In a genius twist on this month's Random Recipes Dom from Belleau Kitchen has sent out a missive to fellow food bloggers asking them to photograph the cookbooks that have proved the inspiration to many a Random Recipe challenge over the last year.
For the last couple of weeks, the nosy-parker in me has delighted pouring over the photos of everyone's bookshelves. Its been like resurrecting that tea time telly favourite: 'Through the Key Hole: A Kitchen Special!'
(Sample Sir David Frost's commentary:
'And panning around the kitchen I can see someone hasn't done the washing up. For some days I'd have thought...')
Firstly, on the windowsill we have a pile of foodie magazines and clippings folders. Once a year the Annual Clipping Cull takes place. Grabbing a scissors I brutally tear through the glossy pages, searching for every last pudding recipe or any new twist on the Victoria Sponge, decorating the floor in multi-coloured scraps of discarded pages that take the entire rest of the year to clear up.
And here are the baking books. There are the ones I love, and turn to time and time again. The ones for special occasions and celebrations. And the ones that I'm frightened of. Too terrified to even attempt any of the recipes. My name is What Kate Baked and I have a phobia of Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits.
This is for why:
And this is one very special cookbook, an absolutely brilliant I-Love-It-To-Pieces book made by my wonderful sister for my 30th birthday that has pride of place in the bookshelves: