Back on Shrove Tuesday I asked which cook book people always turned to for their basic recipes. The one that is permanently covered in cooking splatters. Mine is the Cookery Year Book – a Readers Digest staple of the late 1970’s and early 80’s no dinner party could be completed without it. I was stunned by the number of responses:
Good Housekeeping, BeRo and Delia feature heavily but what a response!!!
@SimonMagus = Dairy Cookbook and Good Housekeeping
@DanHigham = Leon: Naturally Fast Food
@Jocassels = every cookbook she owns is splattered #verymessycook
@SuffolkCupcakes = Good Housekeeping
@mcliffe = The (all new) Purity Cook Book for general basics and The Compete Book of Mexican Cooking (Ortiz)
@WordCheck1 = 1943 ‘Complete Cookery’ by Lilian Mattingly that was my mum’s, with a familiar recipe for ‘rock cakes’
@easternsparkle = McDougall flour book
@JewelleryGenie = my grandmother’s (Cookery Book for Brides – subtitled ‘to love and to nourish’) has lots of scribbled notes in it from her
@Suffolkbloke = Tamsin’s Kitchen Bible and Four Seasons Cookery Book
@SaffronKate = (1)Margt Patten’s Everyday CB, gift from worried MiL when 1st married! & (2) Delia’s Cookery Course (I bt)
@tbosuffolkcoast = Several by Nigel Slater are v. splattered as are ones by Annie Bell &Tamasin Day Lewis.
@janehamerton = I love my new one by Diana Henry
@8CW = 1000 Recipe Cookbook – from when a student plus Larousse’s Gastronomique
@Emma_Crowhurst = Leith’s Cookery Bible, it has all my old trusted basic recipes, I love Diana Henry 2, I used to teach her @ Leith’s back in the day
@SpiersC = Gammon and Spinach-Simon Hopkinson. Promised myself I would cook every recipe in it – have ticked off 2/3 so far…
@mwschaefer = Jam it, Pickle it, Cure It is always in my kitchen
@josordoni = Alistair Little, Italian Kitchen.. this is THE BEST tiramisu recipe ever! http://prune.it/lYxj
@Jo6789 = good housekeeping
@DomesticJules = Nigella’s How to be a Domestic Goddess. for basics, cakes and pastry either Nigella – Domestic Goddess or my 1950’s copy of Good Housekeeping Compendium
@stillcooking = reference has to be larouse. Fail safe recipes probably the complete Robuchon (my old boss)…p.s. later..realised I spent Larousse incorrectly.well chefs are terrible at spelling.CB revision- the good cook(timelife) cakes & pastries
@shopkeeperswife = delia’s complete cookery course. ‘a new edition for the 1990’s’!
@JaqMart = BBC Good Food website – every recipe you’ll need. That or the Bero recipe book that I got free when I collected enough tokens.
@goodshoeday = delia smith cookery course the late 70s/early 80s version
@trufflepigpopup = Bouchon by Thomas Keller would be mine, fab buttermilk chicken and I have made a mean quiche from it too!
@direbonappetit = basics is always to delia complete or a very old 1960/70s good housekeeping!
@susannewilliams = my childhood learn to cook book!
@Meadowitch = 1001 recipes
@Sarah_Woolford = A tie between Delia and Be-ro……wonder what decade that places me in?
@niamhirl = Same answer for most splattered and where I go for basics is “Cookery for absolute beginners” by Lynette Baxter. Copy is 16 yrs old
Thank you all – great list and some fabulous memories of cook books lost (what happened to my learn to cook book with the dog making Croque Monsieur?)