The Fortnum’s Cook Book

Yesterday I wrote about my favorite cookbooks, but there is another cookbook that deserves a special mention. Those who follow me on Instagram know that I’m crazy about Fortnum & Mason. I mean, I’m insanely devoted and possibly their number one fan!!!

The Fortnum’s Cook Book is one of my favorites, but I didn’t mention it in yesterday’s post since I haven’t used it for cooking (yet). So far (for a year now) I’ve been reading the recipes and anecdotes while admiring the sumptuous illustrations. This is a really good-looking cookbook! But I feel daunted by the advanced recipes (or maybe I’m just scared of using the metric system). I think I might be right to feel that way since some of the recipes date back centuries. Fortnum & Mason has been around since the very early 1700s and this cookbook shares three centuries worth of recipes. In fact, this is their first ever cookbook. That’s right, Fortnum & Mason is so much more than just tea. After all, legend says that Fortnum & Mason invented the scotch egg.

Another interesting tidbit? They were the first British grocer to import Bush’s Baked Beans from America.


The cookbook is written by Tom Parker Bowles (the son of the Duchess of Cornwall) and organized in sections: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Ice Cream, Afternoon Tea, Savouries, Dinner, Sides, Puddings, Supper and Cocktails.

But I really do want to try the recipes. The morning tea, afternoon tea and ice cream sections seem the most attainable recipes for me so I’ll plan to start there!

Do you own this beautiful cookbook? If yes, which recipes have you tried?

xoxo, Jane

My Favorite Cookbooks

‘Tis the season to cook and be jolly! Let’s talk cookbooks.

There are two types of people in this world (ok, slight exaggeration here). Those who love to cook and those who cook because they love to eat. I fall in the latter category.

I don’t like owning an abundance of cookbooks and I never buy celebrity chef or celebrity (actors/actresses) cookbooks. But I do own a few favorite cookbooks that have stood the test of time for me.

The Complete Book of Greek Cooking – The Recipe Club of Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral This book has been in continuous print since 1990. It’s my go-to cookbook for my favorite Greek dishes. Opa!

Barefoot in Paris There is no one greater than the inimitable Ina Garten. I love her and I love this cookbook. My favorite recipes from this book are Lentil Sausage Soup, Scallops Provencal and Tomato Rice Pilaf. This cookbook was also on my list for books set in Paris.

Williams-Sonoma Bride & Groom Cookbook This cookbook was a wedding present from a dear friend and I use it all the time. It’s filled with food facts, cooking tips, menu ideas, beginner recipes, advanced recipes and so much more. In fact, if you own just one cookbook, then it should be this one (whether you’re married or not).

Do you have any go-to cookbooks? If yes, please share!

As always, thank you for reading. xoxo, Jane

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Four Books Set In Paris

View of the Louvre, February 2017

I love Paris!

Actually, I love all of France, but let’s focus on Paris. Paris is my favorite travel destination. I love the food, the people, the language, the museums, the cobbled sidewalks, the fashion, the boutiques….I could go on and on.

Because of my job and other obligations, I can’t travel there as much as I would like. Just once every other year or so. But in the meantime, I like to read books that feature Paris.

Paris is always a good idea.

Here are a few books that are set (or partly set) in Paris:

Desiree by Annemarie Selinko. This book is a saga of a love trilogy. It’s a fictionalized account of Napolean’s ex-fiancée, Désirée Clary, who went on to become the Queen of Sweden. I love this novel! It’s written in the form of diary entries, it’s fun, romantic and adventurous. There was also a movie based on this book and Napoleon was played by Marlon Brando.

Solitaire by Jane Thynne. This is the fifth book in the Clara Vine series. It’s a gripping spy drama set in Nazi Germany. Clara Vine, an Anglo-German actress, lives in Nazi Germany undercover and spies for British Intelligence. It’s riveting. In this installment, Clara’s work takes her to 1940s Paris.

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Love from Paris by Alexandra Potter. This book was a delightful, frothy read. Our heroine, Ruby, travels to Paris where she stumbles upon a mysterious old apartment. She goes on to do some sleuthing and makes a stunning discovery. I assume this story was partly inspired by the real life story of this Paris apartment.

Barefood in Paris by Ina Garten. I love this cookbook. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve tried a good number of her recipes from this book and they’ve all come out delicious. The book includes plenty of anecdotes about her time in Paris. Ina also shares with us her list of Parisian stores for kitchen and cooking-related shopping.

If you have any favorite books set in Paris, I’d love to know! xoxo, Jane

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