5 favourite cookbooks of the moment

The first half of 2015 has seriously delivered in terms of new cookbook releases. I already have a large collection of cookbooks and I’ve recently added a few new ones to my shelves. Here are the five currently living on my kitchen countertop, getting dog-earred and sauce-stained, along with my go-to recipes from each.


I’ve been cooking my way through Food52 Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change The Way You Cook (Ten Speed, $41) ever since I received it as a wedding gift from a foodie friend. Here’s where you can find brilliant recipes by chefs, food writers and bloggers compiled by Food52’s executive editor Kristen Miglore. Many of the dishes have become part of our dinner rotation, including Marcella Hazan’s Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi’s hummus and Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Loaf cake for my chocolate-obsessed husband.

GO-TO RECIPE: Back-pocket three-ingredient Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Marcella Hazan.


From Holistic nutritionist, blogger and Canadian expat comes My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season (Apetite, $30), a long-awaited collection of more than 100 seasonal plant-based recipes. With essential techniques to master and a list of wholesome items to have in your pantry, consider this your guidebook to happy, healthy living.

GO-TO RECIPE: Wholesome grab-and go Fully Loaded Breakfast Bars (I make a batch on Sundays and freeze to enjoy during the work week).


I’ve long adored Canadian food blogger Tara O’brady’s engaging prose as much as her creative recipes, both of which make me want to stop what I’m doing and cook – immediately. Her inspiring debut book Seven Spoons: My Favourite Recipes for Any and Every Day (Apetite, $30) delivers with Tara’s signature stunning photography and equally stunning dishes, such as her Default Smoothie, Huevos a la Plaza de Mercado and Walnut and Sour Cherry Butter Tart Pie. High five, Tara!

GO-TO RECIPE: Blackberry Buttermilk Whole Grain Scones for weekend breakfasts.


Blogger and cookbook author Sara Forte’s visually delicious second book, The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl & Spoon: Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share (Ten Speed, $30), features “bowl foods,” a term husband and photographer Hugh Forte uses to describe Sara’s single-dish combos of lean proteins, whole grains, veggies and tantalizing dressings. Recipes are simple and wholesome for enjoying every day yet wonderfully colourful and crowd pleasing for serving to guests.

GO-TO RECIPE: The fantastically flavourful Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl for a satisfying weeknight dinner.


Ella Woodward learned how to cook when she was diagnosed with a rare nervous system disease, converting to a gluten-free, sugar-free, plant-based diet and healing herself. This year, this British blogging and social media phenomenon shares her giddy excitement for nut butters, sweet potatoes, porridge, dates and the like with her first book, Deliciously Ella: 100+ Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Plant-Based Gluten-Free Recipes (Scribner, $24). Hers is an enthusiastic and unpretentious guide to clean, plant-based meals that’ll make you glow from inside out.

GO-TO RECIPE: Fan-favourite Sweet Potato Brownies.

What are your favourite cookbooks? Have you read any of these?

5 favourite cookbooks of the moment
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5 favourite cookbooks of the moment

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