Cookbooks for Xmas 2023

My round up of some of my favourite cookbooks of the year, so if you are looking for any last minute gifts for your foodie friends or indeed a little treat for yourself then here goes, these are books that I buy for food that I like to read, cook from and learn, in no particular order other than top to bottom:

FLAVOUR by Sabrina Ghayour

There’s just no stopping Sabrina, this is her seventh book would you believe, it feels like only yesterday Persiana was born, everyone knows I’m a fan of Sabrina, I adore her books and this one is no exception.

NOW & THEN by Tessa Kiros

A welcome return this year from one of my favourite writers, my blog here if you want to know the reasons why, a stunning book, a collection of recipes for always.


Andi seemed to be everywhere on TV this year and rightly so, she’s a joy to watch and listen to, welcome to her debut cookbook, stories, and recipes from the Caribbean table.


A wonderful book of recipes from Ozlem’s homeland with a tribute to southern Turkish cuisine, enjoy the warmth and generous spirit of Turkish cuisine.

VEG-TABLE by Nik Sharma

Book 3 from Nik celebrating the vegetable as only Nik can, as always with Nik’s books, they are educational and visually stunning as are the recipes within.

MORE DAILY VEG by Joe Woodhouse

The title says it all, the follow up to Daily Veg delivers more great vegetable recipes brought to life on the pages with Joe’s great photography.


Who hasn’t heard of Poppy Cooks? The potato queen of Tik Tok to Saturday Morning’s Quim gate to proving that air friers can make produce delicious food.

TANDOORI HOME COOKING by Maunika Gowardhan

I do love my Indian cookbooks and I adore Maunika, this book showcases her favourite recipes gathered eating her way across Mumbai and other Indian cities and how to achieve classic tandoori taste in your own kitchen.

THALI by Maunika Gowardhan

Book 2 this year from Maunika, a joyful celebration of Indian home cooking, exploring the thali, the marriage of hot, sour, spicy, crispy, tangy and sweet, brought together on one plate

DESI KITCHEN by Sarah Woods

Debut cookbook from BBC finalist on Britain’s best home cook, Desi Kitchen takes you on a culinary roadmap to the food of the south Asian diaspora in modern Britain today.

MOTHER TONGUE by Gurdeep Loyal

Another debut cookbook, winner of the Jane Grigson trust award 2021, a very original and exciting book full of recipes that are based on Indian food with twists and flavours to excite and inspire.

All of these books were purchased by myself and none of them were gifts, I am under no obligation to promote them, I only promote and recommend books that I will use at home and continue to use at home, I hope you’ll appreciate my recommendations, please let me know if you do, much love, and Merry Xmas x

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