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How to make up recipes…or…Which recipe books inspire me… 23 August 2006

Posted by cath in books, general info, Recipes.
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The recipes featured on cookalicious are often adaptations and meals that have been inspired by food I’ve eaten in restaurants and on holidays, but sometimes I get my inspiration from my many recipe books, here are some of my favourites…but note that I often use them for ideas and can’t really follow instructions and certainly don’t stick to the proposed accompaniments very often – this is partially because my Mum always insisted on having at least three or four veggies with every meal and I have grown very fond of this style of cooking, but also because I like good sized portions and many of my friends would go home hungry if I stuck to some of the recipes in the books. Nevertheless, they are valuable idea-generators and guidance for experimentation.

So here are my most valued cookbooks:

Rick Stein Seafood – great option for those unsure of cooking with fish, loads of information, illustrations, pictures and detailed techniques for preparing and cooking fish, lots of ideas that I’ve expanded on in my fish cooking.

Larousse – excellent reference book with lots of recipes which you can easily adapt to your style of cooking – not much explanation, but great for those who want to know it all and cook it their own way.

Meat by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – full of great information and some lovely recipes – lots of illustrations.

Rose Prince: the New English Kitchen – which despite the name is still pretty interesting to read in Scotland! In this book, the recipes are based around really good principles: making the most of really good quality food and caring about how it gets to our table. Food for thought as well as for eating! Lacks pictures though…

Another indispensable text is Leith’s Cookery Bible (Leith and Waldegrave) but again is lacking illustrations of the finished dishes.

So I will strive harder to illustrate cookalicious recipes, and also to get the printable recipe cards online…