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The best cookbooks of 2018

by Jessica Lockyer-Palmer

published on 19 December 2017

2018 has been a brilliant year for new cookbooks, so make some space on that shelf for our picks of the best recipe books to add to your collection.

Smitten Kitchen Every Day

We loved award-winning blogger, Deb Perelman’s first, New York Times best-selling cookbook, Smitten Kitchen. Her second, Smitten Kitchen Every Day, is all about recipes that match up to the realities of busy life, with page after page of food that you not only want to eat, but very easily can, with recipes that are easy to master and a joy to make, eat and share. With everything from breakasts to party food, comfort plays a big part in each dish, and Deb’s relatable and witty intros are wonderful to read.

Tasty : Latest & Greatest

by Tasty

Tasty have enthralled their millions of followers with snack-sized videos of the ultimate comfort food. Featuring the recipes that have resonated most with their following, this cookbook is likely to have you seriously drooling with winners like Cheeseburger Pretzel Bombs and Carne Asada Fries. 

One Pan. 100 Brilliant Meals

by Mari Mererid Williams

Another cookbook to revolutionise midweek meals, One Pan: 100 Brilliant Meals is a brilliant resource for quick and easy meal ideas to take you from pan to table. With everything from pies to cheat’s frying pan lasagne, and breakfast ideas right through to bakes, this is cooking made simple, but still totally delicious.


Who would you trust more than Mary Berry to teach you how to master the classics? Whether you’re challenging yourself to make a brilliant beef Bourguignon or need a fail-safe recipe that promises the perfect lasagne, every time, Classic is full of go-to and authoritative recipes to expand and revitalise your repertoire and is an essential kitchen companion for everyone from experienced cooks to unconfident beginners.

Eat Happy

Melissa Hemsley is one half of Hemsley + Hemsley, the foodie sister act behind two of our favourite cookooks, The Art of Eating Well and Good + Simple. Eat Happy is Melissa’s first solo cookbook and is all about quick and easy food that makes you feel great, with recipes for everything from Monday Miso Noodle Soup to a Celebration Cake.

Three Ingredient Baking

by Sarah Rainey

Love to bake but fed up of overly-complicated recipes that call for mile-long shopping lists? This is the cookbook for you. With each recipe using only three ingredients and teaching you plenty of nifty baking hacks, you’ll whip up everything from banana bread made in a slow cooker to 40 second meringues with less money and time spent in the process. It’s a baking revolution!


by Russell Norman

From Russell Norman, the restaurateur behind popular restaurant group, Polpo, comes Venice, a celebration of the best of Venetian home cooking across the seasons. Perfect for lovers of Italian food, Venice is a beautifully presented guide to cooking the authentic flavours of this beautiful city, with recipes for pastas, salads and much more.

The Happy Pear: Recipes for Happiness

Following on from two best-selling cookbooks, The Happy Pear are back with the brilliant Recipes for Happiness. The brothers’ latest collection of vegetarian inspiration is packed with plant-based alternatives to classic family dishes, budget-conscious and easy dinners ready in 15 minutes and plenty of delicious treats. 

Nadiya’s Family Favourites

The nation’s sweetheart is back with a brand new cookbook and TV series focusing on recipes the whole family will love. With over 100 enticing dishes, from breakfasts to bakes, this is the perfect cookbook for busy families looking for new and creative meal ideas.

The Green Roasting Tin

After changing our lives with her first cookbook, The Roasting Tin, Rukmini Iyer is back with more recipes that leave the oven to do the hard work. This time, half of the recipes are vegan and the other half are vegetarian with simple swaps suggested to make them vegan too, so expect roasting tins full of brightly coloured roasted veg and nutritionally-packed grains but without any of the hassle or the washing up of your normal kitchen routine.

Jamie Cooks Italy

A true celebration of one of the world’s most revered cuisines, Jamie Cooks Italy sees Jamie Oliver reconnecting with a long-established love of Italian food. From antipasti through to dessert, it is the ultimate guide to recreating the magic of Italian cooking in your own kitchen, with a collection of achievable and accessible best-ever recipes.


SIMPLE is Ottolenghi as you’ve never seen him before. With all the hallmarks of what makes his food fantastic – bold flavours, brilliant ingredients and bags of creativity – but with recipes that are easier than ever before to make at home. Midweek Ottolenghi meals, anyone? Yes please! 


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