New cookbooks: Willie’s Chocolate Factory Cookbook and Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking

Willie's Chocolate Factory Cookbook While I may not be able to do quite as much cooking and baking these days while tethered to the couch by Little Missy and her demands for food, I can always read about it and – as every new mum knows – online shopping is your friend. The results of a few precious uninterrupted minutes with the computer earlier this week landed on the doorstep today for my reading pleasure over the long weekend: Willie’s Chocolate Factory Cookbook and Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking.

The Colwin book is one of those books that keeps cropping up in other people’s must read lists and has been on my wish list for quite a while and now seemed like the perfect time to enjoy it. After eagerly following Willie Harcourt-Cooze’s adventures on C4 last Easter in Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory, as well as delighting in the follow-up programmes at Christmas and Easter, I couldn’t resist his cookbook.

All this, and my Christmas Gourmet subscription – a well-chosen present from the Husband – also arrived yesterday. Little Missy will be swallowing new recipes along with mother’s milk!



Food writer. Broadcaster. Blogger. Author. Married to Eight Degrees Brewing. Member of the Irish Food Writers' Guild, founder of Irish Food Bloggers Association and co-author of Sláinte: The Complete Guide to Irish Craft Beer & Cider (New Island)

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6 Responses

  1. Elke says:

    Hi Caroline,I didn’t evn know you were expecting. Congratulations. And I loved the Granny post. Good luck with little Missy. Can’t wait to read about her food adventures to come :-)Elke

  2. Caroline says:

    Little Missy’s food adventures are limited at the moment although she did get to taste a little bit of iceberg lettuce while I was feeding her in the back of the car recently! I was wondering why she seemed to be chewing rather than sucking, the mystery revealed when she (the child has good taste) spat out a little piece of unpalatable greenness which had fallen from a rather nasty sandwich eaten over her head. I think it could be safely said that neither of us enjoyed our lunches that day!

  3. gillian says:

    A new arrival – beautiful. Oh I bet that chocolate book is one to drool over! Enjoy cooking from it when you get the time 😉 I got a Baby Bjorn for HoneyB and we cooked lots when I was on maternity leave. I am sure Little Missy will appreciate any chocolate that makes its way to her mouth!Can I ask, are all the recipes calling for 100% chocolate? I bought some of his 100% chocolate but it was €8.50 for 180g.

  4. Caroline says:

    The Husband keeps telling me I should write a cookbook on one-handed cooking as there’s a lot done in the kitchen with Little Missy on the shoulder! Must try the sling and see how she goes, that’s a really good idea.All Willie’s recipes do call for the 100% bar but he does give instructions for using lower percentages. What did you use your 100% bar for?

  5. gillian says:

    Thanks for details Caroline. I must pick up a copy sooooon.I used my 100% for hot chocolate ala willy … just grated chocolate, water and sugar. Hmmm yum.

  6. Amanda says:

    Hi Caroline, I stumbled upon this book in bookstore the other day and was sooooo tempted to buy it – how is it? I’ve never seen the program so I’m not really familiar with the author. ps. Congrats on little missy!! xo

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