Thursday, 20 September 2012

A Bumper Year for New Cookery Books


Oh my cupcakes! There are so many gorgeous new cookery books coming out this Autumn. Where do I start?

I am always a sucker for a beautifully packaged book with a pretty title, and this new title from Tessa Kiros looks very tempting. She has the most fascinating heritage; Finnish mother, Greek Cypriot father, raised in South Africa and Britian, and now married to an Italian and living in Italy. I have Apples for Jam and Falling Cloudberries and love them both. A new offering from the magnificent Nigella Lawson...I think I own all of her cookery books and they are all excellent. Her recipes just work. I love the jacket design of the newest title from the kitchens of Leon, and Yotam Ottolenghi - I've never bought any of his books but my recipe scrap book is full of clippings from his article in The Guardian magazine.

What's next on my wish list...two gorgeous big baking books, by Rachel Allen and The Great British Bake Off (which I am loving, by the way - is anyone else watching it?). Nigel Slater's follow up to the beautifully written The Kitchen DiariesThe Kitchen Diaries II is, according to the blurb, a "collection of small kitchen celebrations" - how perfect. And my last choice; I don't know much about the author, Diana Henry, but love the sound of Salt Sugar Smoke, obsessed as I currently am with preserves and stockpiling for the coming colder months.

(John, if you are reading this, start saving please as these are all going on my Christmas list. As is this and this. Thanks. Your loving wife.)

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Apologies for my erratic blogging lately. Since Angus started nursery I thought I'd have more time for crafting and blogging, but no, it appears the opposite is true! I have also started volunteering twice a week at Bella's school, helping kids with their reading and so far I am enjoying it enormously. But it does mean less time to craft and less time on the laptop. But I'm sure we'll find a balance soon.

I will be back tomorrow with...A GIVEAWAY!!! It's long overdue. Homemade goodies are being stitched, ironed and photographed.




36 comments:

  1. What a fab collection ..... we are certainly spoilt for choice at the moment ..... oooooh what to choose???........
    I too am LOVING the great british bake off, so exciting.
    nice satchel!
    love jooles x

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    1. Me too, I officialy LOVE Mary Berry - it's so great to see an older woman on tv presenting a programme! x

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  2. Great book choices, I have the Apples for Jam book and it's one of my favourites. I've hardly seen any of the 'bake off', must see if it's on catch up as I love that show and always feel very inspired.

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    1. Yes, I always get the urge to go and bake some bread after watching Bake Off, it is very inspiring. But also makes me realise that I am a very amateur baker!

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  3. They all look wonderful ... but ... how is it that just when, as a nation, we are becoming yet more obese, cookery books are bucking the healthy food trend and advocating recipes containing vast quantities of sugar and cream?
    I have never made nor eaten a cupcake in my life and I don't intend to start now. Yes, my mother used to bake what she called buns, some people called fairy cakes; just sponge cake mixture inside a little bun case. But all that goo on top and then "sprinkles" (I think that's what they're called) added are to me the equivalent of pink sequinned tops, and best avoided! No one over the age of 5 should wear sugar pink!
    I love cakes, but proper cakes! Victoria sponges with raspberry jam, walnut and coffee, fruit cake. Grown up cakes, in fact. Maybe, along with this vintage lark, people (aka women!) will soon tire of it ... Oh, I do sound a right old misteryguts, but I've seen so many cupcakes in the shops, and bunting this and retro that, I now long for the return to minimalism!
    Margaret P

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    1. I don't think cookery books are to blame for the nation's obesity epidemic!

      Cupcakes are like fairy cakes, yes, but baked in bigger tins and with buttercream icing rather than the water icing I remember from my childhood. I have to say I'd pick a cupcake over a fairy cake any day! They are delicious - in fact I made a dozen red velvet ones today.

      I do challenge anyone to bake a minimalist cupcake though, I wonder what that would look like?


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  4. Oh dear .. it seems we suffer the same cook book addiction ... maybe we should set up a self help group ... I love them ... the Tessa Kiros one is going on my wishlist ... I have the other two ... her books are works of art ... I have Ottolenghi - The Cookbook ... it is great ... loving the Bake Off too ... the glove of blood ... not so much :) ... Bee xx

    PS The satchel and cake tins are gorgeous :)

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    1. Yes, a self help group, I like that! I would confess to reading them in bed.

      Yes, the glove of blood - that was grim!

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  5. Lots of lovely books, I agree! I bought Nigella's and Nigel Slater's and I'm going to start looking through them tomorrow. Nigella is my ultimate favourite, I bought her 1st book about 12 years ago and remember making some sort of watermelon cocktail when I was a student from one of her books! I love Nigel Slater too, his books are always so beautifully written. x

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    1. I think Nigella is my favourite too. I think both she and Nigel Slater are better writers than presenters. Having said that, I am already looking forward to the Nigellisima tv series. x

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  6. Nigella and Nigel are firm favourites here. Totally agree about nigella, I know I don't need to test her recipes, they are just perfect! X

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    1. I love her. I also want her cookery book collection - I think she has a whole library with thousands of titles...imagine! x

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  7. more books to add to my hold list at the library! i'm working on a similar post for my blog. so many wonderful cookbooks, so little time! (to read and cook...)

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    1. I love this time of year when all the big new books come out ready for Christmas, it takes me back to my days in retail! x

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  8. The Diana Henry is on my list too - I recently bought Food from Plenty which I love. As is Nigel - my love of cooking stems directly from picking up a copy of Real Food Fast as a student...and Yotam, and more Leon oh my my my too many lovley things

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    1. I know, where to start. Even if I bought them all I wouldn't have time to cook from them, but I'd love to spend an afternoon with a cup of tea just leafing through them all. x

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  9. woah so many cookbooks! I've recently discovered Lorraine Pascale, and now have her two latest books. The recipes are simple, easy and tasty too! It's the first book I've had that I've made lots of recipes from and always find something I want to make!

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    1. I have been enjoying her tv series but haven't got any of her books. But simple, easy and tasty recipes - that's all I want.

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  10. Dear Gillian
    What a wonderful selection of goodies here! My hubby collects cookery books - he will soon be able to open a small library of them. I love The Great British Bake Off - one of my favourite programmes on at the moment. I will feel completely bereft when the series finishes!
    Best wishes (and happy cooking and baking)
    Ellie

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    1. How wonderful that your husband collects cookery books! I remember you saying that he is the cook in your household. I will also be bereft when GBBO ends, but luckily strictly come dancing starts soon and I do love that programme. x

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  11. Ah time it eludes us all. Love the books I have a serious craft book addiction. Sarah x

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    1. Yes, craft books...there's a whole other post there! I daren't even look as I know I will see too many good things. x

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  12. Gorgeous selection of cookbooks! I love Nigella and recently discovered Rachel Allen on television and I adore her cooking. I found her show so relaxing to watch. It's so great that you are helping out at Bella's school. I'm sure she enjoys having you there a few days each week. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Yes, Rachel Allen is great, I have a couple of her books and use them regularly - good for family food. And I do love her Irish accent!

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  13. I've got my eye on a couple of them, too, though I have no idea where they'll fit in. (The one in, one out approach seems to have fallen by the wayside.) I also like the look of Jane Brocket's 'Vintage Cakes.

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    1. That made me laugh - we were supposed to have a one in one out approach to our books after the last big clear out. But no. I just can't bear to get rid of books. I am going to ask my Dad to put up another shelf in my kitchen instead!

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  14. I love a cookbook and have my eye on a few - the 'Scandelicious Baking' book for one and 'Limoncello and Linen Water' (because I know it will be as beautiful as the her other titles) but like everyone else I'm not sure where I'll find room to put them....

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    1. Scandelicious Baking - ooh, I don't know that one, I will look out for it. Thanks for the tip! I stack mine on my bedside table when I run out of shelf space in the kitchen!

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  15. I'm a sucker for cookery books too, but I end up buying them and then not using them, I tend to find more inspiration on the internet for meals. I'm not letting Eleanor see that satchel otherwise it will be going on her Christmas list too, though I know she'd choose the green one.

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    1. The internet is a great resource for meals, and it's free! Although hubby gets nervous when I carry the laptop into the kitchen...

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  16. Hi Gillian,
    I want the Yotam Ottolenghi book, think they are fab! I also want a satchel - navy blue boys one though!! Good on you for helping to listen to the children to read - very important. Have a happy weekend!
    Ivan

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    1. Yes, I am really tempted with that one too, I must say. Although I do like popping over to your blog for some cooking inspiration Ivan!

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  17. Ooooo, naturally fast food. That's one I should own. Fast=good.

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    1. Yes, same here. We excel at 20 minute meals in this household - lots of rice and pasta.

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  18. So much food, so many cookbooks, I feel 'ick, har, har!

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  19. OK, I have the biggest cookbook collection of anyone I know and I have NONE of these titles. I'd love that Nigel Slater one. Off to attend to my wishlist... x

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