It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down. With quarantine, masking up when we’re outside, staying socially distanced, and sanitizing our hands 24/7, it’s wild to think that this has become our new normal. If you’re looking for an escape that doesn’t require any travelling at all, just look to the cookbook section at your local bookstore. Of course, these cookbooks don’t make up for travelling all together but experiencing dishes from different countries is part of what travelling is all about, right?
Here are 7 cookbooks to buy if you’re missing your summer vacay!
Local Toronto food blogger Diala Canelo has just released her first cookbook and to say it’s everything we’ve ever wanted is an understatement. Diala is known for her tasty plant-forward and pescetarian recipes that are reminiscent of her travels and that’s exactly what you’ll notice about her book. Diala’s Kitchen is inspired by destinations like Barcelona, Athens, Florence, Mexico City, and many more. Be warned because once you crack into this cookbook, you’ll instantly want to cook all the recipes like Salmon Tacos with Chipotle Crema, Blackened Fish with Creamy Yucca Fries, and Coconut Flan to name a few.
If Ireland’s is one of your must-visit destinations, then you must get your hands on The Irish Cookbook. Contrary to popular belief, Irish food consists of much more than just Guinness and potatoes. In addition to being stunning, this cookbook showcases the beauty and history of Irish cuisine in over 400 recipes that’ll instantly transport you to the Emerald Isle.
If you’re looking to spice things up, you’ll want to add My Mexico City Kitchen to your cookbook collection. This book by chef and restauranteur Gabriela Cámara consists of 150 recipes that’ll bring you flavours like you’ve never tasted. Mexico City is a hotspot for great food so you know that this book is going to be packed to the brim with tasty recipes like Chiles Rellenos, Chilaquiles Verdes, and Flan de Cajeta.
There’s something about Sweden that’s so picturesque and idyllic. Take a little food journey through the country throughout the year through the Little Swedish Kitchen cookbook and learn all the things about Swedish cooking! If you’ve been looking to discover new foods, techniques, and ingredients, this is def a book you need to get your (oven) mitts on!
If Thai food is your thing, then odds are you’ve been to one of Chef Nuit Regular’s restaurants in Toronto. Nuit is highly recognized for her beautiful (and tasty!) Royal Thai cooking and that’s why we literally jumped for joy when we found out a cookbook is coming in the fall. These 120 recipes will take you on a food tour through Northern Thailand through dishes like Young Green Jackfruit Curry, Five Spice Chicken with Egg, Mango Sticky Rice, and many many more.
Take a jaunt over to Isreal through Sababa by famed cookbook author Adeena Sussman. This flavour-packed book is a celebration of Israeli food, culture, and life that’s accessible for the home cook. Experience delicious flavours like za’atar, sumac, tahini, and many more with recipes like Schug Marinated Lamb Chops and Freekeh and Roasted Grape Salad to name a few!
Get a taste of Africa with Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. This cookbook is all about no-nonsense, big flavours like chillies, peanuts, ginger to create food that’s fun, tasty, and relaxed. Ghanaian food is known for having a kick so if you’re into spicy, this might be the book for you. Transport yourself to street food markets with recipes like Coconut & Cassava Cake and Pan-roasted Cod with Grains of Paradise and Okra Tempura among others.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Blair Stutz)