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Good cookbook for my DD (23), new to cooking? Ideas please

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Flyagaric Sat 01-Dec-12 23:35:11

Any suggestions for a good cookery book for my DD, 23, who is new to cooking (i.e. making things from scratch rather than whatever is on offer at the supermarket).

Something modern but that doesn't use fancy ingredients? But has good simple every day recipes?

She is on a limited budget as regards buying in fancy ingredients and has rather limited store cupboard ingredients at her house, and would probably appreciate a book that teaches some of the basics such as bolognese sauce, roast potatoes, how to roast a chicken etc and quick simple healthy things that she can knock together after work.

I might put her together a store cupboard basics kit to go with the book.

Thanks in advance

CoffeeBucks Sat 01-Dec-12 23:47:44

The new version of the Good Housekeeping cookbook is very nice - has a good range of more fancy recipes alongside the very basic (omelettes, pasta & sauce etc). I got it through my work's discount book club & it was £10, probably won't be too far from that on Amazon or elsewhere.

Nivet Sat 01-Dec-12 23:52:25

Nosh for Students is good, I did the pancetta and broad bean risotto tonight. All the recipes are even measured in cups rather than weights so you don't need scales.

luisgarcia Sat 01-Dec-12 23:54:26

Anything by Alton Brown.

NoMoreMarbles Sat 01-Dec-12 23:58:53

Delia smith, nigella lawson, Lorraine paschal, Jamie Oliver, James Martin...anything by these chefs smile

I love them all and find them very easy to follow their recipes.

iloveholidays Sun 02-Dec-12 02:59:40

I'd go for Delia's Complete or Jamie's ministry of food.

ravenAK Sun 02-Dec-12 03:43:36

I have an ancient Marguerite Patten that has the sort of recipes you describe - I think my mum was given it as a young bride in the late 60s! It still comes in handy...Jamie Oliver's 'Ministry of Food' is along the same lines.

Alternatively...there's always google! Whatever you want to make, there'll be a free recipe online.

IceNoSlice Sun 02-Dec-12 04:44:50

Jamie is good.

TBH though, I google recipes these days. BBC good food has loads of good ones. She could do this for meals she doesn't need 'inspiration' for (spaghetti Bol, roasts, simple cakes, chilli etc) then use the book for more complex, show-off food.

Student cookbooks are good for budgets. I still cook a variant of chilli from mine (with loads of pulses in the bulk it out)

NuzzleandScratch Sun 02-Dec-12 04:45:42

Got to be Delia's Complete Cookery Course.

TheSkiingGardener Sun 02-Dec-12 05:02:31

Good Housekeeping, as it takes you through all the basics. Each section starts by talking about all the different types/cuts and how to cook them

Or Delias How to Cook.

Either of those will take her right from the start to cooking whatever she feels like.

FuriousRox Sun 02-Dec-12 05:03:10

Nigel slater's 30 minute book - cant remember exact title. Loved this book when I was her age.

NancyBlacket Sun 02-Dec-12 06:02:01

My most useful cookbook is the hardback notebook that my mum started for my before I went to university. It has her recipes for our favourite family meals (bolognaise, White sauce, soup, birthday cake etc) and I still add to it. It's a work in progress but so useful!

Could you do something similar for your DD?

I also have my grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmothers recipe notebooks (some are in pieces) but it's a great bit of family history and I still make my GGGMs Christmas pudding!

dementedma Sun 02-Dec-12 08:27:33

Subscription to good food magazine

BoattoBolivia Sun 02-Dec-12 08:36:25

Another vote for Delia's complete cookery course. Not exciting, but covers all the basics really well. It's my most used book. Once she's got the basics sorted, then she can branch out with specialist ones, depending on what she enjoys most.

chicaguapa Sun 02-Dec-12 08:44:22

Another one for Jamie's Ministry of Food. Delia and GH are good for recipes you want to look up, ie if you want to how to make scones but Jamie's is better if you want inspiration on what to cook for tea. It depends what she needs it for.

JamNan Sun 02-Dec-12 09:16:30

Any of the above plus Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook. My DD swears by it.

NancyBlackett what a lovely piece of family history. I have a few recipes written down by my aunties and MIL I love to see their handwriting.

AppleOgies Sun 02-Dec-12 09:20:05

Nigel Express... Quick, tasty meals. I have used it again and again.

Wallison Sun 02-Dec-12 09:23:11

Definitely the Good Housekeeping book. As TheSkiingGardener says, it's more than just a cookbook; it's also a complete kitchen reference book. It tells you how to prepare food, teaches you about cooking and baking techniques complete with illustrations, and talks you through cuts of meat and what various ingredients do. It covers everything from simple meals using one or two ingredients, through to roast dinners, through to stuff you could serve when friends come round etc - it even has a recipe for Xmas cake.

Pootles2010 Sun 02-Dec-12 09:23:31

Jamie's ministry of food. Good, basic, cheap dinners, whilst teaching basics of cooking too.

NancyBlacket Sun 02-Dec-12 10:29:09

I also use the good housekeeping book! But might add some of the other suggestions to my wish list! Love a recipe book!

Flyagaric Sun 02-Dec-12 19:45:06

Oh gosh, sorry not to have come back to this thread before - I forgot about it! blush

Anyway many thanks for all the suggestions above. I'm going to check them all out.

450fromPaddington Sun 02-Dec-12 20:19:26

The Delia hardback Complete How To Cook. It assumes you know nothing. For example, you can make any type of omelette once you've looked up that section. Or almost any normal meal. I say hardback because it'll stay open on the counter while she cooks, whilst intermittently consulting it.

TwelveLeggedWalk Sun 02-Dec-12 20:21:35

Another vote for Nigel Slater 30 minutes, student final year, first flat cooking summed up for me!

marriedinwhite Sun 02-Dec-12 20:21:45

Another recommendation for the Delia Complete How to Cook.

SmeggingAroundTheChristmasTree Sun 02-Dec-12 20:29:19

Another vote for Delia How to Cook. She assumes you have no bloody clue, so great for absolute beginners grin And it's mostly very straightforward food.

Nigel Slater is great too, but his instructions may be a bit vague for first-time cooks. My DH has given up on him, he doesn't do ingredients lists like 'between 2 & 6 anchovies'.

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