Shopaholic Jo Munro’s Best Ever Cook Books

Jo Munro

The Savvy Shopaholic

Feb 03, 2022

Here’s some fabulous cook books at different price points.

Here are our top picks of the latest recipe books out just in time to help inspire your cooking over the festive season.

We’ve tracked down the best culinary cook book buys from under $40 and $50.

The Sweet Life with Elise Strachan
Elise Strachan

Under $40

Sweet Celebrations by Elise Strachan

This time of year we all feel like we need a little inspiration for presents, for holiday menus and for decorations. Well this book will supply all the inspiration for holiday parties from tea for two to sensational grilling.

Social media sensation Elise Strachan from my cupcake addiction makes entertaining a breeze with great ideas and recipes so you look like a domestic goddess effortlessly breezing through spring and summer celebrations.

Why not share the inspiration by giving this gorgeous colourful book to your friends, family and even as a very thoughtful Kris Kringle.

Who: anyone who loves cooking, craft and celebration (& make sure you get one for yourself too)

Price: RRP $39.99  Published by Atria Books.

Try out our baking editor Elise Strachan’s No Bake Chocolate Mousse recipe, here.

More Please! By Manu Feidel

The cheeky Manu Feildel won us over with his French accent even before we discovered his fabulous recipes. Now, we can sample the  My Kitchen Rules star’s favourite meals in his new book, More Please!

He and his partner Clarissa draw on a mix of French, Chinese, Malay and Sri Lankan cuisines and it’s definitely food to share.

Who: anyone who loves My Kitchen Rules and are won over by Manu’s easy cooking style.

Price: More Please! By Manu Feildel with Clarissa Weerasena is rrp $39.99. Published by Murdoch Books.

 Try Manu’s delicious oven baked ratatouille recipe from More Please! here.

Under $40

Clean Cakes By Henrietta Inman

Delicious Patisserie Made with Whole, Natural and Nourishing Ingredients and Free from Gluten, Dairy and Refined Sugar

Not another Cake book! Exactly, it is NOT another cake book although it is packed full of beautiful recipes for the most delicious cakes, muffins and pastries. It is a feast for the eyes as the images of the recipes are sumptuous. It is what it claims and more: it is Clean Cakes.

What are the contributing ingredients for this gem of a book? Add one London pâtisserie chef extraordinaire Henrietta Inman, one country family home environment, the challenge for healthier cakes maintaining all the textures with more wholesome ingredients. Voila!

It’s a crash course in baking which is free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar, and includes recipes for cakes, muffins, biscuits and sharing desserts, with some stunning savoury choices thrown in for good measure too. Henrietta even shows us how to make nut milks and the best way to use them in our baking.

Who: The Health focused who don’t want to miss out on sweet treats

Price: Recommended retail $39.99. Published by Arum Press.

clean cake chcocolate

 Under $40

Neil Perry’s Good Cooking

Neil Perry is one of Australia’s leading and most influential chefs – and for good reason. His failsafe recipes in Neil Perry’s Good Cooking are sure to wow your next dinner party guests. The owner of Sydney’s Rockpool restaurant in Sydney and Melbourne shares 110 simple yet sophisticated recipes. As Neil says we have to eat to survive so best to turn it into a joy and have fun with it. We second that – with yes, another serving of delicious food!

Who: the more stylish cook who want to impress dinner party guests.

Price: Neil Perry’s Good Cooking rrp $49.99 Published by Murdoch Books.


By Jo Munro

The Savvy Shopaholic

Jo Munro is best known as The Savvy Shopaholic with the tag line 'Shop More, Save More'. She is The Carousel's resident shopping expert and a regular TV presenter on Ch9's Today Show and A Current Affair. In Jo's book The Savvy Shopaholic, she shares over 20 years of savvy shopping expertise, business wisdom and channel management with those who want to turn their shopping skills into cash. Much loved for her luxe for less shopping tips and wide-brimming smile, she's always keen to share her passion for shopping and savvy tips to get the most out of your dollar.



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