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Cookbooks aren’t just for recipes. With transportive photography, charm-filled illustrations and fascinating infographics, these gorgeous tomes will look right at home on the coffee table or display neatly on your kitchen cupboard. Here are the most attractive cookbooks and food-themed coffee table books that will not only improve your kitchen skills, but will also help you make a bold design statement. (These books also make great housewarming gifts or thoughtful presents for budding chefs and foodies alike.)
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A must for all visual learners, Food & Drink Infographics presents food-based data in a playful and easy-to-understand manner. From breaking down the world of cheese and explaining the ins and outs of sushi to practical measurement charts and core recipes, this beautiful book will quickly become a lifesaver in the kitchen or a talking point in the living room.
Though the Missoni family may be known worldwide for its kaleidoscopic high-end Italian knitwear, this fashion clan also loves to entertain. In The Missoni Family Cookbook, Francesco Maccapani Missoni (the son of Missoni’s creative director) shares page after page of secret family recipes that are as creative as their fashion. The dreamy, bright photography of the food and the family captures the true essence of the la dolce vita.
A cheese plate always takes center stage on the table, and this beautifully photographed book will help you take your dish to the next level. With instructions on how to curate 37 different cheese plates featuring three complimentary cheeses and accompaniments, cheese expert and fromagier Tia Keenan teaches you how to impress your guest and make mouths water.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and in Breakfast, food writer and culinary consultant Emily Elyse Miller shows how it’s done all around the world. With recipes and photographs covering the breakfast favorites from 80 countries including Egyptian ful medames (stewed fava beans), Chinese pineapple buns and American-style hash browns, this breakfast bible makes for good reading and even better eating.
No longer just a side dish, veggies are stealing the show and becoming the main event. On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen by Californian plant-based chef Jeremy Fox celebrates the transformation of vegetables into a cuisine of its very own. With photographic flat-lays and monochromatic mise-en-scènes, plus 160 recipes in which vegetables steal the show, this is a must for all foodies—and not just vegetarians.
A great gift for food-lovers (and also graphic designers), the highly visual Taste is jam-packed with tips and tricks that could change the way you cook forever. The colorful infographics are at once eye-catching and informative. Pay particular attention to the stone fruit layout, where interesting sweet-and-savory pairings are laid out in exquisite, punchy watercolors by illustrator Vicki Turner.
Carb-lovers rejoice! Tartine Bread by Chad Robertsont, cofounder of the distinguished Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, is the artisan bread cookbook of your dreams. With mouthwatering photography that almost wafts with the aromas of fresh-from-the-oven sourdough loaves, Tartine Bread is a highly recommended home-baker’s bible. Plus, the step-by-step guides make it perfect for baking beginners too.