My Top 5 Cookbooks

I haven’t joined in with Kate Takes 5‘s Listography before but when I saw this week was all about cookbooks it started me thinking about what my top 5 would be. It’s a tough one, I’ve got a lot of cookbooks and like many I can happily read them in the place of novels and never even cook a single recipe from them. I also get a lot of recipes online from sites like BBC Good Food and David Lebovitz.

If I could only choose 5 cookbooks to take on a desert island though they would have to be the following:

1. The Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes & Muffins – this pocket cookbook has all the best from the bakery of the same name. It’s my go-to bible for frosting and flavours.

2. Ottolenghi The Cookbook – recipes the food store/restaurant of the same name. If you like sumac, tahini, yoghurt, garlic, feta and rosewater then you need to get this book. The salads and patisserie are amazing.

3. Jamie Oliver’s Jamie at Home – it’s no secret in our house that Saint J.O is the one man I would leave my family for if he came knocking and had a tray of brownies under his arm. I love him. Oh, yeah, and his food. I think I have all his cookbooks but my favourite is this one. I love that it’s seasonal and gives you a guide to growing the ingredients too. It contains one of my all-time favourite recipes: proper chicken Caesar salad.

4. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg Everyday! – I’ve written a few posts on this cookbook that I received as a gift last Christmas. I’m still finding inspiration from it and a few of the recipes (flatbreads and pizza dough) have become firm family favourites.

5. The Australian Women’s Weekly Kids’ Birthday Cakes – OK, I don’t make birthday cakes every week but this cookbook I hold close to my heart because my mum used to make us a birthday cake from it every year when we were young. Choosing whether we wanted the pool or the ladybird was part of birthdays in our family history so I love this book and plan to make a cake every birthday for my children too.

AWW Kids Birthday Cakes HFW River Cottage Veg Everyday Hummingbird Bakery Cupcakes & Muffins, Jamie at Home, Ottolenghi

Now I’m off to check out everybody else’s top 5. Bet I’ll have to add a few to my Amazon Wish List.

 
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10 responses to “My Top 5 Cookbooks

  1. I love the Ottolenghi cookbook too. Yum! Have got an Australian Women’s weekly birthday cakes too – good choice. I made a lion cake for my son for his first birthday. Was very easy to do/ follow instructions and looked surprisingly professional !

  2. I love HFW stuff so might just have to invest in some of his books, a friend has most of them so whenever we are round there, the kids play in the garden and we drink tea and I flick through his books – do I need to get out more!!???

  3. Oh I love the Womans Weekly cake book. I tried the fairy toadstool on the front for baby’s birthday. Fair to say it didn’t turn out the same but here’s hoping for better next year!

    • The toadstool looks hard to get looking right with all that fine icing striping work. I think the carousel was my piece de resistance so far, it turned out really well if I do say so myself 😉

  4. That AWW book was part of my childhood too. I don’t recall any of the cakes Mum baked for me but she did a great Humpty Dumpty cake from the original book for my baby sister. The River Cottage vege book is on my wish list. My sister raves about it.

  5. Love the Ottolenghi book (and his second–use it all the time, probably the second one even more). We have Fearly-Whittingstall’s meat book–I didn’t realize he had cut his hair!

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