Thursday, February 19, 2009

A few new cookbooks on my shelves...


I bought three cookbooks at the end of last year, and they're really nice - I have to tell you about them. One is by Gordon Ramsay's wife, Tana Ramsay. I have some of Gordon's books but I have to tell you I vastly prefer Tana's. Gordon's are nice, but.. they just don't inspire me to get into the kitchen and cook! Tana does though - this book is called "Home Made" and is all about family food. This has the recipes she really uses for her kids - or at least it feels that way. I've tried several things already, including a fabulous chicken soup that I will tell you about soon.


Next, Jamie Oliver's new creation, "Jamie's Ministry of food". (I'm sure some of you have already seen the first few episodes of this as it's also a new tv-show.) The idea here is to get people to cook - people who generally don't, who buys take-out or frozen meals on a regular basis, and people who just never learned how to make things from scratch. Jamie wants you to learn a few recipes from each section of the book, and then teach your friends. Well, I probably won't follow his instructions to the letter, but it's a neat idea and as usual, I do love his recipes. I've tried two of his Indian curries so far and they both turned out really good. One, in fact, was so successful I'm aching to make it again!


Finally, a tiny thing I picked up... it's not available in English, unfortunately: "Drinks for when you're pregnant", or "Drinkar för gravida" is the title, and it's all about exciting and fancy cocktails and drinks. Sans alcohol, of course. Sweden has a very strict recommendation of drinking absolutely zero alcohol while pregnant, so a book like this can really become popular here. I love it for the fun ideas, and the beautiful photos. And when you're pregnant - well, you don't really want to be sipping boring soft drinks or mineral water all the time, especially not if you socialize a lot. Much better to have "mamatinis" or "baby bellinis"!


Anonymous said...

I have had a Jamie Oliver book for a while, it is beautiful, but I have yet to splatter it with ingredients. Perhaps I need to pick that one up. Thanks for reminding me!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh which book was the fabulous curry in by jamie? I have to say I wasnt going to bother with the ministry of food book as I thought it might be too basic, did you find it too simple for someone with a keen interest in food? I will have to check out the Tana Ramsey book! :)
I loooove cookbooks.

Anne said...

AshyCupcake - oh, they're in this one. Have a look through it if you see it at the bookstore - some things are very basic, but not really more so than his other books. There's still a lot of really fun flavor combinations :)

Hana Choi said...

I love Jamie's books; they're all so easy to follow! Thanks for all the new recommendations.

And of course, CONGRATULATIONS on the little bun in the oven!! ;)

Anonymous said...

My first time on your blog, nice...will be coming back =)
Tomorrow the big booksale starts and I'm gong to buy every bakingbook I can get my hands on!