I actually have about 50 or so books, some of them decidedly unused, it seems as soon as people know you like cooking, they buy you any old recipe book as a present! I guess I should go back to them and have a look... Thing is, I think I’m actually in recipe overload these days, what with all the recipes on the internet and food magazines.
I also thought its worth mentioning that I love the BBC Good Food website for searching for recipes. They index all the recipes from Good Food and Olive magazine and have great pictures for every recipe. The UKTV Food website isn’t bad either. I also love the Jamie Oliver website, but mostly because it is serious food porn.
I used to live for the Observer Food Monthly (despite Nigel Slater whom I detest, so smug!), but know there seem to be less and less recipes, but what is there is very good and simple. I also like Olive magazine.
Below is a list of some of my favourite cookbooks, the ones I come back to time and time again and as a result are completely battered and covered in all manner of foodstuffs.
- Nigella Lawson – although her TV persona has become a tad ridiculous, you can’t detract from the fact that her recipes are amazing. Yes, a little calorie heavy, but you know they’ll always work, taste delicious and be really generous. I have:
- How To Eat
- Nigella Express – ignore the TV show, this is actually full of pretty good recipes.
- Feast – probably my favourite
- How to be a Domestic Goddess - a classic and a must for any beginners
Other Favourites include..