With a bit more time over the New Year I dug out my favourite cook books and did a spot of baking. Top of the list for inspiration is Chocolate and Zucchini . This book is a little stroll round Paris and culinary ideas all rolled into one. My first attempt at Gateau Chocolat Framboise – but with Clotilde’s clear instructions it worked perfectly. Her blog with the same name Chocolate and Zucchini is also a great read.
Other cookery books that have just arrived on my bookshelf include Venezia by Tessa Kiros , an absolute visual delight – intended to get me in the mood for the next city on my list – Venice – at the end of January. Also Culinaria Hungary – pretty well everything you could need to know about Hungarian cookery , presented with a lot of extra cultural information. I was interested in this book after hearing a broadcast on Radio 4 called ” The Goulash Archipelago” about two jazz musicians who decided to busk their way from Budapest to deepest Transylvania, eating only what they were given in exchange for their performances. They also joined in the cooking on their travels, listed some recipes on the Radio 4 site and recommended this book as a good resource.