What is your most used cookbook?

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You know, the one covered in flour and olive oil with pages stuck together? It's my birthday in a couple of weeks and I'm going to get my cookbook shelves revamped as a present. My most used at the moment are Jamie at Home and the Be-Ro baking book. I also like Rick Stein and River Cottage, and I use a lot of speciality ones like Curries of India, Taste of the Caribbean and Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons. What do I really need in my library?

As an aside, has anyone bought Jerusalem yet? I've had a flick through and it's a lovely book but not sure how useful it would be day to day.

Thanks smile

manicmum66 Wed 03-Oct-12 13:56:10

Two votes: Delia's Complete Cookery Course (always make the pavlova from that, plus masses of other dishes) and Jamie's Ministry of Food

exoticfruits Tue 02-Oct-12 20:55:06

Delia's Complete Cookery Course

LinaLamont Tue 02-Oct-12 20:40:57

Delia's Complete Cookery Course. I'm onto my second copy!

sieglinde Tue 02-Oct-12 11:32:13

Anne Willan's Country Cooking of France, known to us as Big Blue. It's absolutely brilliant. I've made the lot and all of them work.

The NY Times cookbook by Amanda Hesser has become my basic book for how to do stuff.

I generally have an ethnic cookbook on the go - at the moment it's Rose Petal Jam, a Polish cookbook. Dh loves Peter Gordon.

Ken Hom's Hot Wok
The Sainsburys Student Cookbook by Sophie Grigson (it's no use for students unless they're also accomplished cooks, but it's a fabulous book)
Curry by Vivek Singh

pmTea Tue 02-Oct-12 11:15:35

my mum's and grandmother's handwritten recipes, plus Nigella

AlwaysStandingOnLego Tue 02-Oct-12 10:42:07

I think the recipe everyone asks for the most is the sausage and potato goulash (just made with normal sausages with skin taken off in my house!), but the chicken casserole is a winner too, as is the chicken sauteed with cheese and milk and the chicken escalopes with parsley and capers. Haven't tried many of the veggie recipes I must confess, but all of the fish dishes work really well too. The cakes are also great - the choc cake with choc icing is my standard birthday cake recipe now and the honey cake totally rocks! Saying all this my 3 year old is on hunger strike at the moment so tonight it's pasta with cheese. Doesn't hurt so much binning a plateful of food that didn't take much effort to make!!

musicalendorphins Tue 02-Oct-12 10:30:53

Good Housekeeping, I am on my second one now, the first was falling apart with a taped spine and many loose pages.

Lego what do you make from Apples for Jam? I keep looking at the pretty pictures and then reaching for Nigella! What's good?

Woodlands Tue 02-Oct-12 09:59:59

We use Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery at least once a week.

PurpleGeekyGirl Tue 02-Oct-12 09:51:10

Rose Elliots complete vegetarian and Nigella's Domestic Goddess...

AlwaysStandingOnLego Tue 02-Oct-12 09:16:49

It's got to be 'Apples For Jam - Recipes For Life' by Tessa Kiros. It absolutely knocks the socks off any other family friendly recipe book I've come across and has beautiful photos too. I use it at least twice a week. Amazing. Everyone needs this book!

sensesworkingovertime Wed 26-Sep-12 19:01:54

Jamie OLIVER,( his guide to basic cooking can't remember title), Mary Berry's Complete Cook Book and Nigella's How to Eat.

lolalotta Wed 26-Sep-12 06:29:04

Be-Ro book and my Rose Elliot veggie cook books...

juneau Tue 25-Sep-12 18:06:26

Jamie's Dinners. Lots of lovely family-friendly recipes and most of them really easy and healthy. I tend to rip a lot of recipes out of magazines too and keep them in one of those folders full of plastic wallets - the kind of thing I would put a fancy presentation in back when I had a job! The ones I like best are from Country Homes & Interiors - they're always really yummy and seasonal.

Pinner35 Tue 25-Sep-12 17:59:33

Nigella express and my daddy cooks. Love them both.

AuntyDiluvian Tue 25-Sep-12 15:36:29

Sarah Raven's Garden Cookbook is the first one I turn to for anything, especially when the veg box comes. It's arranged by main (veg - but not all vegetarian) ingredient, it's got lots and lots of recipes that work and don't usually require too many strange extras, and there are a few recipes from there which I now make all the time.
Also, it's beautiful (bright and stripy) and I buy it as a present for anyone I know who doesn't have it.

bossboggle Tue 25-Sep-12 15:32:56

Mrs Beeton!!

harbingerofdoom Mon 24-Sep-12 19:12:18

I've got an ancient cookbook (that might date back to my student days) full of brownish,falling out pages called 'The Penguin Cookery Book' by Bee Nilson. My copy is so battered that my DH searched high and low for another.
My other cook book bible is 'The cookery year' Reader's Digest,inscribed 'now for some decent food!!'. Cheeky b. There is also a more modern version 'The new cookery year'.

Though not a vegetarian I use hfw veg a lot. I love it.

I also love the hairy bikers mums know best and their Christmas book.

Am a huge fan of slow cooking so I would also count the complete slow cooker in my top ten. There are better slow cook books, but none with as pretty pictures.

Though a fan of 30 minute meals I've recently got Jamie's great Britain, and tbh I'm not that fussed. I already know how to make a bacon sandwich ta.

EugenesAxe Sun 23-Sep-12 22:03:58

Oh no! Too much waffle has caused a misunderstanding. The Ultimate Curry Bible is still in print and costs a normal amount...

It is the one I have (the forerunner; as I said many of the same recipes as the Curry Bible) that's out of print and mega pricey!!

Wow loads of great suggestions thank you. I now need to make my long list into a short list smile

TheArmadillo Sun 23-Sep-12 10:25:53

was going to suggest Madhur Jaffery's ultimate curry bible but saw the link below lol

in its defence it is a fantastic book with curries from all over the world but probably not worth £151.

Leith's cookery bible is another fave but as a reference tome more than anything else.

bigkidsdidit Sun 23-Sep-12 09:43:13

Oops

'Catalan cuisine' by Colman Andrews which is great, I love that sort of beans and sausage / croquetas sort of food

I've just bought the little Paris kitchen which I think will shape up to be very useful

Hummingbird is superb for cakes smile

Jamie's italian, naked chef 1 & 2, wagamamas book, seasonally delia's and Nigella's Christmas books are the best and even though they're used for around two months of the year are very tatty. Madhur Jaffrey's easy curry is stained too.

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