Notting Hill, Cookbooks and a Giveaway

Original painting by Selina Snow, Books for Cooks

Last week, I met up with three lovely ladies for lunch
at Books for Cooks, a wonderful little bookshop tucked away in Notting Hill. 

I admit I was a tad late, and perhaps it was not wise to stop and take
photos along the way, but you know what it is like... 
it was raining and well...London in the rain... how could I not?






  Distractions aside, I turned my attention to the bookshop.


 They say it is 'crammed with thousands of tasty titles and equipped with a squashy sofa for cookbook junkies in need of a long read'.  It certainly is! If you love cookbooks, this is the place for you.

We were some of the lucky few who managed to grab a table for lunch. The tables are squeezed into the shop during lunch and in my mind this is the best way to take it all in. I admit it is a bit distracting, as we could not take our eyes off all the bookshelves...filled with every cookbook imaginable. Recipes are tested and served from the cookbooks on the shelves. The goal is to serve all the food until it runs out and it does. Nestled into our corner on this rainy afternoon, we were quickly served deliciously hot bowls of soup. I wish I could tell you what we had but the distraction of all those cookbooks overwhelmed me. Soup was followed by a Beef and Guinness Pie and a heavenly Flourless Chocolate Cake topped off with a cafe latte on the side. Bliss.

Books for Cooks sells a series of cookbooks filled with their tried and true recipes. They feature the best-tasting dishes from the cookbooks tested throughout the year. There are nine cookbooks in total.

Front and back covers

I grabbed a few for me and a few for you.
I am happy to offer you Books 1, 2, and 3 (above) in the form of a Giveaway. 
I have two to Giveaway and plan to carry on with more at a later date. 
The cookbook offers recipes for soups, main courses, salads & sides, cakes & tarts,
pavlovas & meringues, basics, menus, food in season, food finds in Notting Hill and a recipe list.
I have cooked three meals in the last two days and they have all been delicious.

Spicy Beef Salad, 
Roast Tomato Bruschetta with Red Onion & Basil Vinaigrette
Moroccan Chicken with Lemon and Green Olives.

All you have to do is leave a comment. 

I will select two winners 
on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00pm (UK time).

In the meantime, I picked up a dozen postcards of the image at the top of this post. :)
I am a bit behind on my postcard writing...and hope to get caught up this week.
If you would like one, you can write to me 
jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com

I promise, it will get to you one day! :)


 Images around Notting Hill~me
all other images via Books for Cooks


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