As you could probably work out, recipe books are my favourite books! (That and War and Peace or whatever. Blates read that.) They’re books about food – with pretty photography. All my favourite things!
A while ago I did a post about my favourite baking books that I was totally obsessed with. I still love those books but I’ve got loads of new ones, some for baking and some general recipe ones. So here are my 5 fave recipe books that I use the most at the moment. Let me know if you have any of them and what your fave recipes are so I can try them out.
Deliciously Ella Every Day by Ella Woodward
The main question is – is this better than the first one? Well I was really excited to get a new book of recipes from Ella and I like this one. It’s hard to say if it’s better, I really like them as a set. If you don’t have any of her books, I would recommend getting both of them or starting with number one and then going onto number two when you can be bothered. As usual, the recipes are pretty easy to follow, actually sound tasty and most ingredients readily available in large supermarkets. The only thing that sort of pisses me off about it is that the “healthy version of a treat” style recipes are really nothing like the things they claim to be. If you want to read more of my beef with this issue you can read about it here.
The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak
Even if you’ve never cooked a thing in your life, this is a book that’s lovely to just have in your house. I saw it in Fortnum & Mason the other day so it must be fancy. The photography is so beautiful and this cookbook is breath of fresh air when it comes to wholesome eating at the moment. There is sugar in some of these recipes (*gasp from the audience*) with nothing trying to be something it’s not, and the end result is flavour and food to be proud of. Pretty too.
The Cornershop Cookbook by Sophie Missing & Caroline Craig
If banter is what you are looking for in a cookbook, look no further! The premise of this book is that all the recipes are made of stuff you can just nip down to that random shop on the corner and get. This is totally true, if your local corner shop is a Tesco Extra/Wholefoods/cargo port. Taking a quick flick through the book now I’ve already found yam, red wine vinegar, dressed crab meat and kimchi. (I had to google this one. It is a fermented Korean side dish. I’m always picking one of those up with my lottery ticket and pint of milk.)
In all seriousness though, if you ignore the premise and just look at the actual recipes, there are some really nice, original and easy things to make in there. Would recommend.
Get the Glow by Madeleine Shaw
A word of caution. People like Madeleine Shaw (and Deliciously Ella for that matter) will have a little piece in the front of their book about how following their diet and way of living is the healthiest thing to do. Ignore this part. You can read it, but take their advice with a bucket of salt. No one who writes a cookbook is automatically qualified to give nutrition advice. As long as you’re not eating sugar right out of the bag or anything, you’re probably fine. Back in the day, no one had other people telling them what to eat, we had to figure it out for ourselves. I would just go with – listen to your body and it will tell you what it wants and needs.
These recipes are pretty healthy though with a nice variety throughout the book. I love all the breakfast recipes. More breakfast should come with a recipe! Yeah! Fuck cereal!
The Virtuous Tart by Susan Jane White
If I had to pick one word to sum up this book I would say – pioneering. This is a book for real foodies, for people are interested in exploring and expanding their knowledge and creating. Recipes such as Black Sesame Milk and Milf Muffins are ingenious, properly thought out and yield great results. You can tell Susan Jane White really knows what she’s talking about, and isn’t just subsituting ingredients at random. (Cough, Ella, cough.)
Please tell me what recipe books you love so I can buy them (as if I don’t already have an unecessary amount.)