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Which cookbook to ask for, for my birthday?

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JontyDoggle37 Thu 25-Jun-15 19:34:00

Im hoping you all might have some great cookbook ideas! I'm a keen and relatively experienced cook, looking for some new inspiration. My taste is wide - I cook British, italian, Thai, some French and some fusion-type stuff as well. I've tried some Indian but not done too well at it, I struggle with the spicing for some reason. I'm keen to try other food cultures too.. I have a six week old baby and an otherwise busy life too, so I don't have three hours to devote to a recipe, but up to an hours effort is fine. Husband and I love spice and heat, recipes can be meaty or vegetarian. Bundles of flavour, clear recipes and great photographs is what I'm after!
All ideas gratefully received! grin

HuevosRancheros Thu 25-Jun-15 20:40:10

Mostly based on the cookery book club on here grin - I can recommend Made in India by Meera Sodha, and most things by Yotam Ottolenghi, but mostly Jerusalem and Plenty (this one is veggie but please don't let that put you off, it is wonderful and eye opening smile )

HuevosRancheros Thu 25-Jun-15 20:41:08

Ooh, Chinese - Every Grain of Rice by Fuchsia Dunlop smile

MelanieCheeks Thu 25-Jun-15 20:43:33

Anything by Nigel slater.

OttiliaVonBCup Thu 25-Jun-15 20:45:20

Sally Butcher's books are lovely.

Persian inspired, but not only.

wonkylegs Thu 25-Jun-15 20:54:58

The 5 o'clock apron - nice article about it here.
www.mrfoxmagazine.com/food/5-oclock-apron/
It's a family cookbook but I think it's about getting kids to appreciate good food rather than dumbing food down so don't write it off as kids stuff. Fab photos, interesting recipes.

IHaveBrilloHair Thu 25-Jun-15 20:57:16

Rick Stein's Far Eastern Oddysey.

couldntbebothered Thu 25-Jun-15 21:26:34

Made in India - definitely!

JontyDoggle37 Thu 25-Jun-15 21:28:50

Thank you all, I shall be looking these up and then dropping appropriately heavy hints to DH!

FairyPenguin Thu 25-Jun-15 22:17:49

I have Gok Cooks Chinese which is full of really tasty, quick and simple recipes. Highly recommend.

Someone cooked a delicious dinner for me once from that Every Grain Of Rice and that was really good. It was quite fiddly although I guess that's because she was cooking to impress!

HelenF350 Thu 25-Jun-15 23:46:40

www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?productId=133421&catalogId=10051 very good Thai cookbook

HelenF350 Thu 25-Jun-15 23:49:55

www.amazon.co.uk/Australian-Womens-Weekly-Style-Cookery/dp/B004EE2CSG is also fantastic but not sure where you'd get a copy.

LondonLizard Fri 26-Jun-15 10:18:19

Any of Bill Granger's books are great - Easy and Feed Me Now particularly good for stuff you can get done in under an hour. And most of it is pretty light, easy stuff that is great for summer.

And I definitely second wonkylegs on 5 O'Clock Apron - I have worked my way through that over the last few weeks and have loved everything so far. It's a really refreshing take on family food.

BumbleNova Fri 26-Jun-15 10:24:05

ottolenghi Jerusalem - its awesome! literally become one of my staples.

100sanemum Fri 26-Jun-15 11:44:26

I also love Jerusalem, it has broadened my repertoire.

HFW's Veg book is full of classics that I cook over and over again (even though we are all meat lovers in my house).

slippermaiden Fri 26-Jun-15 11:50:15

Jamie Oliver ministry of food, great mix of recipes x

JontyDoggle37 Sat 27-Jun-15 16:08:09

Thank you everyone, ivehad a look and decided, as they aren't very expensive, to go for two - Jerusalem and Every Grain of Rice, looks like they will both broaden my horizons! I've got some great Indian cookbooks already, so I think I just need to apply myself more with those!

HeadDreamer Sat 27-Jun-15 22:11:01

You will love every grain of rice and Jerusalem. They are both such great cookbooks.

My family is from Hong Kong and I find every grain of rice filled with very authentic home cooked meals. I find the recipes not fiddly. You will access to a Chinese grocer because Dunlop uses real Chinese sauces and ingredients. Some substitutions I've seen in westernised Chinese food is very bizarre. Like balsamic vinegar for Chinese black vinegar! I remember Jamie's Dan Dan noodles too. It's a horror.

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