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Friday
May132016

Book club: Barbara Bonisollis cookbooks.

I know what you´re thinking - she is writing about cookbooks now?! Well, rest assured this space won´t turn into a food blog! It´s just that these particular cookbooks are very much linked to gardening. Barbara Bonisolli is a food photographer who lives in the Bavarian countryside and has a large veggie garden, hens and bees. She cooks with ingredients from her garden and her first cookbook ("Barbara kocht", since renamed to "100 Rezepte aus meinem Garten") has a very unique concept where she writes about gardening in each season followed by wonderful recipes. It´s one of my top 5 favorite books probably because I can relate to it so much (very simlar life style), but also because the photography is gorgeous and the recipes are both easy and super delicious.

She now has a newish cookbook out called "Das vegetarische Kochbuch" (the vegetarian cookbook) which features, you guessed it, vegetarian recipes only. This time the gardening part is missing (probably something that works only once anyway), the layout/design of the book is simpler and the focus is definitely on the recipes. The photography is still gorgeous and I have already bookmarked a million recipes to try from the book (see first photo), which is saying something!

Like the first book this one is divided in seasonal chapters which makes it very handy for this gardener who needs to do something with her produce but needs a little inspiration in the kitchen.

A few more pictures from the book. I really love that we get to see her garden and even peeks of her home. It just makes so much sense and gives you a little glimpse in the life of someone rather than just a collection of recipes. I feel like this is a concept that could be taken further - for example, whenever I read a book about beautiful gardens I am always desparate to see the house of the gardener as well! Maybe someday I´ll write a book like this.

So in conclusion, big recommendation! Barbara Bonisolli´s new book has its own website which you can find here. Thank you Callwey for sending over a review copy!

PS: I think these books are only available in German for the time being so sorry for my international readers, but I thought you might enjoy this post anyway! (Update: I hear they are available in Dutch!)

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Reader Comments (13)

I can see why you like it! I like the way she works in here bare feet....

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

Great article, Katrin! Thank you

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterVioleta

Wow, the photo of the vegetables is gorgeous! Wish they were available in English.

May 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJessB

Ich würde ja zu gerne eine 'recipe-garden-cooking-story' mit und über dich und dein 'garden-country-house&kitchen' fotografiere :) ich glaube ich muss heute noch in den Buchladen ...

May 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusanne

Susanne - da wäre ich jederzeit dabei! Ich liebe deine Fotos!

May 14, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

What lovely images and ideas - but sadly (for me!) this would be completely aspirational. There is no way I could do even half of this. But the recipes would inspire me to cook seasonally. Especially the vegetarian one. Thanks for sharing and happy weekend.

May 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKathrine A.

Beautiful!! And even if you DID become a cooking blog, that would be fine with me! What ever you want to write about I want to read.
IG: @mybackstageopera

May 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRebeccaNYC

Dann sollten wir einen Termin machen ... Und ich liebe Deine :)

May 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterSusanne

You definitely SHOULD write a book like this - in fact I can't believe you haven't (or that no one has approached you). I've been talking with a lot of food bloggers these past couple of weeks, and it seems like agents/editors are always on the prowl. DO IT.

May 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGiulia

Thank you dear Katrin for sharing these books!
Like it very much and they are available in Dutch.

Hope you have a very nice Pfingst Weekend!

May 14, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterInkie

Katherine - I´m surprised you read my blog if you find this aspirational since my lifestyle is very similar to hers! Minus the bees. And I think she has kids too, so minus the kids. :-)

Giulia - the thing is I have no idea how to do/pitch this. I always sort of hope that one day someone will approach me but no luck so far. Will have to pick your brain one day. Btw your recent trip to Portugal looked amazing.

Inkie - oh that´s interesting! Thank you and have a nice weekend too! :-)

May 15, 2016 | Registered CommenterKatrin

Seconding Giulia here that you are the perfect candidate to write a book encompassing garden, house and food!

Put the word out (on all your platforms) that you are interested and start doing some exploratory research by mining the network of contacts you've built up via this blog (Remodelista/Gardenista comes to mind - you've been featured on their site and it seems to me their editors would surely have some suggestions on how to begin).

Your loyal readers will look forward to publication announcements! 😀

May 16, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

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May 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDenisse

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