ckbk: The ultimate online cookbook library

< Blog Home Article by Pomora - Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020

With more than 88,000 brilliant recipes, ckbk is the ultimate digital subscription service for cooks. Subscribers get unlimited access to the complete content of every cookbook in the collection, so ckbk offers a seamless way to search for, find and cook the best cookbook recipes.

If you’re part of the community that has adopted an Italian olive tree from Pomora, you will already be familiar with the wonderful flavor and versatility of good olive oil. But did you know that olive oil is a great cooking ingredient in cakes and pastry, or that it makes a fantastic ice cream?

Tapping into the vast wealth of knowledge available at ckbk will help you find new ways with favorite ingredients, and give you lots of ideas for kitchen creativity.

Here’s just a taster of what you’ll find…

Salads from around the world

It doesn’t take much of a leap of logic to think ‘salad’ with you hear ‘olive oil.’ But the sheer range of salads than cooks from around the globe can (and do) conjure up is nothing short of astounding. Try these:

• Turkish  Charred Eggplant Salad from David Dale and Somer Sivrioglu

• Italian  Baby Spinach, Bresaola, Apple and Nut Salad from Tessa Kiros

• Middle Eastern  Fattoush Salad from Bethany Kehdy

Baking with olive oil

As vegan cooks know, substituting olive oil for butter in cakes is a great workaround for those who don’t eat dairy. Mediterranean cooks have no shortage of great-tasting bakes made with olive oil. Here are just a few:

• Lebanese  Turmeric Tea Cakes from Kamal Al-Faqih

• Italian  Olive Oil Cake with chocolate and rosemary from Kim Boyce

• Vegan  Orange and Olive Oil Syrup Cake from Sue Quinn

Get creative with olive oil

In olive-growing countries, olive oil is used to preserve vegetables, often using the sott’olio (’under oil’) method, and as a poaching medium. A drizzle of extra-virgin over fish ‘carpaccio’ gives it a sophisticated finishing touch. Olive oil also makes a magnificent ice cream that really must be tried. Try these:

Carpaccio of John Dory with Ruby Grapefruit, Baby Fennel and Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Grant King, Greg Doyle and Katrina Kanetani

Olive Oil Ice Cream from Trish Deseine

Discover classic cookbooks from ckbk

With more than 400 carefully curated titles on the ckbk site (and  more than 15,000 dishes made with olive oil) access to top authors and recipes is guaranteed. Put your Pomora olive oil to use with these three top recommendations:

Marcella Cucina

This book from queen of Italian cuisine Marcella Hazan, is a classic. It offers easy-to-follow instructions and techniques from Hazan’s practised hands, which guide you in recreating classic Italian dishes of every style and variety. The region-specific recipes, from city and the countryside, all met with Hazan’s familiar passion and knowledge.


Squid Braised in Olive Oil and White Wine with Spinach, Fresh Tomato, and Chili Pepper

Sautéed Cauliflower with Green Olives and Tomato

Anna Del Conte On Pasta

Anna Del Conte on Pasta is the revised version of her earlier seminal pasta bible Portrait of Pasta (1976), heralded by Nigella, among others, as the book that changed British attitudes to pasta. The history and regional diversity of traditional pasta recipes is expertly conveyed in Del Conte’s warm friendly tone. Slurp your way through this revolutionary taste of Italy.


Pasta Con le Sarde

Spaghetti Alla Pugliese

Honey From a Weed

This classic work is less a cookbook than a personal recollection told through distinct food memories. Legendary author Patience Gray champions self-sufficiency and doing more with less. Gray’s nomadic, rural life story packs more than just traditional recipes, and you’ll leave with a changed understanding of the way we eat.


Funghi Sott’olio

Salsa Verde

Unlimited Access to the World’s Great Cookbooks

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Curated by top food writers, ckbk's has a range of content that is unparalleled in diversity and quality, featuring more than 400 titles including timeless classics, contemporary bestsellers and renowned reference bibles.


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The ckbk app is now available from the App Store!

We’ve listened to many users of the  ckbk website who said they would really appreciate the speed and convenience of a 'native app' for phones and tablets, so last month we released the ckbk app for iPhone and iPad. Please give it a try – we can't wait to hear how you get on.

We've tuned everything for use on a small screen, and now (at last) you can cook a recipe without your screen going to sleep.

Many further app-specific features are in the works, including Kindle-like browsing, allowing you to swipe from recipe to recipe and chapter to chapter within a cookbook. Be sure to set your phone to automatically install the latest app updates so you don't miss a thing.

If you're an Android user, don't worry – our Android app is almost ready for release and we're on the lookout for testers. Please email if you'd like to be one of the first to try ckbk's Android app.