Thursday, 23 July 2015

Some of my favourite cookbooks

I thought I'd share with you a couple of my preferred cookbooks that I know I can always rely on. If you're looking for interesting or exotic meal ideas, you won't find any here: there are just fail-safe, fuss-free recipes that are essential to my cooking repertoire.

The Basics: a really useful cookbook by Anthony Telford

Here's where I look for classic recipes (think spaghetti bolognese, roast chicken and hollandaise sauce), written simply. What I especially like is that Anthony provides one page per recipe for troubleshooting, interesting variations to the recipe and ideas of what to serve with the dish. A great read for a cook that's just beginning or someone more advanced looking to hone their basics.

How to Eat by Nigella Lawson

I make no secret of my love for Nigella and her work. Not only are her recipes brilliant, her books are a joy to read, written as though she's conversing with you and full of stories, jokes and cultural references. I swear by her roast beef recipe, which conveniently comes with a timeline organising when to put in the beef, potatoes, yorkshire puddings and vegetables so all comes together perfectly.

Baking from Murdoch Books

This book is part of a brilliant series of cook books dealing with pasta, Mediterranean cuisine, cooking with woks and much more. I am a big baker and this is what I turn to for classic baked goods. The pages dedicated to perfecting pastry and scones that are particularly useful. I make my own bread, so I especially like the chapter all about how to make all types of breads, focaccias and pizzas - it's very comprehensive.

With these books, I rarely have to look elsewhere for recipes from day to day.
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