Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Stéphane Raynaud’s Barbecue review and giveaway.

All images © Marie-Pierre Morel. Barbecue published by Murdoch Books, Australia

I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to cookbooks, I have tonnes of them all piled up on a massive bookshelf in my sitting room, but however in all honesty… some of them I rarely open… if ever at all. I do love nothing more than standing in my favourite book shop leafing through whatever new publications catches my eye and in turn adding to my ever growing collection, but half the time I buy them, I honestly often just stick them on the shelf and they rarely get a second look…

I adore books and spend most of my spare cash on cookbooks, photography books, design books and music biographies/coffee table photo books. Let’s face it, a lot of us buy cookbooks in particular for the pretty (food ‘porn’) pictures, well I do anyway, I’ll admit it. Unless one initially really tickles my fancy on the recipe front, I generally buy them to check out my competition in the food photography world and now on the author front* (*Note: I am still finding this notion a tad bizarre – it’s great… actually strike that, without a doubt it utterly fantastic to me, but still a bit surreal, I think it always will be as it really only seems like yesterday I was sitting in front of a mac in a design studio working on logos…!).

Out of the 300 or so + cookbooks piling my shelves, there are about 20 I return to over and over when pondering what to cook for a dinner party or such. Obviously there are ones which stand out from the crowd for me: ‘Cooking for Friends’ by Gordon Ramsay springs first to mind, whilst the recipes are great and I’ve cooked often from this book, it’s the unsurpassed Ditte Isager’s photography that causes the stir in this book for me personally, she’s one of my most admired photographers. Others are anything really from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall; Heston Blumenthal; Jamie Oliver; Stephanie Alexander; Ferran Adriá, Neil Perry and the author who brings me to the purpose of this post; Stéphane Reynaud.

I have all of the latter’s cookbooks. I adore his rustic, real French cooking style. There is little pretence in his recipes and it’s just honest, simple cooking. His books such as: Ripailles; Pork and Sons; Rôtis; 365 Good Reasons to Sit Down and Eat are always on my top 10 list. The design – or should I say more-so, the illustrations by José Reis de Matos, are so eye-catching and fun, and as long-standing lover of great pen and ink humorous illustrations, they make me adore these books even more, the dry humour is brilliant. I had thought for a long time to feature illustrations in my own cookbook, but realised too, it would be hard to beat Josés work for Reynaud (and more is the pity, I imagine would cost the earth too :(

My most recent cookbook purchase included Stephané Reynaud’s ‘Barbecue ~ 150 recipes for the barbecue. It’s a wonderful celebration of all things grilled, seared and baked. With over 140 recipes irresistible recipes including tender cutlets, succulent roasts and ribs, as well as a selection of accompaniments, from minted grilled vegetables to a decadent baked Camembert, there’s a recipe for every barbecue get-together. Written in his well-known eccentric style, Stéphane never fails to entertain, and his passion for barbecuing is highly contagious.

‘Barbecue’s’ photography is simple and to-the-point. I like it for the most part, the styling is similar in his other books and lets the food shine as the hero ~ something I lend to myself and prefer visually. In ‘Barbecue’ the ingredients are pared back to their very basics and personally I find some of the photography (about 5%) just a tad too simple, and dare I say *ducks for cover*, a teeny bit repetitive (aka the manner in which the fish dishes are represented) but overall it’s really very pleasing on the eye, totally non-pretentious and fussy, simple, rustic and does make me want to have a bash at creating a lot of the dishes.

I cooked a few skewered recipes recently for my family before they returned to Ireland; Pineapple Chicken; Monkfish and Chorizo; Lamb, Cumin and Almonds and can report all were a winner with everyone who ate them (the Pineapple chicken came out no. 1). Very easy and quick to prepare, flavoursome and succulent.

Barbecue is currently available at Berkelow Books online

On an end note, I’d be really keen to know what cookbooks past or present really positively stand out for readers of WKa and why? Or what books you dislike and again why? Is it the style of writing or photography good or bad. What elements are desired in a cookbook or what you’d like to see more of featured?

I’d love to hear feedback on your thoughts and in appreciation I have a copy of ‘Barbeque’ to give away. Just let me know below and I will do a ‘name in the hat’ draw in 2 week’s time on Sat Feb 11th.

Cheers!

K

14th Feb ~ Thought it best to post this here too:

Susan in the Boonies send me a mail with your details!! :)

104 Responses to “Stéphane Raynaud’s Barbecue review and giveaway.”

  1. January 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Words can not describe how MUCH I love your blog! Everytime I see an update from you, I feel like a child on christmas day.

    When your book comes out, it will definitely be found on my bookshelf.. and it wont just be standing there, collecting dust :)

  2. January 28, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Drool drool DROOL! They don’t do enough barbeque here in Ireland, but I’m on a quest to change that. I must own this book :)

  3. January 28, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Oh, lord, I can’t read your blog, my mouth waters and I get so incredibly hungry! You’re doing something right thats for sure ;)

  4. January 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Yum! The photos look scrumptious! My favorite cookbook at the moment is Heidi Swanson’s “Super Natural Everyday.” There are a few pages of photos that are a little less than exciting, but for the most part, her photography is beautiful and makes me want to eat all of her dishes! I also love how healthy and delicious all of her recipes (that I’ve tried so far) have been. I can’t wait for your cookbook to come out!! :)

  5. January 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Yum!!

  6. January 28, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Artistic photography is lovely, but what I have to have are clear, easy to understand directions, and an easily readable font.

    This is a challenge, it seems, for some, as designers nudge authors in the direction of going for a certain cool look or vibe.

    But if I can’t read a cookbook without squinting at it each time I need the next direction, that makes for a frustrating interaction with that book.

    Hope this helps!

  7. January 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I’m with you, I could buy a new cookbook everyday if my money situation allowed ;-) And for the most part they just sit on my shelf too…

    A few of them that do get used are Heidi Swansons: Super Natural Cooking and Super Natural Everyday. Her approach to cooking is very similar to mine and I adore her naturally gorgeous photos.

    Kim Boyce: Good to the Grain, beautifully set out book, stunning simple ‘real’ photos. Interesting recipes using alternative grains and flours.

    Donna Hay: Modern Classic 2. I love Donna Hays baking recipes, they always work. And now that I am gluten-free I use a lot of her recipes as bases to my own creations.

    Good luck with the final stages of your manuscript. I can’t wait to see the final product!

  8. January 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I also love cookbooks and have an entire bookshelf dedicated just to them. My boyfriend and I first decided that when I filled that bookshelf, it meant I had too many and it would be time to cull the herd. But its full now, and he just suggested that I need to get another bookshelf :) So supportive!

    But anywho, the cookbooks I always go back to are the ones that consistently have stellar recipes. The ones that I could just randomly pick a page and wouldn’t be disappointed in the later result in my kitchen. Fields of greens from Greens restaurant in San Francisco is one of these … and there isn’t a single photograph! Although I do of course appreciate having those too :)

  9. January 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    At home, my mom and I would cook dinner together, then sit down to eat. Most of the time, we’d each sit with some sort of reading material for during dinner and mine was always the Dining section of the Times, Gourmet magazine, Bon Appetit magazine, or one of my favorite cookbooks. Like you, I usually choose cookbooks for their food porn pictures, but I also love cookbooks that manage to combine common ingredients in something unexpected, because those are the recipes that I’m most likely to use. My newest cookbook that I adore is the Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home cookbook, because the pictures are beautiful and the recipes are to die for even if I rarely make ice cream. I’d love to win this barbecue book because I adore barbecue, but I’m kind of scared of cooking meat (I’m not sure why) and I’d love to learn new barbecue recipes! And I can’t wait for your cookbook!!

  10. January 28, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    I really enjoyed the Momofuku cookbook. As a designer myself, it’s important that the layout of the pages be aesthetically pleasing, but I don’t think that’s why I was taken by it. Personally, one of the most appealing things about Chang’s cookbook was the bit of voice and personality in his words. Cooking with his recipes was more enjoyable and less sterile because of the backstories and the cheeky comments here and there (appropriately, of course).

    Your blog is a must-read for me. I cant wait for your book!

  11. tracey
    January 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I am a cookbook junkie,LOVE them!!!I love a good cookbook with lots of detail,and an abundance of pictures,I enjoy the more rustic style,something with a little story,or tradition to it(ie Cucina Provera,such great cook-book,mouth watering pictures and recipes,and a few stories and traditons.)NOTHING to snobby or “quick meals”or “meals in a hurry”type books,I want to cook and enoy the art of cooking from beginning to end- the process,I want to have a glass of wine (or a few)and listen to some good music,and feel transported to the area,or region,or place in time where that cookbook is from.

  12. January 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    This might sound a little odd, but in December I purchased the Zac Brown and Friends Southern Grounds cookbook {I’m not even a Country fan} — but I LOVE this cookbook, both for the recipes & design.

    Anyways, I’d really LOVE to have this copy of Barbeque you are giving away. I am obviously a big fan of the barbeque and southern inspired dishes!

  13. January 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    My reasons for why I love this giveaway:

    1. I’m a nerd and the first stop on my trips to the mall is usually the book store.
    2. I’m obsessed with cookbooks.
    3. I would love to have this book! Gorgeous photography and I was drooling looking at it.

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

  14. January 28, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I am in love with your blog. All the photos are fabulous. This book also looks amazing. Wonderful photos and relatively short-and-to-the-point instructions are always a selling point for me when it comes to cookbooks. Another comment noted how they “enjoy the art of cooking from beginning to end” and how they want to really get into the experience of a dish and where it is from or what flavours are used. I whole-heartedly agree. My friends and I call it “making love” to your food. :)

  15. January 28, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I absolutely adore the food photography on your blog and would be perfect for a cookbook, which I’d be happy to own!

    I really love David Rocco’s cookbook, because his recipes are delicious and relate to my family recipes and traditions. I love the photography as well, because in a cookbook, the quality of the image is very important!

    Thank you for this lovely giveaway!

    karina.paraskevopoulos@gmail.com

  16. January 28, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    I really love Nigel Slater’s cookbooks, newspaper column and TV shows. All his recipes are so easy and Jonathan Lovekin takes such gorgeous photos that I instantly fall in love. If money were no object, I would’ve imported all his books from the UK already.

  17. January 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    WKa virgin here….why has it taken so long for me to discover you!!!!!
    I am also a cookbook hoarder, love the photography, that is what first grabs me, then the author, writing and then well…the recipes. I also have many that once they arrived home, have not been cracked, but I think the fact that I know they are there and if, at any moment, the mood strikes, I can just open up one of those babies and voila…instant JOY!
    I will be back, you are a joy as well!! Thanks for the giveaway opp!
    Happy Weekend, Nerina xOxO

  18. January 28, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I really like Jamie Oliver cookbooks (especially The Naked Chef, Jamie’s Kitchen, and Jamie at Home). The recipes are really good and I love the photos.

  19. January 28, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    As a fellow lover of cookbooks, I can say that, for me, it’s about three things: the way a certain recipe catches my eye, the pictures (but of course!) and also about the writing–the style and the storytelling. This is why recently I’ve been into three books, paging through them as I eat lunch (I’m working on my dissertation, so, for better or for worse, I largely work from home).

    The first is Romney Steele’s “My Nepenthe,” which includes not only gorgeous pictures of food and Big Sur, but also amazingly rich and funny anecdotes about her family and the celebrities who would visit the restaurant.

    The second is Dorie Greenspan’s “Baking: From My Home to Yours,” which incorporates interesting food and personal anecdotes and mouthwatering photos of cakes, cookies and tarts.

    The third is Silvene Rowe’s “Purple Citrus and Sweet Perfume.” The Turkish-Mediterranean food, the pictures of Turkey and the literary and historical way that she presents her recipes is nothing short of inspiring. It makes me want to sprinkle pistachios and rose petals on everything.

  20. January 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    We look alike! (about our view on cook books ;-) I have a few cook books and to be honest; I bought them because I loved the typography, photography and lay-out of the book. One of my favorite cookbooks is “Kookboek voor meisjes van 8 tot 88″ (cookbook for girls from 8 years old till 88 years old). The photography is gorgeous, the recipes are beautiful and the recipes are supplemented with lovely stories.

    I dislike cookbooks with no photographs; it’s all about the looks. A photo of a dish says much more than text.

    Love your blog Katie! (I wrote about you in the past; http://www.inspirationoverdose.com/2011/12/katie-quinn-davis-food-photography/ X

  21. January 28, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    My favourite cookbook at the moment and over the past two years is “Chocolate adventures” by A. P. Young, a british pastry, he’s genious, very high creativity. I liked the book both because of the pictures and original recipes. Paul. A. Young experiments a lot with chocolate in his recipes. Honestly, i think you would really like the book!
    I also adore to stop by at my favourite book shop, and just watch and read what’s new in a culinary world, remember some of the most interesting recipes, and sometimes buy some new cookbook. It inspires me a lot, it’s my biggest passion.

  22. January 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Im obsessed with 60′s and 70′s cookbooks – my current favourite, the Australian Hostesses cook book. Its hilarious. Sets the feminist movement back eons.
    T x

  23. January 28, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Thanks Katie, for inspration!
    Put some of the books in my amazon wishlist!…
    Not all, but some.

    I have one I really like, because of the photographies and the whole…well..the whole atmosphere…
    It`s from Ravinder Bhogal, called “Cook in boots”
    — have a look at it, when u have time!

    I like also all Donna Hay -Books, but more the photographies.
    The sweet basic things are really great from the recipes, but the main dishes are, well, they are okay, but not a firework :)

    I bought “Vietnam” from Luke Nguyen, but I guess this will be one of the books who get lost under dust one day.
    It is too special, sometimes, the ingredients are too hard to get, e´ven in a big city.
    And the stories he tells are..well..they are not that “appetizing”. It may be authentic for Vietnam, but I guess, some details can be spared out. Should.

    My most favourits are the Jamie Oliver books, but especially his magazine!!!
    The photographs (David Loftus,mostly,but also sometimes other ones) AND the recipes are wonderful, inspiring and easy to follow. Perfect!

    That was my opinion.
    Greetings from hamburg, Germany!
    *Fabiah*

  24. January 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    What makes one cookbook stand out from the others are photographs. It’s the element that makes me want to either buy the book or return it to the bookshelf. We eat with our eyes first and in a situation when food is not layed out on the table in front of us but is presented in a form of a recipe (whether it’s a cookook, blog or a magazine) it’s the photo that creates visual appeal and makes you want to run into the kitchen and start cooking. That’s why I love your blog and I’m really looking forward to your upcoming cookbook. Your photographs are outstanding and makes me want to devour the food they portray.

    Another thing I love about cookbooks is a story. I want to know more about author’s background, about the food and recipes. I want tips and tricks, I want to know if I can substitute some ingredients and with what, I want to know what else would go well with this dish, etc.

    Looking at Stephané Reynaud’s book, it feels like an honest, straightforward book with beautiful rustic photos, which I love. I’d like to own a copy :)

  25. January 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Beautiful blog as always! One of my favourite cookbooks is the The Real Food Companion by Matthew Evans. I love the inspiring photography and all the extra information regarding the produce and ingredients. The recipes are also easy to follow and clear. I always fall back on my Donna Hay cookbooks for easy, no fail recipes.

    The layout of the actual ingredients is important to me…I like to see the ingredients listed vertically down the page…away from the method so I can scan it before I start cooking.

  26. valerie s.
    January 28, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    The cookbook that has made a lasting impression on me, my cooking is the Silver Palate Cookbook, by Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso. I got it shorly after it came out in the early 80′s (I’m dating myself!). It was the first time I ever cooked with fresh herbs. What a revelation! Stews with fresh thyme, roasts with fresh rosemary, I could go on. Beautifully fragrant, fresh recipes. I still have it, stained and dog-eared, my favorite. No photography in it, but very whimsical drawings, love it!

  27. January 29, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Besides the necessity of having good, easy to follow recipes, the thing that makes or breaks a cookbook for me is the photography. I’ve bought cookbooks before that don’t have great pictures and I never end up making anything out of them.

  28. January 29, 2012 at 2:27 am

    I am currently obsessed with Yotam Ottenlenghi’s “Plenty”. Although I’m not a vegetarian, his recipes are really interesting and totally delicious! The look and layout of the book is lovely and elegant too. The only gripe I have about his book, is that there isn’t a photo for every single recipe. I think I’m probably about 90% more likely to cook a recipe that has a picture to go with it! That’s probably also the reason why the Neil Perry cookbook I have – “The Food I Love”, tends to sit on the shelf more often than not!

  29. Anonymous
    January 29, 2012 at 3:45 am

    I wish all cookbooks had at least one picture for EVERY recipe. I like having an image for what the dish will / should look like and it is also a way to “tempt” me into trying it. I also like to read something unique about the recipe (why the author likes it, how he/she came up with it, when he/she cooks it, something).

    Regarding cookbooks I do not like, the last one I read that I felt completely missed the mark was Sundays Suppers at Luques. I found it boring (the text), recipes were too “restauranty”, not enough pictures, and written without passion.

  30. January 29, 2012 at 5:13 am

    I too have a large collection of cookbooks and I love the ones with fantastic large photos.
    I like a cookbook with a decent easily read font. A photo with every recipe helps too.
    I hate a cookbook where the recipes don’t turn out as described or pictured.

    My favorite cookbooks are the Women’s Weekly Cooking Encyclopedias. These are the most used in our house by the family. I bought them in the early eighties as a beginner cook. I also love the Golden Book Of Chocolate, Baking, Desserts and Cookies. I’ve made a lot of the recipes from these 4 books and they have all been a success. The photos are good some beautiful.
    I don’t have a BBQ ccokbook though so that would round out my collection nicely.

  31. January 29, 2012 at 5:50 am

    I too have hundreds of cookbooks on groaning shelves! Your question is really interesting… sometimes I buy the book for the beautiful photography- but photos are optional if the recipe is written well, or perhaps I admire the author, or it’s a style of cuisine I’m not familiar with, or it’s a quirky style, or sometimes I buy a book for just one recipe.
    Whatever the reason, I love the tactile sensation of holding a book and flipping through the pages, seeing which recipes are covered in notes or splatters of sauce or egg… this way I feel connected with a wider community of cooks and love of cooking passed on by those cooks who’ve come before me. Humbling and heartening at the same time.

  32. Shirley
    January 29, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Enjoy your blog! Have you tried either the REBAR or Whitewater cookbooks? Both excellent with wonderful photos.

  33. January 29, 2012 at 11:45 am

    My favourite cookbook is Yotam Ottolenghi’s. (The first one, not Plenty). The photography is amazing but more importantly the recipes all work brilliantly and are very inspiring. Would love a copy of this one to add into my collection though!

  34. January 29, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    So glad to have you back! My favorite cookbooks include:

    1. Joanne Chang’s Flour
    2. Rachel Sanders’ Blue Chair Jam Cookbook
    3. Ina Garten (love all of her books)
    4. Molly Stevens’ All About Braising

    I recently conquered the grill and this cookbook sounds like a must have! (It also looks a bit whimsical, which I adore.)

  35. January 29, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    My favourite cookbooks have simple and clear instructions with inspiring photos. At the moment, I love the Scandinavian Cookbook by Trina Hahnemann.

    Thanks for your inspiring blog.

  36. Anonymous
    January 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Hey there!

    Try Home Made by Yvette van Boven or Noma: time and place in Nordic Cuisine by René Redzepi. Both have beautiful design and the first one has a cool mix of illustration and photography.

  37. January 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I love your photography and am really looking forward to your book. I also have the same cookbook/book situation that you have. I have 10 or so that I actually use on the regular, but it is ALWAYS the photos that draw me to the book initially. I do refer to all of Ina Garten’s…foolproof recipes (although she is a little heavy handed on the salt), Patricia Wells, Joanne Harris (of Chocolat novel fame), Tyler Florence & Michael Chiarello. Nothing to fussy in them, but always great results.

  38. January 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I love cook books that are either super detailed and informative, like Stephanie Alexander’s Cooks Companion, or books that are luscious in their photography, and never let me down in their flavour balance, like Tessa Kiros’ books. I love how in her books she is quite relaxed in her style too, realistic that not everyone has the same baking dish sizes.

    Anyway, I love your blog Katie, and cannot wait to see your book.

  39. January 29, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Wonderful food photography, the book ‘Barbecue – 150 recipes for the barbecue’ makes me long for summer and outdoor dinners with friends. I just wanted to share that the book ‘they draw and cook’ has really inspired me. It’s a book made by illustrators from all over the world, who love to cook as well. The book comes from a blog that has the same name. The book is really fun, it’s a great collection of beautiful illustrations with a lot of different recipes from all over the world. Some recipes are very clear and easy to prepare, while others keep some space for creativity. I really recommend this book! :)

  40. January 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    My favorite cookbooks mix great photography and great art direction, to make something that is visually striking. These are the books i like to thumb through for fun. Noma (also shot by Isager) and Tartine Bread are great examples.

    but the books that i come back to, over and over, and actually bring myself to try the recipes are the ones that offer that little something extra, beyond the recipe. Lucinda Scala Quinn’s “Mad Hungry” is the perfect example of a great bookbook that’s made even better by a rock-solid concept: fast recipes with a twist, for busy cooks. Her homemade pocket pies are a staple at my house, as well as her spicy chicken peanut stir-fry. this book’s beautiful visuals were always a great inspiration to me.

  41. Anonymous
    January 29, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Ottolenghi The Cookbook – beautiful, inspiring and yummy. ALso Karen Martini Feasting has lots of winners!

  42. January 29, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I am a sucker for great photography and illustration. I know that it’s the Graphic Designer in me, but it can’t be helped. With that said…if I am hooked by the looks and the book doesn’t deliver in the kitchen. It will go and quick. I don’t have the space for pretty stuff that doesn’t taste good. I also like books that have food stories. I love a good bacon story. It makes me smile.

  43. January 29, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Love books and also spend a lot of money on them.My fav cookbook is A homemade life from Molly Wizenberg,besides the fact there is no photos of food in it,which is something that usually get me first,I love her storries connected with every recipe,I just couldnt stop reading it,and off course love her recipes and love for food.

  44. cathy
    January 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    I recently bought neil perry’s rockpool bar and grill cookbook.I’ve been enjoying reading it slowly over the past few weeks.Now to make something! I also like tessa kirros; especially her tuscan cookbook! Also jamie,maggie ,stephanie and bill’s cookbooks!

  45. January 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    i’m with you, cookbooks are one of the very few things I will allow myself to accumulate in this one-bedroom apartment.. favorites are vikram vij’s books on Indian cooking, an old beat-up version of Canadian Living’s bible for basic recipes I can riff on, Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.. and I just got Momofuku! For me, well-explained techniques are key, as I tend to take a recipe and make it my own!

  46. January 29, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Totally love Matt Moran’s When I get home – so quick and easy, and love Jamie’s 30 minute meals cookbook! You can never know enough recipes for the BBQ! Would love the book.

    Kirsty

  47. January 30, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I love your blog! I think the recipes you post always look amazing.
    I like Jamie at Home, Gwyneth Paltrows book, Giada De Laurentiis book and Ina Garten

  48. January 30, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Greetings from LA! Love your work! I love your blog and would like to put my ‘name in the hat’ for your BBQ giveaway. Vanessa

  49. January 30, 2012 at 1:27 am

    Sorry, forgot to answer the burning question! Favorites are:
    1. Karen Martini ‘Where the Heart Is’: Lovely Italian recipes from a Melbourne chef.
    2. Bill Granger ‘Everyday’, simple & happy pictures.
    3. Martha Stewart ‘Cookies’, the mother-ship of cookie books.

  50. January 30, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Photography is a big factor when I buy cookbooks, I have about 100 (not nearly as many as you ;-) Also, I like when they list the ingredients in the order they’re used, like the Hummingbird bakery cookbook, makes things simple for us less experienced folk :-)

  51. January 30, 2012 at 1:47 am

    mmmm…. I must admit I do love to sit in a bookstore (if they have a seat) and flick through the cookbooks! As a photography lover I’m always drawn to the photography aspect and I find I get annoyed when there’s a big 200page book but only 20 photographs, really, we eat with our eyes first, so I find I always end up putting them back down as I want to see what the author/cook is capable of by seeing the food, not readig the ingredients list. However, there are some old AWW cookbooks where the lighting and food photgraphy is really quite horrendous now, but I’m sure was fab back then, yet, I still pick a few up on occasion at second hand stores as the recipes are classics, especially the cakes and slices, a few of them so retro you’ve just gotta try them!

    I like the way that Nigella and Jamie both come across as themselves in the way that their cookbooks are written and I love the little intro’s some cookbooks have about a recipe, why it means alot to them, etc.

    At the end of the day though, the recipes that are photographed is what tips me over, plus I need to see a few recipes in there that I want to cook before I fork out my dollars!

    PS Pineapple chicken – omg yum!

  52. January 30, 2012 at 2:18 am

    I prefer when a recipe has an accompanying photo, making it easy to envision the final product. I do not like when recipes contain too many uncommon ingredients, deterring me from having to go to the store and buy a bunch of things I don’t normally keep on hand.

    I am also the first to admit, I judge a book by it’s cover. Being a graphic designer, my brain is programmed to believe that if a book is well designed, that the contents must be well put together too. This is of course, not always the case. I’m frequently disappointed when I borrow a recipe book from the library because I like how it looks, only to find the recipes lacklustre.

    So how does one differentiate the quality books from the pretty looking mediocre ones? Personal experience, suggestions from friends, and reputable sources. If an experienced foodie can stand by their tried and true, well those are the books I will now gravitate towards. And if they happen to have beautiful photography and design, and even a little illustration to boot, well then that takes the cake!

    Stephane Reynaud is now on my list, and this bbq book looks fantastic :)

  53. January 30, 2012 at 3:40 am

    I love your blog along with the rest of the readers because your photos are so beautiful!

    This past year I have tried nearly all the recipes in Hiedi Swanson’s Super Natural Every day… I think because they are not fussy, and you can play around with them a bit. I’m also into the whole natural foods thing. One of my all time other favorites is Moro East by Sam and Sam Clark. It is so rustic, thoughtful, and from the heart. It is truly a reflection of their love for food, and the recipes are one of a kind. On a downer note, I’ve been a little unimpressed with some of David Lebovitz’ recipes. I absolutely admire him as a professional chef, and he is very charismatic… but some of his recipes in his overpriced books are blah.

    Can’t wait for your cookbook to come out! Cheers!

  54. January 30, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I grew up devouring the Women’s Weekly cookbooks, but in terms of photography, they were terrible! But I loved spending hours on the couch reading them from cover to cover. They had all the basics and taught me so much about cooking and what I know today.
    I too have a huge love of cookbooks and have far too many in my collection (or not enough according to me!)
    In terms of more recent ones, I really like Bill Granger’s for simplicity and ease (and all his recipes turn out well which is so important).
    But my favourite at the moment is the new Momofuku Milk Bar – fantastic read as well as amazing recipes.
    Ask me next week though and I’ll have a new favourite!

  55. January 30, 2012 at 7:08 am

    We eat quite a lot of Asian food, partly because we love it, and partly because so much of it is quick and easy to prepare. One of our all-time favourite books is Charmaine Solomon’s “Complete Asian Cookbook”. Her “Thai Cookbook” would run a very close second.

    The recipes are organised by cuisine, and then by type (vegetables, fish, chicken, beef, etc) and there’s a detailed index, so it’s easy to find the one you want. We’ve never had a kitchen failure from one of Charmaine’s recipes, and she’s brilliant at sourcing authentic recipes from all over Asia.

    She has a great glossary of ingredients with photos, in case you’re unfamiliar with galangal or snake beans or whatever…

    We’ve been using these regularly for over 20 years and expect to create many more memorable meals from them in the future.

  56. Anonymous
    January 30, 2012 at 8:09 am

    This might be naf naf but I really like and use on a regular basis Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. I fell in love with her whilst living in Seattle and had access to the Food channel.
    Now I am back in Australia I love Karen Martini in any form. But then I like Tartine, Tartine Bread, Bill Granger, Thomas Keller, Christine Manfield and f course Bourke Street Bakery. Hell, I love ‘em all and reference them continously!

  57. Isobel
    January 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Like most of your readers I am a cookbook lover and could buy a new cookbook each week. I really like River Cottage cookbooks, as I like his style of writing, and the recipes are for tasty simply food. I also like Julie le Clerc’s cookbooks, especially the two Moroccan ones for all the gorgeous photos of the delicious food and the lovely photos of morrocco. In her other cookbooks she also uses retro crockery and cookbook which I really like, and her recipes are all great. Al Brown’s Go Fish and Stocked have some of the best food photography there is, and the recipes are out of this world. These are NZ food writers in case you are interested. I think Bill Granger’s cookbooks and the photos really capture the aussie laidback lifestyle, and the recipes are simple but delicious. I think that food photography needs to make you just want to eat if off the page. I really like your style of food photography, and enjoy all your food styling in real living magazine too! I am looking forward to seeing your cookbook.

  58. January 30, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    your blog makes me hungry :) (about food and photography) that is the perfect combination to me.

    I have LOTS of cookbooks as well…usually buy them if like the pictures, open them once in a while (my husband is a very good cooker and I write his recipes and take photos as well sometimes if I can wait few seconds before eating them…)

    One of my favourite cookbooks don’t have photos though…but is beautiful (love the illustrations: watercolours) and is SO funny, the recipes are good and easy and they work! (they are to be chosen depending on your mood)
    “The Emotional Cook” from Clare McKeon

    also Cooking for Kings (The life of Antonin Carême the first celebrity chef) from Ian Kelly
    (a biography with recipes)

    and I’m in love with this one:
    La cuisine des fées from Christine Ferber and Philippe Model. There’ you will learn to make the Tom Puce cookies, the little red riding hood grandma’s cookies or the beauty and the beast dinner.

  59. January 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I’m not surprised the photography in this book grabbed you – there are definite similarities in the aesthetics to your own photography. I used to be drawn to the really clean, white food photography (Donna Hay style) but nowdays I’m drawn to the moodier, earthier look – hence the reason I love your blog! My favourite recipes come from my Mum’s vintage Gretta Anna tomes, but alas, no photos! Fabulously reliable recipes though :) That’s where Nigella Lawson’s books always let you down – the recipes never work out like they’re supposed to! I used to work for a cookbook publisher, and I know from experience most of them never get tested. Recently though, The Delicious Miss Dahl has captured me most – I drooled all through the tv shows, and the book is beautiful, luscious and funny and quirky – as much for the story as for the recipes!

  60. Anne Alix
    January 30, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    To me, before food comes into your mouth, you eat it with your eyes as we say in France. So what makes me start cooking is the photo in the cooking book or on the blog. And I always go back to your blog because of the pictures. It would be funny for me to get this book from one of my fellow countryman. So I hope you’ll choose my name in the hat. And keep on making our mouthes water like you do !

  61. January 30, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Although of course the recipes in a cookbook are very important I must confessed to being seduced by gorgeous photos and images (which is probably why I keep coming back to your blog, even if I don’t often comment). I have Stéphane Reynaud’s Pork and Sons (I love pork) and this was my first introduction to him — I love his book and am now excited to check out the others you have mentioned above!

  62. January 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    My cookbooks act as textbooks, a growing supply of culinary resources and inspiration. The recipes, photographs and writing are a jumping off point, a new way of approaching ingredients, techniques or cultural flavors. The most inspiring of all my cookbooks is probably The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper. My father fell in love with this book when I was still young, and rekindled his love for cooking. Fast forward 20 years and the men of our family have become the cooks and we all live for regional Italian food.

  63. January 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I’m taken with all things Italian and two of my favorite books feature Italian recipes. One is Dolce Italiano by Gina De Palma with her interpretation of Italian desserts. The other is Cooking With Italian Grandmothers by Jessica Theroux. I love this one because the recipes are authentic and simple, with ingredients that are easy to find.

    I tend to prefer cookbooks that do have some photos, but more importantly I love a little story about the recipe.

    Love your blog! It always inspires me!

  64. marie
    January 30, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I love your blog, your photos and much more…
    Oh gosh I really would like this bbok. I love him and the book sounds very good.

    Cheers form Rome.
    Marie

  65. January 30, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Katie,
    I look at cookbooks the same way you do. Photos first then recipes. Your term food “porn” nails it. Lately I’ve loved a book by the name of Stir, by Barbara Lynch a chef from my hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  66. Anonymous
    January 31, 2012 at 1:22 am

    There are several books I always return to for inspiration (along with my vast magazine collection) the books are (in no particular order):
    Jamie Oliver, Ministry of Food
    Donna Hay, Fast Fresh Simple
    Annabel Langbein (all of her recent books)
    Australian Women’s Weekly series.

    They are all reliable, reproducible and adaptable!

  67. January 31, 2012 at 1:25 am

    Must haves in a cookbook for me: pictures (ideally a photo for each recipe) and simple ingredients that I can purchase from most any store. :)

  68. January 31, 2012 at 1:57 am

    pictures. lots of them. food porn to the max!

    KeepItFvncy,
    M.E.

    fvncy(at)yahoo.com

  69. January 31, 2012 at 3:06 am

    With cookbooks, I need more than just the recipe. Like several others have commented, it’s also about the backstory, the history etc that colours the dish and inspires you to try it.

    As far as photography goes, the books that spring to mind are Jamie Oliver’s (esp Jamie at Home), Hugh F-W (particularly Every Day and Every Day Veg) and Skye Gyngell’s books. I find photos with interesting props and mismatched plates etc much more interesting, appealing and inspiring that the white plate, shot in a studio look.

    I find the images on WKA to be incredibly beautiful. Would try to eat the screen if I could many times!

  70. January 31, 2012 at 4:35 am

    Thanks for another great blog post and new recipes! Since I recently picked up cooking as a hobby I haven’t used a lot of cookbooks, but did pick up an asian cookbook after visiting China. It is a great cookbook for a number of reasons, it gives a backstory to the foods, where they’re from, what the people are like, why they cook like they do, etc. It also includes some great photography and very good instructions. It’s titled, “Beyond the Great Wall” if you’re interested. Being a graphic designer and photographer I’d say I’m drawn to cookbooks that exhibit both unique page layout and great photography!

  71. January 31, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Ohh Great! i didn’t know that french book was translated! I haven’t purchased yet, but i love the design (the illustrations and the styling by Elodie Rambaud, she works (among others) for donna hay Magazine) In general, i am very sensitive to the photos, that’s why i appreciate the work of David Loftus (Jamie Oliver’s photographer) and yours! i also like the style of writing “closer to people” as Jamie or Gwyneth Paltrow do (filled with daily tips). For me, the graphic design is important (i’m graphic designer^^) In France, the Alain Ducasse’s books are great for that ( Book : Nature)

  72. January 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    YAYAYAYAY!!! This cookbook looks divino! How I adore your blog and check back every day hoping for a new post. Living in Dallas, TX but having just moved here from NYC where our very best friends are Aussies, it warms my heart to read your words. Hope to win that gorgeous book! Would love love love it!!

  73. January 31, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    This cookbook looks amazing.

    I’m not a huge cookbook buff but I most recently acquired Ferran Adria’s Family Meal. Contrary to what you’d think, it’s full of simple and delicious recipes that are grouped into menus, but also indexable so that you can create your own meal from app to dessert. What I love about it is the gorgeous, simple photography that they use in place of text instructions.

  74. February 1, 2012 at 5:54 am

    First time commenting on your blog! I adore it. My current cookbook favorites include: “Around my French Table” by Dorie Greenspan for the marvelous photography and comprehensive listings. “The Perfect Scoop” by David Lebovitz for his humor, wit, and lovely desserts. Finally, “On a Stick!” by Matt Armendariz because it makes me comfortable – and makes me laugh.

  75. February 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    My favorite cookbooks include:

    Julia Child’s The Art of French Cooking, Moosewood Cookbook by MOllie Katzen, and Cooking by Hand by Paul Bertolli.

    This book looks great, hope to win!

  76. February 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

    So I have my fair share of cookbooks..and there has been one book “Flour” by Joanne Chang that I ADORE. I used to not like when each recipe didn’t have a corresponding image, but the way she is so precise and her language is so inviting, I have been so tempted to try ALL the recipes – which is rare for me, since I’ll forget it. And then, because she gives such good advice and tips on the best dessert possible with the given recipe, it makes it easier to make/bake/freeze, etc, which I find very convenient when making loads of dessert. Also, flipping through the cookbook, I realized that I liked how she weaved her story and fragments of her shop into the book. I also LOVED how she builds upon different recipes. She’ll use X and Z to create W or something of that sort..which helps me in perfecting a certain recipe! (Hope this helps!)

  77. February 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Katie!

    I am very glad that you started with this topic. Cooking and cookery books are definitely my passion. In addition, a photography course. I am a photographer. I started a few months ago to write a culinary blog, equipped it with mine photos. Like you. Your way is very close to me, I like it. You are asking abaut chefs and cookery books. I have a few favorites, but I have a major favorite.

    First favorite is Noma. The book, which is equipped with photos made by Ditta Isager and there are recipes (me personally) od the best chef Rene Redzepi. I have a book at home and once in a while I read the parts of the book, I admire redzepin s work so much, I admire recipes. Rene is a revolutionary cooking. His cooking is something completely natural and it says ” Go into nature and find food”.

    Among the other chefs who are also inspired I like Slovenian chef Dario Cortese. His books are probably available only in Slovenia, but they are worth every penny and reading. Other books and cooks are also interesting to me, but two of my favorite are here.

    mail: arnela.o@gmail.com

    Regards from Slovenia

  78. February 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Women’s Weekly has been mentioned a couple of times, and for me specifically the most memorable recipes have come from the WW Birthday Cake cookbook.

    I love looking at cookbooks too, but I have the same problem as you – I often fail to read the words. So first and foremost, it’s the photography that grabs me.

    When I do read them, I also like to know the stories behind the recipe, or to learn something about the ingredients. I like cookbooks that go a little beyond the kitchen, and back into the garden or a family’s history.

    Kate

  79. February 2, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I am with you, I have a vast collection of cookbooks and I wish I could get to each recipe but alas I do not. However I am opening them constantly for inspiration, as an aspiring food photographer nothing (save the food itself) inspires me more.

    One of the books I love the most (but haven’t ever attempted to cook) Is A Day At El Bulli. And my other go to’s are The wagamama cookbook, Nigella Bites, The Family Meal, Momofuku Milk Bar, The Spledid Tables How To Eat Supper and Donna Hay Magazine.

    Thank you for your blog and your incredible photos, they are absolutely marvelous!

  80. February 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I like Good Meat by Deborah Krasner. It’s about breaking down and using every part of the animal – nose to tail- and why it’s more economical to buy say, 1/4 pig rather than retail cuts in the grocery store.
    I would love to win the booK!

  81. February 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Amazon has had a significant impact on my net worth! I love books of all kinds and especially cookbooks. If I happen upon a cookbook with beautiful photographs, I buy it.

    My favorites though are Donna Hay and Nigel Slater…

  82. February 4, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I am so with you on the cookbook collection. I have stacks and stacks, and I love them all. I also keep buying new ones. But I only use 10 or so on a regular basis. It drives my girlfriend nuts, but I just love the feeling of a good library. Makes me feel very cosmopolitan.

    I love books with good photography, but most of all the recipes have to be simply written (not necessarily simple recipes, you understand…) and they have to WORK. I can’t tell you how often recipes just don’t turn out, no matter how closely I’ve followed them. I wonder, who’s testing these books? :)

  83. February 4, 2012 at 4:12 am

    I just found your blog and I am in love!! Your photos are just stunning and I can’t wait to try your recipes.

    On the topic of cookbooks, I love Heidi Swanson’s “Super Natural Everyday” (which I just received for my birthday!) and “Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi.” I tend to improvise a lot in the kitchen, so seeing beautiful images inspires me, even if I don’t use the recipes. Another food/cooking book that I am currently reading and LOVE (but that, ironically, is not really a “cookbook” and has no pictures) is “The Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Grace and Economy” by Tamar Adler. It is just beautifully written and inspires intuitive, visceral, earthy cooking. I cannot recommend it highly enough–anyone who cooks or wants to learn to cook should read it. The first night I read it before going to bed and I when I went to sleep, I dreamed about making chicken stock and woke up in the middle of the night thinking I smelled it cooking! That’s some good writing!

  84. February 4, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Photos, photos, photos! I have a hard time making myself attempt a recipe if there is no photo of the final product, so I tend to go for cookbooks with as many photos as possible! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  85. February 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Photographs are definitely a part of it for me in terms of books I love to browse, but honestly the ones I refer to most have no photos at all. A cookbook without photos has to have a very strong voice behind it (a la Julia Child) to keep me interested, I guess that’s what I really love. I love new recipes but generally try those from my subscriptions (Australian Gourmet). I often refer back to my first MORO cookbook, bought when we were living in London. It’s got a gorgeous feel to the pages, not heavy on photos though. Two more without any photos whatsover are Elizabeth Davids Fruit and her Vegetable books which get heavy rotation in this house. Also Stephanie Alexander’s Seasonsis wonderful although I love her Cooking and Travelling in SW France for visual appeal that instantly transports me back to those places.

  86. February 5, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Yes, I, too, have in excess of 300 cookbooks (and let’s not mention magazines). Some I love for the graphics, but rarely cook from, others have almost no photos, but good reliable recipes that I cook from all the time. The latter are my ‘go to’ books, when I want something that I know will taste good and don’t have time to trawl the shelves. I love a well written book with recipes that aren’t too daunting, but a book that also let’s you know something about the author. In the ‘love the styling’ category – Guy Mirabella, and I just cooked my first recipe, and love to read Thomas Keller. The Ottolenghi books, and Neil Perry fit both categories, and I cook a lot from these. I could go on, but this is becoming a long comment. Ps, really enjoy your blog, too.

  87. February 5, 2012 at 4:28 am

    I enjoy Stephane’s cookbooks, they are a feast for the eyes, beautiful illustrations and photography, though not sure why I never dive into his recipes.

    I love a book called Living and Eating by John Pawson, it is my favorite cookbook to read and browse thru, but my go to COOKbook is Suzanne Goin’s Sunday Suppers at Lucques. Her recipes, though difficult, can be modified to your liking and every dish is a winner!

    Thanks Katie for your beautiful blog, I know how much time you put into it. It is greatly appreciated!

    Stacey Snacks

  88. Leisa
    February 5, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Like the others, I am in LOVE with your blog & have shelves (plural) devoted to cookbooks from all corners of the globe.
    I love all of them for different reasons, but the one I truly adore and constantly give as a gift is ‘Apples For Jam’ by Tessa Kiros (all of her books are sublime!).

    I cannot wait for your book!

    Leisa

    **As a side note: I abhor cookbooks that have a photo of the food 2-3 pages after or before the recipe

  89. February 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous, Katie!

    I really like good photography in the cookbooks I look at, and simple, easy-to-follow instructions in readable type is appreciated. But I think I love it the most when authors add in a bit of their own voice. It makes it more fun to read!

  90. February 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I just found your blog – amazing! I feel very lucky. And I have a brother who would adore the Barbeque book. Thanks for the chance! alicedemskehansen at gmail.com

  91. February 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I really love and always go back to Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food cookbook. I think it’s because the recipe’s are simple and not too chefy for my abilities. I love the photography also because it shows the end result as well as some steps in between of how to get there.
    I think the cookbooks that will always catch my eye are the more rustic, homemade recipes with great photography to accompany.
    Hope this gives you a little feedback!

    Cheers,
    Taryn

  92. Kate elliott
    February 6, 2012 at 2:01 am

    Inspiring pictures and great food photography really get me, but a thorough INDEX is so often overlooked and, but so essential (drives me nuts when trying to locate a recipe!)- Stephanie Alexander does a great index!

  93. February 6, 2012 at 2:59 am

    FANTASTIC replies guys! Am so intrigued reading through them all. I will take an evening this week to go through them all in depth and I look forward to the name in the hat draw this weekend coming!! Keep ‘em coming and I’ll have a new blog post up soon xx

  94. February 6, 2012 at 6:10 am

    I love your blog Katie. You have a great eye and a style that warms the heart.
    For me, I love photos in cookbooks. They are a point of visual reference that help me choose which recipes I want to cook. Also I like simple recipes with few ingredients. Even though I’m a chef, I think that cooking should be simple and unfussy. One of my favourite cookbook authors is Nigel slater. His books not only have great photos, but the recipes are everyday and uncomplicated.
    Another really useful thing is having the ingredients in order of use, especially for those people who weigh as they go! And having the book divided into sections can be helpful too.
    Hope this helps.

  95. February 6, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    As much as I would LOVE to own a huge collection of cookbooks, my pocketbook would not allow it. So my husband and I usually check what is new at a few libraries around our neighborhood and pick most of the ones we own second-hand. I find myself going to back to Tessa Kiros Apples for Jam and Jamie Oliver. The recipes are wonderful and the images are beautiful. Something that brings me back to your lovely blog too!

    Thank you for the generous giveaway and good luck, everyone!

  96. February 9, 2012 at 4:27 am

    our regular gas bbq died a good 6 months ago now, so I’ve been using coals and heat rocks in an old drum all summer! I’m really loving it so much i don’t think I’ll ever go back to gas! some new recipes would be so great!

  97. February 9, 2012 at 4:27 am

    our regular gas bbq died a good 6 months ago now, so I’ve been using coals and heat rocks in an old drum all summer! I’m really loving it so much i don’t think I’ll ever go back to gas! some new recipes would be so great!

  98. Sarah H.P.
    February 9, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I recently discovered your blog after hearing Joy the Baker and Tracy from Shutterbean talk about you on their podcast! You have a wonderful style to your blog, your photography is beyond amazing, and your recipes are drool-worthy! On the cookbook front, one of my personal favorites has to be Jamie Oliver. There’s two words I would use to describe his books and the style in which they are created: rustic warmth. There is a homey comfort in his recipes and the photographs send the message that anyone can make this dishes successfully. I think that is something that may be crucially overlooked when it comes to writing cookbooks. The recipes and photographs of the food must be accessible to all home cooks. We don’t want something pretentious and worthy of a Michelin star, rather we want a meal that will satisfy and please our loved ones.

  99. February 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    I was never really into cookbooks until I got into food photography, and now I can’t get enough. The photography element is big in my book… It’s about 80% of the reason I purchase a cookbook, or even a food magazine. I adore Ditte Isager, too, and have NOMA partly because she shot it. I love the Baked books because of the vintage feel to the settings and props, not to mention Tina Rupp’s photography and the recipes! And I was able to find a copy of Pete Evans’ book which you shot and I can’t wait til it gets here from the UK. The wonderful thing about cookbook collecting is that I’m slowly teaching myself how to cook and bake… I kind of feel like Julia Child in that regard when she started culinary school in her mid-thirties. It’s these skills that make you feel proud of yourself :)

  100. February 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Bah! Is it too late to get involved?

    I love Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks, I know it’s a bit of a cliche but I really like the way he describes his step-by-step process. Also when I’m cooking I make a massive mess, and (unfortunately for my housemates) he encourages that. Similar to Nigella Lawson – lots of slipping and slopping and slapping, making for quite a fun cooking experience.

    His “Jamie Does…” books are also filled with nice photography of people he meets and people eating his food – I think that’s really important. Food photography in motion, I guess.

    Long time listener, first time caller..!

    Dan Castro
    mistercastro.co.uk

  101. February 11, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I have an entire shelf on my bookcase devoted to cookbooks and it’s so hard to resist the ones with the prettiest photographs. I still love my thick, textbook-like cookbooks too, due to their comprehensive recipes and writing, such as the Joy of Cooking and How to Cook Everything.

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