So how do you fuel your wanderlust between trips? With cookbooks, of course! When I travel I love picking up local cookbooks so I can enjoy those food moments in the comfort of my own home. It’s like taking a step back in time and being reminded of a treasured holiday memory. In fact, there’s nothing like making ceviche from scratch after adventuring around Peru, a bowl of spaghetti marinara after holidaying in Italy and tucking into homemade tzatziki dip after sailing a yacht around the Greek Islands. So if you’re in between trips, saving hard and needing to fuel your wanderlust, why not check out my top ten cookbooks. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Samu Tamimi Ask me where my favourite places to eat in London and I’ll immediately tell you - Pizza East in East London, Yauatcha in Soho and Ottolenhgi in Islington. The latter is famous for its pioneering flavours, elegant design and excellent cooking. For this cookbook, Yotam and Samu focus in on their shared home city – Jerusalem. Both were born in Jerusalem in the same year, however Sami grew up on the Arab east side and Yotam in the Jewish west. It wasn’t for another 30 years when they first met in London. Blending their culinary expertise, accessible recipes and cultural influences from Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities, this cookbook is an explosion of unsurpassed flavours.

Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo When I think about Paris and the many times I’ve visited this romantic city, I immediately think of its sophisticated cuisine because food really is at the centre of Parisian living. Determined to learn the grass roots of French chooking, Rachel Khoo moved to Paris and without speaking a word of French enrolled at the highly acclaimed cookery school, Le Cordon Bleu. Fast forward to today, Rachel still lives and works in Paris, cooking classic French dishes but giving them a renewed makeover with her own inventive twists.

Jamie’s Great Britain by Jamie Oliver There’s not many a household around the world who haven’t heard of Jamie Oliver. Growing up in one of the first British ‘gastropubs’, which is parents owned and operated, it is here Jamie developed his lover of real British cooking. And this is exactly what he shares in this cookbook. With over 100 recipes, Jamie’s Great Britiain will make you smile.

Mexican by Margarita Carrillo Arronte Chef, author, television host, restaurateur and a global ambassador of Mexican cuisine, there isn’t much leading culinary authority Margarita Carrillo Arronte can’t do. In this cookbook she transports budding chefs to the streets of Mexican where home cooking rules through a plethora of local flavours and colourful recipes.

Green Kitchen Travels by David and Luise Frenkiel A collection of recipes for those who love to cook delicious, nutritious vegetarian and vegan food, inspired by flavours from around the world? Yes please! From Brooklyn to Beijing and Vietnam to San Francisco, this cookbook is inspired by David and Luise’s global travels with their seven month old daughter and offers easy to find ingredients, simple instructions and colourful recipes.

Curry Easy by Madhur Jaffrey Terrified of making a curry from scratch? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. In this cookbook, Madhur Jaffrey takes the reader on a journey by showing that Indian food does not need not be complex or involve hours in the kitchen. All you need are a few essential spices and easy to find ingredients, and before you know it you’ll be cooking up a storm of prawn curry from Goa, hearty Sri Lankan beef with coconut milk and spicy dip with beans, cumin, chillies and lime. With over 175 recipes, you’ll want to board a flight to India before dessert is even served!

Scandinavian Bakery by Trine Hahnemann Quite possibly my favourite Swedish work is Fika – which when translated means to enjoy a hot drink whilst enjoying a pastry. Trine Hahnemann has truly captured this Scandinavian pastime using authentic recipes with a modern twist. You won’t find complex recipes but you will find how to fit the making of bread into our busy lives. With recipes for cakes, cookies, pastries and breads, I’ll be surprised if you aren’t found licking the bowl by the time you’ve finished making her recipes.

Food From Many Greek Kitchens by Tessa Kiros This time we turn your attention to the azure water and islands that make up the ever beautiful Greece. Offering arguably the best sunrises in the world, Greece is a melting pot of delicious, fresh, Mediterranean inspired cooking. A stunning selection of both old school and new school Greek recipes, with equisite travel photography, Tessa Kiros has captured her homeland culinary delights through her signature style of cooking.

The Food of Vietnam by Luke Nguyen Cookbooks are more than an accumulation of locally sourced ingredients and mouth-watering recipes. They take the reader on a journey through diverse cultures whilst lifting the lid on how people eat. Luke invites his readers on a very personal journey of Vietnam, his heritage, to discover the people and recipes that have attracted millions of travellers to Vietnam every year. Showcasing stunning photography and recipes, The Food of Vietnam will do more than fuel your wanderlust between trips – it’ll make you plan your next trip to Vietnam.

The Edible Atlas by Mina Holland The name speaks for itself! Winning UK’s Best Culinary Travel Book at the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in 2015, The Edible Atlas is for the hungry nomad. Aka me, and you! Travelling the world, Mina shares her favourite flavours, ingredients, techniques and dishes from 39 different cuisines.

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