Saturday, 16 October 2010

DESERT ISLAND COOKBOOKS


HOW TO EAT - Nigella Lawson
HOW TO BE A DOMESTIC GODDESS - Nigella Lawson
MEDITERRANEAN COOKERY - Claudia Roden
MORO: THE COOKBOOK - Sam & Sam Clark
THE OTTOLENGHI COOKBOOK - Yoram Ottolenghi
THE NAKED CHEF - Jamie Oliver
THE SUMMER COLLECTION - Delia Smith
INDIAN COOKERY - Madhur Jaffrey


On the eponymous programme on Radio 4, guests are asked to select eight favourite or significant records. I have selected eight favourite or sigificant cookbooks. If asked to choose only one, it would have to be HOW TO EAT by Nigella Lawson, not just because it is cramful of very good recipes, but also because she writes so beautifully about food, and the pleasures of cooking and eating it. Since one is also allowed the Bible on the desert island, my cookery bible would have to be MEDITERRANEAN COOKERY by Claudia Roden. Long out of print, this wonderful cookbook is full of superb photographs of ingredients and dishes, and contains many classic recipes from all around the Mediterraean. It is one of those books I return to over and over again, like an old friend.

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