Read more about my eating in adventures and what I have been cooking at home in Sheffield.

James Ramsden’s new cookbook

I am a collector of cookbooks and my bookshelf is predominately filled with these rather than works of fiction. I like popular cookbooks from the likes of Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Nigella as much as the next person, but I am becoming more fickle in my choices. Now, I like to seek out cookbooks that are a bit different and have a refreshing style. I don’t just want books that are a TV tie-in written by a celebrity chef. On that basis, I am pleased to say that I got ‘something a bit different’ with my recent acquisition of ‘Small Adventures in Cooking’ by James Ramsden.

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Cooking salt and pepper squid

Squid is the seafood equivalent to Marmite – you either love it or hate it. For some, it is the way it looks with those tentacles. For others, it is the consistency of squid – especially if it is overcooked and rubbery like eating elastic bands.

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