The gift of a cookbook often seems to find its way to me over the holiday season. This year I have my eye on “Ottolenghi Simple” because I want to get my cooking mojo back (family and work stuff have taken a toll the past couple of years).
Does anyone else have a cookbook or two on your wish list? The thrill of a really good cookbook never grows old for me.
If Father Christmas was to bring me “The Hairy Bikers’ British Classics”, I’d be quite pleased. King & Myers are an irritiating pair of tossers but they do do good food that’s always geared towards the home cook.
I’ve got Yasmin Khan’s “Zaytoun”. I’m still to cook from it although have read it cover to cover - some great stories that put Palestinian food in its geographical & social context. So, if the guy in red also brought her Saffron Tales, I would not be too dischuffed.
Amongst the TV cooks (King & Myers are not professional chefs), they are the ones I’d recommend for traditional British food, with a modern twist at times, in a home setting. They’ve done “foreign” food on TV a number of times - they are, indeed, bikers (and hairy) and the usual format is that they travel round eating and cooking.
In terms modern British home cooking, I could not manage without my collection of Nigel Slater ones. They are the ones, more than the rest of our books put together, to which I turn for inspiration, when I want to know what to cook for a midweek dinner.
I really enjoyed watching their Food Tour of Britain series. I have a Roku, so I watched it on my television. I’m not sure what devices Tubi supports, but I have the TubiTV app on my iPad, so I could watch it on there, as well.
I got Jet Tila’s cookbook midday yesterday, and spent a bit less than two hours perusing the 101 dishes he includes. He’s not shy about why each recipe is included in the collection–even tho many are adaptations to suit the western palate. Was a bit, but only a bit, disappointed by how few noodle meals were included. But I can live with that, for now.
So next week we plan a shopping trip to the little Asia food mecca in Oakland County to fill our pantry with dry goods and condiments so I can start cookin’.