A show of hands: how many of you have shelves stacked with cookbooks that you rarely use? They’re fiercely dog-eared. Corresponding memos litter your phone while notes scribbled in the margins detail dinner parties still waiting to happen.
Well, you’re not alone. Sometime last year, I made a pact with myself to make good on my promise (from the previous year…) to honour the grit of the writers on my shelves by cooking from their books. Knowing what little I know of cookbook writing, it can a gruelling process, one that at the very least deserves a bit of love in return.