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?


Blue Sky March 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I would love your cookery books – they represent the diet that I would LIKE to have, as opposed to the food I have to cook to keep the children happy. I will bookmark the soup one though as I often make soup for lunch for me :)

admin March 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Hi. My daughter is very fussy, but I use the same old recipes. I don’t think the soup one is available any more.

Menai March 13, 2012 at 11:24 am

Fabulous choices – I know just what you mean about difference in cooking for little one and other half – I remember a day of cooking home-made chicken nuggets for our little fussyeating monster and warming up takeaway for husb…

admin March 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I do wish I could cook/or want to cook properly.

Kaz Bubba Babble March 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I’m with you all the way with AK – she is a life saver when feeding little ones. I might invest in the juice book as I seem to always make the same old ones!

admin March 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Some of her recipes are still rather complicated!

Claire T March 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

A good mixture of books there. I find I tend to cook simpler food with the two year old although she is a pretty adventurous eater. Roll on the helper I have promised myself if we have another baby.

admin March 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I kind of wish I understood the passion people have for cooking, then I’m sure I’d have more indepth recipe books. Oh and I love having a helper

Kate Takes 5 March 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm

You realise you sound sickening healthy don’t you? Quite inspiring though!

admin March 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

Ha Ha I suppose it does!

mum of all trades March 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

yours are all very healthy entries to the listography! I need to take a leaf out of your book.

admin March 19, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I download unhealthy recipes from the internet!

Emily (@amummytoo) March 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm

What a lovely, healthy list. Adding Seasonal Salads to my wishlist.

admin March 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

It’s not intentional :)

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