What Katie Ate, by Katie Quinn Davies, is absolutely the most beautifully photographed cookbook I’ve ever seen. The quality of the pictures of the food and the book itself is just breathtaking.
Quinn Davies, an Irishwoman who emigrated to Australia with her Aussie husband, worked as a food stylist and a food photographer while writing her blog What Katie Ate. Her first cookbook contains a combination of traditional Irish recipes and Australian recipes handed down by her in-laws, all with a gourmet foodie twist.
There are very few books that I would keep on a coffee table in addition to cooking from – this is one. It’s lovely just to page through it. The book targets the idea of complete meals – and seems to be quite balanced between breakfasts, lunches, appetisers, desserts, sides, and canapes, of which Katie admits she has an irrational love. This would be a great cookbook to use for a dinner party or a lazy weekend (especially to impress a significant other) and I can’t wait to try most of the recipes when entertaining my friends! Sophisticated, interesting and gorgeous to read – definitely a keeper.
Chocolate Coffee Merengue (from What Katie Ate)
6 egg whites at room temperature
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
300g caster sugar
1 tablespoon espresso powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cornflour
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
100g dark chocolate (chopped into small chunks)
Using a hand mixer, blend the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks.
Mix in ground chocolate. Place batter in piping bag and pipe into kiss shapes on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 140C for about an hour – turn off oven and allow it to cool. The kisses should look like this.
I received a free copy of this cookbook to review, but all opinions are my own.