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I realised I pretty much only own Jamie Oliver recipe books, so I bought a few new ones* to try which have been gathering dust on the shelf since last year! I thought it would be good to share my adventures in cooking with you guys, so if you’re interested – stay tuned!

*Now I’m looking at them, I recognise they’re mostly centred around sweet baked goods! You’ll be surprised to find out I hardly ever ‘bake’ (I’m lucky enough to work at Loaf after all!) but I would like to. Plus I have a huge sweet tooth…

Ovenly by Agatha Kulaga & Erin Patinkin ( Harlequin Press 2014)

I found these guys through Instagram, and bought the book immediately when I saw them on Chefs night out.

Named after their bakery in Brooklyn, New York; this recipe book is filled with All-American style sweet baked goods made with a twist; a style for which they’re now famous.

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Aquavit by Marcus Samuelsson (Houghton Mifflin Co 2003)

‘The new Scandinavian cuisine’ as created by Marcus Samuelsson, Executive chef at NYC Scandinavian style fine dining restaurant Aquavit; the book is a comprehensive tome of all things Scandi and fine!

I found this through the food blog Outside Oslo, which I regularly mine for sweet jewels to drool over.

I got my copy off Amazon – second hand – so you might find this one difficult to get hold of (sorry guys!)

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Plenty more by Yotam Ottolenghi (Ebury Press 2014) 

Like most people, I got this for Christmas! The sequel to Plenty.

What excited me most was that the recipes call for things that I already buy and already try to eat, so with a few tweaks here and there I can rustle up some Ottolenghi vegi-liciousness!

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Nordic Bakery Cookbook by Miisa Mink (Ryland Peters & Small 2013)

Norwegian buns are pretty much the reason why I bought this book. I spent a little time in Bergen and left my heart there. I’m hoping that recreating some of their baking staples over here in Stirchley will help fill the void. 

Note: the writer is Finnish NOT Norwegian, so the recipes lean a little to the East..

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And last but certainly not least…

Fika by Ikea (Ikea 2012)

‘Fika, a break for coffee and a bite to eat, is a cornerstone of Swedish food culture.’

I know that a lot of people might put their nose up to this one, but as I’ve made abundantly clear, I’m into Scandi cooking; and this book offers up all the best of Scandi basics that will get me started… that’s Ikea all over really!

You’ll find it in the IKEA food hall.

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Watch this space…

Jordan