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The Little Library Cookbook

Book ReviewsJenComment
The Little Library Cookbook

One of my absolute favourite breakfasts to enjoy is the humble crumpet, at its finest slathered with butter and jam and bringing back nostalgic feelings of chilly winter mornings, snuggled up in my dressing gown, cup of coffee in one hand and a plateful of crumpets in the other… each little bite perfectly soft and sweet with warm jam. Yes please.

I’ve never really thought about making my own crumpets, always opting for the store bought versions, believing it would be far too difficult to even dream about attempting to make my own… Well, little did I know, you can and they are even simpler than I imagined. Which leads me on to where I found the recipe, in the midst of Kate Young’s brand new book ‘The Little Library Cookbook’, and it just happens to be one of the many recipes I couldn’t wait to try out. So I thought I’d share my views on Kate’s book (some of you may have watched my Instagram Stories showing a little preview) and try my best to explain why it should be an essential in your kitchen too…

“When discovering a new book, or revisiting an old favourite, my mind wanders, imagining what the food the characters are enjoying would taste like.” – Kate Young

Firstly, I absolutely adore the sentiment and idea behind the book, as an avid reader in my childhood (I’d go to the library on a Saturday morning, pick out ten books at a time and read them all at once and be back the following weekend for new ones) I was excited to find that some of the recipes that Kate explored were from books that I’d read over and over. The book combines moments in stories where the author touches on certain foods, tastes and feelings, which Kate then interprets into a recipe and literally brings fictional food to life.

For example, ‘Marmalade’ from Michael Bond’s A Bear called Paddington, ‘The Queen of Hearts’ Tarts’ from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and even ‘Figs & Custard’ from James Joyce classic novel Dubliners.


You can feel the amount of emotion poured into the book, it really isn’t like any other recipe book I’ve found, it almost feels like a fictional novel in itself, and Kate allows us to follow her recipes and bring the book alive. Which is exactly what I did with the crumpets, following each step carefully until they were ready to eat and enjoying every mouthful with a sense of satisfaction, feeling like I’ve been able to bring a little piece of the story to the real world.

That was a wonderful breakfast. It is unusual to begin the day with cold apple pie, but the children all said they would rather have it than meat.’

– The Railway Children, E.Nesbit

I think you might have guessed by now that I’m pretty passionate about this book, whether that’s to do with the stories Kate’s picked up on, or if it’s just down to the clever concept, I 100% know I’ll be making more of her recipes and I’d even go so far as to say that I’d be keeping hold of it to pass down the generations.

It’s worth getting your hands on it, just for the crumpets alone!