It’s the Summer of cookbooks. I have a huge slew of new ones that arrived in time for Christmas – or just after.
My outstanding favourite is probably The River Cottage Family Cookbook (Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & Fizz Carr) which is specifically designed for kids to pick up and cook from, with a little adult supervision (depending on the age of the child obviously) so while it is not quite where Amelia is at yet, it’s full of fun, easy things to make which are instantly appealing to the family palate / time constraints / budget. Also it is loaded with lots of good basic information about the hows and whys of cooking and the layout is pretty fun and original for a cookbook too. It’s a very nice chunky little hardback that makes you want to pick it up and dive in. I love it. High on my list of must-makes from the book are the jellies, turkish delight, marshmallows, peppermint creams and ice lollies (I believe I may be craving sugar at the moment).
I also got Delia’s Complete Cookery Course (Classic Edition) which seems to be a good one to have on hand for all occasions. It has her Christmas Pudding recipe in it which blew of our socks when we visited Christina and Paul for (a most amazing) pre-Christmas dinner last month, so for that alone, it’s a happy addition to the kitchen bookshelf.
I also finally got a copy of Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess. I had an idea that I might get a kitchenaid in the Boxing Day sales and thought I had better prepare myself with some cupcake (etc) recipes. I have since decided against the kitchenaid as it was on sale for $580 (or something) down from $660 so while it was a fair saving it was still scarily expensive. My good old 35 year old Kenwood will have to keep running it’s noisy course in the mean time. I am yet to really explore HtbaDG – but even the index had my mouth watering.
Lastly, while not exactly a cookbook, I have some Summer reading – Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. You have probably already read it, and I am sure I am the last one to catch this boat, but I am looking forward to it and can see myself now, lying on a beach towel, swatting flies and reading while Amelia happily builds enormous sand castles with Big-P (who, by the way, has become a blogging fiend!). Woohoo! Roll on Venus Bay!