Food For Thought – My Favourite Cookbooks

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I love discovering new cook books those go-to sources ripe with beautiful recipes and loads of good information. I’ve listed the books that I peruse often particularly now that I have a family of my own. Once Upon A Time I whole heartedly relied on my mum’s cooking (Gujarati cuisine) and grew up mainly on vegetarian food (although I’m not a vegetarian, my parents are). I’m far from Master Chef standard but I will attempt to make dishes and sometimes they turn out really well and at other times the results are shocking because I’m not consistent when it comes to cooking but that doesn’t stop me from trying. Luckily Mr M is sympathetic to my cause and will eat the food I prepare whether it turns out well or not, but then again I am the primary cook in the household although his Thai cooking is pretty impressive.

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LUCY’S FOOD

On a Snow boarding trip to France in 2012 Mr M and I stayed in a lovely chalet with the hosts cooking us meals from this delightful book. I had to purchase it and I’m so glad I did as there are meal planners and tips on all sorts of things to make cooking that little bit easier. I’m a Leicester born girl and Lucy has her very own shop there. The lemon posset  is a firm favourite in our household which I made recently pictured below.

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THE LITTLE PARIS KITCHEN

This pretty food writer from Croydon was destined for big things and if you watched the first series you’ll know Rachel Khoo cooked from a tiny kitchen in her Parisian flat. Back in 2007 I was single and lived in a studio flat in London and this reminded me of my cooking experiences.  A  cooktop and an oven which is pretty much what I had at my disposal. I like the originality of the recipes. The croque madam muffins are my favourite.

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THE GOODFOOD COOK BOOK

If I want some inspiration I usually head to the Good Food website and managed to pick up this kitchen staple in a  charity shop which is packed with over 600 recipes. It’s got a great reference section and has a range of recipes to impress.

 

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THE ITALIAN DIET

My favourite cuisine is Italian food, and a lovely friend of mine introduced me to this book by Gino D’Acampo which is what I am currently using as I try and get into better shape for my holiday. The baked ham and eggs is a regular weekend brunch favourite with Mr M.  My attempt at the Chestnut and Chocolate cake failed miserably but then you win some you lose some.

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THE 30-MINUTE COOK

Nigel Slater is one of my favourite cookery writers. I love how he combines ingredients to create simple but delicious dishes. I find my self eating more vegetarian food these days and this book has some nice veggie dishes. I adore the kitchens that he cooks in  particularly the beautiful one in the new TV series Eating Together celebrating multi-culinary Britain. For now I must be content with my 80’s kitchen.

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EASY INDIAN SUPER MEALS

I was lucky to be sent this gem of a book by award winning Zainab Jagot Ahmed which I reviewed and you can read about it here. I’ve made lots of dishes from this book for my incredibly fussy eater.  I’ve been able to introduce aromatic spices to Jay’s palette and he seems to prefer this. This book is wonderfully written with colourful photos and has really great easy to follow recipes for the whole family. There is a lot of advice and information from the author to help new parents  introduce new flavours and textures as part of the weaning process. The tasty recipes have been thought out so well and there is something for everyone.

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Do you have any Cook Book recommendations to share?

I would watch the Food Cookery Channel all day if I could.

Thanks for reading!

Bella

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