Finding motivation to cook can be difficult. You’re tired after work. You’re not organised enough. But the most common complaint? You just don’t know what to cook.
One of the best ways to kick yourself out of a cooking-motivation-slump is a new cookbook. The ideas are inspiring, there’s always potential to find a new ‘signature’ dish and, in most cases, the pictures are so beautiful you’ll be salivating before you’ve even started.
Here are some of the best cookbooks of all time, for any occasion.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle
It's a New York Times bestseller, has more than 500 recipes, and includes dishes for every level of cook.
Put together by chefs Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle, this cleverly crafted cookbook separates the classic French staples into different themes, making the cookbook easy to follow and the cuisine easy(ier) to master.
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Cook's Illustrated Cookbook, Various
Featuring more than 2,000 essential recipes, the team at Cook's Illustrated hand tests each recipe relentlessly until it's perfect. Each recipe combines simplicity with a touch of expertise - bringing the amateur cook to a more elite level.
There are hand-drawn illustrations on how to prepare the perfect omelet, carve meat, shell lobsters, and frost cakes - to name just a few. Put simply, this is a practical guide to show-stopping cooking.
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi
Yoram Ottolenghi has four restaurants in London - each a patisserie, deli, restaurant, and bakery rolled into one. The chef, who was raised in Jerusalem, is known for recipes rooted in the Mediterranean - but with a touch of Italian or Californian or North African flare thrown in.