Book Choice NOT – Delia’s How to Cheat at Cooking

This week my book choice is NOT Delia’s How to Cheat at Cooking.

Normally I would recommend a book of recipes that I have either enjoyed reading or using to cook from.

This book is one I would not recommend.


Well can using frozen mashed potato really be called cooking?

The whole process reminds me of a 1970s cookbook I found at my mother-in-law’s which had wonderful recipes which required white sauce mix, frozen pastry cases and tinned vegetables.

That is not cooking that is food construction.

Delia’s How to Cheat at Cooking is not a cooking book it is a food construction book.

You can get it from Amazon if you want to see how to construct food. They also sell books about cooking as well.

Book Choice – The River Cottage Fish Book

My book choice this week is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s excellent River Cottage fish book.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s excellent River Cottage fish book

The Spectator said:

Simply the best and most comprehensive work on the subject I have read… a well-illustrated compendium to British fish, it is a great reference book and a good read.

It’s the book which accompanies the television series.

Certainly if you are looking for a fish book which covers some non-traditional more sustainable fish then this is the book for you.

Buy the book from Amazon.

Book Choice – Saturday Kitchen

This week’s book choice is Saturday Kitchen Cookbook.

“Saturday Kitchen” is a popular magazine-format show broadcast live on BBC1 for 35 weeks of the year. Combining a regular band of chefs and celebrities, as well as archive material and interactive features, it achieves a perfect balance of lively on-screen atmosphere with practical content. Hosted by James Martin, the programme has a down-to-earth approach with attention to modern food trends that appeals to not-too-serious cooks. The new “Saturday Kitchen Cookbook” will move forward with the successful growth of the brand, providing a fantastic opportunity to tap into a bit of everything. With over 100 inspirational recipes from the show, it will bring together new ideas from some of the nation’s favourite chefs, cutting-edge recipes from fresh talent, a variety of different cuisine from all around the world and a wealth of tips on current food topics.

Saturday Kitchen Cookbook

I do quite enjoy Saturday Kitchen, and some of the recipes from the series are quite good or at least inspiring.

This is a nice book with great recipes and lots of lovely photographs. Buy it from Amazon..

Book Choice – Jamie Oliver

My book choice this week (well my first book choice of the blog) is:

Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life

Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life

This book is very close to my heart. It’s about no-nonsense, simple cooking with great flavours all year round. When I began writing it, I didn’t really know what recipes I would come up with, but something began to inspire me very quickly…my vegetable patch! I came to realise last year that it’s not always about looking out at the wider world for inspiration. Being at home, feeling relaxed and open, can also offer this. I love to spend time at home in the village where I grew up, working with the boss, Mother Nature, in my garden and seeing all my beautiful veggies coming out of the ground. Inside, you’ll find over 100 new recipes, plus some basic planting information and tips if you fancy having a go at getting your hands dirty as well!

Buy it from amazon.