Cookbook Reviews – Prashad

Prashad, the Leeds based Indian restaurant, published a cookbook a few years ago and it’s become one of my all time favourites. Which is pretty amazing given all the recipes are vegetarian! But, when it comes to Indian food, I actually like to go vegetarian. There’s something about fresh, light and spicy food that really works for me. Prashad cookbook is my go-to book for midweek teas as the majority of the recipes are super quick and easy to cook. Now that I have all the spices in, they’re all pretty cheap too. Having said that, they’re still bloody tasty and … Continue reading Cookbook Reviews – Prashad

Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food – Ginger-Braised Ox Cheeks with Spiced Red Lentils

Oh my LORD! It’s been a whole month since I last blogged, and that post was way overdue too! Well, the less said about my slackness, the better. I just need to sort out my blogging mojo… my apologies mean nothing if I’m not actually going to follow them up with some regular posts.So, let me tell you about the book I’ve cooked from this week – Tom Kerridge’s Proper Rub Food. To be fair I have actually only cooked one dish from it so far, but I seriously plan on cooking more and I’ve got a few dishes lined … Continue reading Tom Kerridge’s Proper Pub Food – Ginger-Braised Ox Cheeks with Spiced Red Lentils

The 365 Charity Cookbook

I think I remember when Mick Fox (owner of Ultrasharp) first banded about the idea of the 365 Charity Cookbook on Twitter. I remember thinking that it would take up a stupid amount of time and effort, but I never had any doubt in Mick or his ability to pull such a feat off. Not only is Mick one determined fellow, he’s passionate about food, he cares for the charities he supports and, as knife sharpener to hundreds of kitchens in the north, he has the right contacts.Over the past few months I’ve seen lots of chefs tweet pictures of … Continue reading The 365 Charity Cookbook

Thyme After Thyme – Richard Smith and Adrian Cooling

Thyme After Thyme was published just under 10 years ago, but as it promises to reveal ‘The secrets of consistent good cooking’ it’s not one that’s going to go out of date. So when I spotted it at a market stall going for the bargain price of £1, I really couldn’t resist it. With recipes from Thyme Cafe and Thyme (which is now Artisan) the book is full of homely tea time meals, Asian style dishes and gastro-pub-grub stuff. The book opens with a quote from Elbert Hubbard inviting the reader to just have a go; ‘The greatest mistake you … Continue reading Thyme After Thyme – Richard Smith and Adrian Cooling

Three Good Things … On a Plate (a taster of HFW’s latest book)

On searching through some old magazines and papers I came across this little booklet that I’d managed to get free through The Guardian some time ago. With 25 recipes from Hugh’s Three Good Things, it’s a nice little taster and I’m very tempted to buy the full book so that I can get hold of the other 150. I must admit that I was very sceptical about this book when I first heard of it. After all, a dish with just three ingredients sounds quite dull, yeah? Of course, it soon became clear that although there are three main components … Continue reading Three Good Things … On a Plate (a taster of HFW’s latest book)

Floyd’s India

Keith Floyd. Oh Keith Floyd. How we all love you, and miss you. With his eccentric presenting style Keith touched the hearts of the nation and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t smile as they are asked to remember their favourite Floyd episode. Sadly he was known for his boozing as much as his cooking and his generally unhealthy lifestyle soon caught up with him and he died at the age of 65. Of course, he lives on in kitchens up and down the country and his old television series is on practically every week thanks to Saturday Kitchen. So, Keith may be … Continue reading Floyd’s India

Hix Oyster and Chop House; Mark Hix

Hix Oyster and Chop House was recommended to me by Paul Cocker, a fellow food lover who just happens to design cook books (First Catch Your Pig & Living Over The Shop to name just a couple). I’ll admit that I probably wouldn’t have bought the book had it not been on offer at the time, but at £4 I really couldn’t resist! And, I’m glad that I didn’t. Firstly, this is a nice looking book. With a simple matt finish and luxurious gold raised lettering, this book feels both durable and special. Flicking through the glossy pages (which are adorned with some rather tasty … Continue reading Hix Oyster and Chop House; Mark Hix

Plenty – Yottam Ottolenghi

After falling in love with River Cottage Veg Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall I was intrigued by Plenty by Yottam Ottolenghi, and what, with this new healthy living kick, I was easily persuaded into buying a copy (especially as it’s £15 down from £25 at Amazon at the moment). See, although Yottam isn’t a vegetarian (nor is HFW by the way), Plenty is made up of vegetable based recipes. When the book landed on my desk (getting items delivered at work makes my working day so much more fun) I was instantly impressed. It’s a chunky volume with a luxurious cushioned cover … Continue reading Plenty – Yottam Ottolenghi

Le Cordon Bleu – Home Collection – Chicken

Oooo this one is a blast from the past! I remember buying this Le Cordon Bleu – Home Collection – Chicken from The Works over 10 years ago. They were two for £3 and I got the Quiche edition too (but that got charity shopped at some point). I’ve used the book a few times, not just for the recipes, but for the chef’s techniques at the back. In fact, it was this book that taught me how to make chicken stock and a bouquet garni. The book has about 30 recipes and each are marked up as ‘easy’, ‘a … Continue reading Le Cordon Bleu – Home Collection – Chicken

The Hairy Dieters, Dave Myers and Si King

We all know how the Hairy Bikers are, don’t we? You know, the Geordies who have hair and a liking for pies. Well they went on a diet and lost a shit load of weight and, quelle surprise, they released a book on the back of it all (along with a TV series). As I’m currently trying to lose a few (quite a few) pounds I thought it might be a good idea to cook from this book this week. It begins with a short section packed with tips but the majority of this book is dedicated to recipes. I … Continue reading The Hairy Dieters, Dave Myers and Si King