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10 cookbooks every man should own

If cooking is a trait women find most attractive in men, you'll need these

There are a couple of essential skills that every gentleman should hone if he wants to appear attractive and be successful with the person he’s trying to impress. And with cooking being at the top of almost every woman’s list, it pays to raise the bar – starting by getting your hands on some of the best cookbooks money can buy.

Charred and Scruffed by Adam Perry Lang

Be the master of your own barbecue and reimagine the possibilities with this how-to guide on Adam Lang’s techniques for roughing up meat and vegetables, or shall we say ‘scruffing’. Learn how to cook directly on hot coals and move meat around flames with precision, while also mastering a few side dishes from creamed spinach to sweet and sticky bacon.

Charred and Scruffed: Bold New Techniques for Explosive Flavour On and Off the Grill book cover

Duck, Duck Goose by Hank Shaw

Transition from hunter to chef and discover how diverse species of duck offer an exciting array of textures and flavours. Award-winning food writer Hank Shaw takes you through how to clean, cook, and serve these succulent birds. Move on from chicken and why not try more exciting, daring poultry dishes.

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The River Cottage Meat Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Whether you’re seeking new and daring recipes or simply technical guidance on meat cookery, this book should be your first stop on the shelf. This guide will help you understand meat and will give you useful tips to help you cook with confidence. Open this book for over 150 foolproof British recipes, including Shepherd’s Pie, roasted cracking pork, Irish Stew, toad in the hole and much more.

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The Whole Beast by Fergus Henderson

Here are recipes that literally represent Fergus Henderson’s motto, “Nose to Tail Eating” — be they Rabbit Wrapped in Fennel and Bacon, Pig’s Trotter Stuffed with Potato, or his signature dish of Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad. For those of a less carnivorous bent, there are also dishes like Deviled Crab; Smoked Haddock, Mustard, and Saffron; and to keep the sweetest tooth happy, it includes decadent puddings, notably the St. John Eccles Cakes.

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Appetites: A Cookbook by Anthony Bourdain

This book brings you straight into Bourdain’s famous kitchen. Recipes range from Vietnamese street food to homestyle Italian cooking. Like many other celebrity-authored cookbooks, Bourdain tackles the subject of home entertaining head-on. But instead of focusing on crowd-pleasers, Bourdain refocuses on actual cooking, advising readers to treat their home kitchens more like prep kitchens.

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The bushcraft field guide to trapping, gathering, and cooking in the wild by Dave Canterbury

Best suited for the gentleman who finds most of his time spent outdoors, this book shouldn’t be taken lightly. Dave Canterbury provides you with all you need to know about packing, trapping, and preparing food for your treks and wilderness travels. Not only does Canterbury teach you how to hunt and gather, he also gives you recipes to make while on the trail.

The cover of the book of the bushcraft guide to trapping, gathering and cooking in the wild

The Body Building Cookbook by Jason Farley

Get the body you want without compromising on your appetite, or tastebuds. With this book, you’ll never be frustrated with your diet again. It takes the foods you dread to eat over and over again and makes them delicious. This one is best suited for those who want to build maximum amounts of muscle while also losing weight.

The cover of the body building cookbook

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