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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 17:58:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2012 17:59:32 BDT
Cookbooks are supposed to be cookbooks, aren't they?
Well-loved and well-worn with bent down pages and those sections that just always fall open in the right places?
I write variations of recipes in the margins, stick in magazine clipping, and even the recipes written by my Nan in gaelic.
And every food splashed stain on the paper tells a story of good meal with family and good friends too.
Kindle just can't begin to compete with that experience on any level for me.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 18:02:19 BDT
If you want better (and colour) photos... Kindle app on a tablet.

Posted on 10 Jul 2012 18:02:46 BDT
Scarlet Lady says:
But Suz I l have pages stuck together as in porn mag way - especially Birthday cake recipe - I know how to make it! still downloaded from website.

abomination - had a fancy stand once but still props up books! I also have a folder stuffed with recipes from mags nothing beats it

Posted on 10 Jul 2012 19:17:10 BDT
D. H says:
hahahaha look what I have started!

Hi Sam, I love to flick through pages, I'm not so bothered about the pictures I have plenty of old and new books that don't have pictures in them, although I do love a good picture of food and they always have me salivating at the prospects of tonights fare. I don't like the layout on the kindle especially when the ingredients are lengthy and they fall over two pages. That is my main bug-bare. I have given up paper and hardback novels to my kindle but my cookbooks will always be in physical book format!

Hi Suzy,
I really hate it when I have dog-eared and splashed pages.. I like my books pristine! but sadly not all of them are. Hubby recently bought me a Moleskine Journal for my recipes, I'm like you hardly ever stick to recipes and always play with variations so I love this book as all of my variations are noted in Jimmy (yes he has a name like most inanimate objects in my home and garage)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:26:40 BDT
Frenchie says:
we have pasta nearly every other day LOL....

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:27:36 BDT
Frenchie says:
that's a good idea. I am going to do this. I can do rice and chili con carne at least.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:29:27 BDT
pixie says:
Pasta is good they mind? Is it because you don't have the time to cook or it's "not your bag of chips" so to speak?!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:33:17 BDT
Frenchie says:
no, they do not mind. They request it. But I feel guilty, I want to give my family more healthy option. Even though, we have salad with it. I have this book somewhere it is about 101 of making pasta. My children do not like vegs, I have to hide them in sauce.
I do have time to cook but I do not have the talent. I have tried to do some fish recipes and they never look like the pictures. I think I got disheartenened and as the children like pasta and rice and potatoes.....

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:39:32 BDT
pixie says:
Never ever get disheartened with cooking french! you make something that doesn't look like the pic...who cares? call it something different, it's the taste that counts. You need to buy yourself a good basic cookery book so you have the foundations and you are away! With baking you have to be precise but with family meals you do not have those constraints...easy book nice family style recipes...
What's for Dinner?: Easy and delicious recipes for everyday cooking i haven't suggested a "kids" book as you could serve these dishes to friends too. Keep at will become easier when your confidence grows!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:47:20 BDT
Frenchie says:
I loved the reviews, so, I bought it . Thank you Pix, I should have it by thursday..
I just bought: 'What's for Dinner?: Easy and delicious recipes for everyday cooking' by Fay Ripley

I bought the one from Jaime Oliver, but I lent to a friend and she still uses it...

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:52:02 BDT
pixie says:
Get it back then french!!! It was only on loan. You'll find that book really good, tell me when you have it and what you will cook first, I'll help if I can! x

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:53:15 BDT
If I can then I'm sure you'll have no problems.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:55:50 BDT
Frenchie says:
I got it from the Book people, it was only £9.99, but not hardcover. It may still be there. I liked the first chapter, it was all about spices and what you should have in your larder. By the way, I think I will clear all my spices because some are about 4 years old (I never know how to use spices)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:56:42 BDT
Frenchie says:
Sam, I am sure you are much better than me at cooking.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 19:59:42 BDT
pixie says:
It's true though isn't it have to start somewhere! In the early days I had some monster disasters...I remember making yorkshire pudding and I had the racks too close together and they rose right through the rack. I've cooked a chicken with the giblets in and meatballs with raw rice in the mix....that was interesting as my aunt nearly lost a tooth! But you got to keep going.
I think the one of the nicest things you can do for someone is cook a meal for them when they are hungry or feeling's like a hug!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 20:08:01 BDT
Frenchie says:
LOl, one time I went to butcher and instead of buying a chicken, I bought a hen. It took hours to cook and it was hard as rock. The butcher did ask me if I really wanted that, but I did not understand why he was so insistent, so, I said yes.
My Hubby would disagree with you Pixie. The last thing I could do for him if he was feeling down would be to cook him a meal. No, he would rather I call for Pizza delivery. I am glad that he is not a fusspot...

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 20:11:55 BDT
pixie says:
That is so funny... I bought a boiler too when I was younger and tried to roast it...yikes! Well we will prove him wrong and suprise him with your new found skills in the kitchen, start off simple and work your way up to a more complicated dish..I feel really excited..Lol!

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2012 21:18:56 BDT
We all learn by doing. My sister is a very good cook because she practices and tries lots of different things.

Posted on 11 Jul 2012 07:05:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2012 07:58:39 BDT
D. H says:
Hi French, completely agree with Sam n Pixie.

Keep trying and don't be disheartened when it goes belly up.
As you get more confident you will probably end up changing and experimenting with recipes, which will lead to the odd catastrophe here n there. I'm a better baker than I am a cook. I understand baking a lot more than I do cooking and what ever I seem to throw together just works out. But I have had some right disasters with cooking. lol

You'll find you'll favor one or the other!

My advice is:
Steer toward American cookbooks. Cup measures are a lot easier than weighing everything, and buy yourself a cheap set of cups and spoons

Martha Stewarts cooking school may be a good place to start for a new cook
Or Ina Gartens barefoot contessa books. She is the American version of nigella her recipes are very easy to throw together.

*some ingredients go by different names such as:
Scallions = spring onions
Egg plant = aubergine etc. There aren't many things in these books that you need to substitute but if you need help you can always come here many people on here seem to have great knowledge x

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 11:48:43 BDT
Scarlet Lady says:
I started cooking when I was very young and worked my way on from then - Always loved cooking a meal when I met a new Man - (Way to a Man's Heart afterall) My daughter is in training - She has made cakes and helps me Cook - "Yes Chef"

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 12:16:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Jul 2012 12:18:31 BDT
Nobody in my family really cooks or even particularly enjoys it. I started very young too because much as I like junk food now and again - tinned ham with tinned peas and Smash potato or frozen chips every single night followed by Birds Angel Delight or Instant Strawberry Trifle was starting to make me heave!!! :o<

My Nan taught me old Irish recipes like boxty and colcannon, soda breads and stews and bacon ribs. Then I volunteered as a prep chef at a couple of local Cookery Schools, making the lunch meals for the students whilst they watched the Chef's demonstrations. I learnt all about foods, techniques and cooking skills through them.

One of my very favourite chefs to watch, while I cooked at the back of the class, was at The Vegetarian Society School. Her name was Ursula Ferrigno. She would bring in boxes of fresh figs for all of us that she had picked when on weekend visits back home to her parent's home in Italy - yummy!!! :o>

Posted on 11 Jul 2012 12:18:10 BDT
Scarlet Lady says:
Wow Suzy - Figs! Mum cooked but she wasn't very good though

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2012 12:23:58 BDT
I know Scarlet!
I was too ashamed to tell Ursula that I had absolutely no idea what to do with them! I had never even seen a fig before that wasn't dried! But she was so lovely, she soon realised my embarrassment and she would discreetly tuck little recipes into my box of goodies so that I knew what to do with them!!! She is quite well-known now and deservedly so! Such a very kind and warm, generous person :o>

Posted on 12 Jul 2012 09:58:12 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jul 2012 09:58:53 BDT
pixie says:
Tonight it will be Thai chicken curry and rice...

Not from the new book!

Posted on 14 Jul 2012 19:33:43 BDT
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