When we asked our foodie pals to show us their bookcases, in time for World Book Day (March 4), we were impressed by their vast libraries.
Some people pile them up horizontally as well as vertically, others are book-marked at favourite recipes, and everyone talks about regret over recent culls.
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1. The collection of chef Billy Boyter (of The Cellar, Fife)
"Just a few", says chef Billy Boyter. His collection includes Mugaritz: a Natural Science of Cooking by Andoni Aduriz and Noma by Rene Redzepi.
Photo: Billy Boyter
2. Wine expert Freya Reinsch's shelves
"My favourite is Fuchsia Dunlop’s Food of Sichuan, both for its sheer beauty as a book and what a supportive and informed guide it has been in teaching me to cook in areas far beyond my comfort zone. Dishes I would previously enjoy only in Sichuan restaurants (a little thin on the ground in Edinburgh), now happen in our kitchen, aided greatly by the proximity of Leith’s Asian supermarkets. After that, anything by Diana Henry. Her chicken cookbook, A Bird in the Hand, is my favourite but I don't currently have a copy as I keep giving them away.", says Freya.
3. Food and drink PR Carrie Hoy's bookshelves
I've got about 120 books now, despite a cull a couple of years ago. My favourite is Moro: the Cookbook by Sam and Sam Clark. I've used it so often since it was published in 2001 that it's falling apart and the pages are taped in places, but I'd never trade it in for a new edition. Sam and Sam are so knowledgeable about the food of Spain, particularly by beloved Andalucia, and their recipes recreate the flavours that I yearn for when back home in Edinburgh", says Carrie.
Photo: Carrie Hoy
4. Creative director Carol Soutar's shelves
Carol's shelves feature Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) by Russell Norman and Ottolenghi Simple.
Photo: Carol Soutar