tirsdag, februar 05, 2013

Cookbook love


I admit to having a particular weakness for books. Mostly decorating and gardening books. These two categories feature from time to time here in my blog. Cookbooks, though, not quite as often. But I do love them, all the same. Especially those with delicious photos and an enticing layout. I have been known to "read" cookbooks in bed ;-)


My latest cookbook love is Avoca's 3rd cookbook. Now I do love anything and everything "Avoca", and have enjoyed memorable lunches at various Avoca Cafes (The Fern House Cafe at Avoca Kilmacanogue, the cafe at Powerscourt House and the cafe at Mount Usher Gardens. Entry from my visit to the gardens here).


So "reading" the Avoca cookbook is a joy indeed, and my mouth waters just looking at the lovely pages in the book. I do love cooking (and, by the way, while doing so I do love using these fab spatulas I got for Christmas...)


Another cookbook love of mine is the books by Tessa Kiros. Especially the "Falling Cloudberries - A World of Family Recipes". Tessa´s mother is Finnish, and I do recognise many of the recipes in this book from my own childhood in Finland.


And now time for confessions... as much as I love "reading" cookbooks, it is actually all I tend to do. Read them. For some reason I seldom use any of the recipes in them. But I do get inspired by just looking at them. Am I the odd one here...? Can you relate at all...? "Read" any good cookbooks lately...?

24 kommentarer:

thriftwood sa...

Is that Apples for Jam? I love that beautiful book!

Love, Claire xxx

Edda Soffía sa...

Hey Mia
I do have the same thing about cookbooks. I buy them and read them (sometimes in bead) �� like a good love story. But I do not cook a lot from books. I like my way better. I just bought the quilters cookbook the other day and I am going to read it first. ��
Anyway thank you for a good blog, I always look forward to read your blog.
Bless from Iceland
Edda Soffia

Ditte sa...

I share the same weakness for cookbooks, interior books and gardening books. Can't get enough of them!

Vintage Sheet Addict sa...

My Mum did this too, spent hours pouring through cookery books, we had stacks! Alas, the cooking gene passed me by! :) x

Anonym sa...

Hei, Mia!

Det er nesten komisk; jeg også er inderlig svak for kokebøker, og ni-koser meg med å lese i dem, men bruker sjeldent oppskriftene annet enn til inspirasjon. Ut over kokebøker fristes jeg av hage- og grønnsaksdyrkingsbøker,og har de preg av selvforsynings-ideologien; desto bedre. Jeg tror jeg har det meste av det som er utgitt av hønebøker, kaninbøker og en god del om sau, ku og hest også :) Og så er det noen interiørbøker, selvsagt,gjerne med gamle, landsens kjøkken, slike man bare kan drømme seg bort med... Det blir fort en liten stabel på nattbordet! Alle sammen betyr god lesing for meg - og ro for tanke og sinn inn mot natten:)

Hilsen Tine S

Knitaboo sa...

I received this amazing South African cookbook at my Kitchen Tea (a south african version of a hen party) but haven't used it as yet. I am waiting for my husband to surprise me with a dish! Although our Humming Bird Bakery recipe book has gotten used about 3 times since we bought it.

Anonym sa...

This reminds me of something I read lately: "reading a cookbook is like reading a science fiction novel. In the end I think: this is never going to happen"
The same goes for me, I love collecting and reading cookbooks, but I rarely try new dishes. This is mostly due to my two teenage girls, who eat hardly anything but pasta, fries and pancakes ... It's no fun cooking for people without a healthy appetite.

So there's nothing strange about you, Mia.

Love from Andi, Cologne

Frances sa...

Mia, it is fun to thumb through a new cookbook and gain some fresh inspiration, or a hint about how to use an unfamiliar ingredient. It's been a long time since I bought a cookbook, as my available shelves are now quite full; I've made use recently of cookbooks from the library. I just photocopy the recipe or two that interest me, and return the book to the library.

Please allow me also to tell you how much I enjoyed your "snowbound" post. It truly captured that special feeling of being indoors at home while snow piles up outside the window.

(I never like having to go out to work on snowy days...no chance to properly enjoy the fresh snow, or do some delicious baking or knitting....)

xo

helena frontini sa...

That's the kind of books I love.

Anonym sa...

Guilty! I have a beautiful collection of cookbooks that I too "read" but i do find i rarely actually make the recipes - why is that? xxBrenda

Osteolala sa...

I do bake and go back to bed as well when I can and when the weather is boring me....
Or laying on the sofa with yarn and needles!

Pamela T. sa...

I can relate I do the same thing. I just read them and don't try the recipes. No you're not odd. At least I hope not.

Betsy sa...

I, too, love cookbooks, especially baking cookbooks. I make some things but not as much as I would like. However, baking very much isn't good for the waistline is it?

Blessings,
Betsy

LeslieWms sa...

What a delightful post! You just gave me permission to keep all the wonderful cookbooks I've been collecting through the years. I've gotten the "bug" lately to simplify some of the rooms in my house ... and I'm sharing a lot of "treasures" with the thrift store. But I can't seem to decrease my cookbook collection -- or the gardening books. So thank you! I'll scurry off to bed to read about pies and tarts and all things yummy. Have a blessed week. Oh, I love your blog.

Blessings,
Leslie in So California

Bonnie K sa...

I love to read cookbooks. My favorite are the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. The funny thing is very few of the recipes are very good. I just like to read them.

Geli sa...

Hello Mia! I looove cookbooks and I also have the book of Tessa Kiros which I often use. My relatives also live in Finnland so it' s so funny for me that' s your country...Dear Mia I wish you a beautiful week! With love, Geli

Knot Forgotten Studio sa...

Hi Mia,
I too like to read cookbooks.
I favor and collect the Amish cookbooks. The recipes are simple, basic and I usually have the ingredients in my pantry. Old fashioned cooking like Grandmas.
MMMMM...Hope you have a suuny day,
penny x

Miriam sa...

I love very much your teapots and the jug and their color...
Ciao, ciao,
Miriam (from Italy)

Heidi Kuijer sa...

Oh Mia...I have the same love. However I do use my three Tessa Kiros cookbooks and have never made a bad thing from them. I get into the mood to try a new recipe and grab one of her cookbooks. And they are so beautiful to look at too!

We are having a spurt of winter again here in Holland too. But my mother says we will have an early spring and I choose to believe she must be right. Mother always are...right? :-)

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Katy Noelle sa...

Firstly! These pictures are SO very, very pretty! The pictures of your home are just as pretty as what's in the books! =]

and I think that part of the reason that I love this post so much is because they do, indeed, hit a spot in me. I love beautiful cookbooks and beautiful home books - I'm pretty finicky about them, though. and, for a while, it seemed that I was in a season of life where I just wasn't going to cook anymore. There were four years of not much coming out of my kitchen and not many people coming over and, perhaps, it had something to do with moving to this new home and taking a while to get settled in. But, now.... NOW, the flood gates have opened up and I am trying recipe after recipe - at the moment, I just happen to have cookbooks that are not only beautiful to look at but also well written and doable but DELICIOUS! Happy times around here! =]

(and such a good thing to do in the winter but... I need to get out and walk again, I think. ahem. =/)

=] xxo

Claudia Rita sa...

Ho ammirato il tuo blog...
mi piacciono le coperte che fai, i fiori, le galline, le pecore, il verde della tua bella Norvegia!!!
Ciao, Claudia

Anonym sa...

Fina bilder Mia!
Jag har inte massor av kokböcker men dom jag har har jag bläddrat i men precis som du så har jag väl egentligen inte provat så många av recepten i dom.......hm.....
ha det fint!
Kram/Nettan

Villmarkstausa sa...

Har mange kokebøker. Liker å prøve nytt. Gjerne noe ekstra på lørdagskvelden er populært. Ønsker meg fler...
Ha gode vinter dager....

Ingun

Country Maison (Eva) sa...

Hi, I love, adore Avoca and own some of their books too. Although the only recipe I have ever tried is the Pankcakes, oh, and cookies too.
Funny, I made a very similar blanket to the pink,green, rcream granny blanket you posted a while ago, I made it in 2008 for my daughter. . . very similar.
Love the pictures.

I dont find the follow link though, is there any way to follow your blog ?

Thanks
Eva