Of Hugh and Cookbooks

Since I’m in the UK at the moment I finally had the pleasure of witnessing Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on TV.

This is Hugh.

Until then I had only heard and read about this famous TV cook and food writer. “River Cottage Veg” was shown Sunday night and I was delighted, inspired, amazed at what great ideas this guy has… I mean, beetroot and chocolate ice cream? It worked! (His new book – “River Cottage, Veg every day” – is on my Christmas list!)

He isn’t actually a vegetarian himself, but is campaigning for people to eat less meat, fish etc for reasons of sustainability. Hugh wants to develop awareness for how much meat is consumed daily and has therefore promoted interesting and delicious vegetarian meals in his new series and book by living without animal products for four months.

Take a look at his website here, and for recipes look here. He is really a fabulous cook!

In my case, over the past few years the desire to eat more healthily and more seasonally has meant a constant search for inspiration. Vegetarian cooking in Germany just hasn’t caught much attention (yet), so I rely on the internet and my rapidly expanding collection of cookbooks. In fact my bookshelf is now groaning under the weight. Some of the lesser used volumes have had to be banished to a shelf in another room far from the kitchen.

This pile is just the ones I use most frequently. There’s The Classic Vegetarian, which I will highlight soon, as well as Vegan Cupakes which I mentioned here.

And these are my German ones.

Here is a list of my absolute favourites, and I recommend them all!

The Vegan Table (Colleen Patrick-Goudreau)

The Classic Vegetarian (Rose Elliot)

Rose Elliot’s Vegetarian Supercook

Veggie Chic (Rose Elliot) (Pictured here is the German edition: Fein, Leicht, Vegetarisch)

The Perfect Scoop and Ready for Dessert (David Lebovitz)

The Essential Dessert Cookbook

The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook

Vegan Cupcakes (Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero)

Lieblingsweihnachtsplätzchen (Christina Kempe GU Verlag) (German Christmas cookies)

Dr. Oetker Liköre (Liqueurs)

Liköre, Säfte & Co. (Christiane Holler) (Liqueurs, juices etc)

Backen mit Erfolg (Edda Meyer-Berkhout) (Mine is a German Readers‘ Digest edition which is a complete guide to German baking and is worth its weight in gold!)

How about you? Do you have a favourite vegetarian cookbook you could recommend? I’d love to hear from you!