I’ve been busy reorganising the kitchen, which of course meant a lot of cook books being moved around. And then my faves moving back into the kitchen, on top of the fridge. So, what’s up here? And why are they here?
The River Cottage Meat Book – because this is not a vegetarian household. And we once needed to butcher half a cow.
How to be a Domestic Goddess – there are so many food stains on this book, MGG and I bake from this all the time. And perfect comfort food as well. Love this book.
The Hairy Bikers’ Family Cookbook – not one of my purchases, but I’ve used it a couple of times for good, old-fashioned weekend meals. Call it nostalgia, but this book seems to have tastes of my childhood in it. Will try a few more, it may move out the kitchen then!
Tamasin’s Kitchen Bible – this one will never leave my kitchen. Whatever you want to cook, there’s a great starting point in here for every kind of occasion. The recipes are great, the writing is engaging, and I want to cook everything in here, at least once. However, I have no idea why on earth this is so expensive, as the cheapest one on Amazon is £52! I certainly didn’t pay that for mine. So, if you ever spot this in a charity shop, buy it!
The River Cottage Family Cookbook – brilliant to let your kids loose with, and great for comfort food. A theme appears to be emerging!
The Gastrokid Cookbook: Feeding a Foodie Family in a Fast-Food World – I cook from this one a fair amount, Faux Pastor being my go to leftovers recipe. Great ideas for kids, and even for cooking when I’m on my own as all the recipes are really quick. Looking forward to courgettes returning so we can do courgette hummus again!
Arabesque by Claudia Roden – I love this book, and will be working through this during this year. Love the flavours of the Middle East, and the things I have tried from this so far have been delicious. It’s fantastic reading, as well as great for cooking from.
Jamie’s America – this one is awaiting the return of barbecue season. I did cook from it last summer, it’s got one more season in the kitchen to earn its place. Otherwise it’s with the other Jamies in the utility room!
The Book of Tapas – ssshh, I was bought this one, it wasn’t really on my wishlist, more one to start a post on here. Not loving it. It’s under notice.
Delia Smith’s Complete Illustrated Cookery Course – every home should have one!
Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache – I do love this book, from the beautiful photography to the fantastic recipes. The chocolate beetroot brownie is often requested.
Delia Smith’s Winter Collection – this is due a swap anytime soon with the Summer collection. May well be over 15 years old, but I still cook from these now. Still with very tasty results.
How to Eat – if you could only have two cookbooks, surely this and Tamasin’s would give you just about everything you ever needed? Again, a very stained and creased book, much loved!
Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers – this is another of my books for pushing along my cooking ability and repertoire, and I have loved what I’ve made so far. But I’ve not made enough, so it’s staying put. Just need to stay off the tequila!
The Silver Spoon – love Italian food, thought I’d love this. Not cooked from it since it arrived over a year ago. But it stops other books falling down the gap.
So, a few favourites, a few to push my cooking along, and a few that might get pushed along. Love to know, which are the books you keep closest to hand, and why? And I’m the only one who needs to do more editing out?