I love op shop cookbooks. They’ve been around the block a few times AND they don’t subscribe to current foodie fashions. Phew to that.
As great as brand new, freshly-released cookbooks can be, there is something super satisfying about snaffling an older pre-loved volume, by an enduring or possibly new fave, from mixed-up shelves.
I’m currently obsessed with this Madhur Jaffrey book, which I found last weekend at our usual op shop (along with a Beverly Sutherland-Smith one which I’ll tell you about another time).
Because of Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery, it’s been Spicy Green Beans AND Chicken with Tomatoes and Garam Masala AND Dry Potatoes with Ginger and Garlic all over, at mine, all week. (Note that the recipes I just linked to might differ slightly from the ones in the book, but you can get the gist, at least! Or you could always buy a fresh copy of this book, right?!)
Inspired by the rumbly-mountained, good-cooking folk at Villa Gaia and Green Kitchen Bali Cooking School, I also made a steamed tomato-chilli sambal to plonk on top of said feast. (Because never enough spice – and the sambals in Bali are super delicious!)
I have a couple of Madhur’s other books, and have watched her on TV, but am loving this particular title because it’s unpretentious and standard-packed – and it’s got everything you’d want to make a delicious Indian feast.
There are some different ways to make rice, and lots of vegetable curries and some other meaty/fishy ones too… I think I’m going to make some bread-y things from it over the weekend. Maybe naan or puris (or maybe the plural is puri?!) I am not sure yet…
Have you ever snaffled a favourite cookbook from the op shop?