Curling up in bed with a good cookery book is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So when Observer Food Monthly published its top 50 cookbooks last Sunday it got me thinking about my own favourites. Of course, I agree with many of the choices – Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries is a must for anyone who enjoys eating and who can’t admit to delving into Delia’s How to Cook for good, homely recipes that are guaranteed to work?
But there were a few of my favourite bedtime reads that didn’t get a mention. As the name suggests, Indulge by Claire Clark (former pastry chef at The French Laundry, no less) is an absolute must for sweet-tooths – I can attest to her baked chocolate mousse with butterscotch sauce being the ultimate end to any dinner party.
When I’m in the mood for something more exotic I can’t help but be enticed by Luke Nguyen’s Songs of Sapa. He zips around Vietnam offering an array of delicious recipes, including prawn and coconut noodle soup, alongside stunning photography. And Salads by Peter Gordon is a colourful and creative reminder of how we should eat during summer.
Then there’s The Moro Cookbook when I’m in the mood for North African flavours, Angela Hartnett’s Cucina for inspired pasta and Larousse Gastronomique for absolutely anything food-related… in fact, the more I think about it, the list just goes on and on.
And just in case I run out of reading, why not tell me your favourites?