Now I will be the first to admit that I am no expert in the kitchen; my culinary delights are somewhat limited to chilli (from a packet) and a surprising range of cakes courtesy of Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days, neither of which I can take full credit for, however I have had my eye on Miss Dahl’s cookbook since I tried my hand working for a well-known bookstore many moons (18+ months) ago. I only purchased it this morning, as a ‘you made it to the end of placement/new upmarket supermarket with fancy products opening in the next town’ present, but I am ludicrously excited.
The book is divided into separate seasons (with breakfast, lunch and supper recipes for each) and interspersed with warm, engaging autobiographical pieces discussing Sophie’s life and her journey to writing her own cookbook. The photography is stunning, a complete must for any successful cookery book in my eyes, as I am a true culprit of the whole ‘eyes bigger than your belly’, easily aesthetically pleased crime. The only downside, Miss Dahl is a vegetarian, and whilst there are meat/fish dishes, there aren’t quite enough to satisfy the raging carnivore in me, but I’m sure I’ll survive, it will be a return to my student days when I could only afford to live off pasta for weeks on end.
And possibly the best bit about the whole book…most of the recipes serve two! As a single girl this is ideal for me, as I don’t have the patience or the mathematical genius to divide the exotic recipes for 4-6 that frequent the books of Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver. I realise the last sentence makes me sound truly sad and alone, but serving two is also perfect for if I ever decide to impress a man with my ‘fake’ domestic goddess facade, so it is essentially a win-win!