Ooh part two! Have you been excitedly waiting?! What were your thoughts on The Knife of Never Letting Go? I’d love to know.
Not surprisingly, my second choice for May is a baking book and one that advocates using whole foods (so no gluten or refined sugar here) and it is… *drumroll
Now this book is seriously beautiful. You may just want to just leave it lying around to become part of the decor when you’re not trying out some of the show-stopping patisseries.
However, for me, it’s not all sunshine and roses and I’ll try to explain as best I can.
I have been watching a lot of Bake-Off re-runs while I’ve been in the kitchen and they’ve been inspiring me to try out some more complicated baking and because we’re gluten free, I couldn’t turn to a conventional recipe book on French patisserie. When I came across Henrietta’s book, I was sure that this was going to solve all of my problems. Of course though (I bet you’re already steps ahead of me with this), more complicated baking comes with more complicated recipes (duh!) and usually, a greater number of ingredients.
When looking through the book I suddenly got disheartened and lost a bit of my cooking-confidence. It took me a night to sleep on it before I came to my senses and realised that this is nothing to be shied away from. I LOVE baking, so why shouldn’t I try something with a bit more finesse? Yes, I adore making muffins using only the food processor, but what about giving myself the time to create something truly special? That’s where I think this book comes in. It is the gentle nudge in the right direction to push me past my comfort zone (which was getting very comfortable, I can tell you, I mean – weekly banana bread – what’s not to love)?!
This inner conflict convinced me that I should feature this new book on today’s post, even if next week’s post is entitled ‘A Kitchen Meltdown’.
I’d love to know how you feel about more complicated recipes. Do they make you lose hope a little bit too or do you relish the challenge? Talk soon, H x
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