What better way to get spicy food than from a great cookbook to have in your kitchen? It’s also a great Christmas present for end of year festivities so I’ve done a little research on some that will allow you to inspire you to learn more about or cook spicy food.
An Anarchy of Chillies by Caz Hildebrand
Definitely a book for every chilli pepper fanatic to get a hold of. Hildebrand does an amazing job in informing readers of every chilli you will know of and what cooking suggestions to give! It’s a well-crafted book with a vast amount of knowledge with enigmatic chillies in every page.
Fiery Ferments by Kirsten and Christopher Shockey
Shockey’s cookbook presents other spicy food connoisseurs with over 70 traditional and modern recipes. It’s very laid out with beautiful pictures to illustrate what to make and even ferment spices. There’s so much inspiration and it’s a great addition to repository of the spicy cookbooks.
F*ck That’s Hot! by Billy Law
As someone who enjoyed eating spicy food as a child, Masterchef Billy Law released an extra-hot cookbook back in 2020 with favourites of his. and the recipes are amazing. From fire dumplings in chilli oil to curry laksa, each recipe is amazing to try for yourself.
Mastering Spice by Lior Lev Sercarz and Genevieve Ko
The way Sercarz writes this cookbook is quite entertaining, with ancedotes here and there on what kind of food can be transformed with the touch of spices. Each recipe is a set of five variations within this spice collection. Here’s one word to describe all the recipes: juicy!
Spicy Chef from De Lindehof by Soenil Bahadoer and Hassnae Bouazza
Bahadoer’s brings to life this cookbook being a skilled chef of his own Michelin-starred restaurant in the Netherlands. With a Surinamese/Hindustani background and culinary training in Brabant and Franc, he brings to life his recipes from this book with perfect fusions. With over 50 recipes close to his heart, this cookbook has a range of mouth-watering peppery dishes to share with other spicy food enthusiasts.
The Science of Spice by Dr. Stuart Farrimond
Another educational but enlightening book, The Science of Spice has information on all the spices you can think of. No herbs but there is a wide array of spices that you can learn about and it’s organised by type and country. Using this would really make you think about spice combinations for any future recipes you are planning to cook in the kitchen.
The Spicy Food Lovers’ Cookbook by Michael Hultquist
Someone that I enjoy posts on Instagram (Chilli Pepper Madness) from has a book that you won’t want to miss out on! It’s a cookbook that can lead to culinary inspiration with a range of entrees. The ingredients and diverse range goes from a jalapeno spiced chicken breast to a breakfast hash, and nothing is more than 30 minutes prep time.
What are some of your favourite spicy food cookbooks?