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Iconic Cookery Books

I'm looking for some new cook books. Not the "dinner party" fancy 4 hour types, but the "walk past the butchers and bought something nice and need to figure out what to do with it" kind of thing.

Which are those books that are spattered with sauce, with pages stuck together (Adrian / Mirfield......stop giggling at the back), well thumbed favourites that get 100x more use than the Alain Ducasse / Heston B books you got for Xmas?

My favourites are

Nigel Slater - pretty much anything, but Real Fast Food, Real Food and Kitchen Diaries are my favourites

The River Cottage Meat Book - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - a carnivore bible!

The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking - Marcella Hazan....tells you how to properly make all those things you've been badly making all these years!
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I would recommend a book from Ken Hom. I have never found a restaurant in 5 years that can match a home made Chinese from his books.
Why are there so many places doing Thai and not authentic Chinese?
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I own about a dozen cookery books - Jamie, Delia, Sweary Bloke, Readers Digest, etc. - but never get round to doing anything from them (or even reading them).

They always seem like a good idea, but even the simplest recipes seem faffy. My style is to make it up. Just chuck what I think should be there into a pan and see what happens.

It mostly works.
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Anything by Delia.
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They always seem like a good idea, but even the simplest recipes seem faffy. My style is to make it up. Just chuck what I think should be there into a pan and see what happens.

It mostly works.
Yeah....I'm a bit the same but I sometimes flick open a book to get some inspiration or else I get stuck in a rut
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

Stephanie Alexander - The Cook's Companion
Madhur Jaffrey - World Vegetarian
Emma Wundt et al. - Koch- und Haushaltungsbuch (I have the 1906 edition, and access to the 1961 edition, both very good)
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

We also use the BBC site frequently to get ideas how to change things around.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

I like Donna Hay books (I currently own "Seasons" but will be getting more). Usually few ingredients and yummy pictures. Maybe not for the complete beginner as some explanations are a bit short but fine for someone who has cooked before.
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This is ours but it looks like he has many others on the market
http://www.amazon.com/Ken-Homs-New-C...722165&sr=1-31
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

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.
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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.
Its Ms Julia Child or Mrs. Paul Child. She was born Miss Julia McWilliams. You're right about the books though.

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I like Donna Hay books (I currently own "Seasons" but will be getting more). Usually few ingredients and yummy pictures. Maybe not for the complete beginner as some explanations are a bit short but fine for someone who has cooked before.
"New Food Fast" and "The New Cook" are also great. Lots of fast easy recipes and each recipe is pictured, which I love.
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

Ottolenghi: The Cook Book & Plenty

And all of Rick Stein's books.
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Ottolenghi: The Cook Book & Plenty

And all of Rick Stein's books.
Ahh yes Rick is great but the only problem is getting the quality seafood without breaking the bank.

Please don't suggest the Coop for fish.
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I can recommend Australian chef Donna Hay's "Modern Classics 1". It has all the classics and all have turned out fantastic. "Modern Classics 2" is the sequel and is just desserts.
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"The Silver Spoon" based on the Italian "Il Cucchiaio d'argento" Has a lot of authentic Italian wonders and also some "What the hell could I cook with this?"- recipes when 'this' is for ex. frog.
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Ahh yes Rick is great but the only problem is getting the quality seafood without breaking the bank.

Please don't suggest the Coop for fish.
haha, I know, getting good quality fish for 'reasonable' prices is a challenge here.

But he's got other books which are not only about fish/seafood: Asian, French, Mediterranean...:

I really like his writing as well as his shows.
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haha, I know, getting good quality fish for 'reasonable' prices is a challenge here.

But he's got other books which are not only about fish/seafood: Asian, French, Mediterranean...:

I really like his writing as well as his shows.
I loved his dog Chalky. Loved it when he had to apologise when it chased the rabbits.
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

Roast chicken and other stories by Simon Hopkinson is well written, a really lovely book (although I haven't actually cooked anything from it yet) - but do have a look at it on amazon. There's no pictures of the recipes, but lots of information and stories from the author.

Also, how about a subscription to a cookery magazine for a year (e.g. delicious magazine)- that way you get seasonal recipes.
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Re: Iconic Cookery Books

Anything where the ingredients aren't given in cups! Sorry folks but I really don't have time to put anything in cups.

But if you class a good book by how well it is used (and how grubby it is) then:

Nigel Slater (especially the 30 minute cook) and a couple of Jamie Oliver's for consistently good and fast food.
Mr. Oliver's Italian book is great for risottos

Daphne's Modern Italian Food by Mogens Tholstrup is probably my favourite and is well used.
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