Cookery Books for Christmas Gifts

Food is a hot topic over the holidays, and there’s nothing like unwrapping a brand new cookbook on Christmas morning to inspire new recipes and good habits for the year ahead. Find the perfect festive treat for your foodie friends and those trying to live a little more sustainably with some of our favourite books that focus on seasonal, low-waste and plant-heavy eating. 

More Plants, Less Waste – Max La Manna

On a mission to reconnect food with our planet in a simple, positive way and challenge us to live more sustainably, Eco-Age contributor, vegan chef and environmentalist Max La Manna’s debut book celebrates the power of a plant-based diet with tips and tricks for minimal-waste cooking. In More Plants, Less Waste, Max shows us how it easy it can be to think outside the box when it comes to a more conscious, simple lifestyle.

Highlight: Banana Bread Granola 

Eat Green, Melissa Hemsley (released January 2020)

If you receive a book token come Christmas morning, here’s one reason to save it for January before spending it. Released in January 2020, Melissa Hemsley’s Eat Green is a cookbook for everyone who wants to enjoy delicious food which is good for you, simple to make and affordable to cook every day, but that also helps cut back on food waste in the kitchen. With over 100 flexitarian recipes, Eat Green celebrates vegetables as the star ingredient and, where meat and fish are used, includes easy swaps so vegetarians can enjoy every recipe. Prioritising local, seasonal produce – the recipes in Eat Green are based on the most popular fruit and veg that fill our fridges and our bins – the ones that are most bought, and most thrown away in UK, with extra emphasis on using up all those odds and ends which usually get thrown away.

Land & Sea, Alexandra Dudley

Alexandra Dudley brings her Dutch and German roots to her latest book, this time along with sustainable eating. As is true to the Dudley style, this collection of creative, flavourful recipes are presented with stunning photography and designs to capture the beauty of sustainable cooking along with tips on how you can make the most out of your leftovers, the how-to for herbs and spices and the most effective way to use the whole ingredient.

Highlight: Persian-spiced Peanut Butter Chicken

Happy Vegan, Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton isn’t 100% vegan but has a strong understanding of how our food choices affect not only ourselves but our planet as well. From burgers to brownies, Happy Veganoffers a selection of simple, yet classic recipes catered to inspire a more accessible lifestyle. Don’t expect to find any superfoods here, instead Cotton takes away the daunting aspect of not only cooking, but cooking vegan. Happy Vegan will help you find your happy place… in the kitchen.

Highlight: Tomato Dahl with Flatbread

Eat Smart: What I Eat in a Day, Everyday, Niomi Smart

A cookery book for those who want to feel amazing indside and out. On the back of Niomi’s popular Youtubte series, What I Eat in a Day, Eat Smart is a celebration of plant based recipies to feed the soul. Wholesome foods, delicious meals and cakes and bakes galore, Eat Smart takes inspiration from Niomi’s day-to-day life as well as her travels around the world, bringing a wide variety of cultures and flavors to your plate. The perfect cookery book to start the year with wellness in mind. 

The Plant Based Cookbook, Deliciously Ella

Following her previous success in the food writing scene, Ella Mills, known to most as Deliciously Ella, is back with her latest book. The Plant Based Cookbook features the most popular recipes from her supper clubs, pop-ups and London deli, that truly showcase the deliciousness of plant-based cooking. Give the gift of Ella and introduce friends and family to simple vegan recipes from brunch classics and colourful salads to creamy dips and hearty one-pot wonders.

Highlight: Buckwheat Pancakes with Hot Chocolate Sauce

The Modern Cook’s Year, Anna Jones

What better way to start the New Year than with a guide to attributing inventive ingredients and flavours to the changing seasons. The Modern Cook’s Year was the winner of the Guild of Food Writers Cookery Book Award and the Observer Food Monthly award for Best New Cook Book of 2018. Containing over 250 delicious vegetarian recipes, Jones puts vegetables at the centre of the table with inspirations from her English roots to Mediterranean and Asian-inspired dishes. You’ll even be treated to tips on everything from seasonal music playlists to flowers to look out for from month to month.

Highlight: Velvet Squash Broth with Miso and Soba

Vegan 100, Gaz Oakley

Vegan food made easy. The perfect Christmas cookbook for that friend who thinks they’re too cool for vegan school. Gaz Oakly, a.k.a. Avant-Garde Vegan has made quite a bit of noise in the food scene over the past few years, he even has his own (delicious) dish in Wagamama. His debut cookbook, Vegan 100, boasts over 100 incredible vegan recipes from classic fish and chips to delectable chocolate tarts and cheescakes. Oakly brings the fun to vegan and doesn’t compromise on taste and style. Easy recipes, beautiful and flavourful food, this is the vegan cookbook of dreams. 

Highlight: Peppery Purple Soup

The 7-Day Basket, Ian Haste

The perfect present for the busy bee in your life. Time is probably one of the most used excuses when it comes to creating a delicious dinner from scratch along with stressful supermarket shops and avoiding crazy spends. Each chapter of Ian Haste’s cookbook starts with a shopping list for the week ahead, before providing you with seven days of dinner recipes, including a meat-free Monday! With planning being the secret ingredient, Haste advocates simplifying nutritiously balanced recipes to cut down on the daily dinner dilemmas

Highlight: Griddled Tuna Steak with a Nicoise Salad

Meat Free Monday, Paul and Stella McCartney

Flashback to 2009, Stella and Paul McCartney launched the Meat Free Monday Campaign to show everyone the value of eating less meat and how easy it can be to do so. Their cookbook, Meat Free Monday, is jam packed with year round recipes from the authors as well as celebrity and chef supporters such as Yotam Ottolenghi and Vivienne Westwood.

Highlight: Spicy Burrito with Salsa and Guac

Kitchen essentials, 5 spices you should always have in your cupboard!

Check out our go to soup to heal the post-Christmas slump, courtesy of Jasmine Hemsley.

Deliciously Ella’s Ella Mills tells us all about…. Deliciously Ella!

Looking for a late night treat? Try Alexandra Dudley’s Aquafaba Chcolate Mousse.