Looking for a good recipe book

    Looking for a good recipe book. Noticed quite a few of these in the shops but most seem to be filled with overly fancy recipes for food that not many folk would want to cook never mind eat :).
    Something that teaches the basics well and has recipes for good traditional meals would be great.

    Thanks if you can help.


    I'm a big fan of Delia Smith. She has a mix of both plain & posh food, but the recipes I've tried all seem to come out tasting great. Have a look at her site to see if it's the type of stuff you like before you decide to buy

    try the bero book available at most supermarkets,,plain pastry recipes cakes buns pies pasties etc:santa:

    Gary Rhodes - new british classics or keeping it simple. both available at waterstones. Nice traditional recipes
    such as toad in hole and the perfect roast potato. (Nice piccies too!)

    Original Poster

    Thinks will check them out and try work out which would be best.

    This is the book that all catering colleges use to teach up and coming young cooks. I used it and it is highly recommended it has been around for more than 40 years therefore these recipes are all well tested.;-)…tml

    Delia Smith is fairly trusty. Otherwise, Bill Granger rocks!

    IMO, Gary Rhodes is so far into 'faffy food' that it's not best for a new cook - more likely to put you off for life!

    Delia's 'how to cook' series is good - and what about the new Nigella Lawson 'Express' book - it's on xmas offer in most bookshops and is fast and easy cooking, so sounds perfect for you
    Also, check out anything by Silvana Franco. She's the queen of easy cooking :-)
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