My Favourite Books of the Month of January ’24 – CALL ME ISHBEL

I am always on the hunt for new ways to serve fresh seasonal vegetables, new pairings or sauces and dressings to add to dishes. I am a patient cook, when I do find an idea I want to try, I am happy to grow an ingredient if I can’t purchase it in season. Our vegetable garden is supplying fresh ingredients daily and these books have inspired me to sow new varieties of herbs and vegetables. I really look forward to the changes in season, and what we will get to harvest and eat. This is going to be an exciting year in our edible garden and in the recipes they will inspire, below are my favourite books of the month January ’24.

These books are all vegetable focused but not specifically vegetarian or vegan, though many recipes are. To help you adapt and create recipes if you feel inspired, these recipes will help.

Mr Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables – Matt Wilkinson

A Cookbook to Celebrate the Seasons, this book is Matt Wilkinson’s A-Z of his favourite vegetables. This is a cookbook for gardeners, especially if you’re a learner. A mix of educational, anecdotal and beautifully styled recipes. Most of his featured favourite vegetables are available in supermarkets and the recipes are easily adaptable with the use of simple substitutions. I planted more fennel to make his Baked Fennel with Breadcrumbs and Herbs. His Piccalilli has become my go-to when I have an abundance of cauliflower.

Vegetables – James Peterson

Vegetables cookbook book cover by James Peterson

James Peterson is an acclaimed culinary instructor, this book is not just a collection of recipes, it’s a thorough exploration of vegetables. Selecting, storing, and preparing as well as the numerous cooking methods you can use to get the best flavours and textures from each vegetable. The recipes range from simple to sophisticated, appealing to cooks of all skill levels. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone looking to enhance their understanding and use of vegetables in everyday cooking.

The Great British Vegetable Cookbook – Sybil Kapoor

The Great Vegetable Cookbook cover by Sybil Kapoor

Organised by season with an emphasis on using fresh, locally-sourced produce. These recipes highlight the natural flavours of vegetables, often through simple, yet effective combinations of ingredients. But this cookbook is not just a collection of recipes, but also a source of practical advice on selecting and preparing vegetables. It excels at showing you ways to use more vegetables in everyday cooking no matter what your skill level.

Vegetables – The New Food Heroes – Peter Gordon

This cookbook is a masterclass in innovative vegetable cookery perfect for those looking to elevate their culinary game. Peter Gordon, a Kiwi chef in London (when this book was written) is renowned for his fusion cuisine. Blending global culinary traditions to produce unexpected and appetising flavour combinations with creative twists where vegetables take centre stage. Whether you’re a novice cook or a seasoned chef, the range of techniques, from simple to complex, offers something for everyone.

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