We review and recommend recipe, cooking and food preserving books that we like and find useful and go back to time after time whilst trendy books by celebrities get left on the shelf until going to the charity shop!
Our Cooking & Preserving Books
Recipe, Cooking and Preserving Books we Like
Cheesemaking and Dairying by Katie Thear
Completely updated and with many new photographs, coverage includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions for making hard cheeses, soft cheeses, yoghurt, cream, ice cream and butter. Suitable for the home kitchen or small dairy, it remains a classic...
Curing & Smoking: River Cottage Handbook No.13
by Steven Lamb, introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall We've been looking at smoking food for a while now and this has to be the best book on the subject we've seen. It's comprehensive covering nearly every food you can think of to (reasonably)...
Food Smoking: A Practical Guide by Turan T. Turan
A comprehensive guide to different smoking methods for a wide range of foods from meat and fish to cheese and vegetables. He also covers building your own smokers and brining and curing. The author, Turan T. Turan has been a passionate smoker of food...
Grown in Britain Cookbook by Dorling Kindersley
This book has two great logos - Dorling Kindersley and the Soil Association and contributions from well known chefs like Sophie Grigson. It's a selection of recipes, copiously illustrated with full colour photographs (some of which are relevant) and...
How to Freeze by Carolyn Humphries
How to Freeze: Everything You Need to Know About Freezing and Freezer Managment by Carolyn Humphries is a practical book and worth every penny in our opinion. Everyone who grows their own at some point experiences a glut and wonders what they can...
How to Store Your Garden Produce: The Key to Self-sufficiency by Piers Warren
The subtitle on this book "The key to self-sufficiency" does sum it up. Growing your own is great, but you need to know how to store your produce or by winter you will be trudging around the supermarket buying that which you could have had for free. The...
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
This is one of Cara's most used books in the kitchen. It isn't just a cookery book, but a guide to eating a wholefoods diet, and returning to traditional ways of eating. It is based on the Weston Price diet, which places a huge emphasis on the healing...
The Bean Book: Essential Vegetarian Collection by Rose Elliot
Although we're not vegetarians we do eat quite a few vegetarian meals and Rose Elliot is an absolutely brilliant writer. The bean book has bean around for many years and we've nearly worn out our copy. Beans are the frugal cook's best friend. They...
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- The Politics of Food Books
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- About Allotments Books
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