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The Friday Five – compiling an early Christmas list

June 14th, 2013 · 2 Comments · British favourites, Cookbooks, Foodie gifts, Friday Five

One of the bonkers aspects of my working life is that it’s always Christmas in July, which is when all the press show for Christmas products are. So there do seem to be a lot of days at the moment when the reindeer are out, the tinsel is strung…it’s all very seasonal.

So whilst this list probably very premature for Christmas, these books are not available yet, but I can imagine when they are then I might well be considering them joining the bookshelves here:


Brilliant Bread


Brilliant Bread by James Morton – no one rocks a tank top like James, and he was certainly my choice for winner of GBBO last year, as I thought he was incredibly inventive. Just goes to show how one bad choice can change things. Great to see a book from him and, let’s face it, I’m probably a bit off Paul Hollywood at the moment. Trying to keep the kitchen a cliché free zone.


Food DIY


Food DIY: How to make your own everything by Tim Hayward – now, from the title list I haven’t got very far on this but I do make a mean sloe gin. But if you’ve always wanted to make your own bacon or even sourdough then this is the book for you. I love Tim’s writing (the incident of the oysters in Fire & Knives was one of my favourite). Probably would buy it just for the writing, but bound to end up making stuff.


Sunshine on a plate


Sunshine on a Plate by Shelina Permallo – definitely no cookbooks on my shelves covering Mauritian food, but watching Shelina cook made me want to learn more. And particularly when there are mangoes involved. Not to mention some incredible spice blends. If it’s going to be another miserable winter then cooking these recipes might bring sunshine into the kitchen.


The Gilbert Scott Book of British Food


The Gilbert Scott Book of British Food – whilst never having eaten in the restaurant, the bar at the Gilbert Scott is one of my favourite places for a drink before heading back home on the train. And can even be tempted by the bar menu, and have never been disappointed. This is interesting, contemporary British cooking which I can imagine turning out for gatherings of friends.


The French Market Cookbook


The French Market Cookbook: Recipes from my Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier – if you follow me on Twitter you might know about my adventures with vegetarian cooking thanks to MGG’s recent conversion. Is there a more inspiring place for vegetable shopping than a great French market? Would inspire most of us to give up meat!


Christmas may be months away, but maybe a small treat now wouldn’t go amiss! And when the good weather comes (fingers crossed) then you’ll have some lovely new recipes to work through.

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