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Good, but has lost some of the basics,
This review is from: Good Housekeeping Cookery Book: The Cook's Classic Companion (Good Housekeeping Institute) (Hardcover)I learned to cook from the old version or this in the early 80's, and my mother learned from the even older version in the early 60's. Until I was bought this for Xmas, I was still using the old version as my reference when I wanted to check on basic cooking techniques and reference. I had asked for and was delighted to be bought the new version, and it is beautifully written and presented, with a much more contemporary flavour than the old book. It also has more illustrations in terms of cooking technique; how to dress a crab or fillet a fish for example.
However, I'm disappointed that some of the basic recipes have disappeared, things like meatloaf, fish pie or pot roast beef. There are more fiddly recipes, such as "skate with Black Butter and Rocket Mash", and I'm looking forward to trying some of these. Thing is, I a shelf full of cookery books of fancier dishes and more international cuisine; what I wanted was a reference book so I can check on the basics. Result? I'm still using the old version as my reference. On the menu tonight is Fish Pie from page 75 of the 1983 version
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Initial post: 22 Jan 2010 14:45:40 GMT
William Avery says:
It sounds like I'd just as well stick to my 1948 version.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Feb 2012 23:52:05 GMT
A. Moore says:
Hi,if it is a basic recipe book,with perfect results every time,try Delia's complete cookery course classic edition,there is lot's of basic step by step recipe's,and also more technical dishes,if you prefer.I bought this book before Christmas,and it was £12.99,now it is just over £7.00,a great price,for a great book,and over 600 recipe's,and just one more thing,the Christmas cake's are out of this world,proper traditional recipe's.The only niggle,is there are not many photographs in the book,but believe me,don't let this put you off,as the recipe's,more than make up for it,if you follow them correctly,you cannot fail,good luck!,from Amanda wright
Posted on 30 Mar 2013 22:34:02 GMT
I agree. i have the 1966 edition and it's the only cookery book I need except for curries and Chinese. I agree about Delia, her Complete Cookery Course is a blinder, too.
modern GH books are nowhere like as good.
My first copy was burned, pages fell out, back came off. i inherited my mother's (same date) and immediately had it rebound.
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