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Post by GB on 19th September 2011, 1:45 pm

Am now replacing my entire kitchen library so I thought I would ask your lovely people what your most indispensable cook books are.

So go on, what are they?

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Post by Chilli-head on 19th September 2011, 2:02 pm

My top two are both sadly not in print:

Meg Jump "Cooking with Chillies" - Heat from around the world Very Happy
Jacqueline Clark & Joanna Farrow "The Best Ever Mediterranean Cookbook" - The food is simple but wonderful, and the photography makes me want to go on holiday !

I don't really have many newer ones, as we decided a few years ago that we now had quite sufficient.
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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 19th September 2011, 2:25 pm

Hmmm.

Jane Grigson, Elizabeth David and the Larousse Gastronomique.
Although I very seldom cook from recipe books. I mainly have food books as bedtime reading.

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Post by Lakshmi on 19th September 2011, 3:31 pm

The book that answers the question: The book they gave us at school with all the basic cooking techniques;

The books I like to consult:
Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking;
Marguerite Patten's Basic basics jams, preserves and chutneys handbook;
Mrs Beeton's pantry;
Wendy Hutton's Singapore food (this is a great read, Herr von Rhomboid)

I've got many more that I consult to stimulate creativity in the kitchen.
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Post by Dandelion on 19th September 2011, 4:25 pm

I would like to say something highbrow, but my favourite cookery books are the ones which a) tell you how to do things (such as the Penguin cookery book - note that Penguin is a publishing house....!) and the Times calendar Cookbook, and b) tell me how to cook food which my fussy family will eat. My cookery books tend to be from when I first got married so are no longer in print: The Marks and Spencers Family cookbook for instance. Mr D has recently added 'River Cottage Everyday' to our collection.

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Post by Wilhelm Von Rhomboid on 19th September 2011, 4:40 pm

Dandelion wrote:(such as the Penguin cookery book - note that Penguin is a publishing house....!)

Dr. Fredrick A. Cook, Victorian-era Antarctic explorer wrote:"If it's possible to imagine a piece of beef, odiferous cod fish and a canvas-backed duck roasted together in a pot, with blood and cod-liver oil for sauce, the illustration would be complete."

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Post by polgara on 19th September 2011, 5:27 pm

Must admit I too use Marguerite Patten's Jams, Pickles & Chutneys
I also like the Paupers Cook book from Jacosta Innes.

Really though almost any Marguerite Patten book is good. Other books come & go, I buy them look at them & then sell them on.

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 19th September 2011, 6:31 pm

It'd be hard to find one or five in particular that I like espcially. I've shelves of cookbooks, probably because each one has a few, or even just one, recipe that I especially like. You can tell the ones, because they have the filthiest pages, lol. Dotted with butter, dusted with cumin, sprinkled with tomato and finger prints.

Most of the ones that I have found some absolute favorites in have been small run "church ladies' group" local publications, so I don't know that titles would be much help, much less I'd remember them anyway. Usually it's "the one in the black wire bouning, and the orange cover with the picture of the stock pot and chickens" or some such.
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Post by Chilli-head on 19th September 2011, 6:38 pm

mr_sfstk8d wrote:You can tell the ones, because they have the filthiest pages, lol. Dotted with butter, dusted with cumin, sprinkled with tomato and finger prints.

You describe perfectly my copy of Madhur Jaffery's book, except that the cover has fallen off too ! By that measure, it too is obviously a good book Very Happy
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Post by Sparhawk on 20th September 2011, 1:11 am

Believe it or not the book I refer to most when I am cooking is:

"The New Vegetable & Herb Expert" by Hessayon

If I am doing something specific it would be:
"Practical Cookery" by Ceserani & Kinton this was Lady S's book from college but it is a cracking book for a beginner as it shows which knife is which, how to sharpen with a steel, & goes from the basics to the flamboyant, includes butchery.

If I am preserving it has to be:
"Preserves & Pickles" by Alison Burt (superb for pickles, jams, marmalades...)
or
"The Preserving book" by Mackinlay & Ricketts (for absoloutly anything you want to know about preserving...)

But most of the time I use "the force" ( starwars ) & invent as I go along - if it works I try to do it again, if it doesn't, I probably don't remember what I did anyway...

But perhaps I should try to write things down, although nothing tastes exactly the same twice...

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Post by Dandelion on 20th September 2011, 8:45 pm

Sparhawk wrote:

If I am doing something specific it would be:
"Practical Cookery" by Ceserani & Kinton this was Lady S's book from college but it is a cracking book for a beginner as it shows which knife is which, how to sharpen with a steel, & goes from the basics to the flamboyant, includes butchery.

Did Lady S do catering at college?

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Post by Sparhawk on 21st September 2011, 9:38 am

Dandelion wrote:
Sparhawk wrote:

If I am doing something specific it would be:
"Practical Cookery" by Ceserani & Kinton this was Lady S's book from college but it is a cracking book for a beginner as it shows which knife is which, how to sharpen with a steel, & goes from the basics to the flamboyant, includes butchery.

Did Lady S do catering at college?

Yes, Cookery for the Catering Industry & Food & Beverage Service, City & Guilds, before being enslaved to the family business twas a long time ago...

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Post by Dandelion on 21st September 2011, 8:05 pm

Sparhawk wrote:
Dandelion wrote:
Sparhawk wrote:

If I am doing something specific it would be:
"Practical Cookery" by Ceserani & Kinton this was Lady S's book from college but it is a cracking book for a beginner as it shows which knife is which, how to sharpen with a steel, & goes from the basics to the flamboyant, includes butchery.

Did Lady S do catering at college?

Yes, Cookery for the Catering Industry & Food & Beverage Service, City & Guilds, before being enslaved to the family business twas a long time ago...

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Post by bronze on 21st September 2011, 11:05 pm

Winnie the Pooh cookbook

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