For The Love of Cookbooks

I love cook books, if they were cheaper or I had an endless supply of money I would own every cookbook possible. The best thing about them has to be the pictures. My two sisters and I often sit in the lounge simply looking through the books, chattering about how delicious the recipes look. It is quite dissapointing when you order a book and it arrives and only every 5th page has a photo. Dear Chef, please show us more photos! Gratefully, Vered

My first cookbook was Claudia Roden’s ‘The Book Of Jewish Food’ which I received as a Batmitzvah present when I was 12. I never cooked anything on my own at that age so it sat on my shelf for several years. Nowadays, I like to flick through it here and then. Some of my favourites these days include Lorraine Pascale’s ‘Baking Made Easy‘ (I have made her banoffee pie many times) and the small BBC Good Food ones, (my sister Danya introduced me to these as she owns almost all of them – a bargain at £5 each and bursting with photos).

I often browse the book section in charity shops, as this can be a great way to find cheap used recipe books. The idea that someone else has used it and passed it on is quite romantic to me.

Yesterday, I found a wonderful cook book in the pound shop: ‘The perfect Marriage. The Art of Matching Food & Sherry Wines from Jerez’. It has a foreword and special section by Heston Blumenthal. It consists of tapas style recipes from 15 different chefs, including Marcus Wareing, and each recipe comes with a suggestion of the best accompanying sherry.

Of course, I bought it. I read my new cook book all the way home on the bus. The photos are pure food porn! Some of my favourites of the exciting recipes are:

  • ‘Deep-Fried Watercress’
  • ‘Foie Gras with Chilli Jam’
  • ‘Masala Crab cakes with Crab Mayonnaise’
  • ‘Cardamon Rice Pudding with Honey & Cumin Glazed Figs’
  • ‘Crispy Lamb Rolls with Caramelised Sweetbreads’

Hungry yet? I was!


About Vered at EatNowTalkLater

6 responses »

  1. If you have a borders in your town they’re going out of business, you might be able to pick up even more awesome cook books for cheap!

  2. I know where you’re coming from.. With kindle and iPad, I still love that hardcover, thick pieces of glossed paper, 4 pounds heavy cookbooks. Read it cover to cover and drool over planning what to bake for the next 4 months.

  3. I adore beautiful pictures of food! One of my girlfriends is a great home cook that loves to blog about her creations, but it’s just so difficult to take pictures at home with a cell phone that really do her creations justice!

  4. I need to have a t-shirt printed with the words ”Of course, I bought it.” and wear that whenever I go cookbook-hunting so the husband won’t have to ask when he picks me up at the store, hahaha.

    My favorite bargain-bin finds include volumes from The Good Cook series and a copy of the 1976 edition of Marcella Hazan’s The Classic Italian Cook Book. Every dish I’ve prepared from the latter has become a household favorite.

    BTW, it’s your fault I am now obsessing over getting (or not getting) Nigella’s Kitchen. 😉 How is it?

    • Ooh sounds good, haven’t hear of that one. Haha, Nigella’s Kitchen was a present last year. I think it’s good if you want simple recipes, some of the are really good, but some are quite simple like pasta. I haven’t cooked anything from it yet, just been looking at the pictures! hehe

  5. mmmm…. yep, definitely a food addict here!


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