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LynneA



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:26 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Wouldn't say I use it every day, but I'm rather attached to my copy of the Readers Digest Cookery Year.

Have decided to search for a copy of Marguerite Patten's All Colour Cokkery - another book I grew up with.

But the most used books in this house are The Little Red Barn Baking Book and an old Penguin paperback called Let's Preserve It.  Can't tell you who wrote that as the author's details were lost in a previous year's marmalade making frenzy.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am surprised that no one has mentioned "Delia's Complete Cookery Course


Good reason for that "N".
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

have recently got Jamie Oliver'sbook Jamie Does... and i am really enjoying it inspite of not seeing the Tv prog. Made the lamb and beans at the weekend and it was delish
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jamie Olivers recipes not bad but I always make a point of avoiding his shows he always seems to believe his own publicity
Nigel Slater is much more down to earth
I'll stand back and wait for the fireworks
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LynneA wrote:
Wouldn't say I use it every day, but I'm rather attached to my copy of the Readers Digest Cookery Year.

Have decided to search for a copy of Marguerite Patten's All Colour Cokkery - another book I grew up with.

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got both of those and wouldn't be without them.

my current favourite is the italian cookery book Spoon and the french cookery book Pork and Sons -- a must for ANY pig rearer!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A new favourite cookery book ? Well possibly. After having said that I wouldn't buy anymore, I'm afraid that I have to admit to having fallen to temptation on Friday. Fatally, we called at the garden centre on the roundabout at Moreton near Oswestry. Once in there, I just lost it completely and headed straight for their discount books. Once there I was a gonner and bought a book called 'The Last Food of England' English Food: Its Past Present and Future. The said book, was down from 25 quid to nine pounds ninety nine pence. I ask you ! How could I resist ?
One day, I must get around to actually doing some recipes from the books that I keep buying and look so nice in my book case.
In my defence, its does look to be quite a good on and it will be on my bedtime reading list for the next few weeks. I  will of course let you know how I get on with it.
To wet you appetite, I notice that page 193 does contain squirrel recipes.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was recently given Alton Brown's book Good Eats - The Early Years and I really have found his style very interesting.  He goes into the science and chemistry of cooking and teaches you things that you might not know.  As for a recipe book in itself it is not but it does give a great foundation to build on.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like everyone else I have quite a few cookery books for reference but I consider the best all- round cookery book as used in catering colleges is "practical cookery" by ceserani and kinton. This book is the chefs bible.
Two other books any self respcting cook should, in my opinion, posess are"charcuterie and french pork cookery" by jane grigson., and secondly "jams, preserves and chutneys" by marguerite patten.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Butterbean wrote:
I was recently given Alton Brown's book Good Eats - The Early Years and I really have found his style very interesting.  He goes into the science and chemistry of cooking and teaches you things that you might not know.  As for a recipe book in itself it is not but it does give a great foundation to build on.

Don't know that one, Butterbean. Harald McGee's "On Food And Cooking" is an interesting and informative read.
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2011 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was in my local secondhand book shop yesterday and came across the following: Man about the kitchen (The novices guide to cookery for men) by Alistair Williams.
Although a bit basic it gives some common sense ideas and quick and easy recipes in a witty presentation. Most recipe books annoy me because of needing ingredients you have to buy in especially. This book keeps ingredients to a minimum. This book will become a good reference for quick and easy midweek meals especially when I am time challenged.
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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2011 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds as though it could be a useful addition to most single blokes libraries BB.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favourite cook books is Peter Thompson's Thai Food. If you like cooking Thai, this is the only book you need IMO. Tons of recipes and techniques and also a lot of history (it is about 600 pages or more). Very authentic as he is an Australian food journalist who is obsessed with Thai food and worked in Bangkok for a few years to collate recipes from many sources.

I also like HFW's meat and fish books (although there are a couple of recipes with mistakes in).

Someone bought me the Hawksmore book the other day, flicking through it made me so so hungry. Mainly beef but some other foods to.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sam L wrote:
One of my favourite cook books is Peter Thompson's Thai Food. If you like cooking Thai, this is the only book you need IMO. Tons of recipes and techniques and also a lot of history (it is about 600 pages or more). Very authentic as he is an Australian food journalist who is obsessed with Thai food and worked in Bangkok for a few years to collate recipes from many sources.

I also like HFW's meat and fish books (although there are a couple of recipes with mistakes in).

Someone bought me the Hawksmore book the other day, flicking through it made me so so hungry. Mainly beef but some other foods to.


Sam- the Thai book, does it have authentic fish cakes in it. I saw them being made on Masterchef the other day and the recipe consists of throwing the mixture into the bowl repeatedly to make them light and fluffy. Hardly any flour used, just a good over arm action. Cannot find the recipe on line anywhere.

If you wouldnt mind looking I would really appreciate it.  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very definitely a book I got free with Colman's Mustard before I was married (which makes it well over 30 years old - eek!)  It is called 'Colman's 150 years of Good Food: Traditional British Recipes', and contains some recipes I found really useful as a 'new wife', such as Shepherd's Pie and Toad in the Hole, plus some gems such as traditional Bakewell Tart and Bread and Butter Pudding.  Also Brawn, Pigs Trotters and Faggots plus much more. I know I didn't pay for it in the first place, but it really is priceless!  It now has no spine and is held together with selotape, and falls open at the most used (and stained) pages.  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frazzled_Barbie wrote:

Sam- the Thai book, does it have authentic fish cakes in it. I saw them being made on Masterchef the other day and the recipe consists of throwing the mixture into the bowl repeatedly to make them light and fluffy. Hardly any flour used, just a good over arm action. Cannot find the recipe on line anywhere.

If you wouldnt mind looking I would really appreciate it.  


Well, I had a look, and what do you know, it was there! Hadn't seen that one before, must try it!

Fish cakes
Tort man pla

300g fish fillets, such as whiting or orange roughy
4 tablespoons red curry paste
1egg, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon caster sugar
5 kaffir lime leaves, shredded
2 tablespoons finely cut snake beans or green beans
Oil for deep frying

Wash fish in cold salted water. Combine fish, curry paste and egg in a food processor, blend well and season with fish sauce and sugar. In a large bowl, gather the fish purée up into a ball and throw back into the bowl; continue this slapping until the mixture becomes firmer and stickier (this aerates the ingredients and makes the cakes puff up when deep fried). Mix in lime leaves and beans. Mould into small discs, then deep fry in a wok with plenty of oil over a medium heat. Serve immediately as cakes toughen as the cool. Serve with cucumber relish.

Let me know how they go. If you like them, you'll love the book. There are hundreds of recipes in there.

[edited to fix my quote]

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