Most used cookbook

Today’s challenge is actually to write about your most worn pair of shoes, but again I thought I’d give the theme a twist to make it fit with the fact that this is a cookery blog. I therefore decided to tell you about my most used cookbook.

I am a big fan of Nigella Lawson, even though a lot of her recipes are far from suitable for vegetarians! I own all her cookbooks, but the one that is dearest to me is ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess’. I remember purchasing it while on a memorable trip to Scarborough.

If you haven’t looked at this cookbook before, you need to head to the library and borrow a copy. My top recipes from the book are:

  • Courgette cake
  • Ricciarelli
  • Supper onion pie
  • Toffee profiteroles
  • Florentines
  • Cinder toffee
  • Coca-cola cake
  • Pavlova



Bye bye book – Pulp Kitchen

I’m attending an event this week where there is a cookery book swap.  The idea is you take along a cookery book that you no longer want and swap it for a different one.  Well, finding a book in my collection that I was prepared to part with was a real challenge.

I decided to take this one with me …


It’s called Pulp Kitchen: Recipes for the Good, the Bad and the Hungry by Feargus O’Sullivan.  The recipes are all based on films: think Liver with Fava Beans and James Bond inspired Martinis.

Some of my favourite ideas in there are Pistachio and Coconut Turkish Delight inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Bloody Popcorn inspired by Wes Craven’s Scream movies.

There are some recipes I would never try, despite how fun they sound, for example Blue Soup as cooked by Bridget Jones.  There’s also a lot of meat recipes in there and, as there are no pictures, I’ve convinced myself it’s more of a book to read than to cook from.  I’ve definitely enjoyed the novelty of reading about the inventive dishes taken from or inspired by scenes in films

Despite the fact that I’m parting with it, it’s a very entertaining book and I would recommend all foodie film-lovers get down to their local library and borrow a copy.

I’ll let you know if I get a gem in exchange!

O’Sullivan, F (2007) Pulp Kitchen: Recipes for the Good, the Bad and the Hungry. London: Boxtree.