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The 21 Most Tasteful Books Every Foodie Should Read

Literature for a tasty food aficionado.

Nowadays we have books on any subject you could possibly imagine. Books about taxis, we got those; books about sex, we got plenty of those; books adapting movies that plenty of people didn’t understand in film form (e.g. 2010’s Inception), yup we got them. So, if you assume, we got thousands of books on a foodie’s favorite subject: delicious, mouthwatering, and succulent food, you’ll be pretty much correct

Rest assured, books such as these contain within its pages all the very same descriptions of your favorite food that you find so stimulating and how to make them. All the same content you usually watch on tv or online is now available in writing and with a myriad of detail for you to bask in. If you truly love food, check these books out.

#1 The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss
Who suggested this book?
The The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss was recommended by Dan Scalco from Food Box HQ. You can find out more about Dan Scalco here or read their book recommendation below.

This is the first book I read when I was trying to teach myself how to cook a while back. What makes it a great book is that it uses how to cook to distill the art of learning in general. Every chapter is a fun and interesting read.

#2 Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake

Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake
Who suggested this book?
The Genius Desserts: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Bake was recommended by Stacy Caprio from Growth Marketing. You can find out more about Stacy Caprio here or read their book recommendation below.

This book gives you out of the box, completely delicious dessert ideas and is a must have for any foodie or anyone interested in making delectable desserts.

#3 Kitchen Creativity by Karen Page

Kitchen Creativity by Karen Page
Who suggested this book?
The Kitchen Creativity by Karen Page was recommended by Amy Alkon author of Unf*ckology. You can find out more about Amy Alkon here or read their book recommendation below.

This is a book that teaches you the basics of how to cook so you can take off and be creative in cooking and really have fun with it. It’s the basics that even foodies need to learn. It’s filled with wonderful quotes by creativity experts and bigtime chefs. The author and the photographer are James Beard Award-winning cookbook writers (they usually write together), and this book is so useful and practical and fun, you can really see why their work is so appreciated by both chefs and regular people like me.

#4 Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick

Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick
Who suggested this book?
The Where Chefs Eat by Joe Warwick was recommended by Charlotte Ang from Legend Age Lipstick. You can find out more about Charlotte Ang here or read their book recommendation below.

Foodies are always on the hunt for the best places to eat. This global restaurant guidebook is the third edition, which features over 4,500 restaurants across 70 countries recommended by the world’s best chefs. If you’re up for a foodie adventure around the world, grab this book along to enjoy the best meals and snack times during your trips.

#5 Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines

Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines
Who suggested this book?
The Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering by Joanna Gaines was recommended by Shawn Lim from Singapore Forklifts. You can find out more about Shawn Lim here or read their book recommendation below.

One thing that foodies love is to gather some friends and family for a good meal. This book with 125 delicious recipes is a #1 New York Times Bestseller written by Joanna Gaines. It is a collection of the most heartwarming recipes inspired by Joanna’s restaurant and family favourites. With this book, you will never run out of food ideas when hosting your loved ones.

#6 Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table by Pearl Barrett

Trim Healthy Mama's Trim Healthy Table by Pearl Barrett
Who suggested this book?
The Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table by Pearl Barrett was recommended by Bernice Quek from M&P International Freights. You can find out more about Bernice Quek here or read their book recommendation below.

For the foodies who have seen their metabolism get the better of their weight, this book is great as it teaches you how to eat healthy while still being able to enjoy what you love! The best part is you will learn how to whip up a simple meal that can meet the nutritional needs of anyone in your family. This book allows you to eat healthily and happily with the people who matter.

#7 The Nasty Bits – Anthony Bourdain

The Nasty Bits - Anthony Bourdain
Who suggested this book?
The The Nasty Bits – Anthony Bourdain was recommended by Tariq Nasir from Chef Tariq. You can find out more about Tariq Nasir here or read their book recommendation below.

I would recommend this book because he talks about foods we don’t normally eat, like Inuits eating seal etc. You really imagine and picture the food through Bourdain’s unique writing style.

#8 The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth Laban

The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth Laban
Who suggested this book?
The The Restaurant Critic’s Wife by Elizabeth Laban was recommended by Caleb Backe from CalebBacke. You can find out more about Caleb Backe here or read their book recommendation below.

Reading a book written by someone who is completely immersed in the food industry is every foodie’s dream come true. It’s a story of a food critic who may take his job a little too seriously. His wife is just trying to stay out of his way. The book is filled with self-exploration, love, and plenty of food.

#9 52. A year of recipes to share with family and friends by David Wilshin

52. A year of recipes to share with family and friends by David Wilshin
Who suggested this book?
The 52. A year of recipes to share with family and friends by David Wilshin was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers. You can find out more about Janine Hornsby here or read their book recommendation below.

52. guides the reader through the yearly food calendar with weekly, seasonally-inspired recipes, drawn from author David Wilshin’s years of experience in the food industry in the UK and around the world. Each recipe is accompanied by sumptuous photographs and simple, clear instructions that are accessible to all.

#10 Ramadan Express: (English Version) by Lina Saad

Ramadan Express: (English Version) by Lina Saad
Who suggested this book?
The Ramadan Express: (English Version) by Lina Saad was recommended by Lily Ryan from Austin Macauley Publishers. You can find out more about Lily Ryan here or read their book recommendation below.

Winer of ‘Best in the World’ by the Gourmand awards. Announced on the 27th May 2018 by Mr Edouard Cointreau. Lina Saad has developed delicious recipes inspired by her heritage, the years she spent in Beirut and her time living in London. Lina Saad’s cookbook is so much more than just a guide to delicious recipes. It brings people together from all over the world through an appreciation of great food and it also sends a message to everyone that Islam is centred on peace and love and not violence and Lina clarifies this with dignity and pride in her introduction. An indispensable recipe collection packed with ideas and all the inspiration you could ever need for family meals and entertaining.

#11 Italian And Roman Feasts by Gilly Hall Travers

Italian And Roman Feasts by Gilly Hall Travers
Who suggested this book?
The Italian And Roman Feasts by Gilly Hall Travers was recommended by Lily Ryan from Austin Macauley Publishers. You can find out more about Lily Ryan here or read their book recommendation below.

This Cookery book is a modern interpretation of Ancient Roman repasts, a fusion of Roman and Italian cuisine transported from the Roman culina into today’s Italian kitchen; but maintaining the history and integrity of the original classical recipes. They are inspired by the gastronome and bon viveur Marcus Apicius, who lived, cooked and entertained during the reign of Emperor Tiberius in Imperial Rome some 2,000 years ago. He was, by all accounts, the Antonio Carluccio of his time. Over 450 of his recipes were recovered and translated in the aftermath of the decline of the Roman Empire, circa 350 AD, and these form the foundation of this book, brought up to date into the Italian kitchen. The dishes are simple, imaginative and colourful – Italian modern-day food with a classical twist. A cornucopia of piscean platters, chicken and duck, veal, venison, pork and beef, the menus are accompanied with double sauces and explosions of fresh herbs and spices and a wide range of recipes prepared with the best of Italian vegetables, pulses, salads and sun-blessed fruit. Each recipe is heralded with an English, Italian and Latin title.

#12 Kitchen Capers by David Banks

Kitchen Capers by David Banks
Who suggested this book?
The Kitchen Capers by David Banks was recommended by Lily Ryan from Austin Macauley Publishers. You can find out more about Lily Ryan here or read their book recommendation below.

Not just a recipe cartoon, Kitchen Capers has a little comic treat running through its soft centre. Ken is a chef and Clover a cartoonist.. Follow their adventures as he tries to teach her a few home economies and she tries to teach him a few home truths.

#13 Baking with Melanie Andrews by Melanie Andrews MBE

Baking with Melanie Andrews by Melanie Andrews MBE
Who suggested this book?
The Baking with Melanie Andrews by Melanie Andrews MBE was recommended by Lily Ryan from Austin Macauley Publishers. You can find out more about Lily Ryan here or read their book recommendation below.

Melanie Andrews is a Professional Chef and Master baker and the recipes included in this book are her award-winning recipes from the highly successful Scottish Baking Awards. Melanie Andrews is the Founder/ Director of these awards in Scotland and she produces an easy guide to successful baking, whether you are baking for the first time or a seasoned baker. In her own words – you cannot fail to bake well if you have the right teacher and the right recipe. Melanie Andrews is at the top of her profession through talent and passion for the first love in her life – baking.

#14 Beginners Cookbook by K. Mortimer

Beginners Cookbook by K. Mortimer
Who suggested this book?
The Beginners Cookbook by K. Mortimer was recommended by Lily Ryan from Austin Macauley Publishers. You can find out more about Lily Ryan here or read their book recommendation below.

You will find no gourmet recipes in here. It will only be the quick and easiest way to make something edible. Quick, relating to the preparation time rather than the cooking time. It is aimed at someone leaving home for the first time to which a cooker is a stranger, or a student who has suddenly got to feed themselves, or even someone who has never cooked before, but has decided to give it a go.

#15 A Cookie to Celebrate by Jana Douglass

A Cookie to Celebrate by Jana Douglass
Who suggested this book?
The A Cookie to Celebrate by Jana Douglass was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

Instagram sensation and specialty baker extraordinaire Jana Douglass will make you rethink your concept of cookies. With her inspired ideas, your confections will bring you raves and plenty of party invitations for life! What sets A Cookie to Celebrate apart is Jana’s detailed instructions for gorgeous special occasion cookies, from birthdays and engagement parties to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and much more. In A Cookie to Celebrate, she shares her baking expertise along with foolproof recipes for these delicious desserts. Each cookie in this collection is guaranteed to stand out and destined to become the most Instagrammed sweet treats you’ve ever made!

#16 Cooking, Making, and Baking by Cynthia O’Hara

Cooking, Making, and Baking by Cynthia O'Hara
Who suggested this book?
The Cooking, Making, and Baking by Cynthia O’Hara was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

From the creative mind of the Harried Housewife blog comes a beautifully packaged one-stop-shop book bursting with DIY recipes and ideas for the entire year! Cooking, Baking, and Making includes 60 DIY recipes with bonus designs and 40 DIY ideas that tie your home together for all 365 days. For spring, serve Herbed Cucumber Tea Sandwiches and a make a Spring Centerpiece as you watch the flowers bloom. In the hot summer, delight your guests with Fresh Berries and Cannoli Cream and make your own decorative coasters. In autumn, admire the turning leaves as you bake Dilled Beer and Cheddar Bread and make Autumn Harvest Potpourri. And in winter, enjoy Creamy Eggnog Cupcakes and make Festive Votives while snuggling by the fire. Cynthia O’Hara presents incredibly user-friendly projects and dishes that make replicating her flavors and designs as natural as the changing of the seasons. The Harried Housewife has written articles and developed a wide variety of recipes that reflect a simpler time and are ideal for budget-conscious families. The Harried Housewife’s Recipe Box column is syndicated nationally in regional newspapers.

#17 Geek Sweets: An Adventurer’s Guide to the World of Baking Wizardry

Geek Sweets: An Adventurer's Guide to the World of Baking Wizardry
Who suggested this book?
The Geek Sweets: An Adventurer’s Guide to the World of Baking Wizardry was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

A baking cookbook for the truly geeky, filled with recipes for cookies, cupcakes and cakepops in increasing difficulties, as well as party ideas with a fantasy / adventure theme. Big, beautiful photographs, recipes, printable templates and step-by-step how-to’s for every adventurer – from the squire just starting their journey, to a well-worn dragon slayer looking for a challenge. Quest through a tome of countless fandoms, including Minecraft, Dungeons & Dragons, The Legend of Zelda, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, and many more!

#18 The Healthy Teen Cookbook by Remmi Smith

The Healthy Teen Cookbook by Remmi Smith
Who suggested this book?
The The Healthy Teen Cookbook by Remmi Smith was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

Who knew healthy cooking could be so awesome and delicious?! A Chopped kid chef and entrepreneur is on a mission to bring healthy food options and easy-to-cook scrumptious recipes to a busy and heavily-scheduled generation of teens. Remmi Smith is a 16-year-old chef, who hosts two cooking shows and serves as a national Student Ambassador for a leading food services company providing education solutions to nearly 500 school districts. She has appeared on Chopped, The Harry Connick Show and the Food Network. Chef Remmi Smith’s creation is not your typical teen cookbook: it’s written for kids by a kid, and is filled with tried-and-true recipes with budding cooks in mind, using limited ingredients and steps. Through the colorful, easy-to-read book, Chef Remmi sets out to inspire her peers to adopt healthy eating habits by introducing them to the glorious pastime of cooking. The Healthy Teen Cookbook takes you on a culinary journey across the seven continents, highlighting a country and its top food items in each one. Each section features a map, a full menu (from appetizer to dessert), fun facts, helpful tips and fantastic recipes―making it a geography lesson, a cookbook and a social studies class all in one.

#19 Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity

Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity
Who suggested this book?
The Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

Bobby and Dessi Parrish know good food. With over 1,000,000 fans, FlavCity is known as the go-to spot for healthy meal prep and keto recipes to help you lose weight. On their hit YouTube channel, they’ve shown that you can lose weight on the keto diet without sacrificing the joy of delicious food. In Keto Meal Prep, the Parrish duo show you how to maximize your time and prepare seven days of healthy meals in one evening―and maintain your ketogenic diet. You’ll spend less time cooking and more time enjoying. Tired of eating bland, boring, healthy food? Keto Meal Prep includes more than 125 low carb recipes full of flavor. You’ll meet your weight loss goals with dishes perfectly calibrated to the ketogenic diet. Each easy-to-follow recipe can be prepped in advance, so when you’re tired and hungry, a healthy meal is just minutes away. Mix and match the base recipes and your meal combinations are endless.

#20 Plant-Powered Cooking by Alice Mary Alvrez

Plant-Powered Cooking by Alice Mary Alvrez
Who suggested this book?
The Plant-Powered Cooking by Alice Mary Alvrez was recommended by Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing. You can find out more about Brenda Knight here or read their book recommendation below.

Cooking for a plant-based diet is the single biggest trend in the culinary world and for very good reasons. It can lead to improved health, better weight management, proven reversal of heart disease and other chronic issues, a happier wallet-and it’s oh-so-much better for the planet, too. Organic gardener, environmentalist, and pop-up chef Alice Mary Alvrez wants to make it as easy as possible to reduce your footprint, grow and eat fabulous organic vegetables, and maintain a planet-positive, animal-friendly lifestyle. As she says, I like to make it so simple that it’s brain-free so you don’t even have to think about it anymore, you fall in love with a healthier and greener way of life. Her book Plant-Powered Cooking is simply brimming with brilliant ideas you can use from tips for growing your own food (even if you have a hard time keeping houseplants alive), shopping and cooking techniques for every mealtime, and even low-labor secrets for harvesting and canning the bounty from your own garden. Begin with small changes such as Meat-free Mondays, then eliminate all meat out of your diet and replace it with beautiful food grown by your own hand. With Alice Alvrez’s Plant-Powered Cooking, you and your family will be living the good life.

#21 Sex, Death and Oysters by Robb Walsh

Sex, Death and Oysters by Robb Walsh
Who suggested this book?
The Sex, Death and Oysters by Robb Walsh was recommended by Candess Zona-Mendola from MakeFoodSafe. You can find out more about Candess Zona-Mendola here or read their book recommendation below.

A local Houston writer, Walsh learned that Galveston Bay oysters were being passed off as fancy oysters from other locales. This inspired him to dive in (no pun intended) to find out the history of our oyster eating and take an adventure into the culinary underbelly of all things oyster. A wonderful read for any foodie, especially if you are a shellfish lover.


Who contributed to this article?

Dan Scalco from Food Box HQ

Stacy Caprio from Growth Marketing

Amy Alkon from Advice Goddess

Charlotte Ang from Legend Age Lipstick

Shawn Lim from Singapore Forklifts

Bernice Quek from M&P International Freights

Tariq Nasir from Chef Tariq

Caleb Backe from CalebBacke

Lily Ryan from Austin Macauley Publishers

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

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