My other obsession ... food. Or rather cooking. As anyone who has been to my house can confirm I have a rather large collection of cookery books, and I can often be found lying in bed in the evening reading on of the books and then dreaming of all the lovely dishes I will be making.
I often get asked if I actually use all of these books and the answer is, yes, I do, well most of them. Some I would probably not buy again but others are fabulous, and this is my list of top 5:
- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Meat Book. I often refer back to this when I'm not sure about a specific cut or how to prepare a certain piece of meat.
- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Fish Book, for the same reasons
- Nigella Lawson's How To Eat (Pleasures and Principles of Good Food). I always enjoyed food and cookery but I think it was after reading this book that my fondness of all things related to food and cookery became even more pronounced.
- The Cooks Book. It's really the only book you'll ever need when it comes to techniques and classic recipes, all explained by top Chefs but in a language you can understand and with lots of photos
- And finally Ottolenghi The Cookbook. I envy anyone who lives in London for the simple reason that you can go and eat their food all the time in one of their outlets, but when you are far from London like I am, you can resort to making their dishes with the help of this book and they are all divine.
Since I discovered fabrics I have spent less time cooking (to my husband's dismay) but the last one we bought is this Indian cookery book, by Anjum Anand and even though I had never been a huge fan of Indian food, this one is fantastic. In fact I think we've been having curry every night, something my dear husband is certainly NOT complaining about.