10 Cookbooks Every Home Chef Must Have | MF Guide

By Disha Hanspal November 14, 2018
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If you’re an amateur cook, inspired by watching reruns of Masterchef (like me), and someone who loves trying out new recipes every other day, this list will make your cooking experience much more fun. 

From everyday cooking, to cooking for occasions and baking scrumptious treats, here are all the cookbooks that you need, to satisfy the chef inside you. Trying to turn vegan, or to walk the healthy path? Don’t worry, there is something for all you health conscious chefs as well.

Larousse Gastronomique

If you know any chef, or culinary student, they will tell you how important this book is for all things related to cooking. Larousse is known as the bible of the culinary world. With recipes dating back to 1938, this book has everything that you need in order to whip up a world class meal for yourself. It also has tips, cooking styles, techniques and the history behind every dish that is mentioned in the book. If you want to enhance your cooking style, and go a notch higher with your next self-cooked meal, this book is a must have in your kitchen. 

Larousse Gastronomique

Larousse Gastronomique

Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom 

Being a die-hard Julia Child fan, the first time that I laid my eyes on this book, I knew this would become my go-to cookbook. Julia had authored many cookbooks in her life, and this was her final cookbook. It has everything related to cooking, from all her years in the kitchen. From the basics, to complex techniques, this book has all the recipes, tips and knowledge that you need in order to make yourself a delicious home cooked meal. I’ve tried out almost every recipe from this book, and believe me, each one is better than the previous. Unlike regular cookbooks, Julia emphasizes and focuses on even the smallest of techniques, making you a Masterchef at home. 

Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom

Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom

The Martha Stewart Cookbook: Collected Recipes For Everyday 

I have grown up watching The Martha Stewart show. I remember how mesmerized I was every time Martha prepared something on television so when I was old enough to start cooking, this was the first cookbook that I bought! This book is an amalgamation of all of Martha’s recipes, from savoury dishes, to mouthwatering desserts- there is a step by step guide for every dish. It has a collection of more than 1,400 recipes, and is an assembly of her previous nine collections. All of Martha Stewart’s recipes in one book, what more can a home chef ask for? 

PS- do not forget to try cooking the Grilled Chicken Paillard. It is the best chicken recipe that I have ever tried! 

The Martha Stewart Cookbook

The Martha Stewart Cookbook

Season: Big Flavours, Beautiful Food

This book was named as one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year by The New York Times, Eater, Grub Street and many others. Nik Sharma, writes about his story of how he moved from India to America, as a gay immigrant, and how the essence of Indian cooking still stayed with him. This cookbook has classic Indian flavours, with a modern twist. The book has recipes for dishes like Apple Masala Chai Cake to Chaat Masala Grilled Pork Chops (yes, my mouth is watering too), and covers almost every spice and flavour that exists in Indian cooking. If you are a modern day cook who loves the essence of Indian cooking, this book needs a designated spot in your kitchen. 

Season

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How To Cook Everything Vegetarian 

Finding tasty vegetarian recipes in today’s world, is a difficult task so if you’re a vegetarian who enjoys cooking, this book has all your answers. Mark Bittman has written many other books, and has always aimed to give the best yet the simplest techniques for making great food.  This book includes more than 2,000 recipes, with different variations. It also has recipes that can be made in less than 30 minutes, and vegan recipes. So, what are you waiting for? You are just one book away from making the yummiest cheese soufflé and homemade biscuits that you’ll ever have! 

How To Cook Everything Vegetarian

How To Cook Everything Vegetarian

Gunpowder: Explosive Flavors From Modern India 

This book makes cooking Indian food, bolder, better and most importantly, easier. Written by the founders of the famous Gunpowder restaurant chain in London, this book is a must have for every Indian household. This cookbook has at the recipes for everything that they serve at their restaurant. The dishes have strong flavours from all across India, and classic recipes that will bring you back to your roots. Each recipe features personal notes from the authors and they have also given tips for making the process easier for amateur chefs. You can now make restaurant style food in the comfort of your home. 

Gunpowder: Explosive Flavors From Modern India

Gunpowder: Explosive Flavors From Modern India

Ottolenghi Simple

Ever since my first trip to UAE a few years ago, Middle Eastern food has become my all-time favourite cuisine. But living in Mumbai, there aren’t many restaurants that serve authentic Middle Eastern food. This is how I discovered Ottolenghi Simple, which has 130 recipes of authentic Middle Eastern food (along with beautiful pictures). It has detailed techniques, simple procedures and time efficient recipes. Most of the recipes require 10 ingredients or less, which is something I love. My tip? Start with the Lamb and Pistachio Patties with Sumac Yogurt Sauce- you will not be disappointed! 

PS- If you’re a vegetarian (or a vegan) you must buy Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi. It is a blend of wholesome veggies and a lot of great dishes! 

Ottolenghi Simple

Ottolenghi Simple

How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking

Whenever somebody talks about desserts, I can always picture Nigella Lawson walking to her fridge after her show and whipping up a delicious treat with all her leftover dishes (and looking beautiful at that!). Well, it comes as no shocker that this cookbook is a treasure for all you bakers and dessert enthusiasts out there. From recipes for breads, to pastries and to scrumptious cakes– this book has it all. It has about 220 beautifully illustrated recipes. All in all, it’s a confectioner’s dream come true! 

How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking

How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking

The Big Book Of treats – Pooja Dhingra 

With so many International pastry chefs influencing today’s world, we are lucky to have our very own Pooja Dhingra giving them all a tough competition. From helpful tips, to simplified techniques, The Big Book Of Treats is the best book to refer to if you want to whip up a gooey brownie, or maybe some delicious chocolate tarts. Each recipe begins with a backstory, and every page in the book is filled with either beautiful photos or decadent recipes of rich desserts. If you’re an amateur chef, or even a learned pastry chef- this book is perfect for when you’re craving lip smacking desserts. 

The Big Book Of treats - Pooja Dhingra

The Big Book Of treats – Pooja Dhingra

Bake With Shivesh 

New age cooking is so much more than just taste. This dessert book by Shivesh Bhatia is everything that you need if you want to make the perfect dessert- both in taste and in the way that it looks. Also, if you’re someone who is big on social media, this young chef is all over the place! He has a blog wherein he puts up his spectacular but simple recipes, along with drool worthy photos of everything that he bakes. Apart from being a great chef and baker, he is also a really good food stylist. So whether you want to impress a date with some quinoa coffee brownies, or if you want to up your Instagram game (believe me, these desserts are too pretty to not post!), this book should definitely be your next buy. 

Bake With Shivesh

Bake With Shivesh

It’s time to start experimenting more with your food. Who knows, maybe you could be the next Masterchef? (well, at least this is what I keep telling myself.) Chop chop, it’s time to get your chef’s cap on!