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The best cookbooks of 2023

by Alice Palmer Brown

published on 21 December 2022

From one-tin bakes to slow-cooked suppers, nutrition-packed meals to zero-waste recipes, the best cookbooks of 2023 include a book for every kind of cook.

Looking for more cookbook recommendations? Take a look at our pick of the best one-pot cookbooks, the best air fryer cookbooks, slow cooker cookbooks and more.

Bored of Lunch

by Nathan Anthony

Slow cooking was already enjoying somewhat of a revival as a low-effort and budget-friendly cooking method even before the cost of living crisis. Now, as families face soaring food prices and energy bills, the low cost of slow cooking in comparison to using the oven or hob has earned this nifty kitchen appliance hordes of new devotees. One such convert is Nathan Anthony, a home cook who has amassed well over a million fans of his healthy, budget-friendly slow cooker recipes on Instagram and Tik Tok. Featuring ideas for every day of the week, The Healthy Slow Cooker Book includes recipes for risotto, pasta, curry and all of your favourite takeaways made easier and healthier, with calorie counts on each dish, easy-to-find ingredients and simple instructions.

Jane’s Patisserie Everyday

by Jane Dunn

Jane Dunn has wowed hundreds of thousands of followers with Instagram-worthy bakes and two gorgeous cookbooks. With Jane’s Patisserie Everyday, her third book, she brings it back to basics with easy, comforting, and accessible baking recipes ranging from celebration cakes to easy mid-week dinners.

Mary Makes it Easy

Accompanying a BBC series of the same name, Mary Makes it Easy is packed with simple recipes for one-pot dinners, five-ingredient dishes, food prep and storage tips, and crowd-pleasing desserts and bakes.

5 Ingredients Mediterranean

Jamie Oliver has revisited his immensely popular five-ingredient format to develop over 125 flavour-packed dishes that take inspiration from the food of Spain, Greece, Italy, Cyprus and Portugal. Expect simple yet delicious recipes such as Warm Halloumi Salad, Green Gazpacho, Potato Bombas, Epic Prawns and Beans, Baharat Chicken Shish, Fig Tart, and more.

Dr Rupy Cooks: Healthy. Easy. Flavour

by Dr Rupy Aujla

Dr Rupy Aujla is the doctor and food expert behind The Doctor’s Kitchen, an online platform that promotes the medicinal benefits of eating and living well. In January 2023, he released his fourth cookbook, Dr Rupy Cooks a collection of 100 brand-new recipes packed with flavour, backed by meticulous research and tested by over a thousand cooks across the world. The recipes in this book include a broad range of flavours and international influences, from tacos to donburi, curry to pasta, and include speedy midweek dinners, one-pot recipes, fast lunch ideas, and plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Dr Rupy Cooks is the perfect cookbook to help you kickstart a healthier 2023.

Nadiya’s Simple Spices

Using just eight readily-available spices, home-cooking hero Nadiya Hussain shares brilliant new ways to create flavourful, fuss-free dishes guaranteed to impress at the dinner table.

Baked In One

by Eloise Head

Following the success of her debut cookbook Baking It Easy, Eloise Head, the social media star and baking sensation also known as Fitwaffle, is back with a brand-new cookbook. In Baked in One, Eloise reveals one hundred new easy bakes all designed to be made in the same 20cm square tin. With popular fan-favourite recipes as well as brand-new, never-before-seen creations, this cookbook will keep any avid baker busy. From five-ingredient bakes to special occasion creations for impressing friends and family, there’s a bake for all eventualities, including some extra special seasonal bakes for Easter, Christmas and more.

Desi Kitchen

by Sarah Woods

Desi Kitchen explores how the South Asian communities dotted across the UK combine diverse culinary influences to create new and exciting dishes, from Tandoori roast dinners to Neeps and Tatties Keema Pies.

Mary Berry’s Baking Bible (2023 Edition)

In this completely modernised reissue of the 2009 classic Mary Berry’s Baking Bible, Mary has set out to create the essential guide for bakers. The 250 bakes include 20 brand-new recipes alongside all of the much-loved originals, which have been newly tested and photographed. Perfect for baking lovers of all experience levels this book provides reliable recipes and easy-to-follow instructions that result in mouth-watering bakes every time.

The Ultimate Air-Fryer Cookbook

by Clare Andrews

Air frying is quicker, healthier and more cost-efficient than using a traditional oven, and Clare’s recipes are here to show you that the beloved kitchen gadget is for more than just cooking chips. In The Ultimate Air-Fryer Cookbook, you’ll learn how to cook everything from quick, healthy and delicious midweek dinners and desserts, to light lunchtime bites and snacks, and even cookies and cakes.

The Ramadan Cookbook

by Anisa Karolia

In The Ramadan Cookbook, food blogger Anisa Karolia brings together eighty quick, fuss-free and accessible meals for Ramadan. From predawn meals for suhoor, ideas for iftar and feasts to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, The Ramadan Cookbook has all the accompanying sides, condiments and desserts you could need.

Bored of Lunch: The Healthy Air Fryer Book

by Nathan Anthony

A follow-up to his hit cookbook The Healthy Slow Cooker Book, Nathan brings 80 brand-new recipes to help you eat well and save money with your air fryer. Discover a wide selection of interesting ways to get the most out of your air fryer, from starters and snacks to quick lunches, midweek dinners, fakeaways for the weekend and even some sweet treats.


by Alexina Anatole

The debut cookbook of former Masterchef finalist Alexina Anatole’s debut cookbook is a celebration of bitterness. Featuring gorgeous photography and writing, prepare to fall in love with the sophisticated world of bitter flavours with recipes such as Seared Salmon Tacos with Grapefruit and Avocado, Chicory Gratin, Liquorice Miso-Glazed Aubergine, Negroni Pavlova, and Bitter Chocolate Torte.

You Can Cook This!

Max La Manna is on a mission to prove that minimising food waste doesn’t have to mean compromising on flavour. His cookbook, You Can Cook This! delivers on its title’s promise with over one hundred and twenty no-fuss dishes anyone can make, from simple midweek meals and easy one-pot dinners to crowd-pleasing dinner party dishes and tempting bakes and desserts. By prioritising affordable ingredients, championing seasonal vegetables and reframing leftovers, Max creates veg-centric recipes that will help you spend less, reduce food waste and put a mouth-watering meal on the table. With more of us than ever before looking for ways to make each shop stretch further, Max’s accessible, economical and, above all else, flavourful new recipes could not be more timely.

Love is a Pink Cake

by Claire Ptak

Featuring 85 beautifully photographed recipes, Love is a Pink Cake is packed full of tempting cookies, cakes, desserts and savoury favourites. With chapters spanning bakes for mornings, afternoons, after dinner, parties and holidays, you will discover the perfect recipe for every occasion and any time of year, with seasonal ingredients championed throughout.


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