The Cookbook Guru for December…Our Greatest Hits

December is a month of madness in (and out of) the kitchen for us all and as a consequence here at The Cookbook Guru we are spending the month sharing some of our greatest recipes from the year and giving us all a month off from focusing on a new cookbook.

The year of 2014 has had us exploring cuisines from different eras and cultures.  Some books have struck a chord and produced a bounty whilst others have been less thrilling, but still interesting, to explore.  Each month has brought with it some new skills, beautiful photo’s and interesting tips.  Each blogger has applied their own tone to the recipes and shared not only the book itself, but how it fits into their lives, their impressions of the recipes and how they’ve adapted the recipe to suit their palates and dietary restrictions.

The Books of 2014

Tessa Kiros'Falling Cloudberries

Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros


The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon

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Cooking At Home by Karen Martini

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The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden

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Mrs Beaton’s Guide to Good Housekeeping

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English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David


Food I Love by Neil Perry

Cooking From Your Cookbook Shelf

marcella hazen

The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan


Saha by Greg and Lucy Malouf

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Gourmet Traveller Magazine

I’ve loved the foodie conversations that have ensued on each person’s posts as we discuss not only the post but also the book, the flavours and talk about different ways of improving or changing what we’ve created.  It is the essence of what I envisaged The Cookbook Guru to be when I started it over 12 months ago.  We have grown slowly as a group, but with a core group of bloggers who embrace each month as an opportunity it’s been a great experience I hope everyone has enjoyed as much as me.  I would like to thank the dedication and passion with which our members have been a part of this little group and shared the cooking from their kitchens.

To the wonderful food bloggers who have participated in my crazy and fun concept, thank you for all your hard work and participation.

I hope you enjoy our retrospective from this year as much as we enjoyed sharing it as it happened.

Have a fabulous silly season and may Santa bring you some new cookbooks for 2015.

Leah and The Cookbook Gurus