Enjoy cuisine from some of the world’s glamorous hotspots and far-flung destinations without the airport hassles, wallet drain or jet lag. Here, we round up some of our go-to cookbooks with insider tips and recipes so authentic they really are like your own passport on a plate. Buon Appetito!
1. OUR GLOBAL FAMILY COOKBOOK: Recipes From Our Travellers, Tour Directors and Experts Around the World compiled by Go Ahead Tours.
Eat like a local in places like Europe and Asia to Australia, Africa and the Middle East. The book features mouth-watering recipes from cultures spanning the globe, as well as insider tips for such things as selecting the best olive oil for a particular dish, finding that winning wine-pairing, and to get you into true local spirit, the inside scoop on colourful regional drinking and dining traditions.
2. NEW FRENCH TABLE: Classic & Contemporary Home Cooking (Firefly) by Emily and Giselle Roux.
Everything old is new again – and in the best possible way with this book from the mother-daughter team that operates Michelin-starred Le Gavroche restaurant in London. Classic French fare becomes lighter and healthier in these recipes from a family of chefs and food lovers.
3. TASTING ITALY: A Culinary Journey Featuring 100 Kitchen-Tested Recipes compiled by National Geographic with a foreword by Jack Bishop.
A culinary tour of the landscapes and rich history of regional Italian fare for when you’re craving, say, spaghettini with shrimp from Veneto or crispy-custardy chickpea flour flarinata pancakes from Genoa or Tuscany’s famed Chicken Under a Brick (named for the local terracotta tiles originally used for the technique) followed by creamy Sicilian pistachio-flavoured gelato. These dishes are just to name just a few of the kitchen-tested recipes in this beautifully illustrated cookbook.