Cookbooks – a Random Recipe Challenge

This month’s random recipe challenge is something a little different

Instead of choosing a recipe according to Dom‘s strict instructions for random selection, he asked us to invite fellow bloggers and readers into our houses to where we keep our cookbooks.

Although I blogged about our kitchen last year I didn’t post any photos, so here is a little blurry tour of my bookshelves.

Top left: address books, Jessica’s DVDs (& some of Jonathan’s, now I look closely), books about wine, cocktails and parenting.  The whiskey and champagne containers are sadly now empty – I use them to store fondue skewers, chopsticks and cutlery for large parties.

Bottom left: Jamie, Nigella, clips and cuttings, pens, scissors and a photo of me and my best friend when we were much younger.

Here’s a close up of the card…

Top right: Nigel, my notebooks, cakes and muffins.  The space is where Good to the Grain usually lives – it’s currently on a trip to C’s house.  48 wine glasses live in the large brown box (we do like to throw large parties).

Bottom right: curries, Good Housekeeping, Delia (the white books are How to Cook).


In the corner: Jonathan’s Christmas present (my husband has a thing for knives), a couple of books about Ancient Greece, cookery books I’m borrowing (I promise to give it back soon Rachael) and my sister’s friend’s latest book which I haven’t got round to reading yet.

I watch a lot of random recorded trash on TV as I cook.  DVDs step in when its just too trashy – the West Wing is by far my favourite box set.


And as we’re taking about reading material, I couldn’t miss out the fridge.  Invitations, bus timetable, newsletters, programme for Café 2012, shopping lists, photographs, postcards – actually it needs a good clear out by the looks of it!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this sneaky peek into no 41.  To see some more, check out Archaeology Gastronomy when I cook various recipes in front of the camera.


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9 Responses to Cookbooks – a Random Recipe Challenge

  1. Dominic says:

    look at the fridge!.. genius!!… I love your collection, it’s very extensive but not too daunting… and very well organised too! thanks so much for the last minute entry, it is greatly appreciated xx

    • Nicola says:

      Thank you Dom – as always, a great challenge – I’m looking forward to your round up. I’m glad you didn’t ask us to photograph our entire book collection because that is extensive (I may have a tiny thing for reading…)

  2. I’m genuinely impressed with your organisation skills and the inventive storage solution using whiskey and champagne containers. I’m not too sure how you find things on the front of your fridge, though.

    • Nicola says:

      Phil – they’re not even in alphabetical order! (but only because the tall ones won’t fit on the top shelf). Although I have labelled all the whiskey and champagne containers so I don’t have to look inside to find what I’m looking for. And you’re right about the fridge – the inside isn’t much better – definitely time for a tidy up!

  3. Ruth says:

    You should start Lisa’s book – won’t take you long to read because it’s so good. Loving all the cook books you have. Any chance you have my doughnut book? Didn’t think so, but it went missing on the move, so thought I’d check……..

  4. Nicola says:

    I will read it this week, I promise! No, much as I’d love to have your doughnut book (a whole book on doughnuts, Jonathan would love that), its not here. What an odd thing to go missing on a house move – although I lost a pair of shoes when we moved in Nottingham (an old pair of yours, maybe you stole them back?!)

  5. Lyndsey says:

    Great collection and you just reminded me I was sent the same card!! I always meant to frame it and put it up in the room so I’m off to dig it out and put it up! : )

  6. Fantastic post – love your use for the old champagne boxes, I’ve been saving mine but didn’t know what for!!!!!

    I’m a huge fan of the West Wing too – bought the Sopranos recently and am so disappointed.

  7. Nicola says:

    Thank you! We were disappointed with the Sopranos too – so many people had recommended it as well.

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