From traditional recipes to classic dishes with a twist, there’s a cookbook for every mood

By Pallavi Mehra

May, 2021

Our favourite cookbooks include Sarah Todd’s delicious Indian recipes

Since we have gone into lockdown, many of us are cooking more than usual. While some need inspiration for new and diverse recipes to spruce up their everyday cooking, others are looking for simple yet delicious recipes, with few ingredients and quick cook times. For this reason, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite cookbooks by international celebrity chefs. Here are the seven best cookbooks to order now!

Celebrity Chef Sarah Todd’s latest cookbook


After launching two successful restaurants, Antares in Goa and Wine Rack in Mumbai, and her first cookbook, Chef Sarah Todd has launched her second cookbook ‘My Indian Kitchen.’ This book features out-of-the-box Indian recipes, which are inspired by Sarah’s travels throughout India since the time she first set foot here. Not only has she tried to incorporate some Australian goodness, but has also made sure that the recipes are healthy as well. Her objective with this cookbook is to help out those people who stay away from their families and miss those delicious home cooked meals and also to learn the basics of cooking Indian food.

South Indian Madras Curry from Sarah Todd’s cookbook

Six years ago Sarah fell in love with the people, food and culture of India. In ‘My Indian Kitchen,’ Sarah takes readers beyond the well-known restaurant favourites of Butter Chicken, Chicken Tandoori and Dal. Combining her passion for Indian flavours with classical French techniques, she has created light, balanced and healthy dishes for you to make at home. To get you started, there is a list of must-have pantry items including spices, nuts and legumes. Next, are recipes for curry bases, cooling chutneys and raita, as well as Sarah’s secret masala mix and favourite crispy, flaky roti. There are street food delicacies and lots of main dishes using seafood, lamb, chicken and vegetarian proteins as well. And for the sweet tooth, some special desserts to round off the meal.

Ottolenghi’s newest book ‘Flavor’


In this stunning new cookbook, Yotam and co-writer Ixta Belfrage break down the three factors that create flavor and offer one-of-a-kind vegetarian dishes that deliver brand-new ingredient combinations to excite and inspire. Ottolenghi’s Flavor combines simple recipes for weeknights, low effort-high impact dishes, and standout meals for the relaxed cook. Packed with signature colourful photography, Flavor not only inspires us with what to cook, but how exquisite flavor is dialled up and why it works.

Flavor features delectable and easy-to-make recipes

The book is broken down into three parts, which reveal how to tap into the potential of ordinary vegetables to create extraordinary food. With sure-fire hits, such as Aubergine Dumplings alla Parmigiana, Hasselback Beetroot with Lime Leaf Butter, Miso Butter Onions, Spicy Mushroom Lasagne and Romano Pepper Schnitzels, plus mouth-watering photographs of nearly every one of the more than 100 recipes, Ottolenghi’s Flavor is the extraordinary, next-level approach to vegetarian cooking that Ottolenghi fans and vegetable lovers everywhere have been craving.

Asma Khan’s award-winning cookbook


Let Asma Khan feed your soul with this collection of authentic Indian recipes. Follow the route of the Darjeeling Express train from Bengal, through Calcutta, where she grew up, and along the foothills of the Himalayas to Hyderabad. London-based, award-winning restaurant Darjeeling Express began life as a dinner party with friends serving Indian food lovingly cooked from family recipes that go back generations. In this cookbook, Asma reveals the secret to her success, telling her immigrant's story and how food brought her home. The lavish recipes pay homage to her royal Mughlai ancestry.

Some popular dishes from Asma’s cookbook

Platters of dishes boasting texture and intense flavor encourage readers to gather for a traditional dawaat (feast). Starting with simple midweek ‘Feasts For Two,’ Asma then reveals the way to quick and easy cooking with less spice for ‘Family Feasts.’ There are ‘Feasts For Friends’ for when you want to show off a little and ‘Celebratory Feasts’ to feed a crowd. Many of the recipes are vegetarian, there are sweet treats and drinks, too, and all feature alongside lesser known recipes and stories unique to Asma’s family. This cookbook is more than just a collection of delicious and accessible recipes. It is a celebration of heritage, culture, community and quality.

Gordon Ramsay’s best home cooking cookbook


Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking is a collection of over 120 new European recipes that are infused with Gordon’s expertise and skill gleamed from his years in professional kitchens. Divided into chapters to see you through the whole day from weekday breakfasts to Saturday night dinners, this book is all about the pleasure of cooking and sharing the very best home-cooked food with family and friends.

Easy recipes from Gordon Ramsay’s cookbook

“My rules are simple. Home cooking has to be easy. It’s got to be fast. It’s got to be delicious. If you think you can’t cook amazing food at home, think again. I’m going to prove that however busy you are, it’s still possible to cook stunning food. These are the only recipes you’ll ever need!” states Chef Gordon Ramsay about his cookbook—Ultimate Home Cooking.

Jamie Oliver takes you on a gastronomic journey through Italy


Chef Jamie Oliver returns to cooking the food he loves the most, getting right to heart of the world’s favourite cuisine in his ultimate go-to Italian cookbook. He shows you that truly authentic Italian cooking is simple, beautiful and achievable. Featuring 140 recipes in Jamie's fuss-free and easy-to-follow style, the book has chapters on antipasti, salads, soups, pasta, meat, fish, sides, breads, pastries, desserts and all of the basics you will ever need to know!

Potato Gnocchi from Jamie Oliver’s cookbook

British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver fell in love with Italian food 25 years ago. Now he’s sharing his ultimate recipes, a mixture of fast and slow cooking, famous classics with a Jamie twist, simple everyday dishes and more indulgent labour-of-love choices for weekends and parties. Some of our favourite recipes from Jamie Cooks Italy include the Mushroom Bread Soup, Pot Roast Cauliflower, Whole Roasted Sea Bass, Classic Carbonara and Winter Salad.

Cook Eat Repeat is Nigella Lawson’s latest cookbook


This cookbook is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella’s engaging and insightful prose. Whether talking about the evolution and meaning of recipe in 'What is a Recipe?' – “a recipe, much like a novel, is a living collaboration between writer and reader. And in both cases, it is the reader who keeps it alive” – or exploring the heinous notion of the guilty pleasure in ‘Death to the Guilty Pleasure,’ Nigella is by turns characteristically informative, intelligent, thought-provoking and amusing.“The recipes I write come from my life, my home,” says Nigella, and in this book she shares the rhythms and rituals of her kitchen through over 50 new recipes that make the most of her favourite ingredients.

Basque Burnt Cheesecake with Liquorice Sauce by Nigella
Photo Credit- Jonathan Lovekin

Dedicated chapters include ‘A is for Anchovy’ (a celebration of the bacon of the sea), ‘Beetroot and Me,’ ‘A Vegan Feast,’ a shout out for ‘Brown Food,’ a very relatable ‘How To Invite People for Dinner Without Hating Them (or Yourself),’ plus new ideas for Christmas. Within these chapters are recipes for all seasons and tastes—Burnt Onion and Aubergine Dip; Butternut with Chilli, Ginger and Beetroot Yoghurt Sauce; Brown Butter Colcannon; Spaghetti with Chard and Anchovies; Beef Cheeks with Port and Chestnuts; Oxtail Bourguignon; and Wide Noodles with Lamb in Aromatic Broth, to name a few. Those with a sweet tooth will delight in the Rhubarb and Custard Trifle; Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake; Basque Burnt Cheesecake with Liquorice Sauce; Rice Pudding Cake; and Cherry and Almond Crumble.

Celebrity Chef David Chang


With 200,000+ copies in print, this New York Times bestseller shares the story and the recipes behind the chef and cuisine that changed the modern-day culinary landscape. Never before has there been a phenomenon like Momofuku. A once-unrecognizable word, it’s now synonymous with the award-winning restaurants of the same name in New York City (Momofuku Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar, Ko, Má Pêche, Fuku, Nishi, and Milk Bar), Toronto, and Sydney. Chef David Chang single-handedly revolutionised cooking in America and beyond, with his use of bold Asian flavors and impeccable ingredients, his mastery of the humble ramen noodle, and his thorough devotion to pork.

David Chang’s Soy Braised Chicken
Photo Credit-Andrew Bezek

In this cookbook, Chang relays with candour the tale of his unwitting rise to superstardom, which, though wracked with mishaps, happened at light speed. And the dishes shared in this book are coveted by all who’ve dined—or yearned to—at any Momofuku location (yes, the pork buns are here). Momofuku: A Cookbook is a must-read for anyone who truly enjoys food. Some of our favourite recipes from this book include the Soy Braised Chicken, Napa Cabbage Kimchi, Ssäm Sauce Chicken Wings and Easy Curry Udon.