Sunday Wishlist – cooking essentials

Since moving into my new flat at the start of Autumn, I’ve been getting really into cooking. This Sunday, I want to mention some of the new and soon-to-be-released recipe books that I’d love to get my hands on!

Plenty More – Yotam Ottolenghi

For me, the best food is found in restaurants. I love to eat out and then try to recreate a dish at home. Ottolenghi is a top London chef, so I’m sure that anything I make from this will be delicious. The recipes are all vegetarian, but the focus is actually on creating superb meals in which vegetables are the main focus, rather than on making veggie substitutes for recipes that typically feature meat. The book is divided up into sections based on cooking technique which is very helpful, as I can use the ‘baked’ and ‘roasted’ sections as evenings get chillier, and save the fresher ‘tossed’ and ‘steamed’ sections for spring.

Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes – Dominique Ansel

Heard of the cronut? Who hasn’t. Ansel famously invented ‘the Cronut™’ in his New York bakery and is now sharing his recipe with the home cook. I think this book will be one for the advanced baker, but I still think it would be fun to give some of his notoriously tricky recipes a go. I might buy it and focus on just a couple of recipes until I’ve perfected them.

Cookery Postcards from Penguin

Last Christmas, I received the ‘Postcards from Penguin’ box and still love them so much that I refuse to send them out to anyone. The postcard sets feature stunning Penguin artwork on the front and make for great wall decorations. I think that a few postcards from this particular set would look brilliant framed in the kitchen.

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