My Bookshelves


I bought ‘Apples for Jam: Recipes for Life‘ by Tessa Kiros today, a signed copy no less! Just like her previous book, ‘Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes‘, this is beautiful to look through and I can’t wait to lose myself in it’s pages.

My bookshelves are filled with various food books. I fear it’s becoming an addiction, I even felt a pang of guilt as I walked to the till to pay for the latest addition – a sure sign of a habit in need of curbing. I’ll be hiding them from my husband next! I just can’t help it – I love books. I love the smell of the paper, the feel of the pages as I run my hand over them, the solitary pleasure of opening a new book for the first time. And with food books combining my favourite two interests they are simply irresistible to me.

My favourite food writer is Nigella Lawson. I love the sheer unadulterated pleasure of food she conveys and I find a lot of comfort in her recipes. My favourite of her books are ‘How to Eat: Pleasures and Principles of Good Food (Cookery)‘ and ‘Nigella Bites‘.

In terms of usage, Jamie Oliver’s books would have to be high up on my list. I have almost all of his books and his earlier ones, ‘The Naked Chef‘ and ‘The Return of the Naked Chef‘, introduced me to fresh herbs and a whole new way of cooking. His were the books I used when I first lived on my own and started cooking for myself on a daily basis.

Just a few of the other food books you’ll find on my shelves are:



  1. vonsachsen
    September 5, 2006 / 10:52 pm

    Oh, I love to have a peek at peoples bookshelves 🙂 First I notice/recognize the books I own, then I start to “explore” the rest, always on the hunt for new books. This is so nice, thanks for the pic.

  2. mary
    September 6, 2006 / 3:59 pm


    just wanted to reccomend the book that i’m currently devouring. admittedly sausages are my favourite comfort food and so the 18 sausage recipes completely hooked me.

    they have a couple recipes up on their site if you wanna cyber-browse…

    ps the sausage baked in brioche with pistachos is my fav

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