“I don’t do cooking” is a statement I hear a lot of women without families (and some with them) say. I was happy being one of them until food intolerances forced to me “improvise and create”, that’s right, I still don’t call it cooking. Here are three cookbooks that will teach us how to create some simple but delicious food.
Chop, Sizzle, Wow illustrated by Adrian Rampazzo (£12.95 Phaidon)
This comic book literally shows you how to cook 50 Italian inspired recipes. If you often think “It’s easy to write but how exactly do I do that?” then this is the book for you. Note: These recipes aren’t all veggie but are easily adaptable.
The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook by Charlotte Pike (£7.99)
Charlotte talks us through every part of cooking right from the beginning, even improvising with utensils to sticking to a very small budget. There is no confusing jargon and while she writes with the assumption that her readers are clueless cooks, she still manages to sound like a helpful friend rather than a patronising chef. The series also includes The Hungry Student cookbook and The Hungry Student Easy Baking.
Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast: Fabulous Fresh Indian Food by Anjum Anand (£19.99)
Anjum is vegetarian by religion and her recipes are based on the ingredients and incredible flavours of Indian street food. Her book features snacks, dips, mains, curries and deserts all laid out in beautiful photographs.
Wish me luck!