International Cookbook Round-Up

Today I’m sharing International Cookbooks for you to explore!

International Cookbook Round-Up

Some of these are ones I own and love, while others are on my “wish-list.” Check them out and get inspired!

Cookbooks I Own and Love

1. Real Thai: The Best of Thailand’s Regional Cooking (by Nancie McDermott).

This was one of the first International cookbooks I ever bought. I’ve been a huge freak for Thai Food for the past 6 years of so, and when I started learning how to cook, Nancie McDermott helped me expand my horizons. The recipes are easy to follow, and she always includes wonderful ideas for substitutions if you can’t find an ingredient. She also puts together ideas for dinner party menus, which I love! If you want to learn more about Thai cooking, I highly recommend you check out this book.

2. Cooking Light Global Kitchen: The World’s Most Delicious Food Made Easy (by David Joachim)

I ordered this book the day it came out and I absolutely adore it. Again, the recipes are easy to follow, and it’s a wonderful source of inspiration. Plus, I love knowing that the recipes aren’t going to leave me with any feelings of guilt after I finish eating. Win-win, I’d say!

3. The Curry Book: Memorable Flavors and Irresistible Recipes from Around the World (also by Nancie McDermott)

I know it seems pretty ridiculous to make two out of the three “own and love” cookbooks by the same author, but seriously I love Nancie McDermott. The Curry Book features recipes inspired by many different cuisines, such as Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Indian. Curry has a wonderfully versatile flavor and can be used to make just about anything a little more interesting! Again, Nancie provides lots of easy alternatives and substitutions, as well as ideas for putting together menus.

Cookbooks I Dream About at Night

1. Jerusalem: A Cookbook (by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi)

This cookbook has been on my wishlist for ages! I keep meaning to buy it, but then I just keep ordering more Thai cookbooks instead. Oops. Jerusalem features recipes exploring the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions of the book’s namesake. The pictures are incredible and showcase the culture of the city as well as the food.

2. Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand (by Andy Ricker)

More Thai food! Okay, in my defense, the author of this book, Andy Ricker, came from Thailand to Portland, Oregon and opened his restaurant “Pok Pok”. Everyone in Portland knows that Pok Pok is the destination of choice when looking for authentic and delicious Thai food. I can’t wait to get my hands on this cookbook and learn some of Ricker’s tricks!

3. Tapas: Sensational Small Plates from Spain (by Joyce Goldstein)

I am a HUGE fan of tapas because I love eating lots and lots of different things at every meal. I’d much rather have a dinner made of five or six different tapas rather than one big plate of the same thing. I also think it would be fun to learn how to make traditional tapas because it would be perfect for a dinner party. I love to entertain, and tapas seem like just the ticket for a casual cocktail party!

Cookbooks from Fellow Bloggers

1. The Homesick Texan’s Family Table: Lone Star Cooking from My Kitchen to Yours (by Lisa Fain)

I’ve been drooling over Lisa’s recipes over at Homesick Texan for quite some time now. I spend so much time focusing on recipes from other countries I sometimes forget about all of the wonderful food traditions here in the states! I definitely need to order myself a copy of this book and get some more use out of my cast iron skillets.

2. Easy Chinese Recipes: Family Favorites from Dim Sum to Kung Pao (by Bee Yinn Low)

Bee blogs over at Rasa Malyasia and is huge in the world of Asian cooking. When I first started reading blogs, hers was one of the original ones I followed. She inspired me to try new and different things, and I’m sure I’d get even more inspiration from reading her cookbook!

3. Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen (by Leela Punyaratabandhu)

Leela blogs over at She Simmers and is a master of all things Thai food. You know I can’t resist a good Thai cookbook! I think I could use just *one* more in my collection.


Okay, friends, that about wraps up my thoughts on the current state of International cookbooks. I’d love if you’d share favorites of yours so I can add more to my collection! Maybe someday I’ll even be able to add a very special Wanderlust Kitchen cookbook to that list 🙂

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Hi, I'm Linda! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel adventures from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. Be adventurous and try a new recipe and travel somewhere you have never been before.  Bon Appétit! Bon Voyage!  

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  1. Love, love Bee’s book, I use it a lot. Cooking from two of my new acquisitions this weekend – My Paris Kitchen and Extra Virgin. Good thing the snow is finally gone and we can walk off the calories!

  2. I’ll have to check some of these cookbooks out! If you like tapas and the concept of several small meals, the Lebanese mezze is the same idea. My husband is 1/4 Lebanese-American and introduced me to Lebanese food. The flavors are amazing and the food really fits into the heart-healthy, cooking light diet. I’m always trying to “sell” people on how great it is as it’s the best of 2 worlds- Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Enjoy Greece!