The best investment is a complete cookery course that teaches you how to master every style of cooking to a fine art. Choose from the following which have all been recommended for their writing and their recipes:
This is the 'bible' of french cookery. A fantastic, if slightly old fashioned tome. It really does deserve to be in every kitchen around the world.
- Complete Cookery Course: Vol 1-3 in 1v by Delia Smith
The UK's queen of home cooking offers a lifetime of experience in a very readable style. You really should buy this for anyone who is just starting out in cooking.
- The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen by Nigel Slater
Nigel is one of the food world's great enthusiasts. He writes so well that it wouldn't matter what his topic was, you would enjoy reading his books. The fact that he writes about food is just a brilliant bonus.
What the Larousse Gastronomique is to french cookery, The Silver Spoon is to Italian Cooking. We have tried many recipies from this book and have been delighted every time.
- The River Cottage Meat Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
Hugh is a proud proponent of living and eating in harmony with nature. That might sound a bit hippy-dippy, but the recipies are fabulous.
- Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon by Claudia Roden
Claudia is really well versed in the subtleties of Middle Eastern cookery. Check out the filled pastries!
- Rick Stein's Seafood by Rick Stein
Rick is a genuine food hero and he cooks the best seafood I have ever eaten.
In fact it was so good that directly after a turbot in black butter sauce
I proposed to my girlfriend at Rick Stein's.
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