Cookbooks are my weakness. If I’m in a bookshop, I’ll always make a beeline for the cookery section and hours will be lost there if no one comes to find me. Before the year is out, I wanted to share with you some of my personal favourites from 2017. They’re all favourites for different reasons, I hope you’ll find some inspiration for a new cookbook while you’re here. You can’t have too many, right? That’s what I keep telling myself anyway!
In no particular order, here are my favourite cookbooks of 2017.
The Christmas Chronicles, Nigel Slater
To anyone who knows me, this one will come as no surprise. I love Nigel Slater. I love his food and his writing, he can do no wrong in my books. It’s a cookbook that is as much an ode to Winter as it is about cooking. Definitely not just for Christmas either, there are enough comfort food/seasonal recipes in here to see me through to the end of these darker months. His writing is beautiful, like all of his books I will devour The Christmas Chronicles from cover to cover.
The Art of the Larder, Claire Thomson
Claire is from Bristol and having been a fan of her other cookbooks, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Art of the Larder. It has been a huge source of inspiration for everyday weekday cooking, probably my most cooked from actually. All the recipes are based on storecupboard essentials and will get you thinking on using them in new ways. Claire writes the recipes I want to eat, everything I’ve cooked so far I’ll be making again and again.
5 ingredients, Quick & Easy Food – Jamie Oliver
Ah, just when I thought I didn’t need another Jamie book on my shelf, he gets me again. Some of the recipes stand on their own with the five ingredients and some I’ve found to be more of a building block for more substantial meals. What I love the most though, it’s a book that has encouraged friends who don’t usually cook to get in the kitchen and try new things. If nothing else, there’s no denying that’s a positive.
Japaneasy, Tim Anderson
Cooking Japanese food seems intimidating, doesn’t it? Before I welcomed ‘Japaneasy’ to my cookbook collection, I was very much feeling the same. You don’t even need a sushi mat. It also helps the book is absolutely stunning, shot by my favourite food photographer, Laura Edwards, enough of a reason to make me want to buy it anyway but I’m delighted to find the recipes are great too.
The Modern Cook’s Year, Anna Jones
As divine as her two books before this. I love a cookbook split into seasons as well. When it came through the door, I was quick to open up the pages of Autumn and get cooking. 250 vegetable recipes and there are always suggestions on how they can be vegan too. Most food I cook at home is vegetarian (meat being the occasional treat) so I’ll definitely be working my way through all of it, one divine recipe at a time.
Have you any favourite cookbooks from this year? All suggestions are welcome and I’ll add to my never-ending list! There are a few I’m still holding out for, will wait until after Christmas to see if Santa is kind enough to fill my stocking with a few.