Mother’s Day is just around the corner (well, it is here in the UK at least), and time to reflect on the mums in our lives. I didn’t want to think about books to give mums, but thinking about the books my mum has given me, or that I really associate with her.
Delia Smith’s Summer Collection – gosh, summer of 1993. My mum queued at George’s in Bristol (now a Jamie’s Italian) to get two copies of this, and we both have a signed edition. Both our copies are well thumbed and food stained, and dishes turn up in both homes. The halloumi with the garlicky, lime dressing is a standby dish, and I still love it today.
Cooking for your Freezer – there were any number of St. Michael cookbooks I could have chosen, as I think Mum had quite a few of these. We certainly had this one, and one for special occasions, and I think a few more besides. Whenever I see these, usually in charity shops now, then they bring on a real sense of nostalgia for me. In fact, I now have one, and love leafing through it, just for the trip down memory lane. I might even cook from it eventually.
Cake Decorating and Sugarcraft – oh, my brother and I spent hours looking at this and some of the other cake decorating books. My mum was incredibly inventive in her birthday cake decorating, and hopefully I’ve carried that tradition on for MGG. This book is quite technical and not something that I’ve ever got into, but does bring back happy memories.
Be-Ro Home Recipes – I cannot think how many times we baked from this, how many pages were stained with cake batter, or coming loose from the staples. I don’t know what year our version was, but I keep meaning to buy one. If only to make some Australian Crunch, not had that in years!
Dairy Book of Home Management – this is exactly the edition we had, and whilst not purely a cookery book, I remember spending lots of hours looking through it. The wallpaper designs in the home decor sections are particularly memorable. But it’s got a great basic cooking section, and something perfect to start with.
I’d love to know about the cookbooks that you remember from your childhood. Not quite your inheritance tracks, but your inheritance cookbooks, the impact your mum has had on what you do, and don’t, cook today.