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.
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!)
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!
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..
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.
Watch this space…