Constance Spry Cookery Book Hardcover – 1956
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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.
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
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I already own a very dogeared copy of the original book and love it to pieces, I was very disappointed in this new edition. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Harris
I wanted this book for ages. It arrived in excellent condition. I am delighted and look forward to trying some of the recipesPublished 7 months ago by Long Tall Sally
EXCELLENT BOOK I HOPE TO USE MORE OFTEN I BOUGHT IT 5 YEARS AGOPublished 12 months ago by Donald Duff-Miller
Great price, great quality. In a slip-case, it's a real treasure. I think I might be tempted to buy another copy - in paper-back form - as this is really too nice to use for... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Michael George Laye
As a collector with over 6,500 cookbooks, always wanted this book - it is even better than I hoped, and love the binder type case it is in. Read morePublished 15 months ago by HEY JUDE