I like a cookbook and over the years I have collected a lot, thrown out a few and kept the ones that I love and use all the time. There are some that I go to all the time and others that I know are there when I need them, on standby with inspiration. Rather than talking about them I thought I would take pictures of them.
These are the ones I use the most and are at the front of my bookshelf. Nigella features at lot as well as Rachel Allen and Dan Lepard. These are the ones I go to for cake inspiration. The newest one is the Morito cookbook, used it for the first time last week and I think it will become a firm favourite.
One of these should have been in the first photo, the Mary Berry, definitely one of my go to books, it has such a breath of recipes that I know I will find what I need. Delia and Nigel feature here as well as more Nigella (what can I say? I’m a fan). Just to the left of Mary you will spot a book called Dough by Richard Bertinet which is the book that got me into bread making, highly recommended.
Swedish Cakes and Cookies was given to me by my Swedish sister-in-law and it is a classic Swedish cookbook that has been around for over 50 years. Some great cakes in here and lovely cakey bread too. The other little beauty is a new book in my collection that I found after doing some research into Irish baking. Maura Laverty was an Irish journalist, novelist, actress and cookbook writer and she wrote this book back in the 50s. It is a wonderful collection of recipes with some great little stories about Ballyderrig (her home town in Kildare). Look out for some test recipes from this in the future.
And then there is always one on the cookbook stand, the one I used last. Today it is Feast by Nigella (it snook into the first picture too!), I used the icing from her chocolate Guinness cake on a chocolate potato cake (more about that later!) that I made last week. It will stay there until the next book is used.
So there you have it, the Cakes & Cardies cookbook bookshelf, who know what will be joining it in the near future!