Take a look at the bookshelf in my kitchen and you will realise: I have a thing for cookbooks. With Pinterest, platforms like Food52 and all those great food blogs that are around, one might say they are obsolete. However seeing recipes and great food photography in print inspires me way more than on screen. Plus: I love reading stories around food.
A self-proclaimed cook who writes, Nigel Slater is definitely a master at that. I quickly fell for his recipe collection Eat with its simple recipes that you can quite easily cook up after a long day at work. So when I came across the recently published A Year of Good Eating (Part III of his Kitchen Diaries Series), I had to buy it.
Part cookbook, part diary Nigel Slater invites his readers to follow him through one year of eating. You will not only join him in his kitchen but also his garden or on a trip to Japan. Yet the introduction where he shares his attitude towards cooking might already be one of my favourite parts of the book:
I like to think I have an attitude to cooking and eating built on foundations of good taste and pleasure rather than of veneration and worship. Yes, I like eating the good stuff and I can cook from scratch pretty much every day of my life, but I can’t help thinking good food should be something we take in our stride, a life-enriching punctation to our day, rather than something fetishised.
Last but not least, here are four recipes from the spring section that I want to cook very soon, photographed right from the book – I hope Mister Slater will not mind. You might realise that most of them have a very Japanese touch, that’s no coincidence. Why? I will tell you more about that very soon.
Vegetable Tempura with Dipping Sauce
Braised Steak with Sake and Shallots
Bavette with Avocado
Duck with Udon