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Old 18-10-2006, 20:46   #1
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[books] Good cooking book

Cooking books are a hard one. I like the look of the new Jamie Oliver book but I wanted to know if anyones read it or if there's any better ones I could get. My main aim is not a recipie book more a how to cook book. Recipie books seem fine if you can already cook but all the tricks of the trade etc that you need are missing. At the same time you need some receipies. £13 is a bit of a bargin for a book that size.

Any thoughts? Do all these books end up gathering dust?
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Old 18-10-2006, 21:08   #2
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Check out the Nigel Slater books.
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Old 18-10-2006, 21:52   #3
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Anyone in particular? Do you have any? If so what ones, what's the best one?
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Old 18-10-2006, 22:26   #4
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delia how to cook 1&2 is the only one of my many books i use regularly. jamie oliver just collects dust, his recipes are too much of a pain in the ass to get ingredients for.
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agree totally with thetope. I use delia 1, 2 and 3 for learning new things and then use them and something like marguerite patten's books for cooking. My Jamie Oliver book just ended up collecting dust as half the recipes are full of wierd things i don't like.
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My main aim is not a recipie book more a how to cook book.
Depends of what you want to cook as Britain does not have a real cooking tradition. I started to cook 10 years ago when I came back from a trip abroad. And as I enjoyed so much their food I had to go online to find their recipes and gave it a try.

Like everything it is a question of training. Starts by simple recipes. For instance if you want to try Italian pasta have a look at Giuliano Hazan's Classic Pasta Cookbook where every step of the recipe is described with pictures.
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Old 19-10-2006, 07:49   #7
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Delia Illustrated Cookery Course I bought this for my son when he left home, it has all the basic techniques and how-to's as well as recipes ranging from fish pie & apple crumble to elaborate dinner party food. It's pricey at £16.50 but you can get the No pictures version for £8.57.

Another good one is Good Housekeeping Step-By-Step Cook Book, it's the one my hubby uses as it has lots of pictures to guide you through the preparation stage!

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i've had jamie oliver's second book for years and haven't cooked a single thing from it. i've flicked through his new one and like the idea of learning how to do things, such as pick good meat. i've not looked at the recipes though.

i've also bought a few cheap ones from places like waterstones that i use a lot more. pop into your local bookshop and really peruse the books and ask yourself if you'd actually cook half the stuff that are listed.
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Old 19-10-2006, 09:01   #9
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Another vote for Delia's How To Cook 1-3, definately the best cookbook buy I've made. I like that they have 'normal' foods that you really do want to eat. I hate looking in a cookbook and just seeing recipes for things I would never in a million years want to eat.
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Excellent

If you like Italian

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Old 19-10-2006, 09:39   #11
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Another vote for good old Delia, the How To and Complete Cookery Course books are
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Cooking books are a hard one. I like the look of the new Jamie Oliver book but I wanted to know if anyones read it or if there's any better ones I could get. My main aim is not a recipie book more a how to cook book. Recipie books seem fine if you can already cook but all the tricks of the trade etc that you need are missing. At the same time you need some receipies. £13 is a bit of a bargin for a book that size.
Where is it £13?

The Jamie Oliver italian one is quite good for simple but tasty pasta. The BBC website has a great recipe section though. I'd say don't get bogged down in measuring everything precisely when you do a recipe – as long as your estimates aren't way off then the result should come out well.
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here's another vote for Nigel Slater (his two Fast Food books are great), and for people who want something a little more challenging, Leith's (veggie or non) is indispensible
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jamie oliver just collects dust, his recipes are too much of a pain in the ass to get ingredients for.
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Jamie Oliver book just ended up collecting dust as half the recipes are full of wierd things i don't like
AIUI the previous ones have been a collection of recipies. The new one is more a "how to cook" one (but with some recipies). That's if you're trying to disuede me from the current one.

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Amazon.co.uk but Sainsbury's have it for £12.99 and you don't have to pay P&P of course (and you get 12 nectar points)
ASDA had it the other day but the price wasn't marked. Normally they're very cheap with books

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AIUI the previous ones have been a collection of recipies. The new one is more a "how to cook" one (but with some recipies). That's if you're trying to disuede me from the current one.
not trying to put you off jamie... i haven't bought the new one because like i said naked chef 1&2 and jamie's school dinners have sat and collected dust. delia gets used quite frequently for basic stuff like how to roast a bird, make bread, cook a scrummy steak, perfect mash, pies, nice simple puddings, pastas etc. i even made cornish pasties from her books. it's not like i don't know how to make mash or cook a steak, but she simplifies things so well and it comes out REALLY good.

it really is cooking by numbers and i've not had a duff result yet if i follow the instruction/timings to the letter but with jamie oliver none of my stuff looks like his or tastes like what i imagine his tastes like!
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Ok, it just seemed like you were warning me about the new one. Since it's so different from the older ones (well the first one or two I flicked through) it's probably not possible to say if it's as bad as those.

Thanks for the other recommendations though, food for thought.

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How To explains everything in simple terms, Complete Cookery Course has a fantastic selection of popular recipes - I'd go How To first
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And to add to this, WHS have The Cook's Book for £6 at the moment, well worth the money
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The big pink-purple Good Housekeeping one is usually availble in Bargain book shops cheap, like Delia it's excellent for real food - pies, puddings etc.
The delia combined cookery course one is better than the three volume Delia, they are a bit 70s dinner parties recipes.

And look at the curry-club indian restaurant cookbook, thin but every recipe is good.
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I got Jamie's book (I knew I would). I haven't started at the start but I decided to try a recipie and it certainly didn't turn out how it should have. Then I tried make caramel (basically sugar + water) and that didn't even work, some better instructions would have helped
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