Cooking in Color: Vibrant, Delicious, Beautiful Food is one of those rare culinary gems: a great-looking cookbook that you’ll actually cook from (rather than just stare at wistfully while your stomach rumbles). The recipes are accessible and invite you to bring your imagination to food prep while inspiring every level of cook with gorgeous, colourful photos of recipes that are fun to prepare (and, more importantly, delicious and satisfying to eat). The book’s no-fuss approach to global cuisine makes it easy and risk-free to try new meal ideas long before you earn that Michelin star. The vibe is cook-to-impress, no-stress. Need more encouragement? Just skip ahead to the cocktail section.
Who it’s by: Vancouver’s Jeremy Inglett and Adrian Harris, the food-and-photography-obsessed cooks and bloggers behind The Food Gays.
Who it’s for: Everyone from novice cooks to kitchen pros. Cooking In Color features straightforward recipes and easy to follow instructions. “We really worked on keeping the methods as simple as possible,” say Adrian and Jeremy, who describe their cooking style as “global” — they love throwing ingredients and flavours from around the world into the mix and seeing what happens.
Why you’ll love it: The book is brimming with recipes that look impressive, taste incredible, and require only a little effort on your part. Entertaining friends? Please a crowd with a batch of The Food Gays’ broiled feta with chili salt, tomatoes and basil or whip up some whisky-spiked olives. Pair those with a Cooking in Color cocktail. Adrian and Jeremy highlight their best-loved drink: the jalapeño lime margarita.
The recipe about to be your new favourite: The authors point to their roasted five-spice cauliflower and the BBQ chimichurri chicken as the recipes you’ll want to make on a regular basis. “Chicken is so popular,” they explain. “…the vibrant flavours of the chimichurri really bring it to the next level.”
Another go-to? Their cold soba noodle salad with kimchi and basil is super popular with readers (we’re excited about the lunchtime leftovers already). When it comes to a decadent weekend breakfast treat, The Food Gays are all about their classic blog recipe for cream cheese-filled pretzel bagel donuts. We’ll take a dozen, please.
The surprise bonus skill you’ll pick up: Food photography. Adrian and Jeremy love photography as much as they love cooking and the book combines both of those passions. In section at the beginning, they offer advice to amateur food photographers looking to share their creations on social media. “There’s so many tips included throughout the book, which we thought was a fun and different thing to include in a cookbook,” says the team. “If we had to give one take away tip, it would be to just practice. The bar is so incredibly high these days, but people need to understand how much time and effort goes into these styled images. Go easy on yourself!”