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I need a really great British Cookbook.

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Califrau Tue 05-Aug-08 19:44:51

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nickytwotimes Tue 05-Aug-08 19:45:54

my Mum always liked Claire MacDonald if that helps?

posieflump Tue 05-Aug-08 19:46:04

what's that dinner lady one featured in the jamie oliver school dinners programme called?

posieflump Tue 05-Aug-08 19:46:36

delia smith is a perennial fav too

turquoise Tue 05-Aug-08 19:47:18

Good housekeeping or Prue Leith?

LIZS Tue 05-Aug-08 19:47:54

My "basics" are Mrs Beeton's Cookery for All or Cookery in Colour(Hamlyn) !

Califrau Tue 05-Aug-08 19:48:07

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TheArmadillo Tue 05-Aug-08 19:48:56

The penguin cookery book I have as a basic one is very good. Old so tends to stick to british with the occassional bit of french thrown in for the adventurous. Or an old good housekeeping one.

I would say the older the book you go for (can you look on somewhere like ebay) the more likely you are to find recipes without other cuisines influence.

nickytwotimes Tue 05-Aug-08 19:49:28

this is the latest, but loads more available

pofaced Tue 05-Aug-08 19:53:36

Try the Cookery Bible - Prue Leith and Caroline Waldegrave. Lots of British recipes plus others and loads of useful info on catering quantities/ wine suggestions etc... always reliable. Or Delia Complete Cookery Course: a bit dated but reliable.

Check out your local library editions of the above and then decide

MakemineaGandT Tue 05-Aug-08 19:55:21

I cannot recommend Tamasin Day-Lewis' Kitchen Bible enough - it is FANTASTIC. It has all the English classics in it, is very well-written and every recipe I have made from it (a LOT!) has worked perfectly.

You will not regret this one if you buy it!

MrsSprat Tue 05-Aug-08 19:56:48

If you can get hold of things by this lady, and this book is amazing for seasonal ideas. She's very good

And this despite being touched by the fetid hand of that newspaper, is good too. Got a wicked pheasant method from it once.

JackieNo Tue 05-Aug-08 20:00:15

If you want British regional specialities, there's this - we used to have it, but I think we've given it awaysad. Can't find it on our shelves any more. Also maybe Nigel Slater's Real food or maybe Real Cooking, or Appetite?

AttillaTheHan Tue 05-Aug-08 20:00:27

I always find Nigella's How to eat pretty good for decent British recipes.

Psychobabble Tue 05-Aug-08 20:03:13

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WelliesAndPyjamas Tue 05-Aug-08 20:03:21

Reader's Digest - The Cokkery Year

I have one of the old 1970s editions and it has all the traditional stuff and answers to just about everything. Old and new editions available on Amazon.

JackieNo Tue 05-Aug-08 20:03:38

Can you wait till October? lol at the cover photo of full English breakfast.

WelliesAndPyjamas Tue 05-Aug-08 20:04:29

Correction - The Cookery Year blush
It really is about traditional cooking, not traditional cocks. grin

Shoshe Tue 05-Aug-08 20:06:18

I bought this for SA DDIL's Mum www.amazon.co.uk/Brian-Turners-Favourite-British-Recipes/dp/0755310934/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qi d=1217963123&sr=8-1 she loves it

Marina Tue 05-Aug-08 20:07:42

Rose Prince is wonderful

Michael Smith's New English Cookery also well worth hunting down - alas, both he and the book are late, as Mma Ramotswe would say

Marina Tue 05-Aug-08 20:09:51

Jackie, reprehensible old lush he may be, but I think Floyd is an inspiration whose approach to food and cooking has heavily influenced Nigel Slater amongst others. We have a lot of his books but NOT that one, alas. I would so rather watch or read him than AWT, Gordon Ramsey or Jamie Oliver, frankly

Marina Tue 05-Aug-08 20:10:54

Cali, I am sure you know that if Scottish cookery is a specific regional requirement, then Nick Nairn is hard to beat

JackieNo Tue 05-Aug-08 20:12:38

With you on that one Marina grin.

JackieNo Tue 05-Aug-08 20:12:59

(the Floyd thing, that is)

Califrau Tue 05-Aug-08 20:14:33

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