Now just a rather random selection of books that I wouldn't want to be without.
Women Who Run with
Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The essential book for all women. For me it was like food for a long famished soul. Women - to be read by women every ten years.
Peace in Every Step
Thich Nhat Hanh
I've read most of Thich Nhat Hanh's books and they never fail to move my consciousness and focus to one of gratitude and the present moment. This is one of the shorter and simpler ones.
In Gujarat where Meera comes from all the food is really fresh and so when she came to the UK she couldn’t understand why the food wasn’t all similarly vibrant and colourful. Truly extraordinary and life changing. A favourite in this house.
Apparently Rumi is the world's best selling poet after Shakespeare. I rather wish the Islamic world read more Rumi and less from the Prophet (May peace be upon him) Rumi - Islam's most famous mystic keeps the soul alive, and inspires me to celebrate the senses and cook with spices and... well, he makes me think about love.
600 recipes and ingredients from all over the globe. You can look up say 'chick peas' or 'kidney beans' and find out how they cook them in Mexico or in North India or in Sri Lanka. Just wonderful. If you only ever buy one cookbook...
The history of modern China in compelling personal narrative. Learning about the world can be easy and enjoyable. The most memorable opening of any book and if you've read this you remember how it opens don't you?
Reading like a Writer
A book to ignite or re-ignite your love of reading. I remember taking in on holiday and reading endless sections out to my weary boyfriend, who wondered, I think, what I was so excited about. Just love it.