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My Favourite Recipe Books

February 16, 2015

My Favourite Recipe Books One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday night is flick through recipe books for inspiration for our dinners that week. I have so many books, so I thought I’d share a few of my favourites. Some of them I’ve only had for a while, but I know I’m already going to love them! I never usually follow recipes 100% and end up adjusting them slightly, but I love the inspiration that they provide or the base of a meal.
Hemsley Hemsley Hemsley Hemsley InsideHEMSLEY + HEMSLEY, THE ART OF EATING WELL
I just bought this book last month, but so far I love it! It’s such a good book for simple healthy recipes (they’re all gluten free) and I love how creative some of the recipes are. I’ve been dying to try courgetti, and I ended up buying their spiralizer too on a whim. I just baked their gluten free banana bread at the weekend and it was so good! I can’t wait to try their courgetti and ragu (basically spaghetti bolognese), and some of their stews look pretty good too!
Persiana Persiana InsidePERSIANA, SABRINA GHAYOUR
I bought this book before we went to Marrakech last year. I have a new found love of middle eastern food since watching EstΓ©e’s vlogs and all her trips to Yalla Yalla and Comptoir Libanais and I love the idea of being able to cook my own, instead of relying on trips down to London a couple times a year. I really wanted one of Yotam Ottolenghi’s books but after flicking through the pages of this, I actually loved the look of the food in this one more. So far I’ve tried the Bulgar Wheat salad, and the kofte and both were so good! I can’t wait to try a couple more.
Vegetarian Vegetarian InsideVEGETARIAN, ALICE HART
I bought this when I was going through my attempt at being vegetarian last year. Usually whenever I have vegetarian food, it tends to just be pasta rather than actual healthy vegetarian food, so I thought I’d try this for some healthier recipes. I love the breakdowns that it has throughout the book, like how to make almond milk and the mini recipes like what to cook with tomatoes. I’ve only tried one recipe out of it so far (the carrot & coriander fritters with halloumi) and they were so good. I’m hoping to cook a few more things out of this as I really do want to cut down on the amount of meat I’m eating.
15 Mintue Meals 15 Minute Meals Inside15 MINUTE MEALS, JAMIE OLIVER
Although everything I’ve cooked from this book so far has never been cooked in 15 minutes (more like 30), I love the simple and quick recipes that are in it. Jamie will always be my favourite, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I own every one of his books haha! I chose this one as out of all of his books, I’ve tried the most recipes out of this one. My favourite is the pork marsala, though the stroganoff is pretty close behind!

Let me know some of your favourite recipe books! I’d love to find some more to have a browse through. Right now, I’m really loving the look of Nigel Slater’s EAT.

  • Reply
    Camille
    February 17, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Excellent post, I am always eager to discover new recipe books, so thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ I love your blog and I have followed you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo

    http://www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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      April
      February 17, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked it!
      xo April

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    katie a.
    February 17, 2015 at 12:25 am

    Love these! One of my favorite recipe books is Plenty which is filled of vegetarian recipes. I highly recommend it! Persiana looks incredible, I am going to have to pick up a copy soon! Thanks for this post, love your blog!

    katie a. // http://bluepoppyblog.com

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      April
      February 17, 2015 at 6:57 am

      If you love middle eastern food you will love Persiana! The recipes are pretty simple too. I love the idea of vegetarian middle eastern – I’ll have to check Plenty out soon!
      xo April

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    Mili
    February 17, 2015 at 5:25 am

    I’ve only recently started cooking so I have yet to purchase any cooking books, but this is a good reminder that I should. I love middle eastern food but have yet to attempt cooking it. I’m definitely going to check out Persiana. Thanks for the recs πŸ™‚

    Mili

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      April
      February 17, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Yes! You need to have a browse through Persiana! The recipes are so simple too, so they’re great if you’re just starting out cooking. πŸ™‚
      xo April

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    Tatyana
    February 17, 2015 at 7:42 am

    pictures in books such delicious that drools)). have a nice day
    http://keepcalmandreadmorebooks.blogspot.com/

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    Siobhan
    February 17, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Oh god, I am so addicted to buying recipe books – I have hundreds. At the moment I really like “Honestly Healthy for Life” because i can kid myself that the cakes inside are not bad for me…

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      April
      February 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      Haha me too! I just took a look at that book and it looks amazing! I’ve added it to my ever growing book list haha! I did that when I made the banana bread from the Hemsley + Hemsley book this past weekend. It’s basically a healthy cake haha! So good!
      xo April

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    marie
    February 17, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    lovely book ad great post ! πŸ™‚

    http://www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/erchie/673988

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    Kate
    February 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Great recommendations! I am in the market for some new recipe books at the moment :).

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    Hayley Larue
    February 18, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I totally need to read that “15 minute meals” book, because the one thing that makes me not want to cook, is the amount of time it usually takes me! haha. 15 minutes is much better than 3 hours πŸ™‚

    StyledByBlondie.com

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      April
      February 18, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Haha! I’m exactly the same, though the recipes rarely actually take 15 minutes, but you can usually have them done in about 30, which is still pretty quick πŸ™‚
      xo April

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    Diana Cloudlet
    February 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    Interesting posts, beautiful photos & design! It’s really amazing!
    Great job! I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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      April
      February 19, 2015 at 6:41 am

      Thank you so much!
      xo April

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    M
    February 18, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing these books!

    Made in Mauve // Bloglovin

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