Listography – Top 5 cook books

by admin on March 12, 2012

This week’s listography from the lovely Kate @ Katestakes5 is Top 5 cook books.

I used to hate cooking with a passion (Mr C was fully aware of this when we got married!). I’m not a patient person so I found the idea of slaving over a hot oven after a long day in the office extremely boring and a complete waste of time. Over the years I did start doing a bit more cooking but I still only like quick recipes that are easy to follow. I went through phases, one week I’d cook every night (much to Mr C’s delight) then I wouldn’t do anything for month, although I did exhibit some very strange behaviour when Miss C was a baby, I cooked all her meals. In fact, much to Mr C’s disgust, she would get delicious, fresh organic 3-course meals, whereas we used to have M&S ready meals. Now, I live in Singapore and the best thing is I don’t have to cook as I am lucky enough to have a live-in maid.

My cook book shelf is rather thin on the ground and I imagine my list will be very different to everyone else’s, but these are my 5 favourite (not all proper) cook books:

Gary Rhodes – Keeping It Simple

Keeping it Simple

Very simple recipes to follow so it’s perfect for someone like me.

Annabel Karmel – New complete meal baby and toddler meal planner

Annabel Karmel's New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner

This book was my bible when it came to cooking food for Miss C.

Lorna Rhodes – The Book of Soups

The Book of Soups


I love soups and this has some fab recipes.

The Big Book of Juices

The Big Book of Juices: More Than 400 Natural Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day

I have a fresh juice nearly every day, so this comes in very useful.

Good Food: 101 Seasonal Salads

Good Food: 101 Seasonal Salads: Triple-tested Recipes: Tried-and-tested Recipes (BBC Good Food)

I eat lots of salads, but the same old lettuce, tomato and avocado can get very dull. This is good for inspiration.

What are your favourite cook books? Why don’t you join in the listography?