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I still use for a family,
This review is from: Delia Smith's One is Fun! (Coronet Books) (Paperback)
I've had this book for 11 or 12 years now. I bought it as a student living alone, and I still cook from it now to feed a family of five.
While it is true that altogether there are not many pictures, and there are none illustrating step-by-step preparation, the book is well organised and the instructions are clear, well written and easy to follow.
As the same time, I never feel I have to follow the instructions step by step, and now use the book more for inspiration than as a precise guide.
There are recipes for all tastes and occasions: full, hearthy meal and quick, light snack; reparations requiring long, slow cooking (allowing time for a relaxing bath before dinner, says the book, but of course only if you are cooking for one...) as well as dishes ready in minutes and other that can be prepared in advance; summery soups or salads and warming winter meals.
A slight variation on the Leek and Lentil Soup has become one of our family favourites, and is the only way in which my 9-year-old eats leek, or lentils. (I suggest crumpling the bacon on top of the ready soup rather than cooking it in the soup, since it stays a bit chewy in the latter way. Also, don't be put off by the somewhat unappetising colour -- the taste is good).
In all my collection of cookery books, this is the one I use most, and one I could hardly do without.