I was very happy to receive a number of books for Christmas, specfically cookbooks. To be fair I am an easy person to buy for. I like books and horses. Cookbooks are easier to wrap.
I haven’t decided which to dive into yet. I did flick through Allegra’s “Big Table, Busy Kitchen”. I was delighted to meet her the the Lit Fest 2015 (by the way the tickets are on sale for LitFest16– buy some- you won’t regret it.)
Her style is very easy to read and I look forward to trying out some of the recipes.
This year I would like to try cookery courses in other countries, maybe the Italian cookery course will give me a head start! I’m heading to Bath in March to do the “intensive” 5 day bread course with the esteemed Richard Bertinet. Nigel did this course 5 years ago and it completely revolutionised our bread making. Even when I was in Ballymaloe the teachers raved about his techniques. I am just dying to get there and get started. And of course will have to make time for coffee and prunes- a staple of any cooking course.
Since we got a loan of a kindle at home I change between reading on it, and reading an actual book. Unfortunately the cookbooks are a little too heavy read in bed last thing at night, so hopefully when the aftermath of December has died down I’ll get to sit down with a cup of coffee and devour them.
I’m a big Lee Child fan. Have always enjoyed the Jack Reacher series, and really loved the film with Tom Cruise, although I reluctantly agree with my better half, he was FAR too short to play the lead. This one was a little disappointing.. which breaks my heart as I really do tick off the days until the next release. Not that he’s the only one. I love all the Karen Rose books. I must remember to check if she has any new ones out. These days I very rarely visit shops- even bookshops so don’t get to see the new releases. I also love looking at travel books. I’ve one for touring America, but that’s slightly wistful thinking so I think that I’ll re-visit this in the near future.
And like when I’m choosing food, the covers on the books appeal to me first. But often with cookbooks, especially the more generic- 1000 best cakes- and the like, the pictures can be deceiving. And often, a little like entering a cake shop, the eyes are drawn to colours and patterns.
One of the books I got this year, which I just know will be my favourite, is simply called Patisserie. Nothing fancy, not even one picture inside. But the recipes- wowsers. I nearly had to go for a run to combat the calories I put on looking at the recipes!
So books will be in my future for a while- and hopefully I will garner some new ones this year. Am thinking the Back roads of Italy might be nice…..to go with my cooking courses of course.
As a very important addendum- this piece from the New Yorker, puts beautifully into prose about reading cookbooks that I just cannot. So please take the time to read it (and don’t, then, berate me for my appalling style next to his!!!)