I have quite a collection of cookery books but there are a handful that I find myself returning to time and time again.
One of these books is ‘Cook Simple’ by Diana Henry, an award winning food writer who has a weekly column in the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine, as well as being a regular contributor to various lifestyle magazines.
I can’t remember how I first stumbled across this book but I do know that it was a revelation to me. Diana’s description of how her cooking style changed when her first baby arrived really struck a chord; I had two young children at home who were keeping me on my toes from dawn until dusk, yet I still wanted to eat delicious home-cooked food with my husband each evening.
The recipes hail from all over the world. Some are ready in minutes, others take longer. There are those that are perfect for entertaining, and those that are destined to become midweek regulars. However the essence of each dish remains the same: uncomplicated food requiring minimal preparation and a modest list of ingredients.
I am constantly inspired by the recipes and beautiful photography in this book and many have become firm favourites. Happily, the abundant suggestions for variations means there are more that I have yet to discover.
Is there a recipe book that has changed your approach to cooking?