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Fresh out of college, cookbooks have a firm place on my kitchen shelf. Since the disastrous attempts to make barely edible dishes, my time as a student has exposed me to many cookbooks. Here are the top ten cookbooks that are invaluable to any aspiring Masterchefs.

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10. Delia’s Complete Cooking Course by Delia Smith

This gigantic cookbook hits number 10. Delia Smith is very much the David Beckham of the cooking world – an institution. His Complete Cooking Course does exactly what it says on the tin. Provides aspiring chefs with a comprehensive and comprehensive guide to creating the best dishes. With must-have recipes like apple pie and Yorkshire puddings, Delia proves that she is one of the masters. With luscious pictures that act as a rough guide, this book is a godsend for beginning chefs. Definitely a staple on your mother’s shelf, this book is perfect as a starting point on the basics of pastry, cake baking, and roasting. A true triumph in the world of cookbooks.

9. Pat Chapman’s New Curry Bible

Chapman’s Bible doesn’t follow conventional cookbook rules, but it’s a diamond in the rough for curry fans and the reason it’s been featured on this list of the best cookbooks. The New Curry Bible not only shows you the recipes, it also teaches you the history of curry making. It is not a book to buy for people who want a quick curry. If you are one of those people, I suggest you save time and money and buy a ready meal. However, if you are interested in the exquisite nature of curry, this book will teach you everything you need to know. Like any specialty cookbook, it’s a bit daunting at first to find all the weird herbs and spices you know you don’t have, but the rewards of knowing about them are irreplaceable. Although it may take a while for you to become familiar with the fine art of balancing spices, you will undoubtedly become famous among friends and family for the talent you will gain from this beautiful book.

8. Rick Stein’s Taste of the Sea: 150 Fabulous Recipes for Every Occasion

As a huge seafood lover, this book has literally been my magna carta. Rick Stein takes you on a trip down the coast and teaches you to really appreciate fish in all its scaly splendor. From skinning methods to filleting, this book teaches you how to perfectly prepare and cook fish. Stein writes clearly and simply and it is impossible to resist his infectious passion. With a variety of dishes to suit absolutely any occasion, this book is a must-have for beginners and seasoned anglers alike. The instructions are not condescending or set in stone, and they leave room for experimentation. A truly great book from a truly great chef and teacher.

7. Kylie Kwong’s Simple Chinese Cuisine

Following the theme of specialty cookbooks, Simple Chinese Cooking is a must-have for anyone who wants to start a love affair with Chinese cuisine. Filled with beautiful photographs, this book guides you through each plate with crisp, clear step-by-step instructions. Usually when faced with a specific cookbook, there seems to be an endless list of ingredients that seem to exist in outer space, but this book has essentials that can be easily purchased and found at local grocery stores. This book is not only a great guide, but it is also incredibly exciting, as each week you can watch how you develop and gain confidence with dishes that once seemed difficult. From steamed cod to sweet and sour pork, Kwong’s recipes will have you burning all your Chinese takeout menus from scratch.

6. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals from Jamie Oliver

There can’t be a list of the best cookbooks without Oliver, of course. One of the things I love most about almost all of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks is their beautiful and impeccable presentation. They are not endless pages of lines and lines of writing, rather they are filled with bright, colorful and delicious images as well as sensible recipes. In his 30 Minute Meals, Jaime shows you that cooking once and for all does not have to be a stressful and laborious affair. Jamie’s 30 minute meals are amazing for working people for whom time is money and of course students who want to spend a minimum amount of time cooking and the maximum amount of time … studying. Not only is it wonderfully organized with a designated section for starters, entrees, and desserts, but there are also numerous vegetarian recipes scattered throughout it, making this book for literally every type of chef.

5. The World’s Best Recipes by Mark Bittman

After her debut cookbook How to Cook Everything became an international sensation, Bittman is back to teach you that cooking recipes from around the world is easier than you thought. With no unnecessary frills, Bittman graciously takes you on a culinary journey around the world that will leave your taste buds in a state of euphoria. The best aspect of Mark Bittman’s World’s Best Recipes – although you may never get to cook everything inside, the dishes you make will have you inspired to take dishes you already cook and flip them over. Although it can be overwhelming to face so many recipes in one book, I urge you to add this to your collection. It is timeless and will only help increase your knowledge of food.

4. The Secrets of Gordon Ramsay by Gordon Ramsay

In this amazing and reasonably priced book, Gordon Ramsay reveals to you some secrets that have made him the world-renowned chef we’ve all come to love. With a large collection of recipes, from poultry to fish and from desserts to soups, this cookbook gives you access to insider information that will make your friends and family think you are a true cooking guru. The recipes are simple and effective and Ramsay has even added flourishes of his own, such as helpful tips on presenting dishes. If you are really passionate about cooking or would love to learn more, this is the book that teaches you not only how to cook, but also how to become a chef. These tips help make cooking a truly enjoyable experience and will boost your confidence to be adventurous not only in the kitchen but also in the food.

3. Hideo Dekura’s Complete Sushi Book

As a self-confessed sushi addict, this book is amazing – the pages are almost edible. Bring the modern into the traditional and familiarize yourself with this difficult Japanese style of cooking. Although not to everyone’s taste, this book teaches you the secrets behind making that tough sticky rice and how to present your sushi in wonderful ways. The most interesting thing about Dekura’s book is the way he progresses from simple to expert. This allows you to gradually move at your own pace and also sets small goals within the book. While there are other books on the market like Yo Sushi’s, it’s Dekura’s book that really stands out from the crowd. With magnificent photographs, it inspires with a simple page flick and, unlike its contemporaries, has clear and simple instructions. A must for any sushi fan and makes a great gift too.

2. Wahaca – Mexican Food at Home by Thomasina Miers

This book ranks second in the top ten cookbooks and is a must-have for any frequent Wahaca customer. It was published recently and it plunges you directly into the vibrant and tasty world of Mexican street food. One thing that did surprise me was the breakfast section, and I must admit that I have completely become a Mexican way of eating in the mornings. Filled with beautiful images and written in an accessible and friendly way, this book does exactly what the title says and brings Mexican food right into your kitchen. Clearly, Miers has done the research necessary for such an exquisite book, and the information on Mexican chili peppers is invaluable. An excellent book for preparing meals for friends and a great equivalent to barbecue parties.

1.Jaime does … by Jaime Oliver

At number one is Jaime. In this book, Jaime travels places of gastronomic interest such as Spain, France and Morocco to find innovative recipes. The book is beautifully presented (like all of Jaime’s books) and has wonderful pictures of his travels along with the incredible images of his food. Each country has an introductory paragraph that explains the culture and food it came into contact with, and then, in very simple language and an always friendly tone, Jaime guides you through a variety of dishes. From light bites like patatas bravas to more complex dishes like steak tartare, Jaime’s tone never condescends you as an amateur chef. Not only does this book provide great enjoyment as a teaching tool, but it’s also good to flick through it every now and then to take in the location shots of your food journey. Overall, a well deserved winner of this Best Cookbook list. Absolutely delicious!

This is by no means the only ten cookbooks I think you should have. There are plenty of other brilliant cookbooks for beginners, like Sophie Grigson’s The Student Cookbook. This is great for hobby chefs who simply don’t have the time to cook elaborate meals every day and are looking for recipes for both the royal kitchen and the convenience kitchen. Then for the more adventurous chefs who are willing to be inventive and scientific in the kitchen, there is Heston Bluementhal’s brilliant book The Fat Duck Cookbook, which combines vivid illustrations and quirky recipes for a truly excellent culinary experience. Overall, the ten books that make up this best cookbook list offer a friendly, easy-to-follow guide that allows you to not only enjoy them as books, but also enjoy them as learning tools that will one day make you the king of cooking. kitchen room.

Bon appetit ladies and gentlemen.

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