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Kitchen Bites #5 The CookBook Edition!

1st August 2015

This month has been a little crazy in the Foodie Couple Kitchen and we have been overwhelmed with new cookbooks to try (and the odd bargain that I’ve found along the way!)

The books have covered lots of different genres and cuisines and are well worth a look if you are hunting out some new and exciting books to try out.



Probably the most visually stunning and in depth book I’ve read recently. Jean Francois Mallet travels the world looking at the differences between Chinese food across the Asian communities far and wide.It includes a wealth of photographs and information as well as delicious sounding recipes like the one below. I can’t wait to tuck in!




This book by Talia Baiocchi is a really interesting concept – based purely on Sherry, as a base for recipes for both food and drinks. It has large sections on the making of the alcohol and the different types. Ed Andersons photos are stunning too. I’m keen to try the Salmorejo – similar to a gazpacho and some of the long list of gorgeous sounding cocktails.



This one was one of my charity shop bargain finds – for £0.99 I got this great book by Ken Hom originally published in 2002 for the BBC. A little gem and some great classic Thai recipes.



So far I’m not 100% convinced by this book – it looks great, it’s bright and colourful and the recipes do sound great – but it’s a little ‘tortilla heavy’ – a good deal of the recipes seem to involve them in their various forms. Not necessarily a bad thing as I know its a staple in Mexico, but I was looking for a bit more variation and some unusual recipes. One I will definitely be trying though is the one below – Adobo Roasted Pork!




This is the first book of a fellow blogger and food writer Lizzie Mabbott – I’d eagerly awaited the publication of this book and snapped up a copy as soon as it was released! Lizzie is of half Chinese and half English parents and grew up in Hong Kong. This book is a mouthwatering selection of recipes using South East Asian ingredients. I’ve cooked a fair few already and can’t fault them so far. Try the Hot & Sour Chicken Noodles for a warming restorative feel good dish.




This book by Amy Riolo describes the power of the ‘worlds healthiest diet’ and includes a section on the science behind this, and introduces the Mediterranean Diet pyramid – to base your meals on. The book is full of very tasty sounding meals, and on the whole they seem simple to execute. My favourite so far is the Calabrian Chicken Stew.


Disclosure: Thanks to the publishers who supplied these review copies of the books, and to my bank account who granted me money to buy the others!

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  • Reply Morrighani 1st August 2015 at 12:17

    Shame about the Mexican one, that would be the one I’d most want to check out. Real Mexican cookery is still in its infancy in the UK though sadly.

  • Reply cateinthekitchen 2nd August 2015 at 15:25

    Oh I must pick up China Town Kitchen!

  • Reply Emily @amummytoo 3rd August 2015 at 16:51

    Love the sound of China Town Kitchen. Shame about Real Mexican Food – the cover really caught my eye.

  • Reply Margot⚓C&V (@coffeenvanilla) 4th August 2015 at 08:03

    What a lovely collection, I’m especially keen on the Real Mexican Food, I adore their cuisine but never really had any Mexican cookbook. My husband and I we used to often visit Mexico while working on the ships, it was our favourite port for going out to the restaurant, the food (and drinks) were amazing!

    The China Town Kitchen looks also quite interesting.

  • Reply manjirichitnis 9th September 2015 at 14:13

    I like the sound of the Thai book and the chinatowns book too !

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