Reviewed by Jen Kulman

It is immediately apparent that this cookbook is aptly named. Denis Cotter has a genuine love for putting ingredients together to create phenomenal dishes. This is one of very few vegetarian books I have read that is truly inspiring. He has a way of writing recipes that make the finished products seem so much more than the sum of their parts. It is no exaggeration to say that the way he views food and ingredients makes me reset my focus.

I adore his written introduction and think it sets a great tone for the book. Instead of writing a cookbook based on themes, he started jotting down the dishes he was preparing on a daily basis. The result was “a book of nice things to eat that would be of more use than an addition to the growing list of serious food tomes.”  He could have also added that the end result was a pure joy to read.

Recipes are divided into nine slightly unusual categories: Breakfast, Salad, Risotto, Soup, Mash, All wrapped up, Bowls, Oven and Sweetness. There are so many wonderful sounding dishes that I could not even begin to start listing them all. Not only do I love his concoctions, but he has a terrific sense of humor that comes through plain as day. Reading the intro to each recipe is both marvelously entertaining and informative. There are not photos for every dish, but certainly enough to be satisfying.

I just loved every aspect of For the Love of Food. It is so evident that he enjoys his time in the kitchen, but even more so, takes great pleasure in feeding good food to those he loves. He has most definitely inspired me to do the same.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Jen lives in Michigan with her husband and six year old son. She writes reviews of children’s books on her blog, FIRR-Kids and loves filling her own shelves with cookbooks.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins UK. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.