Cooking and baking are very firm hobbies of mine. Over the years my sister and I have accumulated quite a few cook books between us which the bookcase in my kitchen is very much a testament of! When my sister moved out she somehow forgot to claim any of her cookbooks and now I am the proud possessor of our entire collection (though she knows she is welcome to “borrow” them whenever she wants!) It is natural that I now have some certain favorites among my collection which I want to share with you guys.
1) Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
This is the most recent addition to my collection and currently my most used cookbook. This book boasts clean eating at its purest and all recipes are of the vegan, plant-based ideal. Ella is an amazing woman with an even more inspiring story. She is a testament as to how food and diet can affect your entire life. Her story and many of her recipes can be checked out at her fantastic website delicouslyella.com. I also seriously need her Peace, Love and Kale vest in my life!
My favorite recipes are: Baked Beans, Butternut Squash Risotto and Stuffed Chestnut Mushrooms.
I also cannot wait to try to make her Superfood Bread and Easy Chocolate Avocado Mousse
2) Kitchen Hero by Donal Skehan
This was my first ever cookbook and has survived many battles in the kitchen as illustrated by its battered but well-loved condition. Donal is one of my favourite cooks even though he does not have any formal culinary training. His taste palette is very on par with my own which means I would enjoy anything made from a recipe in this book! This book is great for beginners and as you progress in your skill set you can move onto his following Kitchen Hero book which is slightly more chefy and ambitious on the skills front.
My most used recipes from this book are: Healthy Singapore Noodles, Simple Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Lamb and Super Chocolate Brownies.
I also cannot wait to make Chickpea and Pasta Tomato Soup.
3) Mary Berry’s Baking Bible
Mary Berry is the most ultimate baker in my eyes and with The Great British Bake Off returning to our screens again soon I have been turning to Mary once again. Mary Berry is the bread and butter of baking and its hard to find the classics any better than as Mary does them. Though Mary has a plethora of books to her name I have found this to be the best by far and I constantly pull it from the shelf when I am baking. It covers everything from pastry to cupcakes and celebration cakes.
The best of this book are the recipes for: Very Best Scones, French Apple Tart and Lemon Drizzle Traybake.
4) Save With Jamie by Jamie Oliver
This post would not be complete without including something by Jamie Oliver. I have already raved in a previous post about how I feel Jamie Oliver is a total hero and this sentiment is only reinforced in this book. Save With Jamie was a firm staple in my life when I was a student. This book is all about clever shopping and making your meals stretch with what you have. You don’t have to eat boring food when money is a problem if you use the creative recipes in this book!
I regularly had Sicilian Squash and Chickpea Stew, Happy Frumpy Minestrone and Sticky Chicken with Chinese Noodles on rotation during my college years.
5) Muffin Bible
My Mammy bought me this tiny little book as part of a set from her book club at work. I really believe that when it comes to muffins you cannot beat using an American recipe which this book is chock full of. American recipes can be detected by the use of cups instead of grams as the measuring system. No recipe from this book has ever failed for me!
I often make Chocolate Big Chip Muffins when I have a craving and I also love the various savory muffins such as the Sun-dried Tomato and Herb Muffins that are held within this jam packed little book.
All these books can be found on Amazon and all other great book shops.
I hope you enjoyed this post and that it has inspired you to brush off your cookbooks and get into the kitchen cooking and baking yummy food. In my eyes homemade and home-baked goodies can never be beaten and I hope this message is conveyed within my blog.
Thank you for reading,