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The 5 must-have cookbooks of 2018

05 December 2018 , 0 comments / 0 likes
Cooking, it is said, is the language of love, and a well-cooked meal is love made visible. Cookbooks will always be on trend because they help share the love around. This year, several cookbooks hit the shelves; here are our top five favourite cookbooks for everyone who is passionate about cooking.

1. Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food by Nik Sharma

Season is the deeply personal story of Indian-born Nik Sharma told through food, recipes and excellent photographs. Nik, the curator of the award-winning food blog A Brown Table, tells the story of his life from Mumbai to the US where he now lives through food. The book has around 100 well-researched recipes that transcend region and bring together a treasure trove of flavour and spice in a way, unlike any other recipe book.

The recipes are not intimidating; they are thoughtful and mouthwatering and will take home cooks on a surprising and delectable culinary journey. Nik’s book is peppered with amazing low-light photographs shot by Nik himself that enliven the book and encourage the reader to start cooking immediately.

2. All About Cake by Christina Tosi

All About Cake by two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Christina Tosi is a must-have cookbook for the dessert enthusiast. Christina is well-known for her whimsical desserts and quirky flavours, and All About Cake introduces the reader to the same whimsy that is seen in all her desserts.

The cookbook is a fantastic collection of Christina’s most famous recipes and is an excellent guide into the world of desserts for both newbies as well as hard-core baking enthusiasts. If you are enthralled by Christina’s out of the box dessert ideas and are looking to create your own cake flavours, All About Cake is the perfect cookbook for you.

3. Tiffin by Sonal Ved

Tiffin is a labour of love by Vogue India’s Food Editor Sonal Ved; it is a brilliant compilation of 500 recipes from all regions of India. With contributions from chefs, home cooks, caterers and food professionals from all over the country, Tiffin is a celebration of regional Indian cuisine. The book has recipes from east, west, north, south, north-east and central India. Additionally, the book carries recipes for community-specific dishes such as Konkani cuisine, Syrian Christian cuisine, etc.

This cookbook has contributions from renowned Indian chefs such as Manu Chandra, Anooj Wadhwan and has a foreword written by New York-based chef Floyd Cardoz. The cookbook is a treasure trove of information on Indian cooking, and the origin of each dish is described. Whether a home cook or an experienced food professional, this cookbook will delight all with its beautiful pictures, rare regional recipes, description of spices and ingredients, and instructions for basic foundation dishes such as ghee, coconut milk, paneer, etc.

4.Pasta, Pretty Please by Linda Miller Nicholson

Pasta, Pretty Please is a beautiful cookbook of pasta in all possible shapes and colour. Written by Instagram star Linda Miller Nicholson, Pasta, Pretty Please includes dough recipes, traditional and modern shaping techniques, and tasty sauces to elevate the perfect pasta.

The cookbook is full of colourful pasta made from natural ingredients and natural colours from vegetables and herbs. The cookbook takes the reader on a picturesque journey as the author explains various pasta techniques, methods of colouring pasta, which pigmented vegetables give which colour, and other resourceful tips and tricks. If you are a home cook or a food enthusiast looking to impress with colourful and attractive pasta, this is the perfect cookbook to get.

5. Masala: Indian Cooking for Modern Living by Mallika Basu

Masala by Mallika Basu is an ode to the modern cook, who is pressed for time. Her cookbook takes the reader back to her childhood home in Kolkata, and the focus on flavours and spices makes the recipes authentic and delectable. The cookbook is peppered with shortcuts and hacks to make the process simpler without compromising on taste and authenticity. These little cheats make the recipes more approachable to the inexperienced home cook who is short on time.

Mallika, a part-time PR consultant and full-time mother based in the UK, wrote the cookbook based on her own lack of time in the kitchen to churn out elaborate Indian meals. The book is generous with tips for practical cooking, home remedies for when you are under the weather, and aims to break the stereotype of the British Curry myth.

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