Okay, okay I hold my hand up and confess, I am an addict, a book addict. There I've said it, it is out there in the open, tho you just need to open my front door to see that I really am addicted to books.
Anyway I have proved my addiction yet again. No sooner had I written on the blog yesterday that I was going to organise a book clearout and sale than the posty arrived clutching a little packet from Amazon. As ever the sight of a booky shaped package has me fairly salivating and just itching to get in there and see what wordy goodness awaits. Well yesterday I was not disappointed.
I will admit that I bought 'The I Diet' by Gino D'acampo really because he is just so darn cute, I like his recipes on TV, he was great fun on 'I'm a celebrity' and come on, that sexy Italian voice. All this aside why was I buying a 'diet' book. Well I wasn't really. This is a recipe book and it also has calorie and fat content listed per recipe and if you want you could eat the recipes in a format to fill either 1500 calories per day or 2000 calories per day.
It is written as Gino talks, frank, simple and fun. There isn't any fiddly time consuming performances, so loved by TV chefs, this is just simple cooking but well thought out on the health front.
There are hints and tips scattered here and there. For example, I didn't know that you should use Buffalo mozzarella for salads etc (that's the one I usually buy) but use the cows milk variety for cooking. The Buffalo stuff contains too much milk and will spoil what you are making.
If you like flavour and food and not faddy dieting just healthy eating with easy recipes, this is definitely for you. It is 100% for me at any rate.
I've got the girls coming round for supper on Thursday night, so I'm going to do some of Gino's antipasto ideas and adapt a pasta dish 'pasta e piselli' too.
Sounds as if you guys are as keen on books as I am. I am working on a list for you. Betty commented to suggest I do an excel sheet and organise it all on that. Now girls, lets remember who we are dealing with here, computer numpty and general hopeless case with technology. Having said that, I shall give it a go!
There are magazines too, including Martha Stewart's Living, Jean D'Arc Living (in Danish but bought for the stunning photography alone), a few Marie Claire Idees (French), Victoria, Selvedge. Someone asked if I have any books on knitting, only one on making the most amazing knitted flowers. I can't knit so don't have any others. Anyway I shall pull these guys off the shelves and start sorting them out for you. Let me know if there is anything you are particularly looking for, I might just be able to help.
Ok, off to browse the bookshelves, I may be some time……..