I thought I was in need of a French cookbook as I didn't have any in my collection, so I opted to buy a couple (ended up being 3) of Raymond Blanc's books as they got good reviews and he is quite popular on TV. As usual I go for the 'Used - Like New' category and bought 3 from 3 different marketplace sellers. (Before I go any further, I put the blame for this entirely on ME and NOT the sellers).
I bought this one (Hardback) as well as 'Simple French Cookery' (Paperback) and '100 recipes for entertaining'. I decided to check how many of the recipes in this book were also in the '100 recipes' book and to my (mild) surprise, EVERY SINGLE ONE was - word for word. So, then I decided to check how many of the 'Simple French..' recipes were in the '100 Recipes' book and lo and behold, it was the same - EVERY SINGLE ONE, word for word. However, I didn't even have to check the recipe listing to find this out as it turns out that 'Foolproof French Recipes' and 'Simple French Cookery' are, wait for it... EXACTLY THE SAME BOOKS, page for page, word for word, photo for photo - identical in every way except the covers.
It turns out (after reading inside the paperback one) that the BBC changed the name of the book when it was released in paperback.
DOH!! More fool me for buying 3 books :-) Oh well, at least they were all second hand and now I can donate the Foolproof and Simple ones to a local charity and keep the 100 Recipes one - as that is all I need now.