My love for cookbooks is something strange. It’s like my desire to buy more will never end and so my huge collection will never be finished either. The strange part about it is that I have a few cookbooks which I have never cooked from. Not because I don’t like the book or that it’s not interesting, it just happened. So I thought it would be nice to make a list with books I actually DO cook from. My 5 favorites to be exact.
‘Patisserie: Mastering the Fundamentals of French Pastry‘, written bij Christophe Felder is a huge book. It has 799 pages filled with recipes that include step-by-step pictures. The book calls itself ‘the ultimate guide to Patisserie’. Some recipes are harder than others, but I think that an experienced home cook can pull it off. From basic recipes to decorating cookies and cakes, this book can teach it all. A few weeks ago I baked a delicious braided brioche using one of the recipes. So I definitely recommend this book!
This book is a little older, but ‘Save with Jamie‘ by Jamie Oliver is really a book everyone should own. My recipe Pukka Yellow Curry is a slightly adapted version of one of the great recipes in this book. The goal of the book is to show us that fresh and delicious cooking shouldn’t be expensive and it teaches us how to save food and use leftovers. These recipes come with amazing pictures by David Loftus, who has photographed many of the pictures in Jamie’s book. So it’s really a gorgeous book altogether. (I might be biased though because I love everyhing Jamie.)
‘Fast, fresh and unbelievably delicious’ by Matt Preston is a delicious book in many ways. It’s full of tasty, balanced dishes that are quick to make with fresh ingredients. The most fun thing about the book might be the funny stories and the comments that you can read alongside the recipes. At first I bought the book because I adore Matt Preston. I’m quite the Masterchef Australia addict, where his humor also shines through many times and after reading this book I have been totally converted. My recipe for Shortbread Bars with Salted Caramel and Chocolate are also a slightly adapted version from one of his recipes and they’re absolutely divine.
Another Jamie Oliver book. Like I said before I love Jamie’s books and TV shows. But ‘Jamie’s Comfort Food’ really deserves to come in 2nd here. The way the book has been designed is just awesome and together with the photography by David Loftus it all comes together in a great way. The reason why I love this book so much is because the recipes are exactly what they should be; tasty food that gives comfort. The Ossobucco from this book is a dish we make very often here and I would buy the book just for that recipe.
1. The Internet (Foodgawker)
So I might be cheating a little here. But really, the internet is the largest cookbook anyone can wish for. There’s hundreds of foodbloggers throwing their recipes out there, accompanied by the most amazing photos. You can find almost all of them at Foodgawker. Foodgawker is a website for bloggers where you can add your recipes (with great photos). When they are accepted, they will appear together with all the other accepted entries. It’s a real feast for the eyes and it’s a real source of inspiration.
So there you have it, my 5 current favorite cookbooks.