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The best cookbooks of 2024 so far

Treat the special people in your life with these must-have gift ideas.
Best cookbooks of 2024, Air Fryer Queen author Steph De SousaAir Fryer Queen author Steph De Sousa

Here at Women’s Weekly Food and Test Kitchen we’ve been creating some of Australia’s best cookbooks for generations – like our iconic Children’s Birthday Cake Book. We know what makes a great cookbook, one you’ll bookmark and cook from, again and again.

So we’ve taken the guesswork out of gift shopping with our expert picks of the best new cookbooks for 2024, including the personal favourites of Women’s Weekly Food Director Fran Abdallaoui. The chefs, cooks and authors of these cookbooks have created delicious collections of must-make recipes to inspire and delight every Australian family.

And yes, we’ve included one of our own, of course!

The best cookbooks for 2024 Australia

01

The Test Kitchen Collection: Baking by The Australian Women’s Weekly

$39.99 at Are Media Books

Best for: every Australian kitchen

From cake stall treats to birthday celebrations, Australian families have been baking with our very own Women’s Weekly Test Kitchen recipes for more than 50 years. In Baking, we revisit our classics to create our best-ever versions of the recipes your family will love for many more years to come.

We asked Women’s Weekly Food Director Fran Abdallaoui what makes this cookbook so special. “Baking is close to our hearts in the Test Kitchen and this book is an essential kitchen companion for those just starting out on their baking journey right through to those avid bakers who bake for a living,” says Abdallaoui. “It has all the recipes you ever need from the best-ever carrot cake and brownie to unlocking the secrets of pastry and sourdough. All thoroughly tested (and tasted!) in our Test Kitchen.”

02

Beatrix Bakes: Another Slice by Natalie Paull

$29 at Big W

Best for: the serious sweet tooth

The perfect companion for both pro and novice bakers, Melbourne’s Natalie Paull covers it all in her new bakebook. Doughs, cookies, cakes and more get the Beatrix Bakes treatment, with clear instructions for sweet success every time.

“To be perfectly honest, I have a serious cooks’ crush on Natalie Paull!” says Abdallaoui. “Her recipes are a mix of classics and new favourite bakes that you didn’t know you needed but are so glad she has created and shared. The genius within these pages are not only the exquisite recipes but Natalie’s incredible knowledge and acute understanding of the science of baking, ingredients and techniques that will inevitably make you a better baker. Her writing is both generous, encouraging with a sense of humour that foodies will appreciate.”

03

Air Fryer Queen by Steph De Sousa

$29.99 at Are Media Books

Best for: air fryer aficionados

Social media star and MasterChef Australia alumni Steph De Sousa is the Air Fryer Queen! In her debut cookbook, De Sousa showcases her fun and easy air fryer recipes for brekkie, dinner and dessert. Plus, De Sousa shares her best tips and tricks to help the Queens in your life save time and money in the most delicious way possible. Try a recipe from her book – pork belly bites.

04

The Simple Dinner Edit by Nicole Maguire

$24 at Big W

Best for: home cooking made simple

With her signature simple style, Nicole Maguire tackles family dinners with ease. The Simple Dinner Edit is more than delicious and speedy recipes, Maguire also shares her clever tips for taking charge of your kitchen – from saving money to storage solutions.

05

$10 Meals with Chelsea by Chelsea Goodwin

$22 at Big W

Best for: affordable family meals

Brisbane single mum-of-three Chelsea Goodwin knows all about creating delicious, family-friendly meals on a budget. Wanting to help other families with her cost-saving tips, Goodwin uses her popular $10 Meals Australia Facebook community to share budget meal plans and recipes. With $10 Meals with Chelsea, she features flavour-packed dinners that’ll feed a family of four for just $10, plus grocery lists and easy steps to reduce food waste.

06

Wholesome by Sarah by Sarah Pound

$29 at Big W

Best for: fast weeknight dinners

Sarah Pound is transforming weeknights with her beautiful, no-fuss, all-flavour cookbook, Wholesome by Sarah. The Melbourne nutritionist and mother-of-two is known for her fresh, everyday recipes that make family life a little easier. Think salads, stir-fries and soups, and a brilliant chapter dedicated to the pantry hero – a humble can of tuna.

07

Easy Wins by Anna Jones

$41.25 at Amazon

Best for: easy vegetarian and vegan

From the award-winning, bestselling author Anna Jones comes Easy Wins, a go-to guide with 12 key ingredients and 125 recipes for every day. Vegetarian and vegan cooks will adore Jones’ simple creations that are flavoursome, fast and kind to the planet.


08

I’ll Bring Dessert by Benjamina Ebuehi

$39.99 at Amazon

Best for: desserts for every event

From her simple, crowd-pleasing desserts to special occasion showstoppers, Benjamina Ebuehi’s I’ll Bring Dessert is a stunning addition to every baker’s cookbook collection. Divided into clear chapters, Ebuehi ensures there’s a dessert for everyone no matter their preference – fruity, chocolately, creamy or nutty.

9

Wild Figs and Fennel by Letitia Clark

$41.25 at Amazon

Best for: lovers of Italy

Between the pages of rustic Sardinian recipes, Wild Figs and Fennel showcases stunning scenic photography of life on this island in the Mediterranean Sea. Taking readers on a delicious journey, Clark’s third cookbook is a celebration of Italy and seasonal, local cooking.


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