Cookbooks that Are as Beautiful as They Are Delicious

The statement coffee table cookbook is back! More and more chefs and recipe creators are developing big and beautiful books that inspire the eyes and tantalize the taste buds.

Here, we round up our favorite picks that will embellish any living room and give you food for thought — literally.

None of these authors are affiliated with Special K, we just love their work!


The Modern Cook’s Year by Anna Jones

We love Jones’ latest book and it’s not just because the lovely cover reminds us of an Old Master still life. We’re really impressed by the author’s use of simple yet hugely inventive flavors and ingredients to enliven seasonal produce, which is often more nutritious and flavorsome.

Divided into six parts, it contains more than 250 intriguing recipes, such as chickpea soup with salted lemons for spring.

Mexico: The Cookbook by Margarita Carrillo Arronte

The definitive guide to the varied, fascinating food of Mexico – whether you’re an expert or want to start exploring.

Drawing on ideas from the nation’s dynamic history, you’ll get a beautiful, full-bleed photo guide to it all: tamales, fajitas, and moles, as well as more elaborate recipes like Barbacoa de Pollo and Pastel Tres Leches.

Eating in Color by Frances Largerman-Roth

Color is a part of our daily lives — and our meals should be no exception. In this colorful cookbook, registered dietician Frances Largeman-Roth showcases easy eating plans that use the full spectrum of shades as the basis of a healthy eating plan.

You’ll find recipes that are as vivid as they are delicious, incorporating ingredients like bright beetroot, blueberries,  avocado, kale, tomatoes and more.

Feasts by Sabrina Ghayour

Fans of Middle Eastern food won’t be able to resist Ghayour’s follow-up to her bestselling Persiana. She revisits familiar ingredients and recipes from Iran, the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa using new combinations and flavors, many inspired by her travels and today’s trends.

Her feasts range from breakfasts to banquets to no fuss family favorites. Tamarind sticky ribs anyone?

Salad for President: A Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman

This glorious and unique book is from the creator of the hugely popular blog Salad for President. It’ll come as no surprise to learn that Sherman is pretty struck by salad and encourages everyone to tuck in.

This, her first book, includes more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists and creatives such as Laurie Anderson and Alice Waters. The focus is on high-quality seasonal produce. Collard chiffonade salad with roasted garlic dressing and crouton crumble gets our vote.

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook: Recipes from My Barn in the Mountains by Tieghan Gerard

Half Baked Harvest Cookbook is a visual feast from start to finish. One of seven children, Gerard grew up in the Colorado mountains, and happily for us, started cooking when she was 15, as her dad took too long to get dinner on the table. It led to her blog, Half Baked Harvest, which won the Saveur Blog Awards in 2016.

Her first book includes both healthy and indulgent recipes such as French onion soup with Guinness and soda bread. Gerard sounds like our kind of gal too ­– she believes that balance is the key to life.