6 Irish cookbooks to get the wannabe chef in your life this Christmas

By Katy Thornton

November 10, 2022 at 3:45pm


From a vegan cookbook to assist your transition to plant-based, to incredible recipe adaptations of all your fave fried food, there's a little something for every kind of chef in this list.

Stuck on what to buy for the Remi in your life (a Ratatouille reference for those unsure). Support local this year by buying one of these Irish cookbooks, full of yummy recipes; plus with any luck whoever you purchase for may make one of these meals for you.

So without further ado, here's six Irish cookbooks you should consider buying (or asking) for Christmas this year.

No Fuss Vegan, Rozanna Purcell

Although it's been out for nearly three years now, No Fuss Vegan by Roz Purcell was an award-winning recipe book for a reason. If you have a veggie or vegan pal in your life, or even if you're thinking of making the transition to a plant-based diet yourself, Roz will provide a helping hand with these amazing vegan recipes.

With Veganuary coming up right after Christmas, we can think of no better inspo than this book.

Pick it up HERE.


Avoca at Home, Avoca

For the friend who is all about comfort food, it's got to be Avoca at Home. This recipe book is a celebration of home cooking, boasting Avoca classics with a contemporary twist. Avoca at Home is bound in a beautiful hardback cover, making it ideal as a coffee table decoration as well as somewhere filled to the brim with foodie inspo. It has over 100 recipes, which is bound to keep the chef in your life busy for a while.

You can pick up a copy of Avoca at Home HERE

And for Mains, Gaz Smith & Rick Higgins


Head Chef of Michael's and Big Mike's in Dublin, Gaz Smith teams up with Rick Higgins of Higgins Family Butchers to create And For Mains. The cookbook is filled with top notch recipes, as well as tips and tricks of the trade, all which can be made from your own kitchen.

And For Mains has tons of banter along the way too; Gaz and Rick are good friends as well as co-writers. There are 63 recipes in the book, ranging from a Smoked Haddock and Prawn Lasagne to Chocolate Amarena Cherry Brownie Cake. Rick gives his two cents throughout on the best cuts of meat for different dishes.

Get And For Mains through this link HERE

Hot Fat, Gastro Gays

Food bloggers Gastro Gays released their first cookbook this year, and if you don't know them, get to know. Fried food aficionados Russell Alford and Patrick Hanlon want to bring readers into a world of delicious possibilities. And it’s not all beige!


They’ve taken familiar favourites, chipper classics and the flavours we can’t get enough of these days and have created the ultimate version of each one. They have every recipe, from onion rings to oysters, donuts to corn dogs, prawn toast to the perfect potato crisps.

You can pick up a copy of Hot Fat HERE.

Bake, The Cupcake Bloke

Graham has always been fascinated by taking classic Irish recipes like soda bread, porter cake and back as well as modern classics like jambons, cheesecakes and fifteens and giving them a modern twist. In Bake: Traditional Irish Baking with Modern Twists, every recipe for a traditional bake is followed by a fresh new spin using a wide range of conventional and unusual ingredients available in Ireland now, from advieh to zhug.

It could be an exact update of the recipe or it could be a modern interpretation of the flavour combination or the concept, like a classic coffee and walnut cake reimagined as a coffee and walnut pavlova with coffee poached pears. This beautiful hardback book is packed with 100 gorgeous recipes and stunning photography as well as insider tips and tricks for every type of baker.


You can purchase yours HERE

Wok, Kwanghi Chan

Anyone who has tried Bites By Kwanghi will be dying to get their hands on this. The first Irish Chinese cookbook to be published in Ireland, Wok is filled with simple recipes using easy-to-get products. The recipes include some of Kwanghi’s favourite meals that he grew up with that kept him in touch with his Asian heritage and the food that he cooks at home now with his family.

You can purchase Wok online HERE


And there you have it, six Irish cookbooks that will keep the chef in your life busy this Christmas.

Header images via Instagram/bites_by_kwanghi & /thecupcakebloke 

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