Bonnie May's top 7 cookbooks
PUBLISHED: 14:52 14 March 2016 | UPDATED: 14:55 14 March 2016
Rather than list out recipes that I know are winners, I'll give you an insight as to who and what inspires me in the kitchen...
Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo
I loved the TV series, and the book captures all the character that she shows on screen. The pictures are beautiful, almost edible, and everything is totally achievable. She also does a great blog, as you read it you can actually hear her talking, and her connection from the market to the plate is completely believable.
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
If you’ve eaten in any of his restaurants the chances are you will have bought his book. It is dripping with deliciousness, vibrant pictures, family plates, fresh produce and the biggest slice of YUM you will find. If you are up for a treat, take yourself into London and lunch it up!
What To Eat Next by Valentine Warner
A new one to my collection but already sauce stained! A brilliant ‘can do’ book even for the ‘can’t do’ cook. Nothing intimidating about this at all – you can totally relate to the pictures and wording and can see many of these recipes being served as a Saturday supper with friends.
One Bowl Baking by Yvonne Ruperti
At last a baking book that doesn’t require the whole kitchen contents to bake a cake. I am yet to have a flat sponge or a stodgy tray bake. It is concise and fluster-free. I even had the thumbs up from my daughter who is in the Alps as her first season as a chalet girl... this, by all accounts is her new bible.
Best Ever Dishes by Tom Kerridge
Oh how I love this man! His passion and believability ooze at the seams. I ‘m lucky enough to have eaten at his restaurant and everything I had seen in print came to life. His values are authentic and cooking heartfelt. Here’s a man who wears his heart on his sleeve and, best of all, his book is really easy to read and follow.
Luke’s Cookbook by Luke Thomas
All your favourites with a modern twist. This miracle worker has wands for hands and can turn that staple pie into a special – where his magic comes from in someone so young is a miracle to me. He absolutely falls into the ‘watch this space’ department as at just 22 with such passion and drive under his belt, as far as I can see the only way is up.
Terrines and Verrines by Franck Pontais
This is an ‘up your sleeve secret weapon’. Keep this book hidden away… do not share under any circumstances! This is the only party book you will ever need – a whole world of ‘little’ pots, slices, dips and dunks. Slide this one into your collection and you will fast-track your way to the hostess with the mostess.
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