A cookbook addiction

I would say on a scale of 1 to 10, I am somewhere around a 7 regarding my addiction to cookbooks. Every time I am in a bookshop, an unknown force pulls me over to the cookbook section, where I can spend hours looking at pictures, deliberating over recipes and projecting myself into my kitchen concocting all of these lovely things!

Cookbooks will never ever be able to be online — I do find a lot of recipes online, but nothing beats browsing through the real thing and planning a meal.

So here are some of my all-time favourites:

  • My mother’s incredibly well-worn copy of Ginette Mathiot Je suis cuisiner which has actually been translated into English. It is my go-to for anything French and simple.
  • Eat, Live, Go by Donal Skehan (Ireland’s answer to Jamie Oliver) is one of my favourite dinner meal books, the recipes are simple, healthy and tasty and I have not yet been disappointed by any of the recipes. It is the type of book I use when I am not inspired and need to get out of my routine.
  • The Covent Garden Soup Company Book of Soups I must have picked up in a charity shop, but it is possibly my most used cookbook. Soups are, after all, the best thing after a long day at school and work and I often prepare them ahead of time.
  • Another firm favourite is the first Leon Cookbook I ever got. I think it was one of the books that introduced a wave of a new style of simple cooking to me about 10 years ago. The kids were still quite small and kind of have grown up with this one.
  • And of course, I, like Courtney am a massive fan of the new Ottolenghi Simple cookbook. It actually is simple, as the name says! 😉 I have been using this one a lot lately when having friends over for brunch and drinks.

Love to hear if you have any favourites?



Comments (6)

April 23, 2019

Fun – these are all new to me except Ottolenghi’s Simple! I love the Keepers cookbook by Caroline Campion/Kathy Brennan, Melissa Clark’s Dinner, anything by Nigel Slater (more for inspiration – his words are so evocative!), Julia Turshen’s Small Victories and Now & Again, and of course, anything by Ina Garten!

April 23, 2019

You know what? I don’t actually know that much about Ina Garten. She has not made it over to France. Should I be looking into her?

April 23, 2019

Oh hou op, ik heb ook een serieuse kookboekverslaving, simpel staat nu bovenaan mijn verlanglijstje 😊

April 25, 2019

I adore all books from anna jones!

April 28, 2019

Emilie – do you have any favorite recipes in Simple? Just made the chickpea pasta that Courtney recommended tonight. Also, Ina Garten is fantastic! So comforting and focused on high-quality and simplicity.

April 29, 2019

One of our favorites is the cornbread, the little lamb patties and the aubergine with yogurt!

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