Our first The Happy Foodie community #shelfie!

Lucy Thompson is a passionate baker and avowed cookbook addict, with a collection of over 220 volumes. Her bookshelves are bursting with amazing books on every possible foodie subject. But which are her three absolute favourites - her desert island cookbooks? Over to you, Lucy.


My love of cooking and indeed, cookbooks extends far beyond the thrill of creating a fabulous dish. My bookcases, which, to date, house over 220 cookbooks are a source of inspiration and aspiration. I am always on the lookout for upcoming publications and get especially excited in September when a whole host of new books are published. And then, as the nights draw in and we give up any hope of eating salad again before May, I love to curl up in bed with a handful of cookbooks for my bedtime reading.

It’s obvious where my love of cookbooks comes from; I ran the food and drink department in a Waterstone's store for four years. There wasn’t a book that came in which didn’t pass through my hands for approval and naturally, I had to check they were fit for consumption!

There’s nothing I like better than delving in to my cookbooks to learn something new, or just to be inspired by the photographs. Of course, with owning so many, it’s natural that some books are more loved than others. You can usually identify a well-loved book by the sauce stains and batter splatter all over it. If I had to choose my three favourites…

Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson. Surprising as it may seem, because it’s an entirely festive book, I go to this throughout the year for tried and tested recipes. It really is fantastic and a great book to refer to if you’re feeding a crowd. I love looking through it in autumn and planning my festive baking for the season ahead.

Spooning with Rosie by Rosie Lovell. I first discovered Rosie on social media. She owns and runs Rosie’s Deli Café, a fantastic café in Brixton which has become something of a cult classic. This book is stunning. It’s certainly tongue in cheek but full of nostalgia and inspired uses of ingredients. Rosie’s passion and skill at cooking really shine through in this book and she has been an inspiration to me ever since.

Polpo – A Venetian Cookbook. I joyfully received this last Christmas and have been dipping in and out of it ever since. This is a book full of recipes so simple in design and execution, you wonder why you didn’t think of them first. Duck with olives and tomato ragu? Yes please! I’m still waiting to be taken to the Polpo restaurant but for now this most certainly satisfies those taste buds.

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