I actually stole this idea from my good friend Hannah – her house is one of my favourites for cookbook perving. She takes things a little further than me by colour coding for ingredients but I’m happy just to tab anything I’ve cooked. I also add a score out of 10 and any notes about improvements/changes… When you head back to that book at a later date, its super helpful!
The best recipe books are the ones you make yourself – I have a recipe journal and a scrapbook and both have been with me for most of my adult life. The scrapbook I started when I was back at uni and it’s been with me ever since. There are so many things stuck in there – from supermarket recipe cards to things cut out of magazines. The pages are all full now but I still use it as a valuable resource.
I always have a cookbook on the book stand on my counter-top. I like to change it around to keep myself inspired and often put something up before I’m going to cook it. Geek alert. At the moment I’ve got my brand spanking new copy of Cracking Yolks & Pig Tales – Glynn Purnell. If you don’t have a copy I really recommend it, there are a whole variety of recipes and his stories elevate this from the usual chef cookbook into something magical!<
I’m pretty lucky that I have space for bookshelves in my kitchen but they just aren’t enough and my books have now spilt down onto the counters. In fact, there are around 2 years worth of Good Food and Olive magazines plus even more books shoved in the sideboard in the lounge!
So… out of all those books – which are my favourites? It changes all the time but at the moment, these 4 have to be ranked at the top!
- Prashad: Indian Vegetarian Cooking – as you know, I love a good curry and this book is excellent, every dish I’ve made from it has been a winner (and you’d never miss the meat!).
- The Kitchen Diaries II – a true classic from Nigel Slater. Like Glynn Purnell’s book, this one works on two levels – great recipes but also a brilliant read in its own right!
- Two Greedy Italians – I will never grow tired of this book. I absolutely love Italian food and this book has some crackers in it!
- Jamies 30 Minute Meals – I love the photography in Jamie’s books and this one is packed with quick and tasty meals like this Asian salmon and noodle broth.