Over the years I've spent many happy hours working my way through my collection of cookery books; there's no doubt I'm rather partial to a little gastronomic escapism. So, as the subject of the Listography at Kate Takes 5 this week is Top 5 cook books, it seemed a great opportunity to take a browse down recipe lane. These are my favourite tried and tested cookbooks of all time:
1. Ottolenghi - The Cookbook
I love the shop. I love the cookbook. Fresh, seasonal ingredients simply cooked. This is my 'go to' cookbook if I'm cooking for guests. Lots of favourites in here, but the recipe for chargrilled broccoli with chilli and garlic is something else. There's also a great gluten free chocolate fudge cake too. Delicious.
2. Jamie Oliver - Happy Days with the Naked Chef
I'm a big Jamie fan, but this one of his books gets used the most. His suggestion for cooking chilli con carne in the oven is fab too.
3. The Good Housekeeping Bible
This was one of the first cookbooks I ever bought. These days it's looking rather tatty. It's my bible, the book I turn to when I need to make a sauce or a preserve or condiment - or just find a 'classic' recipe - I know they'll all be in it.
4. Marcus Wareing - How to cook the perfect...
I like this book for it's 'Tips for Perfection' section on every recipe. This book covers everything from the perfect roast beef and trimmings to baking the best chocolate brownies. I've cooked a number of the baking recipes in here and they're all fab. It was this book that taught me how to make a great vanilla panacotta. (Even if I say so myself.)
5. Delia Smith - Soup
For some slightly more inspired soup options, I like this book. The black bean soup is my favourite - wholesome and hearty; a meal in a bowl.
So that's my top 5 cook books. What are your favourites?