I was recently asked to review a cookbook and was rather anxious as I waited for it to arrive.
What if I didn't like it?
Now I know the whole point of a review is that you say what you really think of something but I was worried how I'd manage if I couldn't find positive things to say.
Well I needn't have worried.
I can honestly say that this
The Abel & Cole Cookbook Paperback
is one of the NICEST COOKBOOKS I have ever seen.
And when I let my mum look at it she nearly didn't give it back!
(At least that's solved what to buy her for her birthday)
But why do I like it so much?
Is it because of the gorgeous photography?
(this is my most favourite picture of all - don't you love it?)
Yes, that's one of the reasons.
Is it the delicious recipes?
like "Garlicky Broad Bean Salad", or "Rhubarb Bread and Butter Pudding", or "Roasted Squash and Wild Rocket Risotto"
Yes. I love it for that reason too.
Is it the way the book is laid out by season?
So that you can easily see what to use with vegetables when they are fresh and available (either from an organic box scheme, farmer's market or your own allotment)
Yup. I love it because of that too - especially as it has lots of innovative recipes and ideas for using purple sprouting broccoli which is one of the lovely surprises each Spring.
Or is it because it is so darn funny?
"Health Warning: this recipe only works with English Strawberries in June. Do not attempt in February as the lack of taste may induce clinical depression."
(by cooking standards that is)
Yes, I think that's what I love most!
But, I guess it's all of those reasons combined.
A really cool book.
And you can get it for only £5 if you live in their delivery area and buy it from here or you can get it here. You can also look at some examples of their recipes here.
Have a look. I think you'll be impressed.