Sunday 11 July 2010

Cookbook Challenge

Interesting little challenge over at Zeralda's Diary which asks you to choose which cookbook you would choose if you were limited to only one for the rest of your life.

Thinking about the books sitting on my shelf it would have to be The Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander. I will put my hand up to not being overly interested in her Cook's Companion but I just adore the Kitchen Garden Companion. Not only does it give you recipes for wonderful seasonal produce it also tells you how and when to grow these things. It is tied in with her Kitchen Garden Foundation which is a program going in schools to help kids learn about growing their own food and then cooking that wonderful fresh produce. Stephanie is an inspiration to me and I hope that she will continue to be an inspiration to a whole new generation of children that are learning about food because of her.


  1. Hi Krista, I am absolutely intrigued by your choice, especially as I am soon to move and will have my first own garden. Do you think the advice given is applicable to Europe as well, or is it specific to Australia? It's not out over here yet but will be available as of October. Do you think this will be one for me, too?
    All the best from Zeralda.

  2. Hi Zeralda, I am assuming that the edition that will be released in Europe will be revised to suit your climate and opposite seasons. Although it would be a good idea to check it out before purchasing to make sure. :)

  3. Hi Krista, the cookbook challenge is now closed and I thought that your choice was the most inspired of them all, so I would like to send you a cookbook by one of my favourite food writers. Please email me your postal address (zeraldasdiary at googlemail dot com) so I can send it. I hope you'll enjoy it!
    Regards, Zeralda.

  4. Nigel Slater wrote something similar for the UK called Tender the second and final volume is due out soon.