I stumbled upon Falling Cloudberries by accident. Whilst we were staying in the Cotswolds this weekend (more about that faboulous trip later this week), I spied this tome on the coffee table. So Saturday morning was spent in bed, with a cuppa, getting excited by new recipes and reading Tessa Kiros' family stories.
This isn't a winter recipe book. There's a Finnish section (although herring and pickles just don't do it for me), but this book's strengths lie in the Mediterranean recipes. Everything sounds so simple and fresh. Calamari with chili, lemon and chicken, grilled lamb chops. Nothing fancy, nothing pretentious, just sticking to good fresh ingredients.
And if I'm honest, that's all I want from a recipe book. But it's not all this book gives. There's an interesting family history in Kiros' cooking. Her recipes are handed down from generations, inspired by family dinners and adapted to suit different occasions. And the photography is beautiful as well. I was perusing the hardback version, and despite me not trying a single recipe, I'm putting this straight on my Christmas list. It's a real feast, and once the sun comes out again, I imagine it'll stay permanently open on my kitchen counter. The paperback version is currently £8.64 on Amazon.