It’s been ages since I last joined in with Listography over at Kate Takes 5 but when I saw this one in my GReader this morning I couldn’t help but get typing.
I love cookbooks, there’s nothing like getting a new one and sitting there with a cup of coffee (or something stronger) and devouring every page. My favourite ones are those with a story about each recipe, transporting you into the kitchen of the chef in question or to the place where they first tried the dish.
Stuffed Vine Leaves Saved My Life by Nadia Sawalha is one such book. It’s full of wonderful family memories evoked every time the recipe is recreated. Each recipe has a story, whether that transports you back to Nadia’s roots in the Middle East, her days in EastEnders or her family life with her husband and children. The food itself is amazing, from proper Middle Eastern kebabs to Spanish chicken drowned in sherry and garlic and delicious creamy mushrooms on toast to cakes made to her daughters recipe, there is something for everyone and not once have I tried a recipe I didn’t like, even if I haven’t tried every one of her aunt’s famous stuffed vegetables yet – there’s isn’t a vegetable you can’t stuff don’t you know!
Jamie Does… is another book with a story to tell. This was a tv series a while back and follows Jamie on his travels around France, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Greece and Morocco. Each recipe features the story about how Jamie either created it inspired by the ingredients of the region or country he was in at the time or how he adapted a traditional recipe, not to mention an amazing photograph of the finished dish. The photography in this book really helps the recipes come to life and the recipes certainly don’t disappoint.
I Love Curry is another recipe book I turn to time and again. Packed full of easy and authentic curry recipes and many dishes she created herself, along with accompaniments such as breads and rice, it’s a book that both confident cooks and those who are yet to brave making a curry from scratch can enjoy.
Rachel’s Food for Living is a lovely book full of great recipes from simple week night meals to gorgeous food for entertaining. I love watching her tv show which is currently on at the weekend and would love to get my hands on some more of her titles.
Tana Ramsay’s Family Kitchen: Simple and Delicious Recipes for Every Family is a book full of great recipes the family will love from spaghetti bolognaise and macaroni cheese to birthday cakes and delicious cookies. She’s another one who’s books I’d like a few more of! Don’t be fooled into thinking Mrs Ramsay’s book is full of complicated or Gordonesque dishes, this is proper home cooking that you and the kids will love!