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Category Archives: The Cookbook Guru

The Cookbook Guru – Marbled Tea Eggs

This month’s Cookbook Guru‘s task is to take a recipe book from our own library and promote it’s virtues as a contender for 2015’s booklist. Today I made Marbled Tea … Continue reading

August 5, 2014 · 19 Comments

Italian style zucchini and parmesan cheese soup

It’s rare for me to feel constrained by ingredient supply or immature palates when I cook, but choosing a Neil Perry recipe to prepare for this month’s Cookbook Guru has … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 21 Comments

Elizabeth David’s Blue Cheese Tarts

The Cookbook Guru this month is exploring Elizabeth David’s classic “English Bread and Yeast Cookery.” Thirty plus years ago, when I first became interested in cooking more than just the … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 27 Comments

Sourdough Spelt Pizza Bases

Elizabeth David writes scathing observations about English pizza in the introductory pages of the section dedicated to Pizza and Pissaladiere in her erudite tome “English Bread and Yeast Cookery,” this … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · 14 Comments

Mrs Beeton’s Caramel Pudding

The Cookbook Guru, hosted by Leah is exploring Mrs Beeton’s classic tome on cooking and household management during May. I inherited a 1907 copy of “Mrs Beeton’s Family Cookery” from … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 16 Comments

The Cookbook Guru – Mrs Beeton’s Veal Olives

It’s generally a pleasurable task, perusing a cookbook with the intention of making a family meal, but when the book was first published in the British Victorian era, finding an … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 21 Comments

“The New Book of Middle Eastern Food” – Rose Scented Rice Pudding

  I couldn’t resist making another recipe from Claudia Roden’s “The New Book of Middle Eastern Food” to contribute to the Cookbook Guru. AA Milne’s Mary Jane threw a tantrum … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 24 Comments

April Cookbook Guru “The New Book of Middle Eastern Food”

Cooking with Claudia My stained and battered copy of Claudia Roden’s “The New Book of Middle Eastern Food” has been in constant use in my kitchen for at least 20 … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 23 Comments

Karen Martini’s Syrian Chicken

I’ve been making this fabulous chicken dish created by Karen Martini since it was published in our daily newspaper’s Sunday magazine several years ago. Sweet and spicy, the chicken looks … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 24 Comments

Charmaine Solomon’s Vegetable Curries

I’ve been hankering after curry for a week now, not just any old curry, but recipes cooked from the Indian section of Charmaine Solomon’s Complete Asian Cookbook, recipes that are … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 14 Comments

Tess Kiros’ Dolmades

I have rolled thousands of dolmades in my cooking career, but never before have I filled them with meat. Pickled vine leaves rolled into a cigar shape with a herb … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 26 Comments

Fruit Fondue: December Cookbook Guru

Nominating one single cook book as the major source of recipes used to prepare the food for our festive dinner table is a difficult task. I believe Leah was hoping … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · 12 Comments

Potted Cheese: November Cookbook Guru

Cooking from any Jane Grigson book reaffirms in my mind that tricked up 21st century restaurant food will rapidly fade into insignificance while there will always be a place for … Continue reading

November 12, 2013 · 15 Comments

STELLAR COOKBOOKS part 2

Yesterday I posted the first part of my favourite cookbook list, the general cookbooks that have been the most use to me as a cook, and the baking books I … Continue reading

April 28, 2013 · 16 Comments