Cookbooks are an endless source of print design inspiration, combining atmospheric photography with enticing typography and tantalising colour. 

Find inspiration for your next publishing project with our pick of the most jaw-droppingly gorgeous cookery books out there…


1. Fäviken 


Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson shares some of the recipes that make his restaurant Fäviken Magasinet world-famous, and presents it in a wonderful ‘Skandi-chic’ format.

A simple, vintage-inspired fabric hardcover is adorned with quaint illustrations and minimal text. Inside, the layouts are traditional but unfailingly stylish, with photographs and type framed by putty-coloured borders and backgrounds.

More vintage-influenced book design.

Design: Phaidon Press

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2. Classic Cookbooks by Juniper Books 


A well-judged spine design can really give the ‘wow’ factor to a cookbook, transforming them into decorative items you’ll cherish forever on your kitchen shelf.

These stunning cover designs from Juniper Books extends the spine theme across a series of cookbooks to create cookbooks that are as unique as they are beautiful.

Design: Juniper Books

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3. Vefa’s Kitchen 


A contemporary book with a distinctively old-fashioned feel, Vefa’s Kitchen brings Greek chef Vefa Alexiadou’s extensive knowledge about authentic Greek cooking to a new audience.

The art-inspired cover is matched by equally pretty pages inside, which display Vefa’s lovingly prepared dishes via rustic photography with a homely feel.

Design: Phaidon Press

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4. Book Design by Hieu Nguyen 


Australian-based art director Hieu Nguyen has a tried-and-tested approach to cookbook design that’s always accessible, on-trend and relevant.

His role as Creative Director for ACP Magazine’s book division has allowed him to foster a strong brand look for their cookbooks, which marries grungy type styles with rustic food photography.

Discover some equally awesome fonts to use in your print designs.

Design: Hieu Nguyen

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5. Mexico: The Cookbook  


No doubt a future modern classic, Mexico: The Cookbook has a strikingly modern, funky cover that breaks the usual ‘rustic-is-best’ rule of contemporary cookbook design.

Inside, the layouts are just as vibrant, combining colourful, silhouetted graphics with street-style photography and collage-inspired typography.

Read our tutorial on how to use colour and swatch combinations effectively in your designs.

Design: Phaidon Press

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Have these cookbook designs got you fired up for creating your own gourmet graphics and tastebud-tingling typography?

Find more inspiration for book design and discover the best mazing fonts for book covers. Develop your book design skills with our introduction to creating books in InDesign.