Fast diet

Fast Diet recipe book, Short Books, 2013 The Fast Diet was all the rage in 2013 and I had quite a few friends who followed it. I noticed this book in a book shop and some of the recipes were very appealing. This was before I was a reformed compulsive cookbook buyer, and I bought … Continue reading Fast diet

Soups and stews

Cook’s Illustrated Soups and Stews, Winter 2009 In the northern hemisphere autumn of 1999, I was invited to speak at an intranet conference in San José. There were a lot of firsts about this trip. This was the first time I had been to this part of the US, and I loved it. It is … Continue reading Soups and stews

The Great British Issue

Australian Gourmet Traveller June 2012, the Great British issue As I have commented earlier, a friend passed these magazines on and I for some reason just shelved them, neither using them nor passing them to someone who will. Now is the time. I made almost everything on p44. I did not make smoked trout kedgeree, … Continue reading The Great British Issue

Dinner at home

Dinner at home by Lois Daish, Bridget Williams Books, 1993 I am a very long time Lois Daish fan. When I lived in London my mother used to send me Lois’ recipes from the Listener. When I came Wellington, in the mid-1980s, I regularly frequented the Mt Cook Café, where the Louisiana chicken salad was … Continue reading Dinner at home

Slow food cookbook

Slow food cookbook, Australian Gourmet Traveller Collector’s Edition, 2011 I am sometimes given Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine by a friend, and I always enjoy it. This special issue promised 387 gorgeous ideas to warm your kitchen. I expect that is why I bought it. So why did I never cook a recipe from it? I … Continue reading Slow food cookbook

Palomar

The Palomar Cookbook, Mitchell Beazley, London, 2016 On Monday July 7th, 2014, I had dinner with Peter, Phoebe and Max at the Palomar in London, 24 Rupert Street, Soho. I wrote in my diary, “this may have been the best restaurant meal I have ever eaten”. I had read about this restaurant in the Time … Continue reading Palomar

Autumn and Winter Veg

Riverford Companions – Autumn and winter veg by Guy Watson, Riverford Organic Farms Ltd, 2015. Riverford Organic Farms is a very popular Vege Box/ Meal Kit supplier in the UK. I know a few people who get boxes from Riverford, and one of them gave us this cookbook circa 2016.  I have rarely used it … Continue reading Autumn and Winter Veg

Nigella’s Kitchen

Kitchen, recipes from the heart of the home, by Nigella Lawson, Chatto and Windus, 2010. I have five Nigella Lawson cooking books. I use everyone of them regularly, except this one. I wonder why? Perhaps because by the time I was given this book I already had too many cookbooks? Never mind why, March is … Continue reading Nigella’s Kitchen

Kitchen Diaries

The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater, Fourth Estate, 2005. Nigel Slater likes to cook the way I do. Mostly planning around what I already have in the cupboard or garden and sometimes being inspired by what I see in the market, to spontaneously change the plan. I like to cook simple weeknight suppers, mostly vegetables … Continue reading Kitchen Diaries