Thursday, 3 January 2008

New Books

I was very lucky and got several new cookery books for Christmas. I love looking at all the different recipes and some of them are great just to read and flick through as well. I have lots of different recipe books. Some of them have been given to me and others I have bought myself. I also have some books that have been passed on to me by my Mum and Gran. I love looking at these ones and seeing the notes that they have written in them. I also love chatting to them both about the recipes and what they liked about them.

The first book that I got was Wild Garlic, Gooseberries and Me by Denis Cotter. This is the first book that I have by him and it looks really good. This book is a wonderfully written collection of anecdotes about his favourite food. There are some amazing looking recipes and I can't wait to try them out. There are lots of wonderful photographs too. His descriptions of the food are inspiring and I am really looking forward to getting stuck into this book and giving some of the recipes a try. There are no meat or fish recipes in this book but the ones that are there look delicious. I love the design of the book and the writing is wonderful.

The next book that I kindly received was The River Cottage Fish Book. Although I do love to eat fish, I am not very adventurous when it comes to cooking with fish. This book is huge and there is a lot of information as well as loads of scrummy looking recipes. Hugh and Nick seem to know and love fish. The book is really informative and comprehensive. I'm not sure if I will actually ever go fishing myself as I wouldn't have a clue where to start. I have found a local fishmonger and have been inspired to cook more fish and try out some more adventurous recipes. The photos are amazing too and make me feel like rushing out and buying some fish to try out one of the recipes.

This book is amazing and is one of the nicest books I have seen. It is huge and sumptuous and comes with its own case. The recipes look truly amazing although I'm not sure if I would ever be able to do them justice. The book is divided into two sections. The first section shows the recipes as he presents them in his restaurant kitchen. The second shows how the recipes can be created in the home. There are step by step instructions and the recipes do look truly amazing. I've had a good look at the book and although I do feel confident in the kitchen I don't feel confident to try these recipes just yet. I will try and pluck up the courage to give one a try so look out on my blog for the results one day.

I was also give James Martin's Desserts book. I am definately a dessert person so this is my kind of book. I watched the series that accompanied the book last year and I can remember how scrummy the recipes looked. I have made two recipes from the book already and am sure that I will trying them all out at some point. The recipes are easy to follow and there are lots of hints and tips. There are fabulous pictures in the book and the recipes make my mouth water. I don't think it is going to be very good for my waistline though.

And the last book that I had was The American Diner Cookbook. This was a little present to myself that found its way into my basket on Amazon when I was doing some Christmas shopping. I quite like books that are a bit different and this one fitted the bill. The recipes look like they will be easy to follow as they are clearly written. There are lots of charming pictures of different diners all over America with a little story about each one. I am looking forward to trying out the recipes especially for a traditional burger and a milkshake.


Kitchen Goddess said...

Fabulous collection of books Teresa. Lucky you.

pistachio said...

Hey you lucky thing you, a real bonanza of great cookbooks.

pi xxx

Laura said...

Oh my gosh that's a lot of books...hope you have a nice time reading them all and planning future menus :)

Linda F said...

What lovely books for you to work through, I look forward to reading about your experiences of the recipes!