Top 5 Wednesday: Best Cookbooks

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog series hosted on Goodreads by Sam @ ThoughtsOnTomes. The series is currently on hiatus so no new prompts are being produced, but it’s a perfect opportunity to work through some old prompts I missed, or come up with some ones of my own!

This week I’m talking about my favourite cookbooks. I love cooking but I love collecting cook books even more, and I have quite a collection going on now. Here are the best cookbooks I own and why I love them.

HelloFresh: Recipes that Work

I’m a huge fan of HelloFresh, especially when I want to cook something a little fancier instead of throwing a bunch of stuff into a pan and hoping for the best (my usual method of cooking). I also have a HelloFresh folder full of the recipe cards I’ve accumulated through their meal kit boxes. There’s always some new ingredient to discover or a fun spin on an old classic.

Favourite recipes: courgette and sundried tomato tart, Bedouin chicken tagine with apricots and almonds, orzo risotto with chorizo and baby spinach.

Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients

This is probably on almost every kitchen shelf in the UK – it was the best-selling book of 2017 with a whopping 716,000 copies and with good reason; it’s full of delicious, fast, and simple recipes that anyone can follow. This is my go-to book when I need a little inspiration in the kitchen.

Favourite recipes: aubergine penne arrabbiata, smoky chorizo salmon, pappa al pomodoro.

Miguel Barclay’s £1 meals

I love that these recipes serve just one person – it’s perfect for me, and if I’m cooking for others I just multiply the amounts. Easy! If I decide on the spur of the moment to cook a recipe from this book, it’s rare that I don’t already have all the ingredients stocked away because they’re such simple dishes.

Favourite recipes: aubergine dal and chapati, butternut squash tagliatelli (I cook this last one all the time because it’s so simple, but I swap the tagliatelli for tricolore trottole and it’s amazing).

Antoni in the Kitchen

I received an eARC of this cookbook and loved it! It’s full of great photography (of food and of Antoni) and a bunch of personal anecdotes too, so even if you’re not a big cook but are a Queer Eye fan, I’d recommend picking up a copy! So many recipes in here are perfect for hosting – lots of sharing foods and hors d’oeuevres.

Favourite recipes: cheesy lemon-rosemary artichoke dip, Morrocan lamb pasta bolognese, tomato and basil melty mozzarella baked bites.

The Sweet Potato Cookbook

I love sweet potato and I’m always looking for new ways to cook it, so this book is a must for fellow sweet potato fans! Every time I open it, I find a new and surprisingly way of cooking the yummy spud.

Favourite recipes: sweet potato and spinach samosas, sweet potato and courgette latkes, smoked paprika and sweet potato soup.

Do you have any favourite go-to cookbooks?

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