Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her recommended reading for our Food Special.
The Silver Spoon
One of the most influential and successful cookbooks in Italy. Originally published in 1950, it became an instant classic, selling over one million copies in eight editions. Considered to be essential in every household, it is still one of the most popular wedding presents today.
Yotam Ottolenghi has established himself as one of the most exciting talents in the world of cookery and food writing. This exclusive collection of vegetarian recipes is drawn from his column ‘The New Vegetarian’ for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine. Yotam’s food inspiration comes from his strong Mediterranean background and his unapologetic love of ingredients.
Delia’s Complete How to Cook
Delia always has her finger on the button. For 40 years she has continually, throughout her cookbooks, writing and television programmes, enabled millions of people who lack confidence or experience to cook for their families and loved ones without fear. Delia’s Complete How to Cook, a compilation of simple recipes from her celebrated How to Cook series, is a totally comprehensive 700-page guide to basic cooking, meaning that everyone from nine to ninety has every cooking skill they will ever need in one volume.
The Hedgerow Handbook
If there’s one distinctive feature of the British countryside, it has to be the hedgerow. In fact, hedgerows are such an established part of our landscape that sometimes we take them for granted. But take a closer look, and the diversity and variety of plant species that form them is little short of wondrous. Hedgerows can provide a great fund of fresh, wild food for us, too, and this is partly what this book is about. In The Hedgerow Handbook Adele Nozedar reintroduces the wild and natural hedgerow ingredients that our grandmothers used on a regular basis – but gives them a fresh and contemporary twist.You won’t find yet another recipe for blackberry pie nor nettle soup here, however – this is not your run-of-the mill hedgerow book. Instead, why not try Adele’s Spicy Ash Key Pickle, her Beechnut Turron, Red Clover Lemonade or Wild Raspberry Vodka?
The Kitchen Diaries
The tenth book from Nigel Slater. ‘The food in “The Kitchen Diaries” is simply what I eat at home. The stuff I make for myself, for friends and family, for visitors and for parties, for Sunday lunch and for snacks. These are meals I make when I stop work, or when I am having mates over or when I want to surprise, seduce or show off. This is what I cook when I’m feeling energetic, lazy, hungry or late. It is what I eat when I’m not phoning out for pizza or going for a curry’. Nigel’s food – for you.’
The Flavour Thesaurus
Ever wondered why one flavour works with another? Or lacked inspiration for what to do with a bundle of beetroot? The Flavour Thesaurus is the first book to examine what goes with what, pair by pair. The book is divided into flavour themes including Meaty, Cheesy, Woodland and Floral Fruity. Beautifully packaged, The Flavour Thesaurus is not only a highly useful, and covetable, reference book for cooking – it might keep you up at night reading.