Food, glorious food – our picks of cooking books

An eclectic mix of health foods, comfort foods and fast foods


Modern Baking : cakes, cookies and everything in between / Hay, Donna
“Donna Hay, Australia’s bestselling, favourite and most trusted cook, brings you one of her most beautiful books yet: Modern Baking, with over 250 mouth-watering recipes for cakes, biscuits and all kinds of divinely delicious sweet treats. Inside are more than 250 recipes – my all-time favourite essentials, plus some super-smart shortcuts for when life gets crazy busy.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Lateral Cooking / Segnit, Niki
Lateral Cooking is, in a sense, the ‘method’ companion to its bestselling predecessor, The Flavour Thesaurus – and is just as useful, ingeniously organised and enjoyable to read. The recipes in each chapter are then arranged on a continuum, the transition from one recipe to another generally amounting to a tweak or two in the method or ingredients.” (adapted from Catalogue)

River Cottage : Veg Everyday! / Fearnley-Whittingstall, Hugh
“Why don’t we eat more veg? They’re healthy, cost-effective and, above all, delicious. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall believes that we should all be eating more of the good stuff, as he explains in this brilliant book. With over 200 recipes and vibrant photography from Simon Wheeler, River Cottage Veg Every Day is a timely eulogy to the glorious green stuff.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Eating Well Everyday / Gordon, Peter
“Using easily sourced ingredients and simple methods, the Godfather of fusion cooking Peter Gordon has created over 170 dishes that demonstrate his passion for innovative flavours and textures in an everyday setting.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Overdrive cover Let Me Feed You, Rosie Daykin (ebook)
“Rosie’s cooking is as unfussy and straightforward as it is delicious and beautiful. Given how busy life can be, she doesn’t believe making a comforting home cooked meal should make it any more complicated; because complicated doesn’t always mean better. Let Me Feed You is a warm, humorous cookbook full of easy-to-follow recipes destined to become new favorites.” (adapted from Overdrive description)

Healthy Kids Cookbook / Bloomfield, Jill
“More than 60 delicious and easy recipes for any child learning to cook! From homemade breakfast smoothies to rainbow salad, nutritious sweets and wholesome party food, Healthy Kids Cookbook has everything you need to cook yummy meals and snacks that are packed with nutrition. With step-by-step recipes, full-page colour photography, notes for the parents, and variations to suit different tastes and dietary requirements, this book is perfect for any household that has young chefs in training!” (Catalogue)

Alternative Vegan : healthy plant-based recipes that break the rules / Reginato, Marie
“Marie Reginato makes plant-based cooking more exciting with over 75 healthy recipes with the option of adding in seafood or eggs. With delicious recipes – a majority of which are dairy, egg and gluten free – and the wiggle room to stick to a healthy lifestyle long term, Alternative Vegan is the carefully-crafted, modern approach to ditching the “one size fits all” mentality.” (adapted from Catalogue)

Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Tacos and Margaritas / Burggraf, Steve
“This is a smart, fun collection of everyone’s favorite foods in a single book–who doesn’t love hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, and margaritas? With more than 100 recipes, from quick and easy to classic to more gourmet fare, including some more unusual ingredients, this book brings all of your fast-food favorites together in one place.” (adapted from Catalogue)