardly stopping in the middle of a pavement, and then proceed to buy all the Charbonnel et Walker ‘Pink Marc de Champagne Truffles’ from Liberty – a box of which you had planned to put into your Grandma’s stocking. The tourists (and we’re talking anyone outside of Zone 2) really test your Christmas cheer to the limit. Bah! Humbug!

Well, we say avoid the anger-inducing shops, take a look at our Christmas Gift Guide: The Cookbook Edit…

‘Coi: Stories and Recipes’ by Daniel Patterson - £35

‘Coi: Stories and Recipes’ by Daniel Patterson - £35

The first cookbook from two Michelin Starred restaurant, Coi, in San Francisco, is one of the most aesthetically appealing cookbooks we’ve ever set eyes on. The book seeks to take the reader into the kitchen of Coi, with tales and essays about the restaurant, explaining the creative processes behind each dish. There is also a narrative, guiding the reader to cook an eleven course tasting menu. As much a book of photography as a recipe book, the atmospheric shots – all of which were specially commissioned – take it to a whole new level of special. This is the cookbook for any budding chef with an artistic eye.

‘Roast: a very British Cookbook’ by Marcus Verberne - £25

‘Roast: a very British Cookbook’ by Marcus Verberne - £25

Head Chef of Borough Market’s Roast, Marcus Verberne has presented his inaugural cookbook with the restaurant. A compendium of great British recipes, the book makes the perfect gift for anyone with a taste for traditional British grub. Think pan fried Gurnard fillet with clams in cider and wild boar pancetta; or roast chicken with sage-roasted squash, smoked bacon and creamed sweetcorn.

‘The Vietnamese Market Cookbook’ by Van Tran and Anh Vu - £20

‘The Vietnamese Market Cookbook’ by Van Tran and Anh Vu - £20

Vietnamese food is an all-time favourite of ours and this cookbook from street-food ambassadors and founders of Banhmi11, Van Tran and Anh Vu, provides the most authentic recipes this side of Hanoi. From fluffy banh mi baguettes, to authentic fresh fillings, and complex Pho noodle soup, to the more substantial black pepper beef.

‘ONE: A Cook and her Cupboard’ by Florence Knight - £26

‘ONE: A Cook and her Cupboard’ by Florence Knight - £26

Head Chef of Polpetto, Florence Knight, has been biding her time whilst Russell Norman – of Polpo fame – completes the location change for the temporarily closed sister restaurant. The recipes are all inspired by her cupboard essentials, as a means of expressing her frustration at having no restaurant in which to cook, using staples such as olive oil, flour, mustard, vinegar, salt, ketchup, nuts, eggs, honey and chocolate.

‘Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird’ by Gabriel Rucker - £30

‘Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird’ by Gabriel Rucker - £30

All the way from Portland, Oregon, meat-mad restaurant, Le Pigeon, has released their first cookbook with the help of the restaurant’s acclaimed Head Chef, Gabriel Rucker. A collection of 125 recipes, including curious creations such as Elk Tongue Stroganoff; Rabbit and Eel Terrine; Beef Cheeks Bourguignon; Lamb Belly BLT; and most aptly and least adventurously, Roast Pigeon. Each recipe also suggests wines to pair with each dish, provided by Le Pigeon’s in-house Sommelier, Andrew Fortgang.

‘A Love of Food’ by Daylesford Farm - £30

‘A Love of Food’ by Daylesford Farm - £30

Daylesford are all about natural, organic produce and enhancing the genuine flavours of any given ingredient. ‘A Love of Food’ demonstrates just that, with homely and simple recipes including Autumnal Venison Terrine with homemade tomato and chilli jam, and Winter Beef, Ale and Barley Casserole. Beautifully designed, the book also contains stories and insight from the farm itself.

‘J Sheekey Cookbook’ by Tim Hughes - £25

‘J Sheekey Cookbook’ by Tim Hughes - £25

The cookbook from our beloved fish restaurant, J Sheekey, divulges chef secrets to cooking fish and shellfish properly. Split into sections, the book covers starters, sides, mains and desserts, and even offers wine pairings. Containing more than 100 recipes, the book also reveals what goes in their much-loved fish pie.

‘Food With Stories’ by The Rare Brand Market - £20

‘Food With Stories’ by The Rare Brand Market - £20

Celebrating independent foodies in the UK, this picture heavy cookbook is jam packed full of fresh, simple recipes to suit even the most amateur of cooks. Each recipe has been donated by an artisan food producer, giving an insight into them and the way they cook. Dishes include a Black Truffle Lasagne by Mister Truffle, and a Hot Smoked Chicken Salad by The Chesil Smokery based in West Dorset.

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