Fancy a Thai or Italian Christmas? or know a foodie who would simply fall in love with real recipes straight from the source? then Lonely Planet’s new “From The Source” cookbooks could be the perfect Christmas Gift. We were kindly sent these to review.
With Christmas fast approaching, not only are we looking for festive alternatives for the office party and clever ways to use our Christmas Day left overs, but we also are looking for great alternatives other than celebrity cook books as gifts for our friends and families.
Lonely Planet have released two different “From The Source” books, including “Thailand From The Source” and “Italy From The Source”, both of which include recipes from people who were born and raised in their homeland.
Thailand From The Source
Author Austin Bush takes you through a Thai tasting experience, from the opening page which has Thai figures including Elephants and spices to the exciting fiery recipes you will fall in love with, this cookbook will be sure to spice your kitchen this festive period. One of the key points made at the beginning of the book is that cooking is much loved in Thailand, as it states “Make no mistake: In Thailand it’s not just food, it’s a labour of love”.
As you could probably guess, spices are hugely popular in Thai dishes and throughout the book you will see how you can use them in curries, seafood,veg and more – all which will keep you warm on a cold winter night. As you read through the recipes you will find several points at the bottom about the dish including it’s origin, when it was made and why.
We are particularly enthused by the Coconut cake and Grilled Aubergine Salad! We can’t wait to try cooking them at our next Christmas party.
Italy From The Source
Italian food is probably our favourite type of food. Anything full of carbs and loaded with cream gets a five star rating from us. With that being said, Italian food is not all Pasta, Pizza & Tiramisu. This recipe book shows how to cook everything from seafood dishes (we’re drooling over the creamed cod cicchetti as we type) to Lemon Sorbet and of course, a glorious Tiramisu recipe, which would make a ideal alternative to Christmas pudding.
Featuring over 270 authentic Italian recipes, author, Sarah Barrell, introduces you to chef’s, restaurants and street-food vendors over Italy. With endless amounts of information on different types of dishes including party food to traditional pasta, you will feel like the next Nigella Lawson.
We can’t wait to try out our own Risotto and without a doubt cannot wait to eat our way through copious amount of Cannoli. Is it dinner time yet?
Lonely planet is a global brand which is renowned for creating documentaries and books on incredible places to visit in the world. Now, the brand has released it’s “From The Source” Recipe books which come straight from the area they were made in.
Both of these books are available from the Lonely Planet store and cost £19.99 each making them a perfect gift for Christmas.
Would you try an alternative Christmas dinner? Let us and other know below.