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Old 29-10-2006, 09:26   #21
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I wouldn't go for any of the TV chef books (apart from St. Delia) if you want an unbiased cook book. My Mother bought us The Good Housekeeping Cookery Book about 15 years ago and we regularly refer to it. Take a look at this.
Other cook books will come and go. Good Housekeeping will be around forever.
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Old 29-10-2006, 10:46   #22
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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
Get the £6 jobbie from Smiths, it's very good
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Old 30-10-2006, 00:18   #23
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'The cook's book' is probably one of the most comprehensive cook books i've bought. Actually it's 1 of only 2 i own The other is The River cottage family cook book which is quite good too.

The cook's book is great in that it's huge. Has different sections for cooking different food stuffs from meat, veg and desserts to baking breads. It also has smaller sections written by various chefs with recipies for food from different regions. It even tells you how to prep meat and veg which is need to know stuff for anyone remotely interested in cooking and rarely seen in other books.

River cottage book is more basic but has easier to follow recipies. Each section of the book is seperated in to different food groups and gives you a bit of info about each one before going on to the recipies. It does have a few pointless things like how to make your own butter But still a great cook book.

I'd recommend The Cook's Book it's only £18 @Amazon.co.uk down from £30 rrp send to the bargin forum!

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Old 30-10-2006, 09:14   #24
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Try Leiths - Fish Bible is great
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Old 30-10-2006, 10:18   #25
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'The cook's book' is probably one of the most comprehensive cook books i've bought. Actually it's 1 of only 2 i own The other is The River cottage family cook book which is quite good too.

The cook's book is great in that it's huge. Has different sections for cooking different food stuffs from meat, veg and desserts to baking breads. It also has smaller sections written by various chefs with recipies for food from different regions. It even tells you how to prep meat and veg which is need to know stuff for anyone remotely interested in cooking and rarely seen in other books.

River cottage book is more basic but has easier to follow recipies. Each section of the book is seperated in to different food groups and gives you a bit of info about each one before going on to the recipies. It does have a few pointless things like how to make your own butter But still a great cook book.

I'd recommend The Cook's Book it's only £18 @Amazon.co.uk down from £30 rrp send to the bargin forum!
It's only £6 in WHS
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Old 02-12-2007, 19:27   #26
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Anyone got any new? Need some new recipes for my usual weekly eats of steak, pork chops, chicken and lamb which is getting boring.
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Old 02-12-2007, 22:28   #27
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Not meaning to totally hijack this thread, but I'm trying to find a good cookbook for someone who has a holiday home in France and would like to give them a book that covers some easy and interesting French cuisine....that, or I will maybe go with the River Cottage one.
Any thoughts or recommendations from anybody?
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:12   #28
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I have most of Jamie Oliver's books and I reckon they're pretty good (particularly his risotto recipes, but also stuff like spicy squash and trout with thyme). I'll second Nigel Slater too - have a look at The Observer website.

You can also pick up decent (and cheap) cook books in places like Bargain Books. I have good Italian & Indian books not written by any celeb chef!

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Old 03-12-2007, 09:22   #29
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I have most of Jamie Oliver's books and I reckon they're pretty good (particularly his risotto recipes, but also stuff like spicy squash and trout with thyme). I'll second Nigel Slater too - have a look at The Observer website.

You can also pick up decent (and cheap) cook books in places like Bargain Books. I have good Italian & Indian books not written by any celeb chef!
Don't mind his recipes but dispise the amount of olive oil he puts on everything.
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:49   #30
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Don't mind his recipes but dispise the amount of olive oil he puts on everything.
I noticed that in his recent TV show, but any of the recipes I've made from his books so far have been okay...
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:54   #31
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i use the jamie oliver books a lot, along with a couple of gary rhodes books ( new british classics is worth buying for the slow honey roast duck recipe alone). i think my favourite books all come from readers digest.

i've started using more online recipes than anything else since theyre free! waitrose and bbc food are both excellent sites.
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Old 03-12-2007, 10:03   #32
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I got The Cook's Book as a gift (though I asked for it) - I'm yet to actually use it though!
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Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson. Dunno how to do the linky thing.
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Nigel Slaters books are very good, Valentina Harris is also a must have for Italian cooking
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I tried the fish and bread recipe but it didn't make as many portions as I was expecting.

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Big bump for this. Looking to get some decent cook books and was looking at the following one:

Delia's Complete How to Cook: Both a Guide for Beginners and a Tried and Tested Recipe Collection for Life

Does anyone have that? Is it as good as the reviews there say it is?
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i really like the jamie oliver books but i am happy to accept some of the recipes arent for me.

the nigella express book is an easy starting point and good for learning some basic combinations.

the gordon ramsay sunday lunch is a good book too but his others are a bit of a miss!
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The single greatest book about cookery ever... Larousse Gastronomique
Had a thumb through my long-ignored copy recently and gave me tons of inspiration for dishes. The original and the best. Can't see the point in the concise edition though, the whole point is that it's not concise.

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