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Hi, my name is Ruth…
…and collecting cookery books is my jam. Phew, I feel so much better now I’ve got that off my chest. We’ve all got a vice and whilst mine may not seem the sexiest to some, to me, I just love cookbooks.
I’m a Liverpool food and lifestyle blogger over at Ruth Writes and cooking is my hobby of choice. The whole end-to-end process fills me with joy. Finding a new one or better yet, discovering one of my favourite chefs is releasing a new one is like being handed a newborn bebe – waiting to be loved and adored.
I love to cook and whilst lockdown has been hard in terms of the constant monotony, finding new recipes to try and tweak brings me to life. So, after that somewhat quick introduction, this leads me to my top four cookbooks. The ones that I love to cook meal after meal from and I think everyone should invest in:
The Green Roasting Tin
This one has been sitting on my shelf for the last year, maybe 18 months, and I love it so much. I should probably add that my fiance and I are pescatarian, but predominantly eat vegetarian meals throughout the week and so this book is a great go-to for easy, but filling and tasty veggie meals.
It does what it says on the tin…literally. Every recipe is a one-pot ‘bung in the oven’ meal and the book is split into two halves – the first half of recipes are vegan, and the latter half are vegetarian. If you want to take the plunge and try vegan or vegetarian meals, I recommend making an investment in The Green Roasting Tin.
Jamie Oliver, 5 Ingredients
Hear me out. If you’re not a Jamie fan, which I understand not everyone is, please try and give his recipes a go. With years of experience in the biz, and with a couple of his books in my possession, I would say this one is a great all-rounder.
This book isn’t veggie but is a worthwhile investment if you’re not a natural home cook and want to keep your stress levels and shopping list at a minimum. Every dish is made up of just 5 ingredients. I’d say this book is great if you have a store cupboard of everyday herbs and spices ready to go and you want to mix up your meal planning for the week.
The dishes aren’t overly complicated but do require a smidge of cooking know-how. Give it a go – you might surprise yourself!
Pinch of Nom, Everyday Light
The second book from the Slimming World bloggers turned Insta chefs and now bonafide cookbook connoisseurs is the latest addition to my collection, but one I’m loving so far! I bought this one over Christmas and it’s my first foray into the Pinch of Nom world but so far, so good! I’ve made quite a few recipes out of it to date, and whilst it’s another one that isn’t vegetarian, over half of the recipes are veggie or they have suggestions on how to switch out the meat or fish.
This book is packed with classic meal ideas that get your mouth-watering from just flicking through the pages! Pinch of Nom are big on #fakeaway meals too. Something I really enjoy and can’t wait to make my way through each one!
Mob Veggie is part of the Mob Kitchen club – a club I only learnt of during the first lockdown, but oh boy am I glad I discovered it! This cookbook might be small but it sure is mighty!
This recipe has stained pages and is packed with post-it notes from the many different recipes I’ve tried, tweaked over the last few years. It contains recipes I’d love to pass off as my own, as my friends and family have loved them so much and it’s my go-to when I’m feeling a bit meh at the thought of having to cook yet another meal. Basically, it’s been my solo lockdown savior.
I haven’t even dared to try or buy another of the other books in the Mob Kitchen series, but now I write this I shall pop that on my to-do list because I do enjoy this book so much!
There we have it – my top four cookery books as it currently stands.
The list is ever-changing and I’m always discovering new books I want to buy, so who knows which ones I’ll love in the summer. If you have any recommendations or want to see which I buy next, come and join the conversation over on ruthwrites.blog!