I've had a lot of discussions about cookbooks, the processes behind making them, and why people buy them recently, so I thought today that I'd share with you some of the cookbooks on my current wish list (it is of the Amazon variety, guilty as charged), as well as the reasons why I choose to buy the books that I covet. I've already got hundreds of cookbooks; it has got to be something special to make me want even more!
I only recently started reading Stephanie's imaginative and beautifully photographed blog I Am A Food Blog, and usually I would not covet a blogger book without having read their site for quite some time. However, after seeing some of her wonderful looking recipes, for making complex sounding and looking dishes really easy to make at home reproduced on some of my favourite blogs, I decided the book was new fresh, and just my sort of cooking. How could I not want it added to my collection?
After my recent trip to La Rioja I was surprised to arrive home to discover that among the copies of the classic Italian Silver Spoon and French Larousse Gastronomique reference books, between my Mother and I we do not own a single book on good, core, regional Spanish cooking. I feel that this needs to be rectified, so of course I'm turning to Claudia Roden for this. I gave my Mother her Food Of Italy for her birthday this year and it is a wonderful book, and I don't know what I'd do without Claudia Roden's The Book Of Jewish Food, so I know that I'll simply love this volume.
My wish to own a copy of A Change Of Appetite is testament to the power of the internet, and of beautiful photography. I'd read about how this book of naturally light and healthy (my sort of eating) recipes from the Telegraph cookery writer had some brilliant ideas in and was beautifully written, and I think it was in part the constant barrage of me seeing it raved about online that made me pick it up in the book shop to have a look at in the first place. The stunning visuals and type setting did the rest.
I'm pretty sure that How Sweet It Is was one of the very first food blogs I ever read, and I'm sure that it was the first food blog I ever cooked a recipe from. Jessica's first cookbook was long overdue in my opinion, and I can't wait to get stuck into her fun, imaginative and vibrant recipes. And her food photography makes me happy.
It may surprise you to know as I don't actually feature any of it here on the blog, that I cook an awful lot of Asian food at home. The truth is that while I find it easy to make, I find it a nightmare to photograph! Most of my undertakings are Chinese or Thai, but recently attending Uyen Luu's supper club I discovered how much I loved the flavours of Vietnamese food, and how adaptable they are to everyday (not necessarily Oriental) cooking.
So my inclusion of Homemade Decadence in this list is cheating a little, because I will be ordering it the moment Amazon tells me I can have it sooner than a month from when I order it, because I've been excited for this book ever since I knew that it has happening. I always buy my friends books to support them, but I'd want Joy's anyway as her first book is one of my most loved volumes for American baking. Sometimes just buying all of the new books from your favourite foodies is just a no brainer.
I've never actually seen a physical copy of this book, but when I read about it in Waitrose Kitchen I thought that a book that explored the world through its local cuisine would be a great learning experience and would open me up to some world foods I may not have necessarily thought of. I'd love to hear your feedback if any of you have a copy!
In my mind, David Lebovitz's blog is the best written site in my newsfeed, and I wholeheartedly enjoyed his narrative book The Sweet Life In Paris. While I have not cooked any of them yet, I was intrigued about lots of the traditional French recipes he had dotted throughout, as well as some 'new classics'. So, when I heard that he was writing a book that was not just about sweets (I'm more of a cook than a baker) I automatically added it to my wish list. I think it will also be nice to have my own book on French cooking, as most of the books I use belong to my Mother!