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    Default Great cooking book for an avid male cook?

    Can anyone recommend a really nice cooking book for my brother? He is 25 and loves to cook (and he does it really well!)

    He has a fair few books in his collection already, and I'm looking for something to add to it this christmas as he has requested new cooking books.

    I get really annoyed with books put out from chef's that include either a list of ingredients as long as your arm or a host of ingredients that you have to go to special places to procure (you can't just buy them from Woolies!) so I'm looking for something that avoids this as much as possible.

    Tried and tested books would be best- books you have in your collection that you pull recipes from time and time again, whether it's written by a famous chef, Womans Weekly or the CWA (Ok, I am not sure if he would appreciated a CWA book actually!)

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    Default Great cooking book for an avid male cook?

    Does he like any style of food in particular? Like Thai, Indian, Italian, French or Indonesian?

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    Anthony Bourdain Le Halle is a great, classic French book.
    But why not get him the set of his travel books?
    he would love Kitchen Confidential
    A cook's tour is great too.
    Or you can get him the dvd set of his travel seasons as he is very down to earth, you learn recipes and get insipiration to travel and try new things

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    I bought my brother Donna Hay's 'No time to Cook' and 'Fast, fresh, simple.

    Both are simple enough for the amateur cook and with fresh ingredients that are easy to buy/source, but not so simple in that the end result won't look impressive if putting on a dinner party etc.

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    I second Donna Hays cookbooks! I have one called '10 Minute Meals' and its my favourite cookbook. Everything is fast to prepare and cook and the ingredients lists are not pages long or hard to come by. Everything is very yummy too!

    Does he have a BBQ? How about a BBQ cookbook?

    I also love all the woman's weekly books...so many great ones.

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    Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals is awesome. And he now has a 15 minute meals book out

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    i've got a foodie at home and i've bought him a few books that he loves cooking from. One is Luke Nguyen's my Vietman (if he likes asian cooking) and it's a beautiful book as well.

    http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9...FYhfpQodfHoA7w

    Also the donna hay books are great, this one, Seasons, has some great recipes.

    http://www.donnahay.com.au/shop-online/books/seasons-1

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    Beer and beasts, I think it is called, by that guy off master chef. I have male family rave about this book and it is quite 'bloke-y' for lack of a better description.
    I will search for the proper name of the book.

    ETA: it is called 'the entire beast from ear and beer to tale and pale' by chris badenoeh.
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    Jamie Oliver's new cook book is worth a shot! All his books are brilliant but this one has so many great recipes that are easy to make, in little time.. plus are reasonably healthy too

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    Where do I get one of these males that wants to, and is a competent cook? My house is sorely lacking one of these.


    I second some of the Jamie Oliver books.


 

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