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:
- ‘The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen‘ by Nigel Slater
- ‘The River Cottage Meat Book‘ by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
- ‘Anthony Bourdain’s “Les Halles” Cookbook: Classic Bistro Cooking‘ by Anthony Bourdain
- ‘Roast Chicken and Other Stories (Ebury Paperback Cookery)
‘ by Simon Hopkinson and Lindsey Bareham
- ‘Rick Stein’s French Odyssey‘ by Rick Stein
- ‘Soup Kitchen
‘ by various