This competition is now closed. Thanks to all who entered – your comments are very much appreciated. It was most difficult to decide on a winner so I asked my son to help me out and his choice was Lynn because she listed two of his favourites and also likes beans with her shepherds pie! Congratulations Lynn – please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full postal address.
As is the case with most lovers of food or cooking I am fairly addicted to buying cookbooks and over the years I have acquired quite a collection. To me they are as much a part of cooking as the actual physical act itself and I like nothing better than to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon tucked up on the sofa reading one of my favourite cookbooks, savouring every picture and word, leafing through for inspiration, selecting recipes to try or comparing methods.
I most definitely favour the books of cooks and food writers, especially Nigella Lawson, Nigel Slater, Tamasin Day Lewis and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall (who by his own admission is a cook and not a chef) as their writing is so evocative and passionate and the recipes usually cater for everyday living and homestyle cooking, which is most definitely my preferred style.
Having only purchased “Kitchen” this week I have not yet had a chance to read it in its entirety – that is something to be savoured and I fully intend to do that this weekend – but I have read the introduction and just reading Nigella’s words on the comfort of her own kitchen I already know this will become a much-used and well-loved addition to my own kitchen.
So I thought it would be nice to give away a copy of Kitchen to one of my lovely readers to add to their kitchen and to enter I simply ask you to tell me in a comment what meal you like to cook, or indeed have cooked for you, at home when you are seeking heart-warming comfort. The winner will be selected from the comments below. Entrants must be resident in the Republic of Ireland and there is no cash alternative. Competition will close at 5pm on 31st October 2010.