I may have mentioned before that there are one or two cookbooks in my house, and that I always think I could find space for one or two more. And whenever I’m in the US, there is always serious temptation put in my way. I resisted all but one this year, and restrained myself with just taking photos to remind myself of stuff to put on my wishlist for another day.
These fell into two camps really, some traditional cookbooks and then another group that I would say were more food writing. This week I’m going to share the cookbooks, as hopefully will have read more of the book I did bring back before next week’s post.
The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders – I loved both the title and front cover of this book, and obviously I’m a bit of a jam fan. I don’t know Blue Chair Fruit, maybe need to spend some more time on the West Coast, which is where they are based. I want to make Strawberry- Blood Orange marmalade with Rosemary, or even the Black Fig and Candied Citrus Jam. I don’t need another jam book, but when did need come into this?
The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World – one heck of a title, and lousy photo from me. But this one fascinated me when I saw it in Eataly, as it’s about food, not just beer or wine. Quite a lot of theory at the start, but then pretty extensive recipes covering everything from mead to pickles. I would say great gift for a seriously adventurous cook always looking to try something new.
Clinton Street Baking Company Cookbook – I wrote about our fantastic breakfasts at Clinton Street yesterday, and I was sorely tempted by the book. The book covers more than just breakfast, as the restaurant does, but all incredibly tasty sounding, and the sort of thing you will want to cook and bake again and again.
The Hamptons: Food, Family and History by Ricky Lauren – yes, she’s one of those Lauren’s so I am sure their life on the Hamptons was pretty idyllic. I’ve always wanted to go to the Hamptons, always wanted to go to a clambake on the beach, followed by peach cobbler. This book is probably the closest I’ll ever get. That, or a subscription to Martha Stewart Living!
Martha’s American Food – oh come on, like I could leave Martha out! I’m sure it’s clear that I am devoted to British food and producers, but that doesn’t stop me enjoying other stuff too. And I do love Martha, and that wholesome American country eating image. See previous note ref my obsession with the clam bake. I don’t even like clams! I do like that this book covers all American eating, and then from the four corners of the country, so great variety. I’m pretty sure this will end up here and be well used!
As it ended up, I was underweight on my luggage so could have added a few of these in! Next week I’ll write about the food writing that I had my eye on as well, as there were some really great books out there.
Just need to find some more space, and time to read them!