Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Review: An Anglophone's Love Note To The English Kitchen

I love cookbooks!  I think I read my first cookbook at the age of 10 when other girls my age were into reading Nancy Drew.  Some might say, I’m a cookbook enthusiast while others say I am obsessed with having to be first in line at my local bookstore in search of the latest and greatest. 

So you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to review my favorite blogger’s new cookbook.  Being asked to review Marie Rayner’s new book was an honor.  I calmly replied, “I’d be delighted” when actually I was bubbling over with excitement and giddy anticipation!  I counted the days until it arrived.

Just a little history about how I know this author. Marie Rayner has been my favorite blogger on the Internet for several years. I am an avid home cook and the first time I ever saw the English Kitchen, I knew I had found a winner and a source where I could find delicious recipes. 


Over the years I have tried many of her recipes and can say she is the best I have ever known. As a matter of fact, I was so inspired by Marie’s blog, I became a blogger and have shared many of Marie’s wonderful recipes with my followers.

So, back to the book. When it arrived I couldn’t wait to open it and I tore into it and began reading page after page, marking so many with post it notes. I cannot believe how huge this book is.  All I can say is, WOW!   

Just like Marie’s blog, her cookbook does NOT disappoint. Her writing style is enjoyable and her photographs are stunning. I like that the recipes are not the average recipes. 

The photography is clean and beautiful, exactly the style you come to like from her blog, and she has all those little narratives in every recipe that tells you exactly why this recipe is worth your time and how and how it came to be. 

This is more than just a cookbook. It’s more like the encyclopedia of cooking, with over 700 pages that cover just about everything from breakfasts, appetizers, soups, main dishes, deserts and so much more.  It has a lot of menus and cooking tips along with Marie’s methods of making her favorite dishes.  

This quickly became one of my most favorite cookbooks. Beautiful photographs, clear instructions and some wonderful little side stories that will make you feel like you're at home in the kitchen with a good friend. I love this book and would recommend it highly! 

Congratulations my friend.  Thanks for sharing your years of knowledge and experience. You are awesome! 

Marie's cookbook is available now at in the United States:

and in the UK:


  1. I love her blog and she has so many wonderful, simple recipes. Great to see your review! ~ Elaine