I like to read, and when it come to cookery book look at pictures. So here is a list, with some reviews, of books which have inspired me. I have tried to categorise them by topic (rather than author), more for ease than anything else. Links to Amazon are provided where possible, for any interested parties.






  • Jamie Oliver – Cook With Jamie – Amazon
  • The Essential Pasta Cookbook – Amazon


  • Ching-He Haung – Chinese Food Made Easy – Amazon
  • Ching-He Haung – Fast Food – Amazon
  • Fuchsia Dunlop – Sichuan Cookery – Amazon
  • Emi Kazuko – Japanese Cooking – Amazon
  • Kazuko Masui & Chihiro Masui – Sushi Secrets – Amazon
  • The Wagamama Cookbook – Amazon
  • Fresh Thai – Amazon
  • Fresh Moroccan – Amazon
  • 50 Great Curries of India – Amazon


  • Jim Murray – The Classic Whisky Guide
  • Jim Murray – Whisky Bible 2010
  • Oz Clarke & James May – Oz and James’s Big Wine Adventure



  • Lance Armstrong – It’s Not About the Bike
  • Lance Armstrong – Every Second Counts
  • Michael Hutchinson – The Hour
  • Graeme Obree – The Flying Scotsman
  • Chris Hoy – Heroes, Villans and Velodromes
  • Dave Barter – Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder


  • Matt Fitzgerald – Iron War: Two Incredible Athletes. One Epic Rivalry. The Greatest Race of All Time (Yet to read)


  • Christopher McDougall – Born To Run
  • Haruki Murakami – What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  • Richard Askwith – Feet in the Clouds: A Story of Fell Running and Obsession (Currently reading)


  • Adam Topham – Time-Trialling
  • Joe Friel – The Triathletes Training Bible
  • Hunter Allen & Andrew Coggan – Training and Racing With a Power Meter


  • Ranulph Feinnes – Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know
  • David Crane – Scott of the Antarctic
  • Aron Ralston – 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

General Reading

  • Tim Harford – The Logic of Life
  • Tim Harford – The Undercover Economist
  • Paulo Coelho – The Alchemist
  • Jeremy Whittle – Bad Blood

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