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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:43 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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These books are fab if you follow to the letter you will become a great cook.

I have the baking books brilliant.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I own lots and lots of cookery books but my favourite is The Readers Digest "One Dish Meals".  I got it from a Charity Shop and it is marvellous.  All the recipes can be cooked in one pot - I use a cast iron casserole and I haven't cooked anything from it that we haven't enjoyed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I grew up with the good houskeeping cookery book, good old British recipes but it does tend to be a bit meat and two veg and can tend toward school cooking at times. I am astonished no one has mentioned Delia yet, surely her complete cookery course is the standard that must be in more kitchens than any other.

Two particular faves of mine would be Elizabeth David, I could mention any of her books they are all great, but I'll go for English Bread and Yeast cookery. And as a bit of an unusual choice I'll go for "the curry secret" by Kris Dhillon a cheapie little paperback that teaches you how to cook Indian Restaurant style food at home.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a spare copy of Hughs "everday" cookery book for anyone willing to pay postage.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have pm'd you bigphil

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 6:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree with Robin there but the strange thing is that The Curry Secret is a bit of a secret in itself and tends to sell by word of mouth only and has been going for quite a few years. Reason being I guess, is that it's a cheapy, B&W Paperback, written by a "Nobody". So no big write ups, promo's or signings.

Here it is if any Curry Lovers have a spare, very few, squids.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF...098025&ref=pd_sl_3toih1oin3_e
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a very battered copy of "Modern Cookery" by Lydia Chatterton which is an absolute delight. The black and white illustrations capture a period in our kitchen histroy that was romanticised even then.

In the last line of the foreward Lydia writes " I hope this book will be a small link in the chain that in the hands of our women will help to build a fitter, happier Empire."

About serving Lydia advices " sound a warning gong or bell five minutes before dishing up...However busy your family is, it should be able to "down tools" and get ready for the meal, if given this five minutes grace. The meal should then be on the table, piping hot, at the exact time fixed."

The recipes are just as memorable; Ox cheeks with vegetables, sheeps head, pigs fry, egg cutlets, Golden Shower Eggs, the list goes on.

A splendid read just for reading never mind cooking. †


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thoroughly second the comments about the Bero Cookbook (I think the recent copy I bought to replace an old one is 42nd Ed). Can't beat the simple crumble recipe.

River Cottage (I own the Everyday Cookbook (crimbo pressie   ) and River Cottage year.

Have been collecting the old (Marks & Sparks?) cookery series (the old A4 size beige St Michaels Cookery Library label books) - grew up with their imperial bun and sponge recipes.

Desperately want the original Delia Complete Cookery Book (originally Book One and Book two) - still kicking myself for the time I saw it in ASDA at £10 and didn't buy it - it retails at £30. GROAN!

However I refuse to buy anything like new stuff - her recent How to Cheat book was an embarrassing mistake after all her work over years telling us all how cooking for scratch is all easy and quick - worst example of selling out have ever seen and I won't support that example with my hard earned cash.

Admit that my cookery book collection is probably second only in size to our DVD collection :blush: so there are a load of books I use day to day that aren't household names.

Will also second the Nigel Slater and Valentine Warner books - I own these one's too and there are some great recipes in amongst the covers!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why are modern cookery books 60% photos 20% recipes 20% blank page?

On my bookshelf cookbooks are reference works, I want words, I don't understand the idea of a coffee table cookery book but it seems that is what they all are now.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have hundreds of cookery books but my one of choice at the moment is a 1956 copy of Good Housekeeping's Cookery Compendium.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Your favourite cookery books Reply with quote

Admin wrote:
You must all have your favourite cookery books , bring your favourites to the attention of other members and possibly do a short book review.

Please feel free to continue to add as many books to this thread as you like as a useful resource to both the experienced and inexperienced. †

My most recent is a gem of info and recipes: Darina Allen's Forgotten skills of cooking. A fascinating read, too.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:58 pm    Post subject: Re: Your favourite cookery books Reply with quote

gerryindevon wrote:
Admin wrote:
You must all have your favourite cookery books , bring your favourites to the attention of other members and possibly do a short book review.

Please feel free to continue to add as many books to this thread as you like as a useful resource to both the experienced and inexperienced. †

My most recent is a gem of info and recipes: Darina Aleen's Forgotten skills of cooking. A fascinating read, too.

Sorry, Darina Allen!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

    Great Choice.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i go to the library weekly and always get a cookery book out to browse thru. the one i use most is Delias complete cookery
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: cookery books Reply with quote

With so many DOL people on this site I am surprised that no one has mentioned "Delia's Complete Cookery Course" yet.

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