Natalie King used to be one of the lovely people who works at JDRF. She’s gone on to different things now but she was the fantastic person who introduced me to the equally fantastic ‘Carbs & Cals’. This book is the king of carbs counting resources. Every type of food is meticulously photographed on a plate in up to six different portion sizes, for those times when an entire dinner-plateful of mash is the only thing that will do.
I don’t know why it has taken so long for someone to realise that nobody’s brain thinks of mash by the ounce or the half cup and what we really need is to see it on a plate, maybe with some sausages on top, (strictly to help get a sense of scale).
I’ll warn you now, it’s a dangerously compelling book. It’seven more possible now that I’ll never get round to that New Year reading list languishing somewhere on my bedside table. What better way to drop off than with a head filled with pints of cider, bowls of pasta and a few spring rolls?
Oh, and did I mention there’s an iPhone app to match?