Bookshelf Travelling for Insane Times

Judith at Reader in the Wilderness hosts this meme – Bookshelf Travelling for Insane Times.  I am enjoying this meme, looking round my actual bookshelves and re-discovering books I’ve read or am looking forward to reading. The idea is to share your bookshelves with other bloggers. Any aspect you like:

1. Home.
2. Books in the home.
3. Touring books in the home.
4. Books organized or not organized on shelves, in bookcases, in stacks, or heaped in a helter-skelter fashion on any surface, including the floor, the top of the piano, etc.
5. Talking about books and reading experiences from the past, present, or future.

Whatever you fancy as long as you have fun basically.

I’ve been collecting cookery books for years. I have all sorts – Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, French, Vegetarian, Diet, Low Fat, Freezer, and Microwave cookbooks to name but a few. These days I try to be selective and only buy books that look as though there are some new recipes that I haven’t tried.

These are some of my latest additions.


Green & Black’s Ultimate Chocolate Recipes New Collection is such a tempting book for chocoholics. There are recipes for cakes, cookies, cupcakes and cheesecakes, tarts and souffles, puddings and pies, desserts, treats and sweets all using Green & Blacks delicious organic chocolate. It’s a celebration of chocolate.

Choc torte
Green & Black’s

Home Baking Cookbook, 140 recipes for making cakes, biscuits and bread, muffins, meringues, pizzas and pastries. It’s described as ‘an indispensable guide to sweet and savoury baking’ with step by step descriptions of the fundamentals of cake baking, the rules for making pastry and ‘all there is to know about yeast‘. In these days of lockdown I have been baking cakes and and puddings which we don’t normally have!

Fruit cake
Home Baking

Lorraine Pascale’s book, How to be a Better Cook, is a book ‘for complete beginners to more experienced cooks just looking for some new inspiration.’ I’ve watched her TV programmes, awed by her presentation – she is so calm, her food is so perfect and she is such a clean cook – me, the kitchen looks like a bomb has hit it when I’m cooking, all the work surfaces cluttered with ingredients, and mess everywhere.

How to be a Better Cook

Tom Kerridge, a Michelin star chef  is one of my favourite chefs. I love his TV programmes and his food. I’ve eaten in his pub, The Hand & Flowers in Marlow – great food! His book, Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes is inspirational, although I can’t see myself cooking some of them, such as Forty-cloves-of-garlic brined chicken, but he does include a recipe for Ham and Cheese Toastie that I fancy.

Best Ever Dishes

And then there are The Hairy Bikers, Si King and Dave Myers! Perfect Pies is as the title announces about pies! They write that ‘Pies are our passion’ and ‘pastry is our passion’. This is a gorgeous book for pie lovers – from steak pie, fish pie and apple pie to roasted vegetable tart and spicy bean hotpot pie, not forgetting banoffee pie. And they are such fun to watch!

Perfect Pies

7 thoughts on “Bookshelf Travelling for Insane Times

  1. The chocolate cookbook sounds divine. A perfect birthday present for my nephew. I’m also tempted by the Homebaking Cookbook – maybe that will enable me to make sponge that doesn’t resemble a biscuit….


  2. I didn’t know you collect cookbooks, Margaret! And you’ve got some great ones, too. I’m especially eyeing that chocolate cookbook… And trust me, you should see my kitchen when I cook, especially if it’s a new recipe for me….


  3. I so agree with you about Lorraine Pascale being so clean and tidy when cooking/baking. I have her Home Cooking Made Easy, it’s real food porn!


  4. Those Ham and Cheese Toasties look fantastic. I used to collect cookbooks but we have cut back a lot on those. We kept some general basic ones, some that we like for sentimental reasons, and try not to get attracted to new ones in the store or online.


  5. I had no idea that there was a Green and Black chocolate cookbook! Yum. I often say that I’m not sure I would really want to eat at a Michelin star restaurant because a lot of the cooking does not appeal to me. The big exception for me would be Tom Kerridge. I would happily eat at one of his pubs and am very envious that you have. How lovely!


  6. Margaret, I love the Hairy Bikers and have all of their dieting cookbooks – I originally got into them as I was interested in their fake-away recipes, but got hooked because, whether you’re dieting or not, these cookbooks are full of great healthy, down-to-earth recipes. I like the sound of their pie cookbook. Happy cooking!


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