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  • Hardcover: 1200 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street (19 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908117176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908117175
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 6.1 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a cracking, really useful book' --The Spectator

'Grub Street publish the classics and The Constance Spry Cookery Book is right up there with the best. This is a page-turner for any lover of British food. A collectors cookbook but it's one to use and cherish.' --Mostly Food

'The recipes are great, but it's the hints, tips and techniques that make this book a truly indespensible part of any kitchen.' --Tom Parker Bowles, Mail on Sunday

'You could cook from it for the rest of your life and never eat badly.' --The Evening Standard

'The recipes are great, but it's the hints, tips and techniques that make this book a truly indespensible part of any kitchen.' --Tom Parker Bowles, Mail on Sunday

'A true kitchen bible. It a supremely practical book, useful still in explaining cooking processes. This reissue by Grub Street is a handsomely produced slab.'--Taste of Manchester

'One of the best cookbooks ever. You could cook from it for the rest of your life and never eat badly' --The Evening Standard

An impressive new edition, wonderfully redolent of a very different era. --The Daily Express

'A joy, not least because the pure, elegant design of the book does justice to both Rosemary Hume's recipes and Spry's very engaging prose style.' --The Guardian

An impressive new edition, wonderfully redolent of a very different era. --The Daily Express

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By G. Laird on 2 Dec. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Everything you ever wanted to know about cooking in the classic English style is here. OK, it's a bit pedantic and fussy, old fashioned and over prescriptive but invaluable.

Clearly written, this tells you how to make every dish there is in english cookery starting from the basics and ending with recipes to serve the royal household. I've used this book for almost 40 years and every recipe in it works. If you want to know how to do things from boiling an egg to roasting venison its here.

Constance Spry writes from a love of cooking and pride in those she's taught. Everything is done properly, no short cuts, no flash just solid, reliable advice on how to prepare food. Between us we own over 100 cook books and this is the one I go to when I want to know how to do something. For actual recipes I might go elsewhere (e.g. the 23 book encyclopedia "Supercook") but often find they probably cribbed the recipe from her as its very similar with some of the frills left out. Where in other books you feel the author is just filling the space, here you feel she has cooked every one of these dishes many times.

This is the book for the person who thinks they know all about cookery, written by the woman who did.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. C. R. M. Saise on 6 Dec. 2007
Format: Hardcover
My first cookery book, along with Elizabeth David, Madame Prunier and Escoffier and still used constantly and hugely regarded. Maybe not fashionable, but has all the techniques, and all the recipes you must have under your belt.
I have a huge quantity of other cookery books, but know I can instantly find short simple instructions here for such delights as crepes suzettes, profiteroles, red cabbage, creme brulee for which I just need quick reminders. My copy is now in pieces, with brown stains on the pages, and I am about to replace it with a pristine copy which no doubt my daughter will annexe. Try one of the Christmas puddings. Big quantities, maybe, but quite gorgeous, and they keep perfectly for years if you don't halve the quantities. Cleone Saise
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trevor on 8 Nov. 2012
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This book has so mny recipes and interesting facts it's not true. Over 1100 pages packed with recipes. Maybe some are old fashioned and some require quite a lot of work. I was given a copy over 40 years ago and have just purchased one for my daughter who is delighted with it. A really good refernece book on how to make some of the classic dishes. Every good cook should get a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E.J. Crichton-Stuart on 19 Sept. 2013
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Best cookery book you can buy. Has everything you want to cook with very few exceptions. Sometimes listed somewhat obscurely. This is my third edition. the others fell to bits over the years
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Severn on 2 Mar. 2013
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I originally bought a copy of this from the long-defunct Cookery Book Club back in the 70's, and my very battered volume was falling apart all over the place from constant use.
Classic English & French cookery clearly explained. Constance Spry was, of course, a product of her time so some of the recipes seem a little bland; we are used to having ready access to a range of ingredients she could only have dreamed of. But still a classic worthy of a place on the bookshelf on any serious cook (i.e. not one wanting lush coffee-table piccies).
Grab it while you can!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Wibble on 7 May 2010
Format: Paperback
When I was young, we cooked a lot from Good Housekeeping's Cookery Compendium, but aspired to make recipes from Connie. Someone gave my Mum the paperback version in its tight fitting box and for the next 5 years I read it until it was falling apart without ever feeling I could afford to try the recipes. I'm not sure now why I was so intimidated because many of the recipes do not, in fact, call for trolley loads of expensive ingredients. At any rate, for the last 25 years or so, I have actually been cooking from this book on a regular basis. It is chock full of classic recipes that have been thoroughly tested and work reliably. There are still some surprises though, including the savoury plum sauce that turned out to be very much like Worcestershire sauce - very popular with my brother in law, who loves the stuff.Read more ›
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Helen Holliday on 28 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Constance Spry Cookbook is THE best cookbook ever written. It has all the basics of cooking, right through to complicated dishes, all explained clearly -- and they all work. I often find her recipes "modernised", but the originals are the best. My old paperback version is falling apart and I wish someone would buy me a new book.
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