A couple of months after I bought my Thermomix back in 2013, I filled out an online survey to share my feedback with Thermomix HQ. Unknowingly, I had also entered a competition to win the entire range of Thermomix cookbooks. And I won! Nothing like winning a competition you didn’t even know you’d entered.
A week later, a huge box arrived on my doorstep filled with all the Thermomix cookbooks that were available at the time. With unimaginative titles like A Seafood Bounty, Meat on the Menu, and a Taste of Asia, the books were all ring-bound, featured few photos, and looked more like something you would have used in Year Eight Home Economics. I was disappointed. There was nothing wrong with the recipes, but as an avid cookbook collector, I was surprised that Thermomix had a captive audience yet published cookbooks with such low production values.
How quickly things have changed! In the past two years, many more high-quality Thermomix cookbooks have been released, complete with the food styling and photography you would expect from any top food publishing company. I’ve selected my favourites, all of which I own and cook from on a regular basis (I told you I was a cookbook junkie!). Some are published in conjunction with Thermomix, some are independent, and all make the perfect gift for anyone who has just treated themselves to a Thermie.
- Quirky Cooking by Jo Whitton
One of the bestselling Thermomix cookbooks, Quirky Cooking is for anyone who wants nutritious wholefood recipes. The hues rancheros, raw lime macadamia cheesecake and layered chia pudding are highly recommended.
- Devil of a Cookbook by Fiona Hoskin
With proceeds from this cookbook going to save the Tasmanian devil, not only does this book look good, but it does good, too. The forward by chef Tetsuya Wakuda gives you an idea that this is a book for more serious cooks – lobster or venison, anyone? The quince paste and cured salmon will seriously impress dinner party guests.
- In The Mix 1 & 2 by Dani Valent
As a food journalist and restaurant reviewer, Dani Valent saw first-hand how chefs were utilising Thermomixes in their professional kitchens. Spotting a gap in the market, she decided to publish a cookbook of chef’s recipes for the Thermomix, plus a few of her own. Although I was initially intimidated by some of the serious foodie photos and techniques, there are a surprising number of approachable recipes here – the potato schiacciata and caramelised white chocolate mousse are to die for.
- Quick Fix: Every Occasion by Alyce Alexandra
Alyce Alexandra is fast developing a Thermomix empire based on cooking classes and books. This cookbook is a good starting point, with fast and easy recipes like soba noodle salad with sesame dressing, and apple caramel cake.
- Something for Everyone by Louise Fulton-Keats
I love the premise of this book – family-friendly food that can feed anyone from babies to adults, with child-friendly modifications recommended as appropriate. With another Thermomix cookbook, Cooking for your baby and toddler, to her name, Louise is the go-to mum/cook for everyday recipes. My favourite include the quinoa chicken rissoles, prune and walnut brownies, and pumpkin bread rolls.
- For Food’s Sake by Tenina Holder
There’s nothing about the Thermomix that Tenina Holder doesn’t know. Former chief recipe developer at Thermomix HQ, Tenina is now a blogger, app creator, cooking class teacher, cookbook author and all-round Thermomix guru. Featuring recipes like shredded beef taco salad, artichoke and potato gratin, and maple chocolate fudge, it’s no wonder this cookbook is one of my most used.