For any of my followers and readers that don’t know, I love food. I run an online bakery selling gift-box brownies and in my spare time I’m always caught with my head in BBC Good Food magazine or a recipe book planning my next feast. I’ve not even finished my breakfast before I’m thinking about what’s for dinner. I have an eclectic taste in food and am the least fussy eater (just don’t put offal on my plate and I’m all good!). Because of that I wanted to introduce you to my new series – cook with Harry*. Kind of…Really, I’ll just be sharing my favourite cookbooks, recipes from them, new cookbook launches and any major food successes!
To start off my food series, I thought I’d share my TOP FIVE recipe books. I have a dedicated bookshelf for these alone, so this is a mega hard one to whittle it down to just five. When I say top books, I really mean most-loved, most-tried and tested, the failsafe ones etc. etc.
Without further ado…
Eat. Live. Go – Fresh Food Fast by Donal Skehan (Hodder & Stoughton)
This is one of my newest cook books, but it’s fast become one of my absolute favourites. I’ve cooked over 10 recipes from this one and every single one has been amazing. I cooked the Katsu Curry recipe for my boyfriend’s family and his Mum said it was, hands down, the best curry sauce she’d ever eaten. If you get your hands on this one, I highly recommend the spelt spaghetti with avocado pesto.
Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi (Ebury Press)
I tend to save this one for when friends or family are visiting over a weekend. I find the recipes take a little more investment and can sometimes be a touch more ambitious. However, it is definitely worth the time. The flavours are exquisite and the recipes are something a little bit different. Next on my list is Ottolenghi’s Sweet, which focuses all on (as you might have guessed….) sweet recipes.
Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph)
I love Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks by default; he never seems to release a dud one. Super Food Family Classics is packed full of healthy recipes. The batch cook seven veg tomato sauce has become a staple in our house – we regularly freeze portions ready to make a Bolognese or a chili with. Everything is well laid out, easy to follow and as a bonus you know you’re making healthier choices. Win, win. Next on my list is 5 ingredients.
Easy by Bill Granger (Collins)
As the title suggests, everything in this book is easy to cook and definitely a great one for beginners. The book is split out by food / category – pasta, cheese, eggs, beef etc., which makes is nice and simple to find recipes based on what you’ve got in your fridge.
Fast, Fresh and Easy Food by Lorraine Pascale (Harper Collins)
The chocolate mousse with raspberries has become one of my go-to quick pudding recipes – it’s easy to make, but utterly indulgent and full of flavour. There are so many mouth-watering recipes in this book; from minty pine nut couscous, to fish burgers.
Okay, so having put my list together I can see there’s a definite theme – fast, fresh, easy food than can be prepared and cooked quickly but still taste amazing! I’m more than happy doing more complicated recipes and spending time in the kitchen, but I normally save that for the weekend.
*disclaimer, this won’t be the name of the series as I need to think of something a bit snappier, but If the next post has this name too then you’ll know I failed.