Our five favourite food books and their beautiful designs from iconic publishers Phaidon
Books that celebrate the cuisine of the world can sometimes be diluted by celebrity endorsements. TV chefs, weight loss warriors and reality stars flood what is actually a very informative and well presented market. So, we thought we’d dig a little deeper and soak up food bibles that were not only considerably well written but beautifully designed to help you find the five best ‘foodie’ books available right now.
Mexico: The Cookbook
This definitive manual of home-cooking is more than just dishes to scoff but a culinary history that dates back 9,000 years. Mexican food draws influences from Aztec and Mayan Indians and is renowned for its use of fresh aromatic ingredients, colorful presentations and bold food combinations. This book features more than 650 delicious and authentic recipes that can be easily recreated at home.
The German Cookbook
Germany is made up of a series of distinct regional culinary cultures. From Hamburg on the north coast to Munich in the Alpine south, and from Frankfurt in the west to Berlin in the east. This authoritative book showcases Germany’s diversity and with 500 recipes including both beloved traditional cuisine and contemporary dishes The German Cookbook represents the new direction of German cooking.
Peru: The Cookbook
As one of the world’s most innovative and flavorful cuisines, Peruvian food has been consistently heralded by chefs from around the world. Popular chef, Gastón Acurio, guides us through the full range of Peru’s vibrant cuisine from popular classics like quinoa and ceviche, and lomo saltado to lesser known dishes like amaranth and aji amarillo in Peru: The Cookbook.
Featuring more than 50 simple and authentic recipes from the Silver Spoon kitchen, Sicily is a culinary journey through an island that is unique among the many regions of Italy. Sicily’s position away from the mainland, its blend of Arabic and Mediterranean influences and its sun-drenched climate have led to the evolution of one of the country’s most distinct and exciting cuisines.
Cuba: The Cookbook
Cuban food is known worldwide for its bright colours and intense flavors, and Cuba: The Cookbook is the first to celebrate and document its cuisine and contemporary food culture. Collected by those who best know the entire Cuban culinary landscape, the 350 home-cooking recipes in this compendium explore the country’s myriad traditions and influences.
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