Three Delicious Cookbooks

Another great passion of mine is food. For me there is nothing better than bringing people together over a table groaning with food. If you also love food then we are bound to get along, I could talk about it all day. We watched Julie & Julia yesterday, whilst hiding away from the snow,  it's such a brilliant film that always makes me want to move to France to learn patisserie and more. Also I love the excessive use of butter in this film. It also reminded me that cookbooks feature heavily on my reading list, in and amongst the novels, so I thought I would share a couple of the books that I go to time and time again. 

Anna Jones

Anna Jones, A Modern Way To Eat 

I was lucky enough to receive the latest Anna Jones for Christmas and my oh my is it a good'un. However my (food) love affair with Anna Jones started with her Modern Way to Eat. It's simple and delicious. It's also vegetarian, so if eating a plant based diet is something you've been thinking about then this is a good place to start. One of my favourite things about her books is that she doesn't make you feel horrifically guilty about how much you love biscuits. It's simply a book created by someone who loves to cook. What she does preach about is creating delicious food that is 'local, fast, cheap and good for the planet' - that I can get on board with. I would highly recommend this book to all who have a love of food and want something fresh and new. 

Some of my favourite recipes from the book are:

  • Huevos Rancheros - the ultimate brunch dish but also delicious at dinner when you feeling lazy. 
  • Banana, Blueberry and Pecan Pancakes - are just perfection. 
  • Butternut Squash and Kale Tart - ideal at this time of year
  • Avocado and Lemon Zest Spaghetti - its become one of my favourite comfort foods
  • Seeded banana bread with lemon sesame dressing - sometimes I don't bother with the dressing as it's unbelievably delicious as it is. A slice of this with a dollop of greek yoghurt is the finest way to enjoy it. 

Georgina Hayden, Stirring Slowly 

There are recipes from this book that I have committed to heart. I cooked the Harissa Butter Chicken (in the photos) for my Birthday Dinner Party last year and we all collectively drooled over how good it was. Apologies if you aren't a meat eater but seriously that is one tasty dish. Everything I've cooked from this book has been beyond delicious. This has come my go to when I want to stretch myself whilst cooking but it also happens to contain the recipe for the BEST and I mean best cookies. Almond, Oat and Raisin Cookies, if I could live off them I would. Soft and chewy and oh so dunkable. I often don't notify my housemates when I've baked these so I can be completely greedy and have them all to myself. I would buy this book alone for this one recipe. 

Some of my favourite recipes from the book are:

  • Citrus Cake - again this with a dollop of yoghurt and a cup of tea equals heaven. 
  • Harissa Butter Chicken and Cracked Wheat - a winner for a dinner party, I did two smaller chickens for ten people.  
  • Jerusalem Artichoke and Thyme Barley Risotto - another tasty recipe for cold January evenings 
  • Sausage and Wild Garlic Linguine - a simple comfort food whilst wild garlic is in season
  • British Summertime Stack - this makes me long for warmer days, everything delicious about summer in one cake 

Jamie Oliver, Super Food Family Classics 

Now I don’t have a family but I do have hungry friends. And it’s perfect for big quantity cooking when you've invited people over for dinner but then forgot about it and come seven o' clock there will be five hungry pals descending upon you. It's ideal for moments like those. It's also a good'un when it comes to batch cooking and using your freezer to the max. Making large quantities of tomato sauce, pesto and curry pastes that become a life saver when time is against you. Honestly even though it is aimed towards families don't let that put you off, a seriously good book to have on your shelves. 

Some of my favourite recipes from the book are:

  • 7-Veg Tomato Sauce - amazing for pasta, pizza etc and so much healthier than shop bought
  • Smoky Veggie Chilli - as someone who doesn't eat mincemeat this is a gorgeous alternative, I don't always do the jacket spuds as I find it's filling enough on its own
  • Chicken and Chorizo Bake - always goes down well 
  • Sag Aloo Korma - as a total spice wimp this is doable for me and a warming dish on wet evenings. 

Happy Cooking!