Christmas Wish List: 2

Next on my Christmas Wish List is this book ‘Forgotten Skills of Cooking’ by Darina Allen. The description reads as follows:

In this much-needed new book, which has already sought high appraisal by winning the Andre Simon Food Book Award, Darina reconnects you with the cooking skills that missed a generation or two. The book is divided into chapters such as ‘Dairy’, ‘Hens and Eggs’, ‘Bread and Preserving’ and forgotten processes such as smoking mackerel, curing bacon and making yogurt and butter which are explained in the simplest terms. The delicious recipes show you how to use your homemade produce to its best, and include ideas for using forgotten cut of meat, baking bread and cakes and even eating food from the wild. The Vegetables and Herbs chapter is stuffed with growing tips to satisfy even those with the smallest garden plot or window box, and there are plenty of suggestions for using gluts of vegetables. You’ll even discover how to keep a few chickens in the garden. With over 700 recipes, this is the definitive modern guide to traditional cookery skills.

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I love the idea of learning traditional techniques for preparing and cooking food as well as how to forage, produce and collect my own food. Plus the reviews look pretty good too.
Do you have any favourite cook books to recommend?


  1. A great cook book is as good as a great novel – this loks like a lovely book to read and then to try some recipes from. Mmm may add it to my wish or to give Christmas list.

  2. This sounds fab! Alice @ Quaint Living wrote about it too recently.

    My favourite cookbooks are Skye Gyngell's A Year in my Kitchen, and Nigel Slater's Kitchen Diaries. Plus a whole host of hippy vegetarian ones, like the Cranks Bible and Veganomicon, and my new favourite best-titled recipe book ever, 'the New Enchanted Broccoli Forest'.

    The food book I am still desperate to get is A Homemade Life by Molly @Orangette.

    If you like cookbooks you MUST go to Books for Cooks in Notting Hill, it's heaven! And the Spice Shop there is incredible too.

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