I cook a lot. I also eat a lot and I even have a cookbook coming out as soon as I can persuade the illustrator to put some pretty pictures in. The big question is, which web sites do I go for recipes to cook whatever I just got from the supermarket?
9/10 times I got to the internet, even though I have a fair fewÂ books on my shelves. The exception being a few recipes that are now standards.
- http://bbcgoodfood.com/ – My go-to sites are the BBC, obviously. Auntie permeates British culture so much, it’s hard to avoid. It also has great google-fu so it tends to come high up in searches.
- Jamie OliverÂ – He can be annoying at the best of times but he is the author of the bulk of the cookbooks I have on my bookshelves.
- Kikkoman.co.uk – years ago I was told to get rid of the rubbish Chinese soy sauce I had in my cupboard and get Kikkoman. I did and never looked back. Their recipes aren’t too bad either.
- Delia Smith – Delia Smith is a British institution and I tend to go to her for pastry, pancakes and Yorkshire puddings.
- Gordon Ramsay – A legend to cooks everywhere even if his TV persona is a bit overboard.
- Nigella LawsonÂ – Lush and chocolatey.
- Ken Hom – Introduced us to cooking Cantonese. Which we all know is a British cuisine.
- Madhur Jaffrey -Â for Indian food, the other British cuisine. She doesn’t appear to have her own web site. How retro.
- Linda McCartney – Introduced me to living without meat, thanks teenage daughter. Until I got Asian girlfriends, then it wasnâ€™t a goer. The Japanese made me eat fish, the Taiwanese made me eat meat again!
- Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – I had one of his books. It was good. Heavy on the vegetables.
- The Hairy Bikers – Good solid nourishment.
- Anthony Worrall Thompson. A Brexiter. Ignore.
- Great British Chefs – Can be a bit pretentious, but I visit the site to enter the competitions and get inspiration.
Other useful resources:
- Jay Rayner -Â Does the Food Programme on BBC Radio 4 which Iâ€™m sure you should listen to.
- The late, legendary Anthony Bourdain. Use him as a guide as to whatâ€™s good locally in your country. Plus he had noodles with Obama. How cool is that?
That’s my list of great influences. Who should I add to that list?