Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Listography - Top 5 Cookbooks

I've been reading this week's Listography at Kate Takes 5, and must admit to feeling a little intimidated when faced with the Delias, the Nigellas and the Jamie Olivers. These are not the type of books that reside in my kitchen. In fact, when I looked I only actually have five cookbooks, so this should really be titled '5 Cookbooks'. They are:


New Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner - Annabel Karmel
I would have been a wonderful Annabel Karmel mother. I've got the blender, the ice cube trays and the little pots. I have the organisational tendencies to batch cook and meal plan. Unfortunately my babies are not Annabel Karmel babies, and scream when a loaded spoon is thrust towards them. Therefore, instead of the spotless, rosy cheeked cherubs that adorn the pages of this cookbook, after every mealtime I am faced with cleaning up a baby that looks like this.

The Marmite Cookbook - Paul Hartley
This isn't really for cooking from, more to celebrate my love of Marmite. As well as the recipes it has lots of vintage Marmite advertising which I love as well as a little history of Marmite.

The Survival Guide to Cooking in the Student Kitchen - Susan Crook
This was an 'off to university' present from my parents and is probably my most thumbed cookbook. It has easy recipes for lots of basics, like boiling eggs and pancakes, as well as general cooking and shopping tips.

30 Things to Cook and Eat for Christmas - Rebecca Gilpin and Catherine Atkinson
This is a lovely little book, full of sweets and biscuits with really simple instructions. I bought this pre-children with the intention of making gifts for grandparents. Not sure that I actually have yet, but the intention is still there!

Blue Notebook
Do not be fooled by the inscription 'French Words' written in a childish hand, this is where I keep the handwritten recipes passed down from my Mum, and includes the favourites 'Sponge Pudding' and 'Ginger Shortbread'.

See everyone else's cookbooks here!


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14 comments:

  1. I have that Annabel Karmel book! I made two or three of the recipes for Laura and I don't think I've opened it since early 2009. Poor old Emily.

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    1. I think that everyone with a baby has that book about somewhere! It is a very good book if you want to know how to make purees. Actually it has a lot of other good recipes in it too. I've just spent a lot of time cooking from it, only for the food to end up in the bin.

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  2. You can't go wrong with Marmite!

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    1. Marmite on toast is a perfectly satisfactory meal!

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  3. That student cookbook sounds right up my street. Great little collection.

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    1. I would certainly recommend it (if it's still in print!)

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  4. What a great collection. I have that Annabel Karmel book but my DD only liked to feed herself so it is pretty under used. Maybe I should look at the toddler meals now. Love the notebook!

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    1. I never got much further than the 'second stage weaning' section with either of mine. She does have one recipe though for a spinach pasta sauce which has been an enormous hit with both of them, so that makes the book worth it by itself!

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  5. Marmite cookbook sounds good. My new favourite cookbook is the Innocent cookbook, I think I'm in love with it, although I haven't actually cooked anything from it yet! :)

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    1. I've looked at that Innocent cookbook before and thought that it looked good. I think that I too would probably buy it and not actually cook anything from it!

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  6. ha ha ha ha, that spinach sauce pic is priceless! I have a very old version of the Annabel Karmel book...frightening, I think lots has changed since...not certain I should be adding sugar as it says in some of the recipes! Also, have you seen her on CITV recently...just plain wierd!!

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    1. My Mum liked the picture so much she put it on her own blog! No, definitely no added sugar now, it's usually apple or pear. I've not seen her on CITV, we've not moved on from CBeebies yet!

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  7. I loved that AK book when littlelish was a baby. I used it everyday! :) I think I am going to do this list too!

    PS: I was just coming over to tell you I had tagged you in my 11 questions. TBH I wasn't mad keen on it but thought i ought to participate to if only to build up my little blogger community :) Feel free to play if you fancy it! x http://www.lishconcepts.com/2012/03/ive-been-tagged/

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    1. Thanks for the tag! I think that I've already been tagged in this so I'll combine them!

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