Over the year I’ve written 25 Friday Fives about cookbooks, so 125 different cookbooks, plus one or two other posts about different books, so probably about 135 in total. Which is probably about the same number as around the house here, though not the same 135!
But like most of us then not all 135 have got used! In fact I would say probably not even a quarter. But these are the ones that have definitely not been stuck on the shelf, and are unlikely to be in 2014 either:
Tamsin’s Kitchen Bible – this is just always going to be one of my go to cookbooks. This year I’ve consulted it for sweet and sour pork stir fry, carrot soup, and for Hollandaise. The last one not so successfully, but think that was operator error!
Short and Sweet– still loving this book, still working my way through it. I tested the bread recipe against a Paul Hollywood one. I know which is my favourite.
Jamie’s Great Britain – I am not a huge Jamie Oliver fan, in fact this is the only one of his cookbooks that I have. But what I’ve made from this I’ve loved. Earl Grey tea loaf, lightly spiced kedgeree, Empire roast chicken, warm crispy duck salad…all lovely, and perfect for sharing with friends.
Arabesque – I cook from this whenever I need sunny tastes, or there is a plethora of pomegranate in the house.
Everyday & Sunday – as you’d expect with recipes from Riverford, I turned to this one to work out what to do with odd things or gluts from the veg box. I’ve done beetroot tzatziki, roasted cauli with chorizo and capers and chermoulah chicken. I can imagine there’ll be some more from here next year too.
Kitchen – I was always Team Nigella, and never more so than this year. I’ve of course continued to cook old favourites from Domestic Goddess, but Kitchen was new to the shelf. It’s been great for good dinners for MGG and I, so simple things like Crispy Chicken Cutlets, barbecued beef mince and Korean keema. My kitchen has been my happy place, I hope it can be for others too.
Williams Sonoma Essentials of Slow Cooking – this was a gift along with my slow cooker, both of which have got a lot of use. I’ve surprised myself with the dishes I’ve turned out.
Pinterest – ok, I know not a cookbook, but I’ve probably used Pinterest as a recipe resource more than any other book on the shelf. Which seems a bit nuts with all the cook books, but has revealed some gems. There was the Apple and Cream Cheese Bundt Cake, pimping up breakfast with Peanut Butter Bacon Pancakes, an American style supper with Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon & Cheddar dumplings, and then the deliciousness that was Balsamic Beef.
So, looking forward to more cooking in the year ahead, although unsure which cookbooks will be spending more time off the shelf than on. What would be off your shelf? Always love a good recommendation!