Love your local library

I’ve been known to be a bit obsessive when it comes to new (and old) cookbooks. I get so much joy from buying them, and from sitting on my couch with a big cup of tea leafing through their dreamy pages. My collection is, truth be told, a bit out of hand, although I have made a concerted effort towards buying second hand or used books in recent months. Using my local library was something that hadn’t even occurred to me as a possibility until I found myself in there and BOOM! a new obsession was formed – reserving new, awesome cookbooks to peruse and get excited by.

The sheer variation of books (and not just foodie related titles) is amazing! Big, big up to Norfolk County Council on that one. I’m honestly so impressed with the number of recently published books available, especially those that were already on my radar. Instead of buying speculatively, based on my love of the author, or interest in a previous similar publication, I’m loving the ability to have a proper nose and make up my mind the quality of a book, and the number of recipes that I would like to make. It’s bloody brilliant.

My local library is luckily located just at the end of my road, meaning I can request online via their app, and then trot along to collect the books when they become free, all for a very tidy 60p reservation charge, which is nothing when you consider that a second-hand book will usually set you back around £5 when you add in postage. One of my new year’s resolutions was to live less frivolously, so borrowing books and supporting my local library in the process definitely feels like a positive move in that direction.

So far I have loaned several really great books, including Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi, Fika & Hygge: comforting cakes and bakes from Scandinavia with love by Brontë Aurell, Mamushka : recipes from Ukraine & beyond by Olia Hercules, and The Secrets of Nordic Living by Signe Johansen. I highly recommend all of these, and I have wanted to read them for a long while. I don’t know what came over me, but I even borrowed How to Grow by Hollie Newton, to get some gardening inspiration!! This year I’m going to give raspberries a try…

Let me know if you’ve read any great cookbooks recently. I always love to hear about new ones (which now I will smugly add to my reservation list at the library instead of buying!)

  1. Hi, have you come across ‘Fika – The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break’ by Anna Brones and Johanna Kindvall? A lovely book full of recipes and the history of Fika ! About to try making hasselnötsflarn to have with my coffee served in a vintage Norwegian coffee pot of course!


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