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1) Arab Cookbooks

Arab Cookbooks

Arab cuisine encompasses the traditional food of the countries under this cultural influence which, beyond the Arabian Peninsula, extends to North and East Africa. They share language, religion and recipes. Their way of understanding gastronomy, of sitting at the table, is intimately linked to the social gathering, to hospitality.

The origins of Arab cuisine go back to the nomadic peoples of ancient Arabia, dedicated to shepherding, becoming a consumer of dairy products and their derivatives such as cheese, yogurt, etc. On the other hand, the meat consumed is lamb. Poultry and ruminants are less frequent.

Arab cuisine is a combination of several cultures and resembles Mediterranean cuisine but with Asian touches, as can be seen in the use of spices such as curry, saffron, turmeric, cinnamon, mint and garlic. In Arab cuisine, vegetables and cereals prevail over meat.

2) Baking Books

Baking Books

Baking is an art, that has been practiced for thousands of years and has been present in the evolution and transformation of our societies. It is through this trade, that bread is obtained, which is considered synonymous with food in many cultures and is part of the diet and form of cultural and religious expression in many peoples of the world.

Bakery and its practice, as well as the techniques of manufacture and the ingredients used to make bread, are influenced by the culture, tradition and culinary characteristics of the peoples, which vary from one place to another, giving it its own unique condition.

Nowadays, bakery is part of the cultural gear of our society, so it is very common to find this type of establishment in the city’s neighborhoods. If you want to know everything about this exciting art, you can’t miss our selection of books about baking.

3) Books about Coffee

Books about Coffee

The etymology of the word coffee reveals an extensive journey that begins with the classic Arabic qahwah, continues with the Turkish kahve and reaches the Italian caffe, before acquiring the form that distinguishes it in the English language. 

Coffee is a very popular beverage that is obtained from the seed of a shrub called Coffea. This seed is ground and roasted to obtain the powder that is used for the elaboration of the beverage. It is generally consumed hot but also in cold drinks.

Coffee was discovered in the year 300, in Ethiopia, but it was not until the 15th century when coffee beans began to be roasted to prepare them as an infusion. According to historians, at the beginning it was only customary to chew the leaves or boil them, but it was not until 1714 that it began to be cultivated and its consumption became popular throughout the world.

4) Books about Tea

Books about Tea

Tea comes from the tea plant or bush, called Camellia sinensis, which in turn means Camellia from China. The most important producers of this tree are China and India, which account for 60% of the tea production and distribution market.

Although it is usually prepared hot, it can also be consumed cold. It can be accompanied by different additives such as sugar, honey, milk, spices, aromatic plants, butter, etc. All teas (white, green, black and semi-black or Oolong) come from the same plant. The difference is in the way the leaves are prepared.

There is a difference between infusion and tea: infusions are made from plants other than camellia sinensis (such as chamomile, tilia or lemon balm) and do not contain any stimulants or theine. In contrast, as mentioned above, all teas are made from the camellia sinensis plant, which is a theine-containing plant.

5) Chilean Cookbooks

Chilean Cookbooks

Traditional Chilean cuisine definitely did not come from a single source. Like many other cuisines in the world, it was created by the arrival of foreign products and those that were available.

The Spanish conquistadors brought their cuisine and its seasonings, a mixture that united the Hispanic and Arab worlds, providing garlic, onion, oregano and the first vines to produce wine as a fundamental element. This old world cuisine was united with the traditional food of the native peoples in the north, center and south of Chile, giving body to hearty, abundant dishes with very pleasant flavors.

The aboriginal peoples of Chile used ingredients such as beans, puya pepper, pumpkin, carob and chañar fruits, cochayuyo seaweed, quinoa, sea lion oil, dehydrated seaweed, corn, chili pepper, llama meat, Chilean palm syrup, etc. to feed themselves. This allowed the development of typical dishes such as humitas, corn mote, patasca, calapurca, carbonada, pastel de choclo and more.

6) Chinese Cookbooks

Chinese Cookbooks

Chinese cuisine is considered one of the best in the world. Like Mexican, the Chinese cuisine is not really one type of cuisine, but several. Each region of this country, the most populated in the world, has very specific ways of cooking and flavors that predominate in their dishes.

China is a very large country and the agriculture is part of the base of its economy. Of the total arable land that the country possesses, a large part is concentrated in the humid monsoon areas, which gather those emblematic rice plantations that are in the minds of the world’s population as far as landscapes in China are concerned.

The good use of condiments is a fundamental pillar of Chinese cuisine. In many of its dishes there is no lack of curry, understood as a mixture of spices. Among other varieties, the Five Spice Powder is famous. Soya shoots, seaweed, ginger, sesame oil or rice wine are also widely used ingredients in Chinese cuisine, not to mention rice noodles.

7) Cocktail Books

Cocktail Books

Cocktails took off in the late 18th century in the United States and England, but became widely popular in the 1920s in the United States, as the drink’s mixture allowed the poor quality taste of the smuggled liquor to be disguised.

Cocktail making is also considered by many as an art, this is because their preparation by the bartender, an expert in drinks and recipes, involves the use of special and showy techniques, which using the nature and characteristics of the elements mixed result in a unique cocktail that is also used for a showy presentation.

A whole world of information and knowledge, is what you will find in our selections of books on Cocktails, which we share with you below.

8) Colombian Cookbooks

Colombian Cookbooks

Like most of the kitchens of the different countries, Colombia’s cuisine is formed by the influence of other cultures that arrived in the country at the time of the conquest and later during the 19th and 20th centuries.

In the Colombian cuisine there is an abundance of tubers as well as fruits, with beautiful colors and captivating flavors, which are displayed in small and large chain stores, marketplaces, ‘street carts’ and village patios.

In Colombia there is a diversity of regions, each with its own special characteristics and therefore its own culinary customs. We have areas of the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, jungle areas, the Llanos, the Andes with different climates and influences, and the valleys and plains, each one of which has preserved its traditions and has been receptive to different influences.

However, there are some dishes with shared ingredients and prepared in “their own way” in each province, such as drinks made from corn, sancocho, arepas, chili, broths, empanadas, tamales, rice and meat.

9) Cookbooks for Children

Cookbooks for Children

For children, the kitchen is a great space for sensory experimentation, meaningful reality-based learning and a place for bonding. Involving them in food preparation helps them to internalize good eating and hygiene habits, as well as safety rules, from a very early age.

In fact, the age and time will come when children themselves will feel the curiosity and desire to help in the kitchen, in the preparation of a meal. Therefore, it is an opportunity for parents to make this an activity that integrates the family in a fun way.

Among its benefits we can mention: the development of manual dexterity, the development of communication and socialization skills, stimulates their senses, motivates them to pick up and clean, they dare to try new foods.

10) French Cookbooks

French Cookbooks

Being a very rich country in terms of culture, France’s gastronomy has been reinvented over time. Historical factors such as social and political movements, artistic phenomena, changes in working hours and trade agreements have been key in defining what is now one of the most important gastronomic influences in the world.

French cuisine is characterized by its variety and richness in innovative preparations thanks to the diversity present in its regions. Its culinary culture has conquered the world, partly because of its quality raw materials but mainly because of the processes used to refine it.

For that reason, we have brought a very good selection of books on French cuisine. Whether you are going to travel or just want to learn a little more about its gastronomic history, these books will be very useful for you. Take advantage of them!

11) Indian Cookbooks

Indian Cookbooks

Some of the most characteristic Indian flavors are cayenne, cloves, ginger, cardamom or saffron. With a mixture of these and other spices, the famous garam masala or curries are obtained, which, after all, are the perfect blend of several spices.

In this cuisine you can find a variety of stews with legumes, rice and vegetables are also used, seasoned with curry or masala, this is one of the most important flavors accompanied by a Chai tea, one of the drinks of great consumption in this country.

In Indian cuisine, the hands are used very often. It is part of the customs of the Indians to eat with the hands, the bites are taken with the ends of the fingers of the right hand and it is not considered bad manners, although in the restaurants they offer knife and fork.

12) Italian Cookbooks

Italian Cookbooks

Italy’s gastronomy is one of the most varied in the world, its cuisines reflect this great cultural variety in its regions as well as the diversity of its history. Italian cuisine is included in the so-called Mediterranean gastronomies and is as imitated as it is practiced all over the world.

It is a cuisine with a strong historical and traditional character, varied thanks to each of its regions and heir of long traditions, which has managed to perpetuate ancient recipes such as polenta or pizza, a dish from Naples par excellence, among many other Italian dishes that can be enjoyed today anywhere in the world, as well as in a typical Italian trattoria.

This is just a part of all the information we can give about it, but that’s not all! We know that there is much more you want to know about Italian cuisine. Would you like to know more about it?

13) Japanese Cookbooks

Japanese Cookbooks

Japanese cuisine has always been a true reflection of the country. A large archipelago now made up of nearly seven thousand islands, with Tokyo as its capital, whose history is divided between periods of total and prolonged isolation and times when foreign forces have had a decisive influence on its daily life. Transformations and changes, both political and social, have had a decisive influence on the cuisine practiced by the Japanese throughout their existence.

Japanese cuisine is notable for using cooking methods that enhance the natural flavours of the ingredients. Among them, apart from rice, we find many vegetables, like Chinese leek, sweet potato, green onion (negi), spinach and cucumbers, mushrooms, some meats (although in general the daily cuisine is of vegetarian priority), seafood and legumes, especially soybeans.

When we think of Japanese food, we directly imagine sushi. This dish of rice cooked in rice vinegar is combined with fresh products-usually seafood and fish-and is accompanied by soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

14) Jewish Cookbooks

Jewish Cookbooks

Jewish cuisine is a family cuisine with ancestral roots, which is directly related to the holidays of the Jewish calendar and the Sabbath rest. It has integrated some culinary specialties from all the countries of the Diaspora and has made its own dishes and techniques of Russian, Polish, German, Lebanese, Turkish food, among others.

The foods and rules accepted as correct within the Jewish religion are inscribed within the Kashrut compendium, correct or appropriate in Hebrew, originating in Leviticus. These rules separate foods into pure, known as kosher or kosher, and impure, terefa or taref.

In accordance with Jewish dietary law, Jewish cuisine does not include pork or seafood. Dairy products and meat are also traditionally prepared and served separately. Many dishes in Jewish cuisine also have religious symbolism, especially breads and pastries. Challah, for example, is braided to represent manna, or braided as a ladder leading to heaven.

15) Keto Diet Books

Keto Diet Books

The Keto diet is an eating plan that is used as a treatment for some diseases such as obesity, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases, among others. This way of eating induces a change in fat metabolism.

In a keto diet, fewer carbohydrates are eaten, moderate consumption of protein is maintained, and fat intake may increase. The reduction of carbohydrates puts the body into a metabolic state called ketosis, where fat (from your body and what you eat) is consumed for energy.

There are very specific situations where the ketogenic diet is not recommended, for example, uncontrolled type I or II diabetes, pancreatitis, fat-related metabolic disorders, and, of course, pregnancy and breastfeeding. If you are on the keto diet and become pregnant, you should consult with a nutrition professional.

16) Lebanese Cookbooks

Lebanese Cookbooks

Exotic, abundant or spicy may be three of the adjectives that come to mind when we think of Lebanese cuisine, which until a few years ago was unknown, a stranger to the Western palate.

The predominance of vegetable, legume and cereal dishes in Lebanese cuisine makes it a light and healthy diet. Meat, poultry and fish dishes, often flavored with lemon juice and fresh herbs, are also characterized by their lightness.

For the natives of Lebanon, food is a symbol of hospitality and union. The mixture of cultures led to the inclusion of ingredients brought from different territories. Something that further characterizes Lebanese cuisine is an activity called “Mezze”. It is a series of snacks as a tapa or appetizer, very frequent at the beginning of each meal. These can be vegetable creams, cheeses, salads and even seasoned raw meats.

17) Mexican Cookbooks

Mexican Cookbooks

Mexican food was declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010 and we don’t need to explain much, but just say that its taste is simply unbeatable.

All gastronomy is the result of years of history and events that marked the course of evolution in the treatment of food or the way of eating. Mexico, a country with a vast culture, does not escape from it. Its most emblematic dishes represent the way of life and traditions of its inhabitants, in addition to being commonly associated with what you will find as you walk through its streets.

Each dish transmits to you all the good things that Mexico has to offer. Its flavors, smells and colors are evidence of how the population has remained faithful to its history. So that you can enjoy a little more about it, we have compiled a great selection of books and materials about Mexican cuisine in PDF format.

18) Pastry Books

Pastry Books

The taste for sweet foods goes back to the history of sugar basically, however, the use of sweet ingredients in a food preparation does not always mean that it is a dessert. Humanity has created a world driven by their senses, where they found in an activity as essential as eating, to develop skills to do so more consciously, efficiently, professionally and artistically.

Pastry making is the specialty of the bakery that focuses on making all kinds of desserts, and not just cakes. A pastry chef in a restaurant is in charge of creating delicatessen defined by sweetness, to this we can add that the pastry chef is in charge of using and handling the chocolate, candy, confectionery and other culinary techniques for making desserts.

An important aspect of pastry making is decoration. Because cakes and pies are usually served at banquets and celebrations, they are sought to be distinctive in appearance. That is why great care is taken in the presentation of the products.

19) Peruvian Cookbooks

Peruvian Cookbooks

Peruvian cuisine is composed of a mixture of ancient Inca and European culinary traditions. These traditions are combined with each other and give rise to popular dishes such as ceviche. In this dish, the ancient technique of preserving fish in fruit juice with salt and chili is combined with citrus juice, one of the favorite ingredients of the Spanish.

The main ingredients found in almost all Peruvian dishes are rice, the variety of potatoes, pork, lamb and fish. Most of these foods include one of the different types of “ají”, or Peruvian chili peppers, which are mainly: yellow chili, red chili, red pepper, rocoto.

Chicken, pork and lamb were introduced to Peru 500 years ago, when the Spanish arrived in America. Other ingredients, like potatoes, were already established because they grow in the Peruvian Andes and were brought by the Spanish to Europe.

20) Spanish Cookbooks

Spanish Cookbooks

Whether you want to know how to prepare the famous Valencian paella, read a little about the different ways of eating Serrano ham or understand in depth the origins of food in Spain; these selections of books on Spanish cuisine are ideal for you.

The Spanish have made their culinary habits into something unique. From the same land where the paella comes from, we can find French, American and other European influences. Each region adapted the most positive aspects of the different cultures that came to the country and joined them to their most prepared dishes long before evidence was found of the consolidation of their culinary practice.

Similarly, climate and geography have had an impact not only on the ingredients they use but also on the techniques they apply to cooking them. Therefore, internationally Spanish cuisine is considered one of the most varied gastronomies.

21) Thai Cookbooks

Thai Cookbooks

Thai cuisine is one of the most sophisticated of all the Far East with a mixture of sweet, salty, sour and spicy flavors with an exotic and delicious result, it is a totally new experience that is worth knowing and trying.

Thai cuisine has common elements with Chinese cuisine because the same history of the people who inhabit Thailand comes from there, since the origin of the Thai people comes from what is now the current Yunnan. It also has similarities with Hindu cuisine, especially the use of spicy curries that were already used on a daily basis in the times of the Khmer occupation and became common with the transition from Hinduism to Buddhism as the official religion.

There is an enormous variety of regional cuisines. Generally speaking, the spiciest dishes are cooked in the south, an area of clear Indian influence. In the north, because of the colder climate, the food contains more fat. In the Northeast the flavors are reduced to salty and spicy, with the rest disappearing.

22) Vegan Cookbooks

Vegan Cookbooks

The Vegan diet consists of consuming vegetables, fruits, cereals, legumes, nuts, seeds and algae. It is recognized as the most ethical diet since it avoids all foods of animal origin, including those obtained without violence such as milk or eggs.

It is a lifestyle committed to nature. They take it to the extreme of not using any product derived from animals, for example, leather shoes; neither does any cosmetic that has animal ingredients in its composition.

To understand the vegan philosophy, you have to think of a way of life of maximum respect for the animal world. It is also a current that opposes speciesism, that is, discrimination according to species. In fact, this is considered the main cause of animal exploitation.

23) Vegetarian Cookbooks

Vegetarian Cookbooks

A vegetarian menu is a powerful and enjoyable way to achieve good health. The main characteristic of vegetarian food, and a common element to the different types of diets considered vegetarian in existence, is the suppression of animal meat.

Many people choose not to eat animal meat and sometimes not even animal products such as milk or eggs. The reasons for this are very varied: from moral issues, because they consider that it is not ethical to feed on another living being, to coherence with a lifestyle where respect for the environment and ecology is a priority.

Within the vegetarian gastronomy there are different types of diets, some more strict and others with a higher level of flexibility. Depending on whether it is followed more or less strictly, we can distinguish between different categories of vegetarian diet.

24) Venezuelan Cookbooks

Venezuelan Cookbooks

Venezuelan cuisine is the result of the mixture of flavors produced as a consequence of the irruption in those American territories of the cuisines brought by the European colonizers and the African population, who arrived to work in the plantations as slaves.

The variety of its gastronomy is also due to Venezuela‘s geography, with customs varying according to the region of the country. In coastal regions such as the Caribbean, fish and seafood consumption predominates, while in the plains regions, beef is more typical, as in the plains areas of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina. These dishes are almost always accompanied by the well-known Venezuelan arepa, a kind of circular roasted corn dough bun.

Its well-known arepas and its most typical dish, the “pabellón criollo”, are only the tip of the iceberg of a whole range of raw materials and traditional dishes that characterize Venezuela’s popular cuisine..

25) Vietnamese Cookbooks

Vietnamese Cookbooks

Vietnamese cuisine is very aromatic, as they like to use aromatic herbs or spices. It is also a very fresh cuisine, in which vegetables will play a leading role and will be complemented by the flavor of lime or lemon..

In Vietnamese food, they prefer to eat the traditionally produced and cultivated food with the richest taste rather than the industrial products. They have the habit of going to the market every day to buy the fresh food instead of going to the supermarket every few weeks to keep it in the refrigerator. Of course, due to today’s industrial life, this habit is also gradually changing (mainly among young people).

This cuisine makes very little use of oil, uses a lot of steam for cooking and tries to reduce as much as possible the consumption of meat (pork, beef, goat). It is more common to eat fish and seafood. And Vietnamese desserts are also mostly low in calories as natural plants and herbs are used to prepare them.

26) Wine Books

Wine Books

Wine is an alcoholic beverage produced from the fermentation of grape must (fruit juice containing different parts such as skin, pulp and seed), in conjunction with a variety of bacteria and yeasts.

It is a drink that since ancient times has captivated the palate of kings and conquerors. The production of wine itself is an art, as is knowing how to combine it well with food. In this regard, it is a matter of reinforcing the flavors of wine and food, and not counteracting them.

So that you can get to know a little more about all the art that surrounds wine, we have created this collection with materials in PDF format that you can enjoy for free.

So, here ends our selection of food and drink books. We hope you liked it and that you already have your next book!

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