I am finding myself inspired to cook lots more again, which is a real joy as amid the chaos of daily life, cooking and I fell out of love. I need some help here though, and I find the best way to do it is to ask for inspiration. Please will you tell me about your favourite cook books?
I have been vegetarian since I was ten, so my kids were raised vegetarian. When they started school they began to eat meat and fish. It wasn’t an easy decision, but given my husband eats meat I felt they should be able to choose. I don’t cook any meat, but do the bulk of the cooking, so we look for easy, fail proof cook books that give us both great results, whether meat or veggie.
Some are veggie, some are a mix, hope you like them and I look forward to hearing yours! This is a linky, so do feel free to join up your favourite cookbook shelfie below, I’ve tagged some folks, but please don’t wait to be tagged.
The Bridge Street Vegetarian Cookbook a ringbinder of veggie recipes made for me when I left home, by my Mum, probably my most used cook book to date. Spag bol, chilli, birthday cake, plus how to boil an egg from my Food Scientist Dad, how to make pancakes from my brother, flapjacks from my Aunt, Greek honey cakes from my Greek Aunt and my Grandma’s treacle toffee and pikelets.
Delia’s Vegetarian collection – a bit fiddly, and lots of ingredients, but if you have the time or a special occasion, worth every minute. The cakes are also amazing. Roast veggies, marinaded in a bag is the recipe I go back to every Christmas and for Winter Sunday lunches. The Goats Cheese topped Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is incredible too.
How to be a Domestic Goddess – Mr A bought me this when we first moved in together in Brighton. I assumed it was a joke then, but it really has brought me lots of happy times. I love baking and I love reading Nigella’s books. There’s so much love, of food, friends and family in them. Its grown with me, from making pies for when our friends came over to making nostalgic cupcakes for my kids.
Innocent’s Hungry? – This was bought for Mr A, now that the kids eat meat and fish it is down to him to cook for them when they do. There are some great veggie recipes in here though, which are simple and easy and packed with taste. They really are family friendly recipes.
National Trust Tea Time Treats – I have a penchant for Scones. They are so easy to bake and so satisfying, what more is there to say.
Vegetarian Step by Step – I haven’t used this much, but I think given it is so visual, with images of each step, it would be a great one to work with with kids. I trying to wean mine off baking and onto cooking.
The Soup Bible – Dad bought me this one and it is often found in discount stores, it is an amazing book to have. It is a brilliant way to use up whatever veg we have leftover, or to make use of seasonal veg in new ways.
Sainsburys Vegetarian Cookery – Sarah Brown – This is a bit dated now, Mum bought it in the 80s, but some recipes, like the Nut Roast have stood the test of time. Sarah Brown is an amazing vegetarian cook.
Jaime Oliver (this one is not as veggie friendly but the first one was better!) – Great for a mixed meat and vegetarian household, Mr A uses his fail proof recipes for meat dishes and I love the veggie side dishes and mezze dishes.
The Wharf Street Vegetarian Cook Book – I think the cafe was in Leeds, its a real wholefood, old school vegetarian cook book, but I love it. Lentil Dahl is a fave.
River Cafe Cook Book Easy – Dad bought us this and it really is a great intro to making simple ingredients taste amazing both for veggies and non veggies. River Cafe Cook Book Green is perfect for cooking veggies seasonally.
How to Eat – Nigella again! I just love to read this, with sections on everything from dinner parties to weaning and cutting back and dieting, its a great resource.
I would love to see your recipe book shelfie, so I am tagging Emily from A Mummy Too, Becky from A Beautiful Space, Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary, Jen from Love Chic Living, Helen from Actually Mummy, Katie from Mummy and Daddy and Me Makes Three, Alison from Not Another Mummy Blog, Rebecca from Amuse Your Bouche, Annie from Manneskjur and Tanya from Mummy Barrow. Plus anyone else who fancies it!
How to join in
Non bloggers – Please share your #cookbookshelfie with me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and I will share them in a post here, (I am @AResidence)
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