There has no doubt been an explosion of food writers and personalities making waves over the last few years. My favourite however has got to be Rachel Khoo who only last week released her new book My Little French Kitchen, which follows on from her successful book and TV show The Little Paris Kitchen last year. Sassy and stylish, she makes cooking colourful and creative and her new book is an absolute hit. It’s not only a feast for the senses, showcasing some sensational new recipes, but it’s also beautifully shot. A must for foodies and also for photography lovers alike, Rachel puts her own culinary twist on some French favourites, from baked figs with walnuts to beer-glazed ham hock. All of which have been uncovered on her travels around France.
Meanwhile this week we’re also celebrating National Chocolate Week and National Baking Week. Although I never really need an excuse to whip out the whisk and my mixing bowl this really is the week to do it. We have always been a nation of bakers. Growing up my mum would regularly rustle up some pancakes or a ginger loaf for our return from school or gran would have a Victoria sponge “just waiting” in the wings for our arrival. However apparently the British baking industry is now worth £3.4 billion, with more and more of us starting our own baking business in pursuit of dreams and happiness. The TV hit, The Great British Bake Off has also played a huge role in this growth. This year it has had a record number of viewers and as a result viewers will have to tune in to BBC 1 next year to find out who’s buns have caught the eye of the judges or which contestant has had their dreams shattered as the result of a soggy bottom. In the meantime if you’re looking for some baking inspiration this week I can only recommend you try my coconut and rosewater cake and for chocolate lovers try my recipe for chocolate and avocado brownies.