Sugar and spice and all things nice
Bake Off. We’re officially obsessed. But how did a show about cake become the greatest thing on TV? Well, for starters everybody on it is for reals nice (which gives us that warm fuzzy feeling). Mary’s patterned jacket game is seriously strong (respect). Plus, it’s got just the right amount of innuendo going on (see soggy bottom, grab your jugs). But most important of all…it’s about FOOD! As a nation we love to eat and drink. And what’s the next best thing to eating it? Watching and reading about it of course!
We’re hungry for cookbooks
Cookbooks are big news for publishers right now – food and drink is the biggest category in non-fiction, with some chefs cleaning up across the board (Jamie Oliver’s books are consistently among the top sellers across all categories). You might think that the rise of food bloggers would negatively affect book sales but in fact they work in tandem. Bloggers that achieve a strong following often subsequently publish successful books – nice!
Our favourite recipe books
The best books are packed with droolsome photos and recipes that are simple but impressive. You can tell which ones are our faves because they’re covered in oily splodges and fall open at our most used recipes (emergency brownies - Nigella you minx). Sometimes when we open them, something from the last round of cooking might even tumble out from between the pages…
There’s more to cookbooks than recipes
Cookbooks can tell a story too. We’ve got some on our shelves that we’ve inherited from our mums, with hand-written notes in the margins and splodges that are decades old. The recipes might be ancient, but no amount of sriracha or avocado mash on toast can beat mum’s chicken pie.
Cookbooks for special diets
If you haven’t noticed the rise of the vegan over recent years, where have you been hiding?! There’s been an explosion of people turning plant-based both here and across the pond, and numbers of vegans are set to skyrocket further by 2020. Food suppliers are stepping up to the plate, with a range of mouth-watering vegan-friendly products coming on to the market (hello Greggs’ vegan sausage roll!), but we also need to learn how to cook for ourselves at home when we adjust our diet dramatically, which is where cookbooks can be a real help (pass the tempeh please!)