SHOULD YOU STOCK UP ON COOK BOOKS? USE THEM TO INSPIRE YOU AND COOK WHAT YOU LOVE

Recently, I started spring cleaning at home and I discovered that I have a lot of cook books. Maybe not as much as some people or professional chefs have, but a lot.

And I have to admit that I most certainly do not use all of them all the time or at least not as often as initially intended. If I need a recipe or an advice how to use any given ingredient, I usually search the internet. This way it is faster, saves a lot of time and I find numerous delicious recipes that I can use, some of which I could never have guessed existed.

Although sometimes I think I don’t need all of these cook books at home just collecting dust for months between opening them, then when I am in a bad mood or I need an inspiration, I like to sit with such a book in the quiet of the evening when kids are already in bed and all the housework has been completed and just go through the pages.

I remember when I got my first cook book. I was still a teenager and my mum gave me a cook book as a gift. She maybe thought that, because I am a girl, I would be interested in cooking. I wasn’t at the time.

Many years after that when I got married and myself became a mum, I got really interested in cooking and experimenting with flavours. Then I got my first cook book out and I am still using it.

MY FAVOURITE COOK BOOKS

I present you some of my favourite cook books that I own and that I have used many, many times.

I don’t need to open them every day, just when I need guidance and inspiration. And in time, when you become more confident in cooking a specific type of food, you may not need them at all, although I believe, however good a cook might be in the kitchen, they still need to check the cook books from time to time.

Some of my favourite cook books include books for everyday use (like chicken recipes and meals for a fiver), ethnic food books, festive cooking books, etc. You might also have some or all of them. These are my favourite cook books:

Product: 500 Sensational Salads:Recipes for Every Kind of Salad from Delicious Appetizers and Side Dishes to Impressive Main Courses, with Meat, Fish and Vegetarian Options Salads book

Price: £9.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8.5/10

Product: Favourite Chicken Recipes (Good Housekeeping) Chicken recipes

Price: £14.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8.5/10

Product: Family Meals for a Fiver (Good Housekeeping) Meals for a Fiver

Price: from £8

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 7.5/10

Product: 200 Light Slow Cooker Recipes Slow cooker recipes

Price: £2.49 and Kindle Edition £1.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 7/10

Product: Pasta&Co:Spaghetti,Ravioli,Lasagne and More Pasta book

Price: from £5

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8/10

Click here to see a pasta dish I prepared inspired by this book

Product: The Complete Book of Tapas and Spanish Cooking Tapas book

Price: £9.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 7/10

Product: 50 Greek Recipes:Authentic and Mouthwatering Recipes from Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean Greek recipes book

Price: £4.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9/10

Product: 200 Christmas Recipes Xmas recipes

Price: from £0.01 and Kindle Edition £2.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8/10

Product: Make, Bake and Decorate Cupcakes by Nancy Lambert Cupcakes book

Price: £7.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 9/10

Product: Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book: Over 200 Classic Recipes Cake book

Price: £11.89 and Kindle Edition £9.99

Place to buy: Amazon.co.uk

My rating: 8.5/10

COOK BOOKS PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

I like to read, any kind of book. That’s why I like to turn the pages and go through printed recipes. I find this very inspiring – looking at the pictures of cooked meals, reading the ingredients, touching the paper.

I think when you see a picture on a book page, it is more inviting to try the meal instead of seeing it on the computer. I don’t know why is that or is it just for me, but I start salivating when I see a yummy recipe in a book or even in the newspaper.

Of course, every product has its advantages, but also disadvantages. Below please see some positives and negatives of owning cook books at home:

PROs:

  • they are usually cheap to buy

  • they are inspiring to give a recipe a try

  • don’t take much space

  • can be found in any book shop or supermarket

  • you can find cook books about any cuisine you like and prefer

CONs:

  • another book you need to put on the shelf and dust from time to time

  • usually the number of recipes are limited in a book

  • you can’t find immediately any similar recipes that use the same ingredients

USE THE COOK BOOKS TO INSPIRE YOU, COOK WITH INGREDIENTS YOU LIKE AND FLAVOURS YOU PREFER

The cook books are very useful to gain ideas about a dish and what it may look like when cooked. But, I would say, when you start cooking, be yourself. Just experiment and use only the ingredients you are comfortable with and you like. That way you would make your meals unique and individual, made in accordance with your and your family’s taste.

I like having books, including cook books, and I am not getting rid of them any time soon. I know that I should use them more often, but I am happy to say that whenever I need them they are there to help me, which happened many times.

I go through cook books, and internet, whenever a big celebration is coming and I need some special meals to prepare. At the same time, when I choose the dishes, I always adapt them to my loved ones’ taste – my little one doesn’t like peppers, my husband would rather not eat pork, etc. and I have to take into consideration those things as well.

So, use the cook books you like to give you ideas and inspire you to try a new dish, but always account for what you really like to eat and enjoy the meals with the people you love!

CONCLUSION: HAVE ALL THE COOK BOOKS YOU WANT AND ARE READY TO USE IN YOUR EVERYDAY COOKING

I have cook books about all the things we like to eat – chicken, salads, appetizers, Greek meals, Chinese meals, low-fat meals, desserts, cakes, etc.

From time to time I get inspired to buy a new cook book when I see it in store, because of its title. It usually promises to deliver recipes that my family would enjoy.

But before buying any book first go through its content list and open some of the pages to see the pictures of the cooked meals and the ingredients used. If you still feel inspired and hungry to try those recipes, you might want to buy it.

Think also, how often do you usually eat that kind of food. If the answer is – very often, regularly… then go to the till. If not, then you will find the right book next time.

I personally like to have cook books at home and I believe that every home-cook should have at least a couple of books to remind them why they love cooking for themselves or for their loved ones. But if you prefer to search the internet, it is up to you to find your inspiration the way it is most suitable for you.

I hope you enjoyed my review. Don’t forget to get in touch with me or just write a line below, if you want to share your personal experience about the matter.

Have a great day!

2 Comments

  1. Julie

    Thank you for sharing your cookbooks. I actually grew up in a family where the women (my mother and sisters) loved collecting cookbooks of various cuisines of their choice. Because of this I also inherited a love for them and I agree that reading them late at night can actually be very calming and spark inspiration for a new dish that you’ve never tried before. I loved reading through your favorites – I think the Good Housekeeping series are actually very good too!

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    1. Ellie

      Hi Julie. Thank you for your comments. I’m glad I am not the only one feeling that way about cook books.

      I love cook books that include recipes my family would love, and I try to prepare the recipes the way my loved ones would like them the best.

      Keep finding inspiration in everything you do.

      Have a lovely day.

      Ellie

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