I noticed that Lisa from We Don’t Eat Anything With A Face was hosting a Blog Hop and had posted about her first, latest and favourite cookbooks and I couldn’t help but join in myself. (apologies in advance for my rather non veggie cookbooks)
I remember growing up my mum had numerous Good Housekeeping recipe books from the 70s and 80s and loved helping her make recipes from them. But my first cookery book was Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course. I received it in 1992 (according to the inscription) as a Christmas present from my dad, so that would have made me 11 and it was no doubt to stop me from stealing his copy!
I have cooked many a recipe from this book over the years. I loved nothing more as a child than being left to my own devices in the kitchen cooking up a storm and making a mess. Delia taught me the classics, Coq au Vin, Boeuf Bourguinonne, Moussaka, not to mention the devilishly chocolatey squidgy chocolate log, which is amazing!
My latest cookbook, well there’s two of them actually, again from my dad as a Christmas present, but some 18 years later than the first, are Jamie Does…….. by Jamie Oliver and I love/heart (not sure what the name is!) curry by Anjum Anand.
Since I live i Spain and my family are back in the UK, I set up a wish list on Amazon for Christmas and birthdays so I could add items to it that I fancied (my daughter has one too) and my family could then buy them without me knowing what was from whom and send the to me as part of the free super saver delivery they do – needless to say I often treat myself now I know I can get free delivery!
I chose these two because I adore curry and wanted a book that showed me how to make authentic curries rather than the same old flavours you get in an Indian restaurant. I’ve watched Anjum Anand’s tv series before and she comes across as such a warm character who makes some wonderful dishes so I thought I’d give this book a go. I’m yet to make anything out of this book, however I feel a curry night coming on. The dishes i most want to try are southern potato curry, spicy andhra chicken curry, authentic pork vindaloo, lamb dopiaza, cumin crusted sautéed potatoes and instant naan.
Next up there is Jamie Does…… I chose this one because having moved to Spain I’ve been on the look out for some traditional Spanish dishes, or a modern twist on the traditional and as yet my Spanish isn’t quite good enough not to ruin a recipe from a recipe book written in Spanish so Jamie it was! I watched the accompanying tv programme and Jamie Does Andalucia was filmed in and around Ronda which is up in the mountains about an hour and a half away from where I live so I almost had to get this book! The book is a mixture of stories from Jamie’s travels and recipes, all of which sound delicious. I’ve tried a few of his tapas recipes and recommendations, each with delicious results, but am yet to try a meal. I really do need to get myself cooking! I can’t wait to make the best chorizo and tomato salad in the world, croquetas, mini meatballs, patatas bravas, swedish meatballs, pitt y panna, creamy mushrooms, souvlaki and sweet and lovely honey and pistachio cake.
On to my favourite cookbook Stuffed vine leaves saved my life, by Nadia Sawalha. It’s an amazing book that I would recommend to anyone. You can read all about it in my previous post here.
I’ve cooked lots of recipes from this book, one of them being Spanish style chicken in sherry. Herby garlic bread is divine, Kataef (arabic pancakes) are unbelievably delicious and the recipe for Baklava is unbeatable. I absolutely adore this book and can see myself making meals from it for years to come.
So what are your favourite, first and latest cookbooks? Remember to link up to the blog hop here.