Do I really need another cookbook? I'm not sure I do. But I do love buying them so and looking at their colourful spines in their cabinet adding colour to its interior makes me smile. It is true that I have on occasion bought a cookbook on the colour of its spine. Well I can't help being me. I did buy Darina Allen's "Forgotten Skills of Cooking" last weekend on the say so of MsMarmite, who happened to make a remark about the book while chatting to me about Outstanding in the field - It's basically an open air lunch, hosted by a local chef, in a picturesque setting. MsMarmite is off to the one in Ballymaloe in Co. Cork and me to Trealys Farm in Wales.
To use Darina's book just as a flourish of colour is really rather unfair because besides its wonderful vivid green cover, it is rather good and I can see why she won a prize for it. There aren't loads of pictures and the ones there are are simple. I would describe it as an earthy book with no nonsense. Nothing has been cooked from the book so far, but it did remind me of a dish that my mum used to cook. Boiled ham with cabbage & mash in a soupy gravy - very simple but divine.
Unfortunately my image doesn't give it the justice it deserves. I shall be practicing my food styling skills for any future shots.