Here is a place where we will share with you our cookbooks – the ones we love, and sometimes hate. Things will be added – things will probably be taken away as well – but please feel free to comment with your view on a book, or suggestions for what we should buy next! We’re always looking for more.


Baking – James Peterson

This is one S gave me for Christmas, and I have to say being away and sick has meant I have only made one thing from it as of yet. However I have spent hours drooling over this book. This is a book for people who wish they were pastry chefs – i.e. people like me. It has every basic cake recipe, filling, icing,  fondant and decoration ideas and leaves the final product up to you. I love it. Expect more from this book. -L

Baking From My Home To Yours – Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan. What can you say really? Other than she is a baking goddess. This book will be great on the days I just want to make something and flick to a recipe and there it is. It is almost a baking encyclopedia – although I am sure I will have more to say as I work my way through this beautiful book. -L

Paris Sweets – Dorie Greenspan

I know it really is a big deal to say – this is my favourite cookbook of all time – really I do. But this book almost makes it there. I have read it cover to cover on more than one occassion, carted it around Paris and almost baked all of it’s recipes. I truly love this book, and recommend it as a present for anyone who loves to bake or even eat sweets. -L

The Whoopie Pie Book – Claire Ptak (Violet)

Another present from S this Christmas, and I really cannot say much about this book yet. Other than I really am impressed with this young baker’s success and hope that I too (one day) will be just as successful in all of my baking! -L

Baking With Julia – Dorie Greenspan

I also have the DVD that pairs with this lovely book. Although a little old fashioned and sometimes hard to decipher. I am sure I will appreciate this book more later, once I am at the stage of referring to other recipes (you know, the day when I/ we write a cookbook)….-L

Seasons – Donna Hay

Donna Hay, I fell in love with just as we were moving away from Australia (not entirely true – my first cookbook was her Instant Entertaining  – which got left behind in the move). This book is beautifully photographed and is great for ideas of what to make in season. Although what you can get in winter in Australia is a lot different in Germany and sometimes makes me pine for home. -L

Sweet Classics – Donna Hay

Unfortunately to say, I have the German version of this book – and so I don’t cook out of it as often as I would like to (as German makes my head hurt quite a bit). I have also found that this book wasn’t translated that well as sometimes the grams just don’t add up. I do love to look at the pictures though. -L

500 Cupcakes – Fergal Connolly

This is the only one of my cupcake books that made it in the move. I find this book is more helpful with giving me ideas to make my own way rather than to use the recipes provided. I find these recipes not to be as refined as I would expect them to be. For example, the classic vanilla base cupcake turns out small, and shrunk not containing the qualities you wish for to decorate a cupcake – a nice rounded top or a good texture – I find it to be more of a sponge consistency (and not in a good way). -L

My Little Chocolate Book – Murdoch Books

I bought this book a few days before the move to Germany (S only allowed it because it was small). I love this small, beautifully photographed book of lovely chocolatey recipes. I hope to make more out of this book as we go on – especially once I find a cocoa powder here to my liking. -L

Jamie Does – Jamie Oliver

Taking bits and pieces from Oliver’s trips to 5 different countries on short hop in hop out trips (a la Ryanair or Easyjet cheap-o flights) – this wonderfully photographed book includes Greek, Swedish, Morrocan, French, Italian and Spanish dishes, sectioned accordingly. There is something like-able about the man, I don’t know what it is, but my man crush grows with every book.-S

Jamie’s Italy – Jamie Oliver

Documenting and complementing his trip to Italy for 3 months – this incredibly photographed (yet again) book by Oliver never ceases to impress. His long time partner-in-crime David Loftus (photographer) captures every inch of the people, places and dishes that Oliver encountered on that trip. And the food’s not half bad either! -S

Jamie’s America – Jamie Oliver

Again taking a look at a trip Jamie made around late 2008 this book looks at what is probably the least appreciated food culture in the world, and the real interest in truly American cooking. No – not McDonalds. This book really opened my eyes to a food culture I scarcely knew existed – something born mostly of immigrant cooking, turned over time into American staples. It’s not something I’d say often, but there isn’t, to my knowledge, a dish in this book I wouldn’t have a go at, just because it’s so interesting. And of course, again, beautiful, beautiful, photographs. -S

30 Minute Menus – Jamie Oliver

Got the German version of this book for Christmas from L and am really looking forward to cooking from it – haven’t used it yet, but I can say, he definately put a huge amount of effort into trying to build real, delicious food (3 courses I might add) that can all be put together in 30 minutes. Lifesaver for after work cooking I should think. -S

Curry Easy – Madhur Jaffrey

We stumbled upon this book in a bookshop while shopping for a present for a family friend, and subsequently bought it for them – then I received it from L for Christmas, because I’d been so taken in by it originally. Written by an Indian-English woman, originally a RADA trained actress, now a 77 year old cookbook writer, in the last year I think, it definitely has potential to be my golden book for all things curry based. Real Indian dishes (from all over the continent) explained easily and succinctly, plus wicked photos and great sections – ie sides, chicken/eggs, legumes/split pea, beef/lamb, vegies. What’s not to like? -S

Foodista Best Of Blogs – Foodista

Collected by a website we’ve been featured on – this book was compiled mid 2010 as a collection of 100 recipes from blogs from all over the globe. Next publication we hope we’ll be included! Some great recipes, along with out of the ordinary ideas that will definately be tried out over the next year! -S

Christmas – Magaret Fulton

This cookbook played a huge role in my research for our first Christmas dinner. Although I didn’t use a lot of the recipes I certainly developed them into some of our dishes. This is a beautiful book and is certainly a reference book. As it goes at our place “Magaret knows best”. -L

Kitchen – Nigella Lawson

Sometimes I do find Nigella’s recipes to be a bit dull, boring and quite frankly obvious. But on other occasions some of the recipes are good for a quick recipe when you are tired of making the same old thing after work each week. S does love her chocolate chip cookies (and they are very easy to make). Definately a great cookbook for a beginner cook as her recipes are easy to follow. -L

Flavour Thesaurus – Nikki Segnit

Received this one from my dad as a Christmas present and got to say I’m really impressed with the effort that’s gone into this book. It matches every flavour you could think of, with ideas on trios and dishes, but mostly just really good duos of flavours, sorted into well-though-out flavour areas. This is the book for culinary explorers – people that want to be creative with recipes – if necessary make mistakes as well, but nevertheless, get away from those Cookbooks (a little hypocritical I know, in this section) nevertheless, that’s what Segnit is going for. I’m sure I’ll be trying my hardest to make the two live in Harmony for a while, as I’m not ready to throw out too many beautiful cookbooks yet – but I can’t wait to get really stuck into this.-S