15 Recipe Books to Cook the Lockdown Blues Away

May 27, 2020 5 min read 0 Comments

15 Recipe Books to Cook the Lockdown Blues Away

Many of us are diving head first into hobbies and pastimes to remain active (and sane) during this lockdown period, whether we're revisiting old passions or trying our hands with something new. One phenomenon which seems to have taken households across the globe by storm is... banana bread. Comforting, rewarding, and requiring a certain degree of focus without being too taxing, cooking and baking is proving to be a particularly popular way to stay proactive while we're left to our own devices. And, while banana bread certainly is delicious (my partner has recently cooked her 367th loaf, and I can guarantee that I won't be letting this one last any longer than the many that came before it), here are plenty of other options if you're really wanting to push the metaphorical boat out with your cuisine.

 

1. The Country Kitchen

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As the Country House Library, what else could we start this list off with? A vintage cookbook that tells a story and provides delicious recipes at the same time, the Country Kitchen by Della Lutes is ideal for someone as keen to find their next compelling read as they are to step into the kitchen and cook their next great meal.

 

2. English Recipes

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If you're wanting to try cooking up something new and exciting, there's no lack of foreign cuisine books later on in this list. However, if you're a Brit new to the kitchen and simply wanting to stick with what you know, or alternatively someone keen to see what varying flavours England has to offer compared to your homeland, there are over 950 recipes in this book to chose from.

 

3. Cooking the American Way

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Ah, American cooking. This is what we all turn to when we're really ready to tuck in and indulge. Whether you're wanting something southern fried or sizzled, pan fried or baked, this vintage American cookbook has everything your heart could possibly desire, from sweet to savoury and everything in between. You'll be horizontal on the sofa with a satisfied stomach before you know it!

 

4. Easy French Dishes for English Cooks

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Producing some of the best cuisine in the world, there's a reason France is so well known (and adored) for the food it has to offer. And, while the many tastes and flavours of our European neighbours may seem daunting when it comes to replicating them for yourself, this vintage French cookbook for beginners makes it so that just about anyone can master the delights of French food!

 

5. The Home Book of Greek Cookery

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One of the best things about Greek food is that it is often both simple to prepare and absolutely delicious to eat. With as much grilled fish and spit-roasted meat as you could possibly want, this book on Greek cuisine and cookery is perfect for anyone who loves to get a little adventurous and explore new cultures through their meals.

 

6. Curries of India

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Curry is one of those foods that's simply for everyone. Whether you like spicy foods or mild, meaty meals or vegetarian, India's choice of cuisine when it comes to curries alone is absolutely endless. So what are you waiting for? Grab the spices, prep the sauces, and experience the food of this wonderful and exotic country like never before!

 

7. Tastes of Kenya

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While Kenyan food may not be the first thing to pop up in someone's mind when you say "foreign cuisine", this five-chapter Kenyan cookbook shows that it deserve a place in your kitchen as much as any other country's tastes and flavours. Blending exotic and tropical foods with traditional cooking styles, there's something to be found and enjoyed in here for any food lover.

 

8. The World Book of Egg and Cheese Dishes

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Oh, egg and cheese. Name a better duo. I'm waiting. These two simple ingredients come together to form some of the most delicious recipes ever to grace this good earth... and if you're not already convinced, this book will certainly make sure that you are by the time you're done cooking and eating all it has to offer!

 

9. Modern Vegetarian Cookery

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For those of you out there who aren't meat eaters, fear not - there are cookbooks in this list exclusively for yourselves too. With over 500 vegetarian recipes to chose from, Modern Vegetarian Cookery is the perfect choice to help you bring a little razzle dazzle into your kitchen without the need for meat.

 

10. The ABC of Salads

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A vintage recipe book for vegans, vegetarians, and meat lovers alike. With salads ranging from purely grown ingredients, to dishes of pork, chicken, cheese, egg, and much more, the ABC of salad is here to prove that a good story can, in fact, begin with a salad - contrary to popular belief!

 

11. Mrs Beeton's Cold Sweets

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Now we're on to many, many people's favourite part of cooking, or eating in general... the desserts. And who else to move on from the savoury to the sweet with than the legendary Mrs Beeton? As soon as you read her name on a recipe book, you know you're in for a treat, and with spring here I think it's safe to say we could all do with a cold sweet... or twelve.

 

12. Danish Desserts and Pastries

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Who doesn't love a good pastry? And nobody knows how to make them quite like the Danes. Danish Desserts and Pastries not only offers countless choices for beginners when it comes to the art of mastering pastries, but plenty of more challenging and precise recipes for the more established cooks and chefs out there too!

 

13. Cooking for the Freezer

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Hopefully you reading this now weren't one of the naughty fellows doing all the panic bulk-buying in recent weeks and months... but nonetheless, now is a time when food prep can really come in handy. Cooking for the freezer offers some brilliant advice for storing and freezing foods so you can dig them back out and enjoy at a later date.

 

14. The Art of Fine Baking

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Just look at that cover. Doesn't it make your mouth water? Well each and every one of these delightful treats can be yours with The Art of Fine Baking. With pastries, cakes, croissants, and bready goodness galore, you'll never need to own another baking book again once you see all the glorious desserts and snacks this vintage recipe book has to offer.

 

15. A Flour for Every Occasion

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Finishing with A Flour for Every Occasion, this book ends our rather lengthy recipe list as well as a sweet cake finishes a good meal. With all manners of cakes, pies, biscuits, and pancakes to offer, this Allinson Recipes dessert book will leave you rubbing your belly with satisfaction, unable to handle another bite. Enjoy!


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