I love to cook but I think a lot of people are surprised when I say this. Not sure why, maybe I just don’t look like someone who loves to cook? Baking is another thing entirely and I pretty much have only 2 recipes that I can bake but I like to think I’m *quite* a good cook. Nothing ever looks Masterchef refined but I reckon most stuff tastes pretty good. Here are three of my fave cosy cookbooks that I’ve got back out or recently picked up because autumn is the perfect time for comforting recipes.
1. Gizzi’s Healthy Appetite – Gizzi Erskine
I’ve had this Gizzi book for a few years and I love her baked berry porridge recipe from this book. Basically, all it is is a giant dish of porridge (made with a litre of milk!), berries, oat bran, mushed up bananas and a little vanilla extract. Whack it in the oven for an hour and you’ve got a tasty breakfast for 6 mornings on the trot. I love this for when I’m busy at work because I don’t have to faff about even measuring oats or cereal in the morning, my breakfast is ready made all week. You can pick the book up for a few quid from Amazon! It’s full of cosy and comforting recipes and Gizzi is the queen of kimchi so if you’re into Asian flavours you’ll definitely find some in here.
2. The Savvy Cook – Izy Hossack
Izy is the student foodie Instagram queen. Her book is 100% veggie but she does say that you can add whatever meat that you like to any recipes. This book is packed with dips, quick breakfasts, tasty flatbreads, nutrient-packed recipes and loads more. Find it on Urban Outfitters here
3. Cooking for Family & Friends – Joe Wicks
This book house the tastiest Japanese curry I’ve ever made, it’s so, so good. It’s also packed with, admittedly not the lowest in calorie but the tastiest home-cooked recipes around. Stews, pies, sticky toffee pudding, biryani, you name it, it’s in here. Obviously Joe Wicks is usually all about the healthy recipes but you can easily adapt any of these to be a little lower in calories. A really inspiring book, I enjoyed it massively.