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When You Can't Travel The World, Taste It Instead

A list of the best cookbooks from across our cities for all wanderlust home-cooks.


Discovering a country’s cuisine has always been one of the main reasons to travel – through its food, we learn about the flavours, family traditions, communities and geography of a country. Some people travel to try out that acclaimed three-Michelin-star restaurant in Paris, others to take part in a week-long cooking retreat just outside of Rome. Whatever it might be, we’re seeing that culinary trips are becoming more and more popular… and with good reason, if you ask us.

Unfortunately, we’re unable to do any of those things right now (although the cooking retreat in Rome sounds rather delightful). But what we can do instead is try our hand at recreating a few of our favourite dishes from across the world within our own kitchens. 

Here are a few of the best cookbooks from Plum Guide’s cities. Just a little something to whet the appetite until the time is right to travel the world again.  

For Lisbon, try Lisboeta

Author: Nuno Mendes | Publisher: Bloomsbury

For Barcelona and Madrid, try Sabor

Author: Nieves Barragán Mohacho | Publisher: Penguin Books

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For Milan and Rome, try The Silver Spoon

Author: The Silver Spoon Kitchen | Publisher: Phaidon 

For Berlin, try The German Cookbook

Author: Alfons Schuhbeck | Publisher: Phaidon

For Copenhagen, try Copenhagen Food

Author: Trine Hahnemann | Publisher: Quadrille Publishing

For Los Angeles, try The LA Cookbook

Author: Alison Clare Steingold | Publisher: Rizzoli 

For New York, try New York Cult Recipes

Author: Marc Grossman | Publisher: Murdoch Books

For London, try The Borough Market Cookbook

Author: Ed Smith | Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

For Tel Aviv, try Tel Aviv - Food. People. Stories.

Author: Haya & Nuriel Molcho | Publisher: Murdoch Books

For Paris, try Bistronomy: Recipes From the Best New Paris Bistros

Author: Jane Sigal | Publisher: Rizzoli 

And if you want to escape to another place by a different means, take a look at our ultimate travel reading list instead.

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