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Good Housekeeping Cookery Book: The Cook's Classic Companion (Good Housekeeping Institute)
Good Housekeeping Cookery Book: The Cook's Classic Companion (Good Housekeeping Institute)
"The essential cook's book. Easy to follow; totally reliable. Traditional and modern recipes, English and worldwide cuisine. Plus basic information – pastry, roasting beef, stock, cheese sauce etc."
"Good Housekeeping" Step by Step Vegetarian Cookbook
"Good Housekeeping" Step by Step Vegetarian Cookbook
"Ditto the above book for ease of use and reliability. Some recipes included in the above, but many more besides. Like the above, everything from 20 min suppers to dinner parties"
The Kitchen Diaries
The Kitchen Diaries
"Season by season cookery though with a great index for those "what can I make with " moments. Easy to follow recipes, easy to source ingredients. Nigel is a god."
Vatch's Thai Cookbook: With 150 Recipes and a Guide to Essential Ingredients (Great Cooks)
Vatch's Thai Cookbook: With 150 Recipes and a Guide to Essential Ingredients (Great Cooks)
"The best thai cookbook I've ever found. This guy's produced several. Major supermarkets stock most of the ingredients now, but the recipes are not fully explained if you are a novice cook."
Flavors of Greece
Flavors of Greece
"A new addition to my shelf, but a great Greek book, and good greek cookery books are quite hard to find."
The Silver Spoon, UK edition (Cooking)
The Silver Spoon, UK edition (Cooking)
"Great all round Italian recipe book, with all foods listed by type - even the veggies. Another great basic reference book - but with an Italian twist."
Leith's Fish Bible
Leith's Fish Bible
"A real investment - each fish listed with several recipes, and beautifullly presented. Easy to follow too, and easy to find ingredients lists. I'm not a fan or Rick Stein, but I love this one."
New Covent Garden Book of Soup for all Seasons: Our Favourite Seasonal Recipes (New Covent Garden Soup Company)
New Covent Garden Book of Soup for all Seasons: Our Favourite Seasonal Recipes (New Covent Garden Soup Company)
"The new edition of their classic book - the ultimate soup book. Annoying font, but easy and reliable recipes - though the odd ones are "trying too hard" to be different."
The Curry Secret : Indian Restaurant Cookery at Home
The Curry Secret : Indian Restaurant Cookery at Home
"Make your own curry-house /take away curry. You need to read the first chapter or so through before starting cooking, but easy from there on in. Mainly easy to find ingredients."
Essential Asian Cookbook (Essential Cookbook)
Essential Asian Cookbook (Essential Cookbook)
"A touch Americanised, but still a great all-round basic cookbook for all Asian foods."
Casa Moro: The Second Cookbook
Casa Moro: The Second Cookbook
"Lovely book on Moorish /Moroccan style foods; quite simple dishes. If you don't instantly know how to skin a tomato, or char and peel peppers, you might need find the recipes hard to follow though."