Holly Bell

Holly Bell

Recipe writer, presenter and blogger

https://www.recipesfromanormalmum.com
The only daughter of two police officers, Holly grew up in Leicestershire. In the early 90's Holly briefly trained as a midwife, delivering 10 babies in the process. She spent her 20's working in London in advertising and after a trip home for Christmas, agreed to marry a man she'd known for just 9 days. After feeling a little bit lost on maternity leave she did two things; started her blog Recipes From a Normal Mum and applied for the Great British Bake Off. She finished a finalist and since then has taught baking, presented on QVC, cooked in the This Morning kitchen and written two recipe books. Holly is also in charge of three small boys.

Books by Holly Bell

Holly's favorite cookbooks

Coming to ckbk soon
Be-Ro Flour Home Recipes

Be-Ro Flour Home Recipes

Being given a copy of this slim little booklet (is it a book or a booklet?) is a rite of passage. I remember poring over my Nanna's copy, all brown and curly at the edges. My mother had a suitably 70s edition and I have one from the 90s that's covered in flour, butter and egg stains. Full of no nonsense recipes written in plain English.

Radio Times Step-by-step All-colour Cook Book

Radio Times Step-by-step All-colour Cook Book

By John Tovey

I won the Home Economics prize at school back in 1993. I know, I know, quite an accolade. I was incredibly excited at being given book tokens to choose a book with. This is what I chose. Of course, the recipes are all very grown up, mainly aimed at the dinner party generation, but I loved this book, re-reading it obsessively. For it was the first recipe book I'd owned that devoted more space to the description of the recipe, the very reason for it existing, than to the actual method.

How to Eat

How to Eat

By Nigella Lawson

Doesn't Queen Nigella conjure up with the best book titles? This is a tome of a book that's just so incredibly useful. A chapter for feeding little ones, a chapter for losing weight, one for feeding just yourself, one with meals for two... I could go on. No pictures, just writing. Let your imagination do the rest... and with Nigella's writing that's easy.

The Cook's Companion

The Cook's Companion

By Stephanie Alexander

A dear friend bought me this after a long visit to Australia. I'd never heard of Stephanie Alexander but have since found out she's a VERY famous chef in Oz. This is a book that helps you use whatever you have in the house. If there's a glut of apples then simply turn to the apples section and away you go. It's amazing how inspiring a change in indexing can be.

Appetite

Appetite

By Nigel Slater

I first read this at university; a time when I was in control of what I ate every evening for the very first time. I loved (and still love) the way Nigel makes us all believe in the magical things that happen in a saucepan when sausages and onions are introduced to one another. Such simple recipes, with lots of suggestions for deviation. Nigel is not a dictator in any way.

Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course

Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course

By Delia Smith

This was bought for me by a boyfriend for my 18th birthday. I have no idea what he's doing these days but my copy of Delia's Complete Cookery Course is still going strong. I often consult her when developing recipes to see what the 'correct' method is, before I meander off on my own merry way.

Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi

By Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

After leaving London I missed the wonderful coffee shops and international delis, so abundant in their wares. The pictures in this book make me London-sick. The recipes always result in enquiries for more.

Bread Matters

Bread Matters

By Andrew Whitley

This book has taught me more about bread than any other. Quite simply, if you want to make and eat excellent bread, invest in a copy.

Cookery in Colour

Cookery in Colour

By Marguerite Patten

My maternal grandmother's copy sits on my shelf, glorious in it's 1960's technicolour. I admit I've never made a recipe - I read it more as a historical document.