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Top Cookbooks for 2023

23 Nov 2023 News & Reviews


The second book from Fred’s & Chez Panisse alumni Danielle Alvarez is fresh, inspiring and delicious!

This is a book for people who love to cook. If you were lucky enough to dine at Fred’s when Danielle was the Executive Chef, you will know how passionate she is about building flavour without fuss, bringing her eye for beauty to everything she touches.

A book to savour with a cold glass of rose on a Saturday afternoon, whilst you plan lunch with friends on Sunday.

Highlight was the Turkish Lamb Meatballs with Rice Pilaf & Silken Tofu with Corn, Garlic, Chilli Oil and Breadcrumbs (possibly the most delicious thing I’ve made this year!).



  1. RecipeTin Eats: Dinner: 150 Recipes From Australia’s Most Popular Cook
  2. Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Extra Good Things
  3. In Belinda’s Kitchen: Essential Recipes
  4. From Salt to Jam: Make Kitchen Magic With Sauces, Seasonings And More Flavour Sensations
  5. Ottolenghi SIMPLE
  6. Recipes for a Lifetime of Beautiful Cooking [NEW – Nov 23]
  7. Cannelle et Vanille – Nourishing, Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood
  8. 5 Ingredients Mediterranean: Simple Incredible Food
  9. MEZCLA: Recipes to Excite
  10. River Cottage Great Salads
  11. Small Fires: An Epic in the Kitchen
  12. Gluten-Free Baking Made Simple: Properly Delicious Recipes for Every Day
  13. Fish Butchery: Mastering The Catch, Cut And Craft
  14. Peináo: A Greek Feast for All: Recipes to feed hungry guests
  15. Brutto: A (Simple) Florentine Cookbook [NEW – Nov 23]


Tessa Kiros has been a favourite food writer of mine since she released Twelve, A Tuscan Cookbook back in 2005.

Her writing combines food, memoir and travel, executed with an artist’s eye for beauty. Like many food writers today, this book puts plants front and centre, as we all look to eat in a more sustainable way.

It’s a book to savour with a cup of tea and a slice of orange cake on a sunday afternoon.

Favourites include Piri Piri Lemon Butter Chicken, Prawn & Avocado Rice and the Sugar Lemon Tart.

A beautiful, whimsical book that would make a great gift for Christmas.



Fans of Polpo and The River Cafe will love this latest offering from Russell Norman.

Simply put, this is probably the most aesthetically beautiful cookbook released in 2023, and is in my top 5 cookbook releases of the year.

If you love simple, honest, Florentine food, you will love this book. A perfect gift for that person in your life who loves reading cookbooks as much (or more than) cooking from them. This book remains accessible – all the recipes are simple AND delicious.

Favourites include Pasta alla Vodka, the Potato, Rosemary & Pecorino Bar Pizza and that most classic of all Florentine dishes, T-Bone Steak.



After 30+ years writing cookbooks, producing TV shows and running a global restaurant empire, Rick Stein continues to delight.

His latest cookbook, Simple Suppers, offers something more pared back, more fitting of our time.

Rick is known for pairing his recipes with stories, and this book finds him more circumspect and relaxed. This tone is reflected in the simplicity and honesty of the recipes.

Highlights include Green Rice with Garlic, Parsley & Mussels, Wild Garlic, Broad Bean and Leek Risotto, and Garlic & Chilli Prawns with Butter Beans.

A lovely book filled with delicious, easy meals. High on flavour, low on fuss.



This is a beautiful book for anyone wanting to embark on a healthier, clean eating lifestyle this summer.

The recipes are simple, easy to follow & jam packed full of goodness that leaves you feeling full and satisfied. Filled with fresh smoothies, bliss bowls, comforting curries, soups and mouth watering desserts, it’s designed for the whole family to enjoy.

It includes a 30 day Plant over Processed challenge that is perfect if you are looking to reset your body for the summer in a nourishing way.


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