5 books for dads who… struggle to boil water, but think they’re the next MasterChef

by |August 16, 2017

We all have or know one – a male who thinks he’s a superstar in the kitchen, but in reality, struggles to boil water, overcooks eggs and burns toast. And oh dear, the mess after he’s done cooking…

But have no fear. Here at Booktopia we’ve put together a small list of 5 books that you could present dad this Father’s Day to help him brush up his skills. You’re very welcome.

Order any of the books below, or any products from the Father’s Day Gift Guide by August 23rd, and you could win a book pack worth $700 RRP!

5 books for dad

5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food
by Jamie Oliver

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated – that’s why Jamie’s 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food is sure to become dad’s new best friend in the kitchen.

It’s all about making the journey to good food, super-simple, perfect for those father’s who need a little extra help in the kitchen. Every recipe uses just five key ingredients and can be made in under 30 minutes. Each recipe has been tried and tested (and tested again!) to ensure the book is packed with no-fuss, budget-friendly dishes that dad can rustle up, any day of the week… Learn more.


Cook Fast, Eat Well by Sue QuinnCook Fast, Eat Well
by Sue Quinn

While many cookbooks and cooking shows would have us think that cooking dinner involves long lists of ingredients and several hours of commitment in the kitchen, Sue Quinn proves that it really doesn’t have to be that way.

There are 160 recipes all up in Cook Fast, Eat Well, from plates to share and light bites, salads and soups, to pasta dishes, meat, poultry and seafood dishes and desserts. If there’s one book dads should start with, it’s this one, for ever ingredient and dish is labelled clearly. Here’s a sneak peek inside the book, as seen in BOOKED with Anastasia, Episode 22.

Healthy Made Easy by Luke HinesHealthy Made Easy
by Luke Hines

Luke’s down-to-earth persona and training in health and fitness, combined with his successful stint as a finalist on My Kitchen Rules, have established him as one of the most popular health and wellness personalities in Australia.

His book, Healthy Made Easy, is packed full of nutrient-dense wholefoods – think seasonal fruits and veggies, sustainable proteins and healthy alternatives to dairy and sugar. It features over 100 recipes, with a focus on simple and quick dishes that time poor (and incompetent dads) will learn to perfect in time. Plus, they’re super healthy!…. Learn more.

Chefs Eat Toasties Too by Darren PurcheseChefs Eat Toasties Too
by Darren Purchese

Chefs Eat Toasties Too is a celebration of that most enduring of comfort foods, the toasted sandwich. Dad is not only going to learn how to perfect the toastie, he’s going to take it to new heights, all with the help of Darren Purchese, internationally renowned chef! (You may have seen him on MasterChef.)

While crafting elaborate dessert and pastry confections by day, by night Darren secretly perfects the art of the toasted sandwich. He’ll teach dad how to create the perfect Maple Bacon and Pear & Camembert on Sourdough, and delicious Pulled Pork, Fennel Slaw & Chilli Mayo Sliders. These are just 2 of the 50 masterful creations dad will learn to perfect… Learn more.

Tuck In by Ross DobsonTuck In
by Ross Dobson

If you want dad to learn how to create delicious, hearty comfort food, then Tuck In is the book you need to gift him.

With recipes for simple weekday fare, special meals for friends and family, dishes to roll out at weekend barbecues and mouth-watering desserts – Ross Dobson has all the bases covered.

From revamped old favourites to international taste sensations, these are easy, delicious, flavoursome recipes that you’ll be sure to return to again and again. Tuck in!… Learn more.


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Anastasia Hadjidemetri is the former editor of The Booktopian and star of Booktopia's weekly YouTube show, Booked with Anastasia. A big reader and lover of books, Anastasia relishes the opportunity to bring you all the latest news from the world of books.


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