Guilty Pleasures is the latest book published by Matt Tebbutt, Welsh TV Chef.
This book is really quite different. It celebrates fun, enjoyment and playfulness with food with the purpose of the book being to celebrate those foods (and drinks) we all love, but often feel a bit naughty about enjoying. It wholeheartedly embraces the idea of enjoying a bit of what you fancy, and that, in turn, does you good. The chapters are broken down into ingredients and include: peanut butter, Marmite, white bread, coffee and tea and booze.
This is a very characterful book, with gorgeous photos and lovely retro images and fonts. As I first flicked through the book, I instantly found several recipes I wanted to cook straight away. Soy and honey tea-smoked chicken, Slow-cooked pulled pork, Vodka cured salmon and Marmite potatoes instantly stood out. Although the recipes sound rather different and intriguing, they are all straightforward to make and do not require any specialist ingredients or equipment. After all, ingredients like ketchup and peanut butter are commonly found both at home and in professional kitchens.
The first recipe I tried was the Wide Awake Black bean chilli, which looked absolutely gorgeous and, as I was cooking for a vegan, very simple and suitable. I managed to pick up all the ingredients to make this in a small local supermarket and threw this chilli together one evening in around 20 minutes from start to finish. The spices used in the chilli give the sauce a wonderful richness, which is often found in slow cooked dishes.
This book is really fun and ideal for anyone who fancies something a bit different. It is a genuinely refreshing book, full of some really interesting and unusual ideas which I’m dying to make for friends soon. Highly recommended.