I love cook books and I love choosing what I’m going to make, planning the shopping list and then finding new successful recipes. Unfortunately my OH doesn’t really eat indian, chinese, thai etc so that somewhat limits what I can try.
This week’s listography is top cookbooks, and you can find the other blogs joining in here
Here’re mine (in no particular order):
1. Nigella Bites. This was my first Nigella book and I’ve made quite a lot of the recipes out of this. In particular what’s turned into my signature dessert Trashy lime cheesecake. What I love about Nigella is how the recipes never go wrong, even if you just chuck in whatever without too much care. Brilliantly easy. I’m also a big fan of her Nigella Express and Kitchen.
2. Jamie’s 30 minute meals. I’ve got a couple of Jamie Oliver books, but apart from 1 or 2 recipes from each, I find they’ve always had too many ingredients (the gorgeous macaroni in one book being the prime example – must be the most expensive macaroni cheese you could make) and been to long and wordy. But the 30 minute meals book is great. I can mix and match what I want to cook, and I’ve worked my way through most of the recipes now (well, at least the main meals).
3. 3 & 4 ingredient cook book. I love these type of books, generally purchased from somewhere like The Works for a bargain price. Apart from cupboard staples, they don’t need loads of ingredients and they’re generally really easy to make. Plus in the back, they have all the nutritional information for each recipe.
4. Rachel Allen’s Bake. I love baking, and there’s some lovely recipes in here, savoury and sweet. Scrummy snickerdoodles always go down well. (I also like her Home Cooking book)
5. Cooks Collection by Good Housekeeping. Something like 1000 recipes in here, from really basic to more adventurous. I can always find something in here if I’m running out of ideas.
Additionally, how can you forget Delia (although I’ve had failures with 2 of her recipes, I always check this for basic old style traditional sauces, gravies, yorkshire, braised cabbage etc), and one amusing book is Waste Not Want Not – using up leftovers, creating really random recipes (try chocolate pasta, strawberry gnocchi and chocolate yoghurt cake anyone?!).