You possibly don't want to hear about December again but let's shoo the last knockings of it out of the door. There were a few posts to talk about this month but even more in the way of nibbles, goodies and gewgaws I sampled. Potatoes: I started on an introspective note, discussing why I like potatoes so much as a way to pay tribute to my mum. Speaking up for Sprouts: I also put forward the defence for the green December beacon, the humble Brussels Sprout, and gave it … Continue Reading ››
I've made it an annual tradition to run through my favourite cookbooks of the year; previous winners included Yotam Ottolenghi, Heston Blumenthal and Alex Mackay. I always look forward to it. But this year, pickings have been slim on my shelf. Yes, Jamie Saved Money with some interesting recipes, if not that frugal. That aside, nothing has stood out for me. I really wanted to … Continue Reading ››
I look forward to writing this post every year; a chance to reflect on the year's cookbook shelves. Polpo gave us a travelogue round Venice's cicchetti bars, Madhur Jaffrey returned to explore the UK's curry scene, and LEON released their fourth impressive volume. As baking fever truly took hold, with Jubilees and the like to celebrate, the market groaned with cupcake and muffin recipe manuals designed to capture Great British Bake-Off mania. It sometimes felt as though this was the only part … Continue Reading ››
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You can't move far around this blog without bumping into a Jamie Oliver recipe. It's fair to say I'm fan, having decked out my kitchen with branded crockery, bakeware, utensils and knives. I even owned … Continue Reading ››
2011 is not quite over but I think we have seen the major releases in cookbooks this year that we should expect. If you're planning on buying the foodie in your life a recipe book, here's what I would be asking for! 2010 was an embarrassment of riches in the cookbook market; to be honest this year wasn't quite as bountiful. Nevertheless there are plenty of gems to be had. Here's a rundown of what I consider to be my … Continue Reading ››