I thought I would write this mini blog-series in order to look at, what is in my mind the most interesting part of the 'food media' selection out there. Food is everywhere, on our TV screens, our social media networks, our phones, tablets and humbly, (hopefully) still on our bookshelves...
The truth is, there are a plethora of cookbooks out there, with more getting released everyday and so this is not a comprehensive list of all the best books out there but merely a small selection of cookbooks that me or R enjoy for various reasons. This first post will be looking at three great books from the world of fine-dining. It is an obvious first choice as it is something me and R have been trained to do, and as well as providing inspiration; these books provide, probably more importantly, an insight into what other chefs are doing in the industry.
First up, this has been a firm favourite cookbook of mine for a while now, Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook. We featured this book in our Christmas Gift list for chefs at the end of last year we love it so much - check out the gift list here. The chef, Daniel Humm, and front of house partner Will Guidara, have created a restaurant experience like no other in NYC. I got given this book a few years back and other than the amazing photography and perfectly styled plates of food, this book is written in a way that anyone could realistically tackle the recipes. Perhaps more importantly however, this cookbook has a great glossary of basic techniques (butters, oils, gels, sauces etc.) that can help any aspiring cook or chef.
The final book I want to highlight is The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller. There is a reason why Thomas Keller is as successful as he is - his passion. Keller has had a long career in the industry and you are able to get an insight into the mind of one of the world's greatest chefs - for the likes of me and R this is inspiring stuff! On top of that, Keller's recipes are tried and tested, seeped in French tradition but brought into the modern age. Young cooks and chefs can learn a lot from mastering the basic methods to cook and prepare things and not a comprehensive bible by any means. The French Laundry cookbook is definitely worth having on your bookshelf. What are your favourites and why?! Let us know by commenting below and we'll check them out. A.