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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Foodie Christmas Book Wish List

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Family members often say that they never know what to buy me for Christmas, and I suppose I don't help them out much by saying "I'll have a think" or "oh don't get me anything", after all, Christmas is all about the kids, right? Truth be told, I LOVE it when I get a big pile of presents from my husband but there has always been a joke about how many of them will get returned in January. He's got better over the years and I don't think anything got returned last year, and he has even started taking notice of my subtle hints (it's only taken 14 years!)

Without fail, he buys me a cookery book, although he has been known to buy me one that I've already got, so I thought I would help him out a bit this year, with my book wishlist (It'll be just my luck that he won't read this blog post!)

I popped along to WHSmith to get some inspiration for my list of ten books.

Upon entering our local WHSmith it doesn't appear to be a very large store, however there is an upstairs that is mostly dedicated to books. On the lower level there are a few stands displaying half price books and books for £5, which is where I began my search.



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Primrose Bakery Christmas - Martha Swift

Primrose Bakery Christmas - Martha Swift
I'm a sucker for Christmas books, which I use for inspiration during the eating season and this one is full of tempting recipes for cakes, cookies, edible gifts and more.

The Way I Cook - Lisa Faulkner

The Way I Cook - Lisa Faulkner 
I've been a fan of Lisa Faulkner recipes since I saw her make a nut roast on tv a few years ago, as it's become a favourite on our Christmas dinner table ever since (even for meat eaters)

Family Sunday Lunches - Mary Berry

Family Sunday Lunches - Mary Berry
It's Mary Berry making Sunday lunch, what more is there to say!

Great Outdoors Cookbook - Phil Vickery The 

Great Outdoors Cookbook - Phil Vickery
This book is full of inspiring recipes and ideas for cooking and eating outdoors (and we all know that food tastes better outdoors). There are sections on how to make a Dutch oven, cooking on a bbq (including the Christmas turkey) and open fire, as well as cooking a feast on one or two rings (a necessity when camping), and 'from the flask'.

The Camper Van Cookbook - Martin Dorey

The Camper Van Cookbook - Martin Dorey
This book looks like a great read as it's not just a cookbook and instead seems more like an essential handbook for the camper van owner. We may not own a camper van but after enjoying our recent motorhome holiday it's definitely something I want to do again. There are music play lists, essential kit lists (including cooking equipment and games to take), as well as cocktail recipes, how to tell the time without a clock and surfing tips. It looks like a really entertaining read.

Mug Cakes - Mima Sinclair

Mug Cakes - Mima Sinclair
I've made cakes in a mug before but this is a complete book dedicated to mug cake recipes, including a Christmas cake, honey cake and a black forest cake, to name a few.

Salad Love - David Bez 

Salad Love - David Bez
I love salads and Salad Love has a different salad for each weekday, with a full colour photo for each recipe, made from fresh ingredients with the minimum of effort - a must for everyone wanting to get more of their 5 a day.

Men's Pie Manual - Andrew Webb 

Men's Pie Manual - Andrew Webb
Well, I know I'm not a man but I couldn't resist giving this book a mention, as I love the 'Haynes Manual' style and the delicious looking pork pie on the cover, and step by step instructions for some of the recipes.

River Cottage Fruit - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

River Cottage Fruit - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (I bought this one)
If you love fruit then this book is definitely for you; full of all manner of recipes for different fruits from summer berries to tropical favourites, with a colour photo for every recipe (which all cook books should have, in my opinion).

River Cottage Fruit - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall River Cottage Fruit - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Nigella Express - Nigella Lawson (I bought this one too)
'Good Food Fast' is what this book is all about - fast food, short-cuts and time saving ideas. It's worth buying for the Lazy Loaf recipe alone; an easy to prepare muesli bread that takes seconds to prepare and 1.75 hours to prove & bake.


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After watching Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes on tv I'd like to add an 11th book to my list now too, as everything he made looked 'proper lush'.

Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes



So here is my final top 11 foodie cook books for Christmas 2014

Primrose Bakery Christmas - Martha Swift
The Way I Cook - Lisa Faulkner 
Family Sunday Lunches - Mary Berry
The Great Outdoors Cookbook - Phil Vickery
The Camper Van Cookbook - Martin Dorey
Mug Cakes - Mima Sinclair
Salad Love - David Bez
Men's Pie Manual - Andrew Webb
River Cottage Fruit - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Nigella Express - Nigella Lawson
Best Ever Dishes - Tom Kerridge

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