Food Porn……Where the real action is?


FOOD PORN…..

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pornography  1857, “description of prostitutes,” from Fr. pornographie, 
from Gk.pornographos “(one) writing of prostitutes,” from porne 
“prostitute,”originally “bought, purchased” 
(with an original notion, probably of”female slave sold for 
prostitution;” related to pernanai “to sell,”from PIE root per- “to traffic

Now I’ve got your attention, am sure anything with porn in the title stimulates the mind!

Apologies I  led you astray this really has NOTHING to do with the definition or even the history of the word or sense of porn.

I like to believe that as an aspirational wordsmith that i haven’t been brash in using this in my title to grab your attention or fallen into the 21st century trap and its overuse of the word “porn” although understanding the connotation creating a  sense of the titillation of reading the book, the evocative impact it has, well i get a warm feeling from reading my ever growing collection, ( over 242 at current count), at the moment of food books.

Food and Cookery Books are really my teachers , my inspiration, my aspiration, from the written word to the food styling I truly adore everything that they can create in the mind and force and drive me to action …action to cook…..

I plead with you to read one of these beg, borrow or steal ( well don’t steal that would be bad, go to the library and get it for a temporary period for free!) and then just go cook……..even if it goes wrong just go with the moment …its true bliss

My favourite Top 10 Cookery books are ( and these are well thumbed for recipes). I must also add this is a fickle list depending on my current mind and emotional state and am sure if you ask me next week it would be different.

cookbooks,
that means as of today! fickle as i am they can change weekly
  1. Crave by Ludo Lefbvre ( his first book and my favourite raw, french and fun and able to replicate)
  2. Jerusalem by Yottam Ollenghi
  3. Supper Clubs Kerstin Rodgers ( this was my true first motivator when wanting to cook for a group)
  4. Love and Nourish Amber Rose
  5. The Family Meal  Ferrian Adria
  6. Laudree ( 3 books really but adore them for their beauty and boxes wrapped delicately like macaroons:  Sucre, Savoury Entertaining)
  7. Full of Flavour Maria Elia ( super layout and easy to inspire recipes)
  8.  Polpo fell in love with the book first then its contents
  9. The Flavour Thesaurus Niki Segnt genius book
  10. Memories of Gasoncy (signed copy!)Pierre Koffman

My favourite  Food books stories and not really cookbook although all have inspired my mind to create and cook

  • The Food of Love Anthony Capella truly my all-time ever favourite book I could smell the food as I read
  • Garlic and Sapphires Ruth Reichl
  • Aprons and Silver Spoons Mollie Moran ( old world and Victorian story )
  • The Food Mood Solution Jack Challem ( for somebody very prone to moods, bordering on depression this is a great book and to find out food is truly scientifically associated with mood ..boom I’m happy again!)
  • In praise of the potato Lindsey Bareham
  • Will write for Food Dianne Jacob

In reality books are my other passion and in the deli cum eatery we had a book exchange and I loved having both my true creative pleasures together in one place and my wall of books does the same, my best times are absorbed in a book or thrown in creating food I lose all sense of time, and environment just me and the book or me and the food….

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