So, you may or may not be aware by now that I have a bit of a thing for cookbooks? I’ve been trying to cut back drastically on the number that I’ve been buying, but it looks like the publishers have other ideas. Looking at the new and upcoming books section on Amazon was… well, let’s just say it was a bit of a mistake.
Here are the books that are making me twitchy.
Okay, no really; is someone taking the piss? I have some issues with Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks (how often does the average person cook for eight or more?), but there’s no doubting that his last few books have been works of genius. I ADORE Save With Jamie, and every time I flick through 15-minute Meals I wonder why I’m not cooking from it more often, but I found Comfort Food a bit of a disappointment, not so much for the recipes, which were droolworthy, but for the lack of useability. I’m seldom cooking for more than four, and I’d really like to be able to use a cookbook for more than special occasions.
But this. This? It’s like the publishers have sat down and plotted the best way to get me to spend money. The utter, utter bastards.
I just… I mean, look at that rib of beef. LOOK AT IT. I may well be trying to reduce my meat consumption, but I’m still a sucker for a book that clearly features massive slabs of protein. But having said that, massive Sunday roasts often mean lots of leftovers, so arguably it does mean eating much less meat overall. That’s what I’m telling myself anyway.
Of the five books here, this is probably the one I can put off for a bit, but I must admit the Amazon description makes it sound enormously appealing.
A Year of Good Eating, Kitchen Diaries III, by Nigel Slater
I believe my exact words on seeing this were, ‘Oh my god, there’s going to be a Kitchen Diaries III!” I love the first two books, not so much to cook from, but simply to read and savour. because I find I very rarely cook from Nigel Slater’s books. His cooking ethos is very different to mine; I find the concept of kitchen suppers baffling. A couple of ingredients do not dinner make. You need protein and carbs and two of your five a day. A pork chop on a plate with very little else WILL NOT DO. That said, this is a must buy. These books are a joy to read.
Are you planning on buying any cookbooks at the moment?