Four cookbooks that inspire quality time

We’ve rounded up four cookbooks that are not only a collection of recipes but also include personal touches from the authors, their philosophy and useful cooking tips and advice. The resonating theme is to enjoy quality time together over delicious and nutritious dishes.

Words Weronika Elantkowska

Always Delicious by Lauraine Jacobs

New Zealand food writing guru Lauraine Jacobs compiles more than 100 of her favourite recipes from the New Zealand Listener. Lauraine believes that food should be simple to prepare and delicious. She provides ideas for how to utilise seasonal and fresh ingredients. The book is divided into six sections: sensational salads and vital vegetables, savoury dishes, fish, meat, sweets and desserts – all accompanied by beautiful images by Liz Clarkson. Additionally, it includes notes about wine suggestions and the best season to prepare each dish.

10-a-Day the Easy Way by James Wong

Find out why we should eat 10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, and gather some healthy and easy recipes on the way. James Wong includes well-known and loved dishes, transforming them into healthier options by adding more fruits and vegetables. The book is very helpful for nutritional information, too. The recipes are divided into breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, desserts and snacks. It’s a perfect book for anyone seeking healthier and satisfying meals.

A Basket by the Door by Sophie Hansen 

This is not only a great collection of delicious recipes, but it’s also a design masterpiece. Created in a rustic style with a countryside touch, it is accompanied by beautiful and natural images. The recipes in the book are split into seasons, with every chapter providing seasonal ingredients, variations and food choices. Finally, the book is about community, hospitality and the food that brings us together.

Cauliflower Power by Kathy Kordalis

Cauliflower’s reputation has been soaring recently due to its versatility and ability to take on various flavours. If you’re a cauliflower lover or want to try healthy, nourishing and satisfying recipes, this book is for you. It includes more than 60 diverse recipes of either smashed, roasted, pickled or braised cauliflower, from traditional to exotic flavours. An utterly healthy and delicious book. 

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