If, as a foodie, you’re at all like me, you will have shelves groaning with cookery books, food writing and magazines about food. The food and drink section of any bookshop will be your first stop, where you will lovingly eye up titles. Sound familiar?
So I’ve decided to feature five books each Friday, about different aspects of food and drink, some serious, some not, some for real foodies, some for dabblers, but always something that you can add to your wish list. And let me know what yours are on each subject, love to hear! May just find a new title to add to those bookshelves!
For the first outing of the Friday Five, I’m starting at the beginning, with the five books that really fired my love of food.
I still have my mum’s copy of this that is probably at least 35 years old, but love each and every recipe. When I’m feeling nostalgic, or just need comfort baking, I turn to this. If you missed out on this, there’s a 40th-anniversary edition available.
I had this when I first left home and cooked from it lots. When I left one particular flatshare, I discovered that although I could cook most of the braised steak au poivre blindfold, I couldn’t finish the dish. This because my flatmate always did the last bit while I made the mash. The chocolate mousse is still my go-to recipe.
Any book with recipes for bacon sandwiches and smartie sandwiches is absolutely fine by me. Spoke to the need for good food, in a hurry, possibly the worse for wear. Which happened quite a lot.
My godmother sent me this. I think she knew I was cooking from number 3 a lot. There aren’t a lot of smarties in this one. Or bacon. But I did cook quite a lot from it in attempts to be healthy.
5. A La Carte Magazine
Not strictly speaking a book, but in the 80s this was food porn at the highest level! My mum used to buy it, and I used to spend hours looking at the recipes and photography, which was luscious. Can’t even find any on eBay, but Gastronomy Domine has a recipe on her blog from there, so have to make do with that!
Love to hear what were the books that stoked your interest in food! And if anyone has any copies of A La Carte, be interested in hearing from you! With the resurgence of dinner parties, it must be time to bring back the Black and White dinner parties!