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: