This is my all-time favourite cook book, in fact I have had to buy a second copy because my other has collapsed from overuse. This contains so many recipes from such a breadth of sources from the 14th century to present. It is also Jane Grigson's best writing - I think she can't be beaten. THere are a few omissions, but I don't mind that at all. You could go with Gary Rhodes' New British Classics, but the recipes are complex; most of the recipes are simple and traditional in English Food.
I love this book so much I am bloggging each and every recipe! See here: [...]