The library at the Centre for Family Literacy needs some new cookbooks, so I am looking for suggestions. They can be old favourites, practical recipes for busy families, or the newest thing in cuisine. For me personally, when it comes to cookbooks, it is what else is in the cookbook that interests me – I don’t always want just recipes! I want to hear about other countries, thrilling travels, all of the different cuisines the traveller encounters and the history behind their dishes.
One of my favourite cookbooks is Silk Road Cooking: A Vegetarian Journey, by Najmieh Batmanglij. The “Silk Road” was an ancient trade route that meandered west out of China, across Asia and Northern India, to Persia, Arabia, Byzantium and all the way to Italy. This book is filled with songs, stories and poems – ancient and new. There are beautiful pictures, drawings, maps, and recipes! Some of the recipes go back 1200 years. I just love this book.
What kind of cookbooks do you like? Do you have any favourites, any recommendations?