Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Favourite Cookbooks for Christmas 2011

Wow, I can’t believe I’ve reviewed 30 books over the last 12 months! (hug to self… hmm arms have to stretch a bit harder now…)

Even though I’ve fed my friends and family over the course of the year, its time for me to keep on gifting.

Here are my top Christmas gifts for the silly season.

My top 5 books for 2011 (in no particular order)

Poh's Kitchen

Two Asian Kitchens

Delicious.: Simply the Best

    • Jeni’s Spendid Ice-cream (review)


  • Book for the guy addicted to Bunnings
  • Adrian’ Richardson’s The Good Life (Review)

The Good Life

  • Book for those that count chocolate as a vegetable

PS Desserts

  • Book for the guy that thinks he can cook but can’t

Manu's French Kitchen

  • Book for the chick who wears Campers and makes her own cool clothes

Sweet Treats

  • Book for the princess brat moving out of home
    • Donna Hay’s Fast Fresh Simple (review)

Fast, Fresh, Simple

  • Book for the self righteous hipster
    • South East Asian Food (review)

  • I wear Birkenstocks and remember Woodstock

Food Safari

  • Best group present that everyone will be happy with
  • Delicious by Valli Little (review)

Delicious.: Simply the Best

  • Book for the awesome teacher or kindly Aunt that you actually like
  • Around my French Table (review)

  • Best coffee table book – if George Clooney was a book….
  • Gingerboy (review pending)

Gingerboy: Creative Street Food

Let me know what you give this Christmas!

Amazon’s Best Cookbooks of 2011: Cookbooks, Food & Wine

  • Essential Pepin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food [Hardcover] Jacques Pepin (Author)

  • Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas [Hardcover] Brad Thomas Parsons (Author), Ed Anderson (Photographer)

  • Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi [Hardcover]Yotam Ottolenghi (Author), Jonathan Lovekin (Photographer)

Cookbook Review: River Cottage Veg Everyday! By Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall


My rating: 4 1/2 stars

The best celebration of the Vegetable I’ve ever read. A must for carnivores wanting to eat more veg and compulsory for every vegetarian.

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Cookbook Review: 4 Ingredients Christmas by Kim McCosker

My rating: 1 star

Perfect for the person who hates to cook and hates the taste of food.





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Cookbook Review: Jamie’s Great Britain by Jamie Oliver

My rating: 3 ½  stars

(3 for taste, 4 for trying)

An epic tome dedicated to that oxymoron –  “British Cuisine”




Jamie’s done a tremendous job of compiling Great Britain’s signature dishes into one giant book. The problem is, the food tastes pretty crap. read more »