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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

It's not a cook book but I use allrecipes.co.uk quite a lot when I need new inspiration, it has some quite nice recipes on there.
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Old 04.10.2011, 16:09
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I have to say, nothing is wrong with Mastering the Art of French Cuisine by Miss Julia Child.

Everything you ever wanted is in those 2 books.
French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David is a bit heavyweight for what you're asking, but it's invaluable and can be read as a novel. A no-nonsense approach in explaining how to cook the meals demystifies seemingly complex recipes.

"A celebration".
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Old 04.10.2011, 16:11
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I haven't bought a new cook book in years. I do all my recipe searching online now.

For what you want, picking up something interesting from the butchers and wanting to know what to do with it, the internet is the only way. Then print out the recipes you love and make your own book.
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French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David is a bit heavyweight for what you're asking, but it's invaluable and can be read as a novel. A no-nonsense approach in explaining how to cook the meals demystifies seemingly complex recipes.

"A celebration".
All her books are a joy to read

I also use Pierre Franey's Sixty Minute Gourmet and Julia Child's The Way to Cook.
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I LOVE cookery books! I have lots, and buy more all the time.
I'm the only person I know that reads cookery books in bed
(Yes really - I have a pile of them by the bed at all times )

If we are talking iconic, my favourites are Claudia Roden's 'Book of Middle Eastern Food', and Nigella Lawson's 'How To Eat'.
'How to Eat' in particular has loads of easy and quickly made recipes.
I agree with others here who have mentioned Nigel Slater, Rick Stein, Madhur Jaffrey - all good choices. And Saint Delia can always be relied on!

I do use the internet too to search for recipes, but I cannot resist buying new cookery books
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I LOVE cookery books! I have lots, and buy more all the time.
I'm the only person I know that reads cookery books in bed
Then THIS is the book for you....(review here). Its the perfect bedside cookery book, I promise. Money back if you don't love it
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Then THIS is the book for you....(review here). Its the perfect bedside cookery book, I promise. Money back if you don't love it
Oooh, I've been circling that one for ages... sounds so interesting.
This has had me interested for ages too, now they are both on sale.... sooo tempting.

ETA: And I can't resist temptation...
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Oooh, I've been circling that one for ages... sounds so interesting.
This has had me interested for ages too, now they are both on sale.... sooo tempting.

ETA: And I can't resist temptation...
Do it. Its not REALLY a cookery book, but great for inspiration. As Mirfield said, chucking stuff together is fun. This kind of tells you new things to chuck!
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I love cook books too. I love the pictures and reading the list of ingredients. They have to have lots of pictures!

Most of the time though I just look online for specific recipes or inspiration. Detailed recipes are only ever followed if I'm baking. For cooking savory I just get an idea of the ingredients and proportions. Then use my own judgement for quantities.

I really used to love this blog until it got too big for it's britches (if you know what I mean). It's sort of a mess now to find anything. But you can browse the categories.
http://cookalmostanything.blogspot.com

I REALLY want to make this honeycomb recipe. But just never gotten around to it. Well, basically because I'm just going to eat the whole thing.

PS, along the lines of the last two posts, I have this one:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/ENCYCLOPEDIA...7751032&sr=1-3

PPS, Ok now I WANT that Flavour Thesaurus! But maybe I'll buy the The Flavor Thesaurus so I can understand it!
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I read my cookbooks from cover to cover before even cooking any of the recipes. A few of my favorites have been mentioned - Ottolenghi (the first more than the second) and Silver Spoon.

One of my other faves in Leon: Ingredients and Recipes. Its a restaurant in London. This first cookbook is in 2 parts - the first is all about ingredients - what's in season, what to look for when buying, what goes with what, how to prepare. The second half is the recipes. I particularly love the soups - I think I've made them all!!

Otherwise I go to blogs such as 101 Cookbooks, Smitten Kitchen - which are nice because there are usually great pics and comments from people who have tried the recipes.
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

Can't believe no-one has mentioned Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook (if they have and I have missed it then apologies!).

I bought it for my mum a few years ago as she raved about it and it's been a fantastic purchase.

What a smart present it was, we have all benefited from the recipes, particularly the blooming marvellous fish pie
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Then THIS is the book for you....(review here). Its the perfect bedside cookery book, I promise. Money back if you don't love it
Thanks for the tip! I have added it to my (ever growing) list of books-I-want-for-Xmas.
Oh, Jane Grigson is great too (though funnily enough, I never got on with her daughter Sophie...)
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I swear by Gordan Ramsay's books from the F-word TV series, they are designed for the home cook and have had an almost 100% success rate using recipes from these books.

I also make my own ice cream and the two books I use for that are "Ben and Jerry's" and David Lebowitz - The Perfect Scoop, plus one additional recipe of his found online for Butter Sea Salt Caramel Ice Cream
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

My well-thumbed, batter-splattered favorites include:

The Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

The day after I invited my in-laws to dinner for the first time, my MIL sent this as a thank you gift. Or at least, in the interest of family diplomacy, that's what I chose to think. An American classic.


Moosewood, Sundays at Moosewood, Moosewood Restaurant Cooks At Home:

The restaurant piqued my interest in vegetarian cooking; the cookbooks taught me how.


The two Bettys (Crocker and Bossi):

Foodies may look down their noses and sniff in distain, but these are good basic 'how-to' cookbooks. I'll always love Ms Crocker for her Snickerdoodles alone - and I learned more useful German vocabulary via Ms. Bossi than I did in all of the language classes I've taken.


And of course, Mastering The Art Of French Cooking:

My most read cook book. Not necessarily the one I cook from most often - but I love to read it and pretend that I lead a different sort of life...
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

The only "non baking" cookery book I have that ever gets opened is my Delia Complete Cookery Course. No pictures in there, but it will tell you how long to cook your beef for and how to get your yorkshires crispy and all manner of other useful titbits.

I have Jamie Olivers first book and there are about 4 or 5 recipes in there I use. His American style pancakes and pork & rhubarb are my faves.

In the baking section - one of my most used books is one that I picked up in one of those sale racks outside of the coop one time. I was so fed up of not getting the right ingredients here to bake my favourite cakes that I thought: I know, I'll just buy a German/Swiss cookery book - then the ingredients HAVE to be around. I have a book called Backen - the best 100 recipes - by Lesley Mackley (who sounds very un-German/Swiss to me!) and this is great. Simple fab cakes. This book has chocolate banana cake in it which has earned me praise extraordinaire from kids, parents, work colleagues, neighbours.

My third most thumbed cookery book is Anabelle Karmel Baby & Toddler - and even though my kids are past that age now, it still has some great simple recipes in there that my whole family will eat. I make cheesecake to Annabel Karmels recipe too as it's the simplest recipe ever and tastes great!

What I do have though is my own self created cookery book. Years ago I got fed up of searching for my favourite recipes so now I have simply transcribed my favourites into a notebook - and over the years I have added recipes off friends scribbled on bits of paper, I've tweaked recipes, added different ingredients, added my own photos of how these things turn out in reality and not on a setup photoshoot - which is actually quite helpful when you're trying to avoid last times mistakes. This is the cookery book that has the most splatters and thumb prints of all. Hoping that one day this is something I might pass on to my kids.

Edited to add: I should have also mentioned Delia's Christmas cookery book - I use this every single year as it tells you step by step by baby-step how to cook perfect Christmas dinner. Priceless!

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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

Escoffier's "Ma Cuisine" is a good one if you are a good cook (it's NOT for beginners), definitely good if you've bought something and want to find something new to do with it.

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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I sometimes use the following when seeking new cookbooks:

Gourmand International:
http://www.cookbookfair.com/

50 Best Cookbooks according to the Independent:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-st...ks-928214.html

50 Best Cookbooks according to the Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...-cookbooks-ofm

50 Best Cookbooks according to Food Tourist:
http://www.foodtourist.com/ftguide/cookbook_reviews.htm

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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I collect old cookbooks. The more ancient the better.
There's nothing as interesting as trying to succeed a 19th century recipe

Modern one ?
My favorite is: Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess

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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I love 1080 Recipes by Simone and Inès Ortega, Phaidon press...like the French Larousse Gastronomique but for Spanish recipes..got me out of my chorizo with everything rut!!
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I collect old cookbooks. The more ancient the better.
There's nothing as interesting as trying to succeed a 19th century recipe

Modern one ?
My favorite is: Nigella's How to be a Domestic Goddess
I bought a fun cook book when we went to visit the chateau of the Loire. It has all these "old" recipes they used to cook. Ask cute as it is, I'll never actually use it. If I find it & you want it, it's yours!
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