Here’s a list of Cookbooks which I think you should own:
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook and Plenty – both books are fantastic. Ottolenghi is a genius at combining all sorts of unique and interesting flavours. Any vegetarian out there should own a copy of Plenty.
A Platter of Figs and other recipes – a beautiful and brilliant book from David Tanis (of Chez Panise).
Today’s Special, a new take on bistro food – this is Anthony Demetre’s book (from Wild Honey and Arbutus) and is full of amazing meaty recipes, there are other dishes too, but I’m yet to try them.
Pizarro – lots of delicious Spanish recipes from Jose Pizarro.
Jamie Does… – there are obviously a lot of Jamie books to choose from, but this is the one I know best as I helped test the recipes which means I’ve cooked pretty much of all them. It covers recipes from Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morcco, Greece and France and they are all delicious and easy to follow.
At Elizabet David’s Table – another book I was lucky enough to work on, for this one I was assisting the wonderful Alice Hart who was doing the food styling. It was the first time Elizabeth David’s recipe had been photographed for a book. Timeless classics from one of the Queens of the kitchen.
The Skinny French Kitchen – a ‘diet’ book is my idea of hell, but Harry Eastwood hit the nail on the head with this one creating truly delicious healthier recipes out of some of the French classics. Again, I did a lot of recipe testing on this book and they are all fantastic.
The Whole Hog, by Carol Wilson and Christopher Trotter. Unsurprisingly, this one is all about pork and it’s a brilliantly crafted book. Turning the pages makes your mouth water (I doubt this is true for vegetarians) and it offers plenty of advice on how to get the perfect crackling and so forth.
Bill’s Basics – lots of quick and easy recipes from the Aussie cook Bill Granger.
Essence from Le Champignon-Sauvage – chefy but fascinating and a good challenge!
Noma – ditto to the above, and truly beautiful and inspirational to look at.
Made in Italy: Food and Stories – Locatelli’s definitive book on Italian cooking.
Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon – Claudia Roden is a trusted source for food of this type and this book is full of delicious recipes
Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible – if there’s one person who’s curry recipes you want to follow it’s Madhur Jaffrey, they are uncomplicated and great.
Any recommendations from your part?