Thursday, 5 July 2012

Random Recipes: A Celebration of Cookbooks









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 in the bookcase are the savoury books. Yep, that is a heavy coating of dust you see on each and every one.



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:






With many thanks to Dom and his inspired, original Random Recipes.

17 comments:

  1. I can see why that Biscuiteers book would frighten you...crikey..what a standard they have set in that book LOL!
    Nice to see your collection though. x

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  2. A lovely post...I must photograph my books soon too...maybe after a bit of dusting!!! I'd be frightened of biscuiteers too...but don't worry they're only £30 to £40 a tin if you buy them online...a bargain! ;-)

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  3. We have lots of books in common - must be good taste. I definitely don't have the Biscuiteers book, though. You know I said in one of my very first posts that I have a phobia of doing iced biscuits but it was something I wanted to tackle very soon. Well I still haven't tried - pathetic!

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  4. Ah, the annual cutting cull is very familiar!!!!! Although I'm possibly not quite as organised as to undertake it yearly. But when it does, there is magazine confetti around the house for day ;o)

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  5. Lovely collection of books you got there... I, too, am scared of iced biscuits :)
    The recipe book is fab! That is so special.

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  6. Such an impressive collection, I am really enjoying seeing everyone's cookbook collection. Your 30th Birthday recipe book should definitely be treasured, such a treasure!

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  7. Thank you for sharing a peek at your cookery books and for introducing me to Random Recipes - can't wait to take part. (I don't blame you of being frightened of the Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits - what fantastic but intimidating biscuits!)

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  8. "savoury books".... what are those, Kate? Haha! Your books seem pretty organised, I'm impressed! I love the book your sister made for your birthday, what a fantastic, thoughtful gift.

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  9. I am LOVING this challenge so much... I have seen into so many homes and it's only the first week of July!!... I love your separation of sweet and savoury... mine are all mixed up... and as for your very own cookbook, now that is special... thanks so much for entering this month, it's lovely to have you back!

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  10. Thanks for showing us around - I'm totally loving this challenge as I'm such a nosey parker :) I have mainly sweet books, most of them similar to yours. I've never used my biscuiteer book and always fear that it will be chosen for RR! I absolutely love your cookbook - such a lovely gift!! I have a similar one from work colleagues when I left a job as I baked them so many treats in my time there!

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  11. You have a lovely cookbook collection! I do agree that this is a genius random recipe challenge. Kinda like give an inside look on everyone's library collection. I must photograph mine soon! : )

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  12. I played 'spot the cookbook' in your photos - I've got so many of the same ones :-) Absolutely love the one your sister made you too - what an absolutely unique and wonderful book of memories!

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  13. I love the 30th birthday recipe book - that's very special. I can't remember ever making an iced biscuit - I think I must be missing something.

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  14. Love seeing all your cookery books - I have lots of the same baking ones. My baking ones are much more used than any of my savoury ones - you'd be blowing dust off mine too! I love the book your sister made for you - is it full of family favourites, or is it one that you can add to as and when you find really good recipes?

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  15. I LOVE the 30th Birthday Book Kate! IN fact I LOVE peeping into your pile of books everywhere! BRILLIANT post! Karen xx

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  16. Aww, love that book from your sister! Best book in the round up so far!

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  17. I have the Biscuiteers book and haven't made anything from it either. I look at the pictures and put it back, not because I can't you understand : ) How fabulous to have that wonderful book made for your 30th burthday. A truly thoughtful idea that must have taken quite some time. We all seem to have Short and Sweet. A great book. GG

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