I thought I’d share my personal ‘wish list’ for Christmas books, both cookery and fictional. I have cheated and also included one book that is top of Richard’s wish list – just in case there are any history buffs reading, or if you need an idea for a history-loving relative!
I try very hard to limit my intake of cookery books these days as there’s so much out there for free on the internet. However, nothing compares with curling up with a cup of tea on the sofa and a beautifully illustrated cookbook!
The novels I have included are definitely not candidates for any Booker or Orange, or whatever, book prize – my reading tastes are very straightforward and, if there’s one thing I hate, it’s pretentious literature that you are ‘meant’ to like as you struggle through it. I want to be entertained by a book, I want to smile a bit, cry a little and definitely feel I can’t bear to put it down until I have finished
So, I offer this list just as a personal – “hHere you go, this is what I am asking Santa for this year!” They are all available on Amazon – as are all my own novels (hah!) – surely you knew I wouldn’t be able to resist a plug!
- Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Book
- Mary Berry: Foolproof Cooking
- River Cottage Love Your Leftovers: Recipes for the resourceful cook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
- A Year of Good Eating: The Kitchen Diaries III by Nigel Slater
- Carneval – a celebration of meat cookery in 100 stunning recipes by Harry Eastwood
- A Salad for All Seasons by Harry Eastwood
- The Dress: Nine Women, One Dress… by Jane Rosen
- The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors by Dan Jones
- Nigel: my family and other dogs by Monty Don
- Alan Partridge: Nomad by Alan Partridge