It's 5 December so time for me to acknowledge we are racing towards the year's end. Here is my pick of the food books I've been reading in 2012. This year I have six recommendations for you. I don't feel constrained to only recommend books published in the last 12 months, but five of them were. The sixth is from 2007 but rest assured you will be able to buy it in paperback as another print run is about to hit the bookshops. These six books are all very different and cover a lot of ground. I'm sure you will find something here you like.
Awarded Waterstones Book of the Year 2012
Book courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing
by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
Shakshuka cooked from 'Jerusalem'
Book courtesy of Ebury Press
|The Art of Cooking with Vegetables|
by Alain Passard
Published by Frances Lincoln Limited
I've dabbled a little in preserving food over the years but until I got my hands on an allotment it was a spasmodic activity. If you have a kitchen garden or allotment you'll know it's sometimes necessary to either give produce away or deal with a glut. Diana Henry's latest book Salt Sugar Smoke is just what I need, but you don't have to grow your own food to find this book invaluable. It's perfect too for anyone who has just a small amount of food to preserve. Diana teaches the "know-how" of preserving nature's abundance, however small an amount you may have. No backyard smokery, professional brining vat or other expensive equipment is required. A kindly guiding hand takes you gently through enticing recipes that really work. This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to learn about all aspects of preserving...... For the full review, go to my Favourite Books page.
Book Courtesy of Octopus Publishing Group
|Kitchen Diaries II |
by Nigel Slater
Published by Fourth Estate
|Taste - The story of Britain through its Cooking|
by Kate Colquhoun
Published by Bloomsbury Cooks