We don’t need an excuse to bury our heads in a cookery or cocktail book at MightyFine HQ, in fact believe it or not it’s what we do to relax & unwind. Many of the team will be found engrossed in a cookery book during a quiet moment, day or night, clutching either a cup of tea or a G&T! We love what we do, plus it’s our business to stay up to date with food trends.
So on Read a Book Day we thought we’d introduce you to some of our all time favourites.
I have two favourite books, I recommend The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart for anyone interested in alcoholic infusions, hedgerow cocktails & botanical drinks. The second is a real cooks cookery book called Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Cork, it’s quite simply bloody brilliant, an encyclopaedia of traditional methods & recipes, my copy is well loved & a bit splattered with things I’ve made over the years, every kitchen needs a copy.
The book I go back to again & again is The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit, it’s the most useful book I own because it’s an encyclopaedia of food pairings, there’s anecdotes, recipes & cultural references galore. It’s not the kind of book to read cover to cover, rather it’s a dip in & out sort, so every time I pick it up there’s something new. If I feel lacking in inspiration, be it at work or simply not knowing what to put together for dinner I make a cup of tea & consult this.
My all time favourite book isn’t a recipe book but Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain who very sadly passed away earlier this year. This book is a bloody good read & for anyone who’s ever worked in a kitchen or in the Restaurant trade it’s very relatable. If you only read one book EVER, make it this one!
I’ve never followed a recipe in a cookery book in my life, my style of cooking is more intuitive, I look & taste as I go. My childhood favourite was a book called Make, Bake, Grow & Sew by Julie Hindley, probably long out of print, but this informative book taught me everything I know!
Mr MFT Recommends
The ultimate Gin lovers reference book is Gin, The Manual by Dave Broom, it’s something I constantly refer back to, if you’re a Gin drinker get yourself a copy. For classic Gin cocktails & info on the world of Gin out there.