I’ve enjoyed this month’s Delicious and Olive magazines as they celebrate 10 years since their first publication. Hard to believe really, particularly as I bought the first issues of each. Which made me think about the books that were heading onto the shelves ten years ago, and these are some of my faves:
How to be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking – well, the hardback had already been out for a bit, but the paperback version came out 10 years ago this month. I still love this book and bake from it on a regular basis, with the brownie recipe still being one of my go to recipes, never fails.
The River Cottage Cookbook – I moved out to the Leicestershire countryside ten years ago, and so seasonal cooking, growing my own and a bit more hedgerow foraging was going on. It was the first year I ever made sloe gin, and all from this book. It got lent to friends, and was never seen again. Possibly time to look for another copy. And bless, look how young Hugh looks!
Shakespeare’s Kitchen: Renaissance Recipes for the Contemporary Cook – unsurprisingly this one passed me by, and is not sat on my shelf. I would perhaps give this one to a real intellectual cook who likes to share their knowledge. Or someone who is looking for a theme for their turn on Come Dine With Me.
Ainsley Harriott’s All New Meals in Minutes – I have to say I have never owned an Ainsley Harriott cookbook. I don’t really think I’ve missed out. But ten years ago Ainsley was helping out with the after dinner panic of what to cook in a hurry.
Brian Turner’s Favourite British Recipes – I don’t know why I don’t own any of Brian’s books, as I love him. I love his down to earth approach, really robust cooking and pretty humble attitude compared to some. I think this would be a great book, particularly for winter nights.
So, some things have stood the test of time, some were a bit odd even at the time and some have disappeared into the world of supermarket openings and channels some way down your Freeview box listings. I wonder which of this year’s big releases will still be on our shelves at the end of the next decade!