Anna: Last Sunday, the Observer Food Monthly had a special edition where they listed their top 50 cookbooks of all time. As cookbooks are our business, it’s only right that we let our viewing public know what we thought. Isn’t that so Kirstin?
Kirstin: I loved Rachel Cooke’s introduction about all her cookbooks. She nailed it perfectly, why we have cookbooks. Did you think so too?
Anna: I did, except that by her own admission she doesn’t cook from any of them.
Kirstin: She doesn’t cook from Sophie Grigson because she doesn’t like her earrings. I remembered that.
Anna: Wise words. However, I find it a bit rich that she is judging and deciding on the top 50 cookbooks of all time and she doesn’t actually use any of them.
Kirstin: Who is she anyway?
Anna: A food journo.
Kirstin: So she’s not a cook.
Anna: She’s looking at them from an aesthetic point of view then maybe? And the writing. But not necessarily the quality and clarity of the recipes themselves.
Kirstin: I have more cookbooks than her. Who’s that woman with the bike? What sort of shoes is she wearing? They aren’t practical for cycling in.
Anna: That’s Thomasina Miers. It says they are Laboutins.
Kirstin: She’s just going to end up in front of a bus with her organic produce she’s bought in Spitalfields!
Anna: So, back to the list then. Continue reading “Observer Food Monthly’s “50 Best Cookbooks Of All Time” — our response”