cookbook of the year


This award recognises the key role chefs play in the ever growing popularity of world foods, through their published recipe books. The books selected for the shortlist all feature an excellent and varied selection of recipes from around the world or focus on a particular cultural cuisine. They are visually appealing to readers and are presented in an easy to follow format that appeals to budding chefs and seasoned cooks alike. So get voting for your favourite and be in with a chance to win two tickets to the gala awards in December! You can only vote up to 3 times, so make sure you choose wisely.

Voting Now Closed – Winners will be announced online on December 2nd 2013.

Capital Spice -
Chrissie Walker

Capital Spice - Chrissie Walker

With years of experience in the Indian food industry and writing, Chrissie Walker has collated incredibly mouthwatering dishes in one beautiful book. Her delicious recipes allow you to recreate the dishes of these world-class chefs, and experience some of the magic of the capital’s leading restaurants. The foreword is written by Sanjeev Kapoor, India’s most recognised TV chef and restaurateur. This book appeals to those who already cook Indian food, those who want to learn from the masters and those who simply want to visit fine Indian restaurants.

Istanbul – Rebecca Seal

Istanbul - Rebecca Seal

The food of Istanbul is as rich, colourful and multi layered as the ancient culture that created it. Rebecca Seal successfully manages the unimaginable: bringing it to us in its full magnificent glory. Istanbul’s pages are bursting with sumptuous Turkish recipes from every corner of the city. Inspired by the fascinating gateway to the East city, where Asian and European flavours fuse effortlessly from one dish to the next. Alongside the recipe collection is travel photography from Steven Joyce exploring one of the world’s most diverse and interesting cities.

Share: Vegetarian Food for
Everyone – Jay Morjaria

The Adventurous Vegetarian -  Cookbook Jane Hughes

This book is packed with Jay’s own take on uncomplicated, modern and classic recipes, such as a simple grilled chicory salad with roast garlic dressing and red grapes or a satisfying, flavour-packed, black olive gnocchi with thyme butter, all beautifully illustrated with stunning photography. The combination of global flavours, using a wide range of accessible ingredients, is lively and exciting. Each recipe is clearly laid out, encouraging less confident cooks to try something a little different. With Share, Jay aims to bring healthy, meat-free cooking into the mainstream, so the vegetarian option is no longer simply an afterthought.

The French Kitchen -
Michel Roux Jr.

The French Kitchen - Michel Roux Jr.

Renowned Michelin starred Chef Michel Roux Jr, star of the BBC’s Masterchef explores the heritage of his native French cuisine in his latest book The French Kitchen. Featuring over 200 recipes from the rustic to cordon bleu, the book takes you on a striking journey of exploration of classic French cuisine. Using delicious ingredients in recipes that have stood the test of time and handed down through the generations, Michel Roux Jr will help you bring provincial French cooking into your kitchen and helps you to recreate the certain ‘je ne sais quoi’ that only French cuisine can embody.

The Ultimate Nepalese
Cookbook – Pemba Lama

The Ultimate Nepalese  Cookbook - Pemba Lama

This is the first book by former Gurkha soldier – Pemba Lama, who served as a catering officer in the British Army for 23 years. It is a unique cookbook, featuring a delectable fusion of Indian, Chinese, Malaysian and Tibetan influences and showcases true Nepalese food at its best – fresh, healthy, simple to prepare and above all – delicious! Pemba travelled extensively to recreate the very best recipes for this debut book, which also incorporates an exclusive ‘twist’ at the end with a selection of puddings using Nepalese tea, by UK chef, Nicci Gurr.

Ceviche – Peruvian Kitchen -
Martin Morales

Ceviche - Peruvian Kitchen - Martin Morales

Food is a serious business in Lima and restaurateur Martin Morales, whose top Soho restaurant opened to wide acclaim in 2012, has travelled the length and breadth of Peru to discover the country’s best dishes. This collection is his life’s passion; it will inspire home cooks to try healthy and delicious new recipes. From sizzling barbecued anticuchos, superfood quinoa salads, delicate baked corn breads, juicy saltados and lucuma ice, Ceviche brings the taste of Peru to your kitchen. With its uniquely tactile design, it is impossible not to love.

Mr. Todiwala’s Bombay -
Cyrus Todiwala

The Adventurous Vegetarian -  Cookbook Jane Hughes

The latest book from renowned chef Cyrus Todiwala, Mr Todiwala’s Bombay incorporates the best of both classic and modern Indian cuisine. Cyrus embarks on a culinary journey with his wife Pervin, around one of the world’s most exciting and mysterious places collecting special recipes which are celebrated in this book. Learn how to make fragrant sweet puddings, authentic-tasting curries, delicate chutneys and some of the most delicious treats known to man. Set in stunning locations, Mr Todiwala’s Bombay is a charming celebration of Indian food.

The Adventurous Vegetarian
Cookbook – Jane Hughes

The Adventurous Vegetarian -  Cookbook Jane Hughes

Thirty countries, thirty sumptuous menus offering everything you need to give your friends and family a taste of how vegetarians eat all around the world. An inspiration for dinner clubs, parties or simply to try something new, the book encompasses both traditional and modern recipes. Each country’s chapter is introduced with personal stories and insights into what it’s like to be vegetarian, from those with a rich history, such as India, to those where to be vegetarian can sometimes be an uphill, but satisfying, struggle. Jane Hughes has twenty years’ experience of working as a food writer, production manager, and publisher. All recipes are illustrated with tantalising colour photography.

The Hairy Bikers’ Great
Curries – The Hairy Bikers

The Hairy Bikers' Great Curries - The Hairy Bikers

The Hairy Bikers show you how to make delicious, authentic curries from a variety of Asian regions. The book features a host of brand-new recipes, from simple dishes to extravagant feasts for a family celebration. Their recipes are the real deal and use amazing techniques and secrets that they’ve discovered during their travels around Asia and through years of cooking curries themselves.You’ll find all the recipes and tips you need to make mouth-watering meals, with everything from starters to pickles and chutneys.This book is full of great ideas and traditional recipes ideal for modern living.

Urban Rajah’s Curry
Memoirs – Ivor Peters

Urban Rajah's Curry  Memoirs -  Ivor Peters

The Urban Rajah is a collection of memoirs compiled by chef Ivor Peters who shares inspiring stories and generations-old recipes, opening the door into a world of wholesome family cooking. Learn how to cook delicious authentic curries at home and let Ivor lead you through a journey of spice that will leave you revelling in colour and yearning for the delicate smells of cardamom and cinnamon. The 80-plus recipes are delivered with richly evocative stories that embody every dish. Illustrated by a fascinating mix of pictures and prose, there’s a real depth of originality to The Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoirs.