About the books

This is a full list of the cookbooks in my possession at the moment. Actually, that’s not quite true: I haven’t included very general or very specific multi-author books e.g. Good Housekeeping, bread-baking books, just because they don’t fit in with this little project. The books I’ve covered so far on this blog are highlighted – I had already got to G by the time Alphabet Soup came to be (if a book isn’t highlighted but I have highlighted other authors under the same letter, I probably bought it after it’s place in the alphabet had passed). This week’s book is in blue.

Generally, I like to buy my cookbooks, like my non-cookbooks, second-hand. Most of these I’ve picked up in local branches of Oxfam or other charity shops, and I’m a big fan of greenmetropolis, where you can buy and sell old books you no longer want.

Eat Right For Your Body Type: The Super-Healthy Diet Inspired By Ayurveda; Anjum Anand
The Cook’s Companion; Stephanie Alexander
Aphrodite; Isabel Allende

A Wolf In The Kitchen; Lindsey Bareham
Dinner In A Dash; Lindsey Bareham
Sausage & Mash; Fiona Beckett
The Healthy Lunchbox; Fiona Beckett
Food, Wine & Friends; Fiona Beckett
A Visual Feast; Arabella Boxer
The Hamlyn Spice Book; Arabella Boxer
Persia In Peckham; Sally Butcher

Moro; Sam & Sam Clark
Moro East; Sam & Sam Clark
The Painter, The Cook and L’Arte Di Sacla; Anna Del Conte & Val Archer

Fork To Fork; Monty & Sarah Don
Totally Simple Food; Jill Dupleix
Lighten Up; Jill Dupleix
Good Cooking; Jill Dupleix

Vegetarian Express; Rose Elliot
Rose Elliot’s Complete Vegetarian Cookbook; Rose Elliot

Fresh From The Farmer’s Market; Janet Fletcher

Loving And Cooking With Reckless Abandon; Kevin Gould
Sydney Food; Bill Granger
Bill’s Food; Bill Granger
Every Day; Bill Granger
The River Cafe Cook Book; Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers
The River Cafe Classic Italian Cookbook; Rose Gray & Ruth Rogers
A Year In My Kitchen; Skye Gyngell

Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons; Diana Henry
Roast Figs, Sugar Snow; Diana Henry
Roast Chicken And Other Stories; Simon Hopkinson with Lindsey Bareham
Week In, Week Out; Simon Hopkinson

Madhur Jaffrey’s Far Eastern Cookery; Madhur Jaffrey
Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible; Madhur Jaffrey
Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian; Madhur Jaffrey

The Enchanted Broccoli Forest; Mollie Katzen

How To Eat; Nigella Lawson
Spooning With Rosie; Rosie Lovell

The Greens Cook Book; Deborah Madison with Edward Espe Brown
The Complete Middle East Cookbook; Tess Mallos
Arabesque; Greg & Lucy Malouf
Allegra McEvedy’s Colour Cookbook; Allegra McEvedy
Leon; Allegra McEvedy

Fabulous Food; Sophie Michell
Zen: The Art of Modern Eastern Cooking; Deng Ming-Dao
The Ayurvedic Cookbook; Amadea Morningstar with Urmila Desai

Just Like Mother Used To Make; Tom Norrington-Davies

Jamie’s Italy; Jamie Oliver
Ottolenghi; Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

The New English Kitchen; Rose Prince

Arabesque; Claudia Roden

Wonderfoods; Natalie Savona
Real Fast Food; Nigel Slater
The Kitchen Diaries; Nigel Slater
Real Cooking; Nigel Slater
Tender Vol. 1; Nigel Slater

A Homemade Life; Molly Wizenberg


2 Responses to “About the books”

  1. Maninas Says:

    A very impressive list! What’s the count?

    I also love shopping for books in second hand shops, esp. Oxfams. It always feels like a treasure search, especially when I found a particularly good book that’s not usually found on the shelves of regular bookshops. One such find was Jamuna Devi’s mighty tome, very popular in the US, but not very well known here, an amazing treasure trove of Indian Vegetarian recipes.

    • oxfordfood Says:

      I don’t really like to think about it too much! I think it was around 80 last time I checked. I definitely need to restrain myself a bit more, but I just can’t help it – I agree with you about Oxfam, they seem to have the best haul. And it’s great when you find something you’ve wanted for a while. I haven’t heard of Jamuna Devi, I’ll have to check that one out!

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