What We Were Reading for World Book Day

Thursday 8th March marked the annual World Book Day celebration, a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) of reading. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to give you some insight into what we've been reading of late - well, which cooking books that is.

Any Ottolenghi cookbook! Sweet ... Simple ... Nopi ... they're all great, and we can't put them down.

Delia Smith – Complete Cookery Course
The original from back in the 90's, this classic cook book still takes pride of place on the shelf.

Marco Pierre White – White Heat
Another classic that doesn't age - this book combines recipes, opinion, insight into MPW's life and much more.

Julia Child – Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Going back even further, some may not know this gem. Originally published in the 60's, this two volume French cook book is deemed by many to have reshaped the gourmet dining scene.

Larousse Gastronomique
We're stepping back in history and this book, published in 1938, is an encyclopedia of gastronomy.

Mildred's: The Vegetarian Cookbook
This book shouldn't just catch the eye of vegetarians, but of meat eaters too. The pages contain over 100 vegetarian recipes, as well as vegan and gluten-free options for all palates.

The Flavour Thesaurus
A book that brings together pairings, recipes and ideas to drive creativity in the kitchen.

Claudia Roden Middle Eastern Food
"A guide to Middle Eastern cooking that contains an assortment of recipes for both traditional and modern dishes as well as providing a background on the history and lore of specific foods":

Mary Berry Baking Bible
The 'bible' from the undisputed queen of baking - Mary Berry's book is chocked full of delicious recipes to keep you baking for days on end.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Meat
To give some balance to the amount of vegan and vegetarian books out there now, this meaty classic from chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is still a fave.