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The 8 New Cookbooks You Need To Win At Life

By Ellen Seah - 21 Oct 2016


When there are so many cheesy, greasy, downright delicious food options in Melbourne, it can be hard to cook. Especially when some of Melbourne’s top restaurants will eagerly deliver their goods to your front door.

Well, it’s time to roll off that couch and turn off Netflix – this year is all about ‘grammable home cooking. Here are the eight cookbooks you need in your life.

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Possibly the most hyped up cookbook of the year, Cravings by Chrissy Teigen claims to contain recipes of all the food you want to eat. It’s not an exaggeration. From mac ‘n cheese that will make you throw your instant version out the window to cheesy breakfast sandwiches packed with spices, pork and saucy goodness – if American model Chrissy eats it (in moderation), well, so will we.

It’s All Easy by Gwyneth Paltrow

If you’ve ever picked up a Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook, you’ll know it can be a touch overwhelming and pretty (freaking) far from easy if you’ve got any kind of job and don’t have time to make your own sriracha (let alone an entire dinner). But the latest installation of the Paltrow cookbook family pleasantly surprises by more than delivering with a range of recipes under 30 minutes. Sure it may require a little speedy chopping and modern appliances, but if you’re looking for a healthy (tasty) way to diet – this is the book.

Tokyo Cult Recipes by Maori Murota

Eat your way through Tokyo in Melbourne. From handmade gyozas to bright street style Harajuku crepes, the Tokyo Cult Recipes cookbook is a must for any Japan lover. Some recipes are more suited for a weekend project, while other impressive sweets like the Japanese Strawberry Shortcake are surprisingly simple to whip, layer and bring to work. Preen at the inevitable compliments. 

The Naked Cookbook by Tess Ward

This cookbook is so pretty, you’ll earn back the cost in compliments. Besides sitting on your coffee desk, this recipe book enables you to make nutritious “naked” recipes that are fresh and unprocessed. From green cauliflower “couscous” with pumpkin seeds to prune + bitter chocolate frozen ricotta, the results are undeniably delicious.

Eating In The Middle by Andie Mitchell

Mostly healthy with a sprinkling of decadent, rich foods – Andie Mitchell strikes the balance between healthy eating and indulgence. Peruse through giant salads, peanut butter granola parfaits and bacon wrapped pork depending on how healthy (or unhealthy) you’re feeling. As a plus, all recipes include nutritional information for those interested. 

Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon

Written by one of the biggest vegan bloggers, Oh She Glows is a staple for any dedicated vegan foodie or omnivore. Including everything from nacho dips, doughnuts and delicious veggie loaves – we promise you won’t be missing the lack of meat!

Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci

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Smith & Daughters by Shannon Martinez and Mo Wyse

Written by the owners of Melbourne’s vegan darling child Smith & Daughters, this vegan cookbook features all your favourite recipes including the Smith & Daughters breakfast burrito, “holy grail” aioli and doughnuts. Cocktails and smoothies recipes will also make an appearance—because these ladies know what we like. 

Looking to show off your new cooking prowess? Check out our guide to Hosting The Ultimate Dinner Party!   

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