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Whether you’re the uber-foodie who will pore over every ingredient list and method, or simply love to use gorgeous books as showpieces on your kitchen shelf, cook books make practical and beautiful Christmas gifts. Here are some of the latest releases to suit every interest.

Summer on Fat Pig Farm
Matthew Evans

summer-on-fat-pig-farmWelcome to Summer on Fat Pig Farm, where the garden prospers, the berries ripen and the aroma of fresh herbs lingers in the air. Summer is the season of surplus, a time when the sun is high and the cooking is easy. Dig in to indulgent waffles with salty butterscotch pears. Enjoy a rustic farm meal of cider chicken or zucchini and buffalo mozzarella lasagne, while sipping white peach and mint sangria. Finish with vanilla-poached nectarines or raspberry cake drizzled with elderflower syrup. Gourmet farmer Matthew Evans (star of the long-running SBS TV show The Gourmet Farmer) showcases beautiful seasonal produce from his farm with a collection of fresh, simple and nourishing summer recipes.

Murdoch Books, $39.99

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The Zumbo Files
Adriano Zumbo

the-zumbo-filesThe colours are bright, the flavours unexpected. The experience of recreating 50 Zumbo recipes is complete delight. This collection includes the master pâtissier’s latest creations plus some astonishing new flavour combinations for his signature zumbarons. There’s also a chapter of savoury recipes to round out your pastry repertoire. For the first time, Adriano provides photographic step-by-step instructions for the master recipes in each style of pâtisserie, deconstructing the process and making these culinary works of art achievable for the home baker. This is no ordinary baking book! It will blow your mind and your tastebuds.

Murdoch Books, $49.99

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Salads All Year Round
Makkie Mulder

salads-all-year-roundSalads with vegetables, with fish, with cheese, with grains and cereals, with poultry and meat and with fruit – each with a range of dressings. Salads All Year Round provides a definitive collection of 100 delicious salads for all seasons. Refreshing, healthy, generous and filling, these salads are quick to put together and much more than just a side dish: they are the main event.

Murdoch Books, $35

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Superfood Weeknight Meals
Kelly Pfeiffer

superfood-week-night-mealsHealthy, delicious dinners ready in 30 minutes or less. Superfood Weeknight Meals provides simple-yet-creative meals that feature 10 everyday superfood ingredients: avocado, lentils, almonds, sweet potatoes, quinoa, eggs, spinach, citrus fruit, olive oil and cauliflower. With each recipe using at least two of these foods, you can guarantee that your family is getting a healthy meal and one that you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen making!

Fair Winds Press, $27.99

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Ferment Your Drinks
Alex Lewin & Raquel Guajardo

ferment-your-drinksFermented drinks help improve digestion, improve important vitamins and minerals and strengthen the immune system and they’re tasty! With just a few ingredients and materials, you can start brewing your own delicious beverages for your family. Ferment Your Drinks is packed with an array of innovative drink recipes, from healthy homemade sodas to traditional kvass, that you can make in your home kitchen and enjoy all year long.

Fair Winds Press, $29.99

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The brew your own big book of homebrewing

homebrewingFrom well-tested recipes to expert advice, Brew Your Own sets the standard for quality. Now the magazine’s best homebrew guides, troubleshooting and tips are brought together in one book. Packed with recipes, advice, step-by-step photos and more, this official guide is a necessity for anyone who’s into homebrew. Whether you’re looking to get into brewing, want to up your game or find inspiration for your next brew day, this book has what you need.

Voyageur Press, $27.99 

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Weber’s Barbecue Bible
Jamie Purviance

weber-bbqThis bible contains more than 150 triple-tested recipes for meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables and fruit with 1000 step-by-step photographs to guide you. There are invaluable ideas for rubs, marinades and sauces, expert answers to common questions about barbecuing as well as tips and advice on safety, upkeep, fuel and lighting methods. From simple kebabs to elaborate rotisseries, the book contains the perfect recipes for all-year-round barbecuing.

Murdoch Books, $35

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Whole Food Slow Cooked
Olivia Andrews

slow-cookerWhole Food Slow Cooked is the solution to nourishing friends and family with ease and style. Each recipe offers cooking methods for both slow cooker and stovetop or oven and is designed to fit in around a busy schedule. And, because slow cooking means you can make the most of cheaper cuts of meat by braising them to melting tenderness, it’s economical too. Just fire up the slow cooker in the morning and you can come home to a kitchen filled with the aroma of caramel pork belly, pea and ham soup or the ultimate bolognese ready to toss into a pan of pasta. With curries, seafood, lazy weekend fare and plenty of meat-free options, you’ll never be short of ideas to keep everyone happy and well-fed.

Murdoch Books, $35

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More Please!
Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena

manuAs the cheeky co-host of one of the country’s best-loved TV programs, MKR, Manu Feildel gets to sample some of the finest home cooking in the nation. His favourite meals, though, are most often those he enjoys at home with his loved ones. Like many of us, Manu’s family has diverse cultural roots – French, of course, but also Chinese, Malay and Sri Lankan. And he loves to put a spin on his favourite dishes from Spain, Italy and the Middle East. He and his partner, Clarissa, draw on all these influences when cooking at home. The result is a collection of simply delicious recipes that tick all the boxes: quick, easy and enticing for all the family on those busy weeknights, plus plenty of special-occasion dishes you can whip up to impress a crowd.

Murdoch Books, $39.99

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Sweet! Celebrations
Elise Strachan

sweet-celebrationsFrom YouTube sensation Elise Strachan comes a collection of amazing cakes and desserts for any skill level and any occasion, with tips on presentation and theming. The creator and host of My Cupcake Addiction – one of the world’s most widely viewed online baking shows – shares her most dazzling and delicious dessert recipes and ingenious entertaining tips so you can throw the perfect party. Whether you’re putting together a simple treat for a friend or an over-the-top extravaganza, baking cupcakes for the office or planning a trick-or-treat to be remembered, this will be your go-to book in the kitchen.

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Murdoch Books, $39.99

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