I draw inspiration from many places, and while I make the most of online resources nothing beats looking through a great cookbook. Friends often ask for recommendations for interesting cookbooks for the home cook. Classics that sit on most bookshelves such as The Edmonds Cookbook are a great reference for simple cooking but when you want to create something special here are a few books that may inspire and challenge you.

The Great New Zealand Cookbook. I enjoy reading about what great New Zealand Chefs, Cooks and Bakers are making here in NZ, and this book covers all bases. I love seeing the places that I have been and people I have had the pleasure of meeting all together in a New Zealand book. Christchurch food truck fans can attempt Dimitris Souvlaki although hard to beat the original! This book has a great variety of delicious recipes and clearly indicates skill level and time required.

Movida, by Frank Camorra & Richard Cornish. From the highly regarded Melbourne restaurant Movida which I would recommend visiting if in Melbourne. The book contains delicious tapa style Spanish recipes which are likely to impress even the harshest critics. A favourite of mine is the Grilled Cod Salad with Blood Oranges, Parsley and Smoked Paprika.

Pork and Sons, by Stephane Reynaud. A French book for pork devotees. After spending a year working on a pig farm I grew a great respect for the versatility of pork products and used this book a lot. From a simple recipe for pork Club Sandwich to polarising dishes such as the Head to Foot Terrine. This is a true head to toe cook book that utilises all parts of the animal.  A must for pork lovers.