There is no objective standard for "gourmet food". If you must grade the food, you may refer to the introduction of Michelin's score. One star, it is better between the same kind of dishes; two stars, you are willing to line up for a few hours; three stars, definitely can have a special trip for tasting it. However, for "foodies", as long as you have a sense of well-being after having the food, it can be called a "gourmet food".

Foodies as you and i, of course, our pace will never stop for gourmet food. If can't have it, we may find a solution through gourmet recipe books! Comparee here to introduce 5 selected exotic and practical recipes for the foodies, so that everyone can explore a multi-national cuisine without flying abroad.

Feast: Food of the Islamic World

A Mysterious Islamic Suisine Recipes

The award-winning chef Anissa Helou, an authoritative chef cooking North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East, shares the various food stories in the Muslim world.


Helou lives and travels from Egypt to Syria, from Indonesia to Pakistan, collecting some of the country's most delicious bread, rice, meat, and fish recipes.


With a wealth of knowledge and foresight, Helou delves into a variety of dishes related to cooking in Arabia, Persia, South Asia, and North Africa, collecting popular dishes and lesser-known specialties. Furthermore, the book is full of historic, stunning food photography.

Japan: The Cookbook

Traditional Japanese Cuisine Recipes

Author Nancy Singleton Hachisu offers more than 400 recipes in the book.


Japanese iconic and regional traditional dishes are included like simple soups, noodles, rice, kimchi, and vegetables.


The author is a Californian, but she and her family have lived on a farm in Japan for 30 years. They have a deep understanding of Japanese farm food and food preservation methods, so this book is considered to be a Japanese cooking book authority in Japan and the United States.

From the Earth: World’s Great, Rare and Almost Forgotten Vegetables

An Encyclopedia of Vegetable and Plant

Author Peter Gilmore is one of Australia's most popular chefs, and his restaurant Quay (he has been Executive Chef since 2001) is one of the most acclaimed restaurants.


From the Earth introduces about 50 unique vegetables and plants.


This book includes Brett Stevens's photographs, as well as botanical illustrations and related information for each vegetable. Such as historical origins, traditional cooking uses, and more. There are both simple and complex dishes recipes, but all can be done in a home kitchen.

The Nordic Baking Book

A Nordic Baking Guide

Author Magnus Nilsson is the chef of the Swedish restaurant Fäviken Magasinet. He worked at Pascal Barbot in Paris before joining Fäviken as a sommelier.


The author starred in the Emmy Award-winning American Public Broadcasting Corporation (PBS) TV series, "The Mind of a Chef" and Netflix's "Chef's Table". In The Nordic Baking Book, Nilsson explores the rich baking traditions of the Nordic region and offers 450 tempting recipes for home bakers.

Black Sea: Dispatches and Recipes

See the Different Black Sea

This book is about a journey between three great cities. Odessa, built on the dream of Catherine the Great; Istanbul, balancing the fulcrum of Europe and Asia; Trabzon, the mysterious port of the Black Sea coast of Turkey.


The author Caroline Eden travels from Odessa to Bisalabia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Black Sea region of Turkey to explore the culinary culture. At the Jewish table, she saw the last fisherwoman in Bulgaria and saw the legacy of Belarusian immigrants in Istanbul. Caroline provides readers with a unique insight.


The Black Sea is a meticulously arranged and recorded story that has never been seen before.

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