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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2003
This book has some the best old fashioned puddings in it that I have seen in a while. Queen of puddings, Lemon Meringue pie and yummy bakewll tart! Good old fashioned british food that is so simple to prepare. Has a whole variety of dishes. I've been on the look out for this book for quite some time and finally found it here @ Amazon.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2007
I have been using this cookbook ever since I first learnt to cook. I was terribly upset when I left home and couldn't take it with me, I have been searching for the same book ever since, I am so glad to of found it at last. You will really never need another cook book from Pidgeon pie to American style frosting, this book truly has it all!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 26 April 2009
I was given this book as a 12 year old and thought it was a strange birthday present, now 36 years on I am so pleased that my uncle gave me this book. It was my first cookery book and the one I refer to most frequently. I've cooked almost every recipe in the book, most of which are very economical. From the simple basics to Christmas luxuries its all in there. Celebrity cooking books just don't compare
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2009
I first got this cookery book whilst on honeymoon in 1971 from the Green Shield Stamp Shop in Rhyl (anyone remember them).

Over the years I had used and used it until it had fallen to pieces so imagine my sheer delight when I found a second hand copy on Amazon. Unlike my original it had hardly been used, like new.

It brings back so many happy memories of my struggle with cooking when I first got married and, even though I only received it at the beginning of November, I have already done a number of well loved recipes.

The beauty of the book is that you get dead simple recipes with a limited number of ingredients, unlike some celebratory chefs where you end up buying about 20 separate items which can prove very costly if you don't like the final dish and you have spent a fortune on ingredients which you will never use again. Also lots of old fashioned type food which is becoming very popular.

I can recommend what is a basic cook book and, if, like me, you have owned one previously I am sure you will have fun reminiscing over times past, especially when the cooking probably wasn't as proficient as it is nowadays.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2010
I have one recipe book, and this is it. I admit I don't really enjoy cooking, but this book has enabled me to create decent, well-balanced meals which taste wonderful. I love quality food but hate unnecessary additions and fuss, as I find it immoral for it to be treated as a work of art. It's good to use wholesome ingredients I have in the cupboard, and this book doesn't mean I have to go out and by loads of extras I'll never use again. Spaghetti Bolognese is light and authentic, the best I've tasted; Chicken and Bacon Pie recipe really is excellent. She gives basic tips as to cooking times, and general hints in the front of the book which are a real help. The pictures are well produced and give an idea of the finished meal. There are simple-to-follow recipes, all tried and tested so you can rely on them to work. Margerite Patten knows about healthy choices having been the advisor for cooking during the war, using basic ingredients under ration. She knows what she's talking about - thank goodness there's someone who doesn't use food to promote their own little world of glory.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 4 October 2011
This was purchased to replace a copy which I have had since 1968 and which is falling to pieces because it has proved such a useful cookery book. I have other recipe books but still find that this is very useful. I have never had a cookery lesson in my life and would reccommend it to other novices.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2009
I've been looking for this book for a long time. My mother has used this book for years and it contains just about every recipe you might want to cook not only day-to-day, but also for special occasions, preserving, using up leftovers and so much more. It's a repository of basic cooking that everyone should know, that never makes it into celebrity cookbooks without a much heftier price-tag. The instructions are clear and precise, the recipes simple and easy to understand. I love this book, and it's pretty much replaced every other recipe book in my collection!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 August 2009
Everyday Cook Book in Colour

This book was given to me in 1970 as a wedding present and I have used it ever since. When my old one started to rot away and my favourite pages were unreadable I decided to try and search for a replacement. I found my answer on Amazon and was very pleased to be able to find and replace my fond and trusted recipe book. You will need an oven temperature conversion chart when using the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2010
Excellent cookery book -timeless and clear. Replaced our wedding present of 40 years ago. Outstanding "bible" for your average everyday cooking.
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on 16 February 2015
I have had this cook book since I was first married - over 40 years later, three children and divorced, it was looking quite sorry for itself. I had thought of trying to replace it for a while, but assumed if it was still available, it would have been updated, metric etc. However, after nearly setting fire to it by lighting the gas when I was resting it on top of the cooker, I thought it was worth a look. I couldn't believe my luck when I found it on Amazon, exactly the same as mine. I ordered two, and gave one to my daughter. It is a good everyday cook book, with plenty of useful information as well. I would recommend it to anyone, it contains a wide variety of recipes all very easy to follow. The books I received were in very good condition, better than I expected, an exceptional price so I'm very happy!
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