12 Best European Cookbooks & Recipe Books

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Top 12 European Cookbooks

Here is the list of European Cookbooks

  • “The Nordic Cookbook” by Magnus Nilsson – Best Overall
  • “The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen – Editor’s Choice
  • “The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook” by Parragon Books – Best for Traditional Recipes
  • “The French Kitchen”” by Michel Roux Jr. – Best for French Cuisine
  • “Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook”” by Russell Norman – Best for Italian Delicacies
  • “A Kitchen in France” by Mimi Thorisson – Best for Seasonal Recipes
  • “Mamushka: Recipes from Ukraine and Eastern Europe” by Olia Hercules – Best for Eastern European Cuisine
  • “My Paris Kitchen” by David Lebovitz – Best for Parisian Dishes
  • “Sabor” by Nieves Barragán Mohacho – Best for Spanish Flavors
  • “Gastronomy of Italy” by Anna Del Conte – Best for Comprehensive Italian Cuisine
  • “Lisboeta: Recipes From Portugal’s City of Light” by Nuno Mendes – Best for Portuguese Delights
  • “Catalan Cuisine” by Colman Andrews – Best for Northeastern Spanish Dishes

The Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson

Magnus, a Swedish chef, captures the essence of Nordic cuisine, blending traditional recipes with modern twists.

The book, boasting over 700 recipes, is a journey through the diverse food cultures of the North.

From pickled herring to mouth-watering meatballs, it’s a sensory delight.

The visuals? Stunning.

Each page is a testament to the region’s rich culinary heritage.

And the best part? It’s not just a cookbook.

It’s a story, a history lesson, and a cultural exploration.

For those passionate about authentic, creative, and sustainable culinary practices, this book is a gem.

And… it’s my pick for ‘Best Overall’.

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen

A culinary journey that’s both a feast for the eyes and a symphony for the palate.

This cookbook? It’s not just a collection of recipes; it’s an invitation.

An invitation to experience 500 vibrant, kitchen-tested dishes that promise to transport you straight to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean.

While some might argue it’s not for the faint-hearted beginner, for those seasoned in the art of cooking, it’s a treasure trove.

Some recipes might demand a tad more of your time, but oh, the rewards!

The detailed backgrounds accompanying each recipe?

A delightful touch. And the visuals?

Simply tantalizing.

Dive in, and let your senses revel in the Mediterranean magic.

The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook by Parragon Books

The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook by Paragon Books

“The Complete Irish Pub Cookbook” by Parragon Books is a treasure trove for those yearning for traditional Irish recipes.

Each page bursts with authentic flavors, taking you on a culinary journey through Ireland’s rich food heritage.

The dishes?

Think hearty stews, flavorful pies, and delectable desserts.

The presentation? Simply impeccable.

What sets this cookbook apart is its dedication to preserving age-old recipes, ensuring every dish tastes just like it’s been passed down through generations.

Awarded “Best for Traditional Recipes”, it’s a must-have for anyone looking to recreate the magic of an Irish pub in their own kitchen.

The French Kitchen by Michel Roux Jr.

The French Kitchen by Michel Roux Jr.

“The French Kitchen” by Michel Roux Jr. is a culinary masterpiece.

It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a journey through the heart of provincial France.

This book captures the essence of French gastronomy, with recipes passed down through generations.

From Burgundy to Provence, every dish tells a story.

Michel, a two-Michelin star chef, dives deep into his roots, bringing both rustic and haute French cuisine to your table.

Imagine dishes so authentic, they transport you to the streets of Paris with just one bite.

And the best part?

Michel ensures every recipe, whether simple or intricate, embodies that unique French ‘je ne sais quoi’. A must-have for those passionate about genuine French cooking.

Polpo A Venetian Cookbook by Russell Norman

“Polpo” A culinary gem capturing the essence of Venetian delights.

Russell Norman, you’ve done it!

This cookbook? It’s like a gondola ride through Venice’s canals, but for your taste buds.

Authentic recipes?

Stunning visuals? Absolutely.

And the best part? It’s been crowned ‘Best for Italian Delicacies’. Why?

Because every page is a testament to Italy’s rich food culture.

From cicchetti to sumptuous mains, it’s a feast for the senses.

And for someone like me, who’s tasted global flavors, this?

It’s a must-have.

Dive into a world where food tells stories.

And remember, Venice isn’t just a destination; it’s a flavor.

A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson

A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson is a delightful journey through seasonal recipes.

Mimi, with her authentic touch, brings the rustic charm of French countryside kitchens right to your table.

The book is a testament to the beauty of local ingredients and traditional methods, something I’ve always championed.

The recipes? They’re a blend of creativity and authenticity, making every dish a sensory experience.

And the photos? Oh, they’re like a visual feast, transporting you straight to France.

If you’re looking to elevate your culinary game with seasonal delights, this cookbook is your ticket.

And for those who value sustainability and tradition in cooking, it’s a must-have.

Mamushka by Olia Hercules

Mamushka by Olia Hercules is a culinary gem.

As an Expert Food Critic, I’ve tasted global flavors, and this cookbook captures the essence of Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

The recipes? Authentic.

The presentation? Artistic.

Olia’s passion shines, offering dishes that transport you to her homeland.

From the vibrant borscht to the delicate pierogi, each page is a sensory journey.

The techniques? Rooted in tradition, yet approachable for modern kitchens.

And the best part?

It’s been awarded ‘Best for Eastern European Cuisine’. If you’re keen to explore this rich culinary landscape, “Mamushka” is your passport.

Happy cooking!

My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

David Lebovitz, an American chef-turned-writer, captures this essence in “My Paris Kitchen.” This isn’t just a cookbook.

It’s a memoir, a guide, and a love letter to the City of Lights.

Dive into over 100 recipes, from the heartwarming onion soup to the decadent warm chocolate cake drizzled with salted caramel sauce.

But it’s not just about the food.

It’s about the stories, the Parisian tales that intertwine with each dish.

And for those with a sweet tooth?

David’s pastry chef background shines, making the dessert chapter a treat in itself.

So, whether you’re a Francophile or someone looking to dabble in French cooking, this book offers a delightful culinary journey.

Sabor by Nieves Barragán Mohacho

The book is a delightful blend of regional and modern Spanish dishes, capturing the essence of Spain’s diverse food culture.

From the hearty Basque bean stew to the tantalizing Galician octopus, every recipe is a testament to Mohacho’s expertise and passion.

The inclusion of her childhood favorites, like the flat green bean stew, adds a touch of nostalgia.

But what truly stands out is Mohacho’s innovative approach, seamlessly blending tradition with contemporary tastes.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a home cook, “Sabor” promises a gastronomic journey that’s both authentic and refreshing.

Gastronomy of Italy by Anna Del Conte

Anna Del Conte’s “Gastronomy of Italy” isn’t just a cookbook.

It’s a journey. A journey through the heart of Italy, its flavors, and its traditions.

Imagine an encyclopedia, but for Italian cooking.

From the rustic dishes of the countryside to the elegant presentations of the cities, Anna captures it all.

Some say it’s like having an Italian nonna whispering age-old family recipes in your ear.

But, there’s a twist. The book’s organization?

Alphabetical, by Italian names.

So, while you might jump from a chicken dish to a dessert in a heartbeat, it’s all part of the adventure.

And for someone like me, who’s tasted the world, this book feels like coming home to Italy.

Every. Single. Time.

Lisboeta Recipes From Portugal’s City by Nuno Mendes

Lisboeta Recipes From Portugal’s City of Light by Nuno Mendes

A culinary gem that captures the essence of Lisbon’s vibrant food culture.

Chef Mendes doesn’t just share recipes; he paints a vivid picture of the city’s history and traditions.

From the mouthwatering custard tarts to the marinated pork with red pepper paste, each dish is a journey through Portugal’s heart.

The tales behind the recipes? Pure gold.

And the photos? They’ll make you yearn for a taste.

It’s not just a cookbook; it’s an invitation to experience Lisbon’s soul.

A must-have for anyone passionate about authentic culinary adventures.

And… those custard tarts?


Catalan Cuisine by Colman Andrews

It’s like a culinary passport, whisking you straight to the heart of Northeastern Spain.

The book captures the essence of Catalan dishes, rich in tradition and flavor.

Andrews’ expertise shines, offering readers a sensory journey through recipes and stories.

The dishes? Authentic.

The techniques? Time-honored.

And the presentation? Pure artistry.

Awarded “Best for Northeastern Spanish Dishes”, this cookbook is a must-have for those eager to explore the vibrant tastes of Catalonia.

It’s not just a cookbook; it’s a culinary adventure.

And… you’ll want to embark on it.

Final Say So!

Embarking on a culinary journey has never been this exciting!

From the rustic charm of the French countryside to the vibrant flavors of Spain, these European cookbooks are your passport to a world of gastronomic delights.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a curious foodie, there’s a dish, a story, and a tradition waiting to be discovered.

So, grab your apron, pick a book, and let the European adventure begin!

Renee Searcy

Hi! I’m Renee. From a young age, I’ve been enchanted by the flavors, aromas, and the art of cooking. My journey has taken me from my family’s kitchen to working with some of the most talented chefs and culinary experts in Atlanta, GA, and beyond.

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