14 Cookbooks To Help Inspire Your Next Dinner Party

Food & Drink
By Lottie Woodrow | 20th November 2023

Whether you’re looking for the perfect dinner party centrepiece or want a gift for the foodie in your life, we’ve rounded up the best new cookbooks offering inspiration.

From Rick Martinez’ love letter to Mexico to Melissa Hemley’s simple lunch recipes, read on to find out more…

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From author and cook to co-founder of the dreamy painting retreat, Arniano Painting School, Amber Guinness has a wealth of expertise in many areas, but it’s her passion for food that’s led her to releasing her debut cookbook, A House Party In Tuscany. Filled with stunning foodie imagery that’s good enough for the ‘gram and the belly, the cookbook will see you journey to the farmhouses in Tuscany. Expect an abundance of classic dishes and cocktails, feasting inspiration and seasonal dishes that every Nonna would be proud of. Plus, a few tips on Italian pantry and wines.
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Showcased through over 100 recipes, Mi Cocina is Rick Martínez’ love letter to the food and culture of Mexico. Inspired by his travels, the recipe book will take you on a journey across 32 states, 156 cities and 20,000 miles, explored beautifully through Rick’s adoration for the food. The book is packed with rich, hearty and flavour-packed Mexican cuisine, from herb and cheese meatballs slathered in a smoky, yet spicy chipotle sauce, to northern Mexico’s grilled Carne Asada that Rick stuffed into grilled quesadillas.
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Sophie Ellis-Bextor might not be the first celeb to come to mind when it comes to cooking, but she’s created quite the disco with the release of her new cookbook, Love. Food. Family: Recipes from the Kitchen Disco. Created with her partner Richard Jones, the cookbook is inspired by their lockdown kitchen discos, and will see them share their favourite family recipes that can be easily whipped up at home. From red lentil, squash and spinach dahl to cocktails inspired by her legendary Murder on the Dance Floor hit.
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Famed Sri-Lankan restaurant, Hoppers, has released a cookbook celebrating the vibrant food culture. Behind each page expect to find recipes, memories and inspiration drawn from Sri Lankan homes, streets and communities. Look forward to deep diving in dishes such as crab kari; crunchy deep-fried mutton rolls; dosas; sambols; and kothu roti.
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Leith’s trained, restaurant PR and a side hustle of making wedding cakes, there’s not much that Lucy Burton aka @lucyburtonbakes hasn’t done. And she’s adding to that roster with the release of her new book, Postal Bakes. She’s rewritten what it means to create stylish baking and produced a recipe book that’s home to over 60 easy, chocolate packed and delicious recipes that everyone with a sweet tooth will enjoy. Expect bakes like florentine bars; rye and apricot biscotti; white chocolate, ginger and sour cherry biscuit cake; and truly delicious brownies perfect for kids parties.
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‘Balanced, flexible and feel-good meals’ is a pretty perfect summary of Tieghan Gerard’s latest cookbook release. Padded out with more than 120 recipes, the New York Times bestselling author of Half Baked Harvest Super Simple has crafted a book with everything from family favourites to plant-powered dishes. Tuck into the likes of chipotle cheddar corn chowder; spicy pretzel chicken fingers; and pizza pasta with crispy pepperoni breadcrumbs.
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A celebration of Arab food, Reem Assil has released a recipe book stacked with over 100 recipes influenced by its flavours and vibrant culture. Follow Reem’s journey as she takes you on a path through her Palestinian and Syrian roots, often shared through personal essays relating to food, family and identity. Think dishes such as salatet fattoush; falafel mahshi; and hummus bil awarma.
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"Vegetables are the soul to the kitchen", Ravinder Bhogal is the owner of Jikoni, an asian fusion style restaurant in Marylebone. Her passion for cooking carries into her cookbook and has featured dishes like mango and golden coin curry, kale carbonara to strawberry falooda milk cake for the sweet tooths out there! Throughout her recipes are stories from her life by the life-enhancing power of vegetarian food.
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Award-winning pastry chef, Anna Higham shares over 150 inspiring recipes filled with all of your favourite bakes, tarts, mousses, ice creams and seasonal desserts. Travelling through the seasons, Anna will be at your beck and call for all of your dessert queries, offering advice and inspiration on how to work with fruits, grains, fat and chocolate, constructing desserts and how to make flavour pop.
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Melissa Hemsley returns with another cookbook dedicated to quick, easy and comforting recipes. Perfect for when you’re running short of time or a lunch that’ll keep you full for longer, expect delicious bites from Mum’s Filipino chicken with mango-tomato sauce to three-ingredient chocolate pots.
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From sheet-pan japchae to gochujang-glazed courgette, kimchi sandwiches to smashed potatoes, Eric Kim pays homage to his roots and allows readers to delve into what it truly means to be Korean American. Expect an array of Korean meals with an added American twist.
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Bestselling cookbook author, Donna Hay has released another book packed with dishes you won’t want to miss. Expect to find easy, quick and delicious recipes inside, from all-time classics – lasagne, pasta and tacos – to midweek twists, fast feasting dinner party options and sides and salads to serve up at any occasion.
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"Whether it's your Mum, your best friend, or your significant other, sweep the person you love off their feet with failsafe recipes for show-off meals for two." Bre Graham provides amazing recipes for you to cook for the people you love. She showcases mouthwatering dishes like creamed spinach gratin, crêpes suzette to a ginger and apple bircher muesli.
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Chef, photographer and food writer Simon Bajada has created a truly one of a kind book. This mediterranean inspired book, with amazing, tasty dishes being spotlighted like ftira, a sourdough bread drenched in tomato, tuna and olives and pastizzi, a deliciously addictive pastry!

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