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Annie Bell's "In My Kitchen"

MMRuth Mar 9, 2008 05:45 AM

A friend of mine in London sent this to me for my birthday, and I'm wondering if anyone has cooked from this book and has any favorites that I should be sure to try. Looks wonderful!


  1. greedygirl Mar 17, 2008 10:03 AM

    I have an old book of hers called Evergreen. I can't say that I've used it that much, but that's probably due to a surfeit of cookbooks! I'm going to dig it out and have another look.

    1. rabaja Mar 9, 2008 02:15 PM

      I actually own both In My Kitchen and Living and Eating. I love perusing through both of them.
      Not even sure where I picked them up exactly, I think I just saw them at a used bookstore and they apealed to me. Found them both seperately, but I loved the sensibility of Living and Eating so much, I had to get the second one when I saw it.
      I don't think I've followed a lot of recipes exactly, mostly I look through them for inspiration.
      There is a poppyseed cheesecake in L&E that I adapted to be a rather delicious, not sweet cheesecake which does not use a water bath(!easy, easy!), although I no longer put the poppyseeds in.
      Her recipes are simple, and seem to be the sort of things one could make all the time, even mid-week.
      I just really love her aesthetic, and am looking forward to what you and others may think as well.

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        Harters Mar 9, 2008 06:52 AM

        Thanks for the "heads up" on the UK board.

        Like you, I hadnt heard of her before so can't help with your enquiry. A quick Google suggests she's a food writer for one of our Sunday newspapers. Clearly not a best seller in the UK as the book is only listed at 240,173 by Amazon UK.


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        1. re: Harters
          MMRuth Mar 9, 2008 09:18 AM

          According to my English friend, her book on Vegetables was a huge success and now costs 60 pounds on amazon. Though she'd also heard a lot about Fuschia Dunlop ;-). Well - I'll post here if when I cook from it ... the recipes look quite simple and "comfort food" like for the most part.

          Maybe some others will have heard of her!

          Edit - actually - Amazon.co.uk Sales Rank: 7,197 in Books


          1. re: MMRuth
            Harters Mar 9, 2008 10:29 AM

            Correct about the Amazon rankings - my search there had originally turned up the hardback edition. Apologies.


            1. re: Harters
              MMRuth Mar 9, 2008 11:14 AM

              No problem - and I didn't mean to sound "snarky" about it, if I did!

              1. re: MMRuth
                Harters Mar 9, 2008 12:31 PM

                You didnt :-)

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