My Favourite Cookbooks : Pip Lincolne
Did you know that I post about food here very often? And did you know that quite a few of the JustBees are crazy about food and cooking. Well. That is a bit of an understatement. All of the JustBees are crazy about food and cooking, in fact. My foodie posts are nothing out of the ordinary for this blog which may soon be titled JustB Plumper if we keep posting recipes for lamingtons and pies and cakes!
That aside, I thought it might be good to follow on from my post yesterday about Jamie Oliver and talk about some great cookbooks to further your own personal Food Revolution. A lot of people chatted in the comments of that post and on Facebook about how much Jamie means to their own culinary journey, and about their favourite Jamie tomes, so I thought we could extend that conversation and talk about cookbooks and food in general.
I have hundreds of cookbooks at my house. I know. Slap me now. That was a bit boasty. I’m really NOT trying to boast, rather I’m trying to assure you that I am completely qualified to recommend cookbooks. I’ve read LOTS of cookbooks (as though they were the daily newspaper!) and I have been a caterer and even owned a cute cafe, so I know a BIT about food. In a non boasty way. Those are my cookbookery qualifications.
I tried to choose five. I really did. And then I tried to choose ten. But in the end I’ve narrowed down my favourites to a teensy 14 and even that was super difficult. I feel a bit sad that I left a lot of my faves out. I feel they will never let me turn their pages again! Already I can see my Ottolenghis, Bills, Elizabeths, Claudias and Stephanies getting all surly. Le sigh. Sorry dudes.
I love different cookbooks for different reasons and these ones are full of great recipes, great stories and interesting, inspiring people. These are just the tip of the ice berg in terms of my favourites. These are my favourites for today. Tomorrow there may be 247 more on this list. I am a bit like that. I am a cookbook skank.
Top : The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver : How To Be A Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson : Maggie’s Farm by Maggie Beer : The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser
Middle : Apples For Jam by Tessa Kiros : Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers : Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson : Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook by Sarah Raven
Next Middle : India Cookbook by Pushpesh Pant, South East Asian Food by Rosemary Brissenden, The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater
Bottom : Stir by Christine Manfield, River Cottage Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Everday Harumi by Harumi Kurihara
Do you have any of these books, JustBees? I’d love to know YOUR favourites. And I am totally challenging my adorable JustB colleagues to make their own lists and post them on JustB too. I can’t wait to get inside everyone’s bookshelves and see what they love to cook from. Which cookbooks do you love, JustBees?
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Featured image of Heidi Swanson’s Super Natural Every Day is via The Hungry Australian (and this recipe is SO SO SO delicious!)