Tuesday, 8 March 2016

A Quick Cook Book Review

Every Christmas I get a pile of cook books as gifts and usually by the beginning of March I have finished reading and digesting them!

This year was no different and I thought I'd share a few comments on my favourite three - the ones I keep going back to over these last few weeks......

First up was Spuntino by Russell Norman

I loved this book especially the way it's bound - really tactile on the spine with exposed binding just like Polpo - the design and layout is superb.

The book is packed with delicious and atmospheric pictures of New York, as well as the food. I enjoyed reading this book, a lot, and along with the recipes there are suggested walking routes around the city - it made me want to zip off to the airport asap....


Next up we had Slow Fires by Justine Smillie..

This book my husband received - being the barbecue, wood oven, outdoors cook in our house and he loves it. Judging by the number of page markers now sticking out - as soon as the weather warms up I'm not going to be doing any cooking and were going to be eating like kings!

The book is beautifully laid out, very instructive with lots of interesting flavour pairings and ideas. It took me a while to get through it - it's rather a heavy tomb of a book and does require you to actually read it not just look at a list of ingredients and the picture.

In the summer this book will come into it's own.


And lastly the Nordic Cookbook by Magnus Nilsson

Well, wow, - what to say about this...... to start with it's very, very thick! it's full of beautiful photographs and hundreds of recipes.

Magnus set himself the enormous task of collating hundreds of authentic Norse recipes and showing how each differs slightly in ingredients be it from Sweden, Finland, Iceland etc.

I must admit I haven't even scratched the surface of this book, but I have enjoyed picking it up and reading a few pages now and then. I'm not sure I will actually cook any recipes from here but I will use it as a reference book. The only grumble I have with it, was I felt the book had been rushed and the editing is poor - loads of spelling mistakes etc. but the beautiful photographs do help to make up a bit for that.

So to sum up - if I could only keep one it would be Spuntino.
I love the cooking style, ingredients and feel of the recipes. The other two are good but not mouthwatering enough for me.....

All these books are on Amazon - just in case, you know, browsing turns to buying.......

Have a great day
Love Lizx