Cookbook Challenge

a small selection

I’ve gathered a few cookbooks over the past couple of years and as my collection has grown I’ve found it harder and harder to find place to store it.  It’s gone from a tiny shelf in my kitchen, to a small bookcase and now a Billy shelf from Ikea stands in my hall. 

As I was thinking last week of some resolutions that I could make for this year I thought about the books and how a lot of them I have barely looked at.  What happens with a lot of the books I buy is that I flick through the pages, look at the pictures then put them on the shelf and that’s it.  Never to be picked up again.  So this year I’m setting myself a little cookbook challenge.  I’m going to cook at least one recipe from each cookbook I own.  But the thing is if I have previously cooked a recipe out of any of the books I can’t cook it again as part of the challenge.  It has to be something new.

Here is the *current* list of books on the shelves.  This will be added to as I find books that are scattered around the house, not to mention the ones that I *might* buy/sneak into the house (delete where appropriate).  I’ll post results of how I get on every so often. 

(Oh and feel free to recommend any books you think I might *need* to try 😉 )

  1. After School Meal Planner – Annabel Karmel
  2. Ching’s Chinese Food – Ching-he Huange
  3. Jamie’s Ministry of Food
  4. The Irish Heritage Cookbook – Biddy White Lennon & Georgina Campbell
  5. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals
  6. Home Chef – Neven Maguire
  7. Jamie’s America
  8. The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook
  9. Baking Magic – Kate Shirazi
  10. Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery – Martha Swift & Lisa Thomas
  11. Cook with Jamie – Jamie Oliver
  12. Jamie’s Italy
  13. Jamie’s Dinners
  14. Happy Days with the Naked Chef – Jamie Oliver
  15. I Love Curry – Anjum Anand
  16. The Naked Chef – Jamie Oliver
  17. Children’s Book of Baking – Sara Lewis (this belongs to Child #1)
  18. Nobody Does It Better – Trish Deseine
  19. The Return of The Naked Chef – Jamie Oliver
  20. The Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain – Si King & Dave Myers
  21. Rachel’s Favourite Food – Rachel Allen
  22. Spooning With Rosie – Rosie Lovell
  23. Cooks Academy Cookbook – Vanessa Greenwood
  24. Jamie Does Spain, Italy, Morocco, Sweden, Greece & France – Jamie Oliver
  25. Good Mood Food – Donal Skehan
  26. Celebrity Kitchen
  27. Real Food for Families – Fran Warde
  28. Delia’s How to Cheat at Cooking – Delia Smith
  29. Zest!
  30. Delicious – Weight Watchers
  31. Roald Dahl’s Revolting Recipes (again belongs to child #1!)
  32. The Great British Book of Baking
  33. Easy Food Kids Cookbook
  34. Easy Food Cookbook
  35. Market Kitchen Cookbook
  36. Ready Steady Cook – Brian Turner & Anthony Worrall Thompson
  37. My Favourite Recipes
  38. Lunch Boxes – Annabel Karmel
  39. The Hairy Bikers Family Cookbook: Mums Know Best – Si King & Dave Myers
  40. Baking Handbook – Martha Stewart
  41. Eat Me! – Xanthe Milton
  42. Home Cooking – Rachel Allen
  43. Bake – Rachel Allen
  44. The Scandinavian Cookbook – Trina Hahnemann
  45. How To Be a Domestic Goddess – Nigella Lawson
  46. Kitchen – Nigella Lawson
  47. Cookies
  48. How to Feed Your Whole Family… – Gill Holcombe
  49. Whoopie Pies – Sarah Billingsley & Amy Treadwell
  50. The Hairy Bikers 12 Days of Christmas – Si King & Dave Myers
  51. I Can Cook – Sally Brown & Kate Morris (bought for child #2 – he loves the programme!)
  52. The Ballymaloe Cookbook – Myrtle Allen


*Big thanks to Child #1 for compiling the list of cookbooks for me 🙂


    • mammyskitchen says:

      I’m always complaining that we have the same things a lot of the time so maybe this will sort us out, have to admit I’m slightly worried at the amount of baking books I have 😉

  1. Yvonne says:

    I think I have an addiction I just can’t stop buying cookbooks and food magazines and space is becoming scarce. Last year I decided I had to cook something from each magazine before I could buy another one ………sometimes I still do!

  2. Heather says:

    My husband got the Zest one for Christmas a few years ago and has only just started using it. I made the poached pear, walnut and Roquefort salad,this is great! He made a couple of the monk fish dishes which were wonderful. I also got a great food processor pastry from the haddock and spinach tart which works every-time. Like you we have loads of cookbooks and realistically only two or three we regularly use. I am often tempted to clean them out but sometimes they can sit there for twenty years before they get used! Therefore I just make another shelf!
    Meanwhile I ended up here looking for brown bread recipes. Yours is in the oven – here’s hoping it works for me, I am a hopeless baker.

    • mammyskitchen says:

      I must admit, I still haven’t gotten round to trying anything from Zest. Maybe this year…

      Thanks for the comment, hope the bread turned out ok!

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