/ cooking books you should own
So which books do you own and enjoy ?
Every bookshelf should have Delia's cookery course and a Madhur Jaffrey book as well. It kind of depends what you like to cook and eat, are you a Larousse Gastronomique or a jamie oliver kind of guy? Jamies Italy book is good btw if you're into italian food.
I'm a total cookbook geek!
Every Grain of Rice by Fuschia Dunlop is my current rave. It's loads of really interesting and really easy Chinese home cooking, mostly Sichuan and Hunanese style. The only issue is that you'll probably have to go via a chinese supermarket to stock up on things like preserved mustard greens and salted black beans, but unlike a lot of older books in a similar vein, she actually gives you pictures of tins and jars and packets so you know what sort of thing to look out for.
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi is good when I'm after something a bit special and don't mind putting the effort in.
Vegetarian Dishes from the Middle East by Arto Der Haroutunian is remarkably good for, er, vegetarian stuff from the Middle East. Lots of stuff that's very quick and simple but surprisingly interesting and unusual.
Madhur Jaffrey's Eastern Vegetarian Cookery almost goes without saying.
On the interwebs, Smitten Kitchen is really good if you can handle the odd bit of cooing about her baby / lifestyle:
Oh, and Niki Segnit's Flavour Thesaurus is brilliant for ideas / inspiration. Either "I've got some broccoli and I want to stir-fry it, what could I use to make it a bit more interesting" or just browsing for ideas...
Its pretty good.
Mrs Num Num cooks a sublime 'nouille de pot de poulet et de champignon' to die for. Who needs cookbooks?
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