Awesome cookbooks recommendation megathread (1 Viewer)

potlatch

New Member
Joined
Apr 28, 2002
Messages
1,396
Website
www.monkeybomb.com
This yoke's awesome. The only book I have, and might ever need. Loadza great Spanish recipes.

GetResource.aspx


But... is there an equivalent for French cooking?
 

Wobbler

New Member
Joined
Jul 12, 2005
Messages
5,090
Location
Innit?
Website
www.discogs.com
Delia Smith's complete cookery course is excellent. It was the first one I ever got and it's really really useful.

Nigel Slater is my favourite food writer. I have nearly all his books and I'd highly recommend each one. If I only had to pick one though, it would be Appetite and Real Fast Food.
 

minka

New Member
Joined
May 15, 2002
Messages
1,598
Website
Visit site
Nigel Slater is my favourite food writer. I have nearly all his books and I'd highly recommend each one. If I only had to pick one though, it would be Appetite and Real Fast Food.

ditto, and ditto.

other can't do without 'em volumes in the minka household:
- patricia wells: bistro and trattoria
what it says on the tin: bistro and trattoria recipes. top stuff. the pasta sauce recipes in trattoria are all awesome.
- the moosewood restaurant cooks at home
i have made almost everything in this book, and it's so well-used it's practically scratch'n'sniff. mostly veggie, some fish, everything is really simple, quick, and yummy.
- nadine abensur: cranks bible
vegetabley goodness.
- donna hay: off the shelf and, er, a couple of others whose names i can't remember
more super quick everyday recipes. also lovely food porn pictures of everything, so you can skim through the book and go "yummy! want that!"
- the eagle cooks: big flavours and rough edges
food from the london gastro pub - loads of nice pasta/grilled meat/stew recipes. i have a feeling this may be out of print...
- (unavailable in shops) a battered blue folder with all the recipes i've cut out of newspapers/got from friends/printed out from the internet.
 

M. Stratosphere

New Member
Joined
Feb 7, 2006
Messages
759
Location
Mother Sky
yeah Nigel Slater books are top, have the diary one.
Got the Italian version of that Spanish book for a present last year, its called Silver Spoon, bloody enormous, brillaint stuff.
First book i bought was the Penguin one, simple, broad range of stuff and tastes, was a brilliant starter, and still use it loads.
I keep a scarp book too.
Another good Spanish style one is the Moro book, have the 1st one only. It deals with alot of North African/Persian foods also
 

Pirate of Love

New Member
Joined
Sep 17, 2004
Messages
61
Mastering The Art of French Cooking - Beck, Bertholle and Child

It's brilliant for learning techniques, and is my go-to book when I don't know how to do something and can't get my dad on the phone.
 

dudley

Super Moderator
Staff member
Supporter
Contributor
Since 1999
Joined
Nov 8, 1999
Messages
10,273
Location
Dublin Town
Website
www.thedudleycorporation.com

Wölflinge

Active Member
Joined
Apr 22, 2005
Messages
626
Location
Cork
Website
www.vickylangan.com
I picked up Vegan With a Vengeance recently from waterstones. Made me want to punch my fist in the air.

vengeance.jpg


Yeah, that Darina one is great too. It's fucking brilliant for every basic master recipe plus millions of variations. Really easy to read and plenty of pictures for most recipes. It's well worth the 35 quid.

Picked up the Vegetarian Bible in Marks and Spencers for my mother and had to double back to get one for myself too. It's a great book for any newcomer to the world of lentils. My parents recently "turned veggie" after myself and ddmurph's visit home for the xmas and I couldn't have found a better, clearer, and more beautifully photographed cookbook I feel.

I think Vegetarian Cooking Without is great because it manages to be dairy, sugar, yeast and gluten free... All the things I'm trying to keep a hould of. Plus, it's got a fantastic introduction that really turned me on to nutritional therapy and food energetics.

51GKHS2J83L._AA240_.jpg
 

quasiquasi

New Member
Joined
Dec 9, 2004
Messages
922
Location
merrie ingalund
I just made my first recipe from Julie Sahni's "Classic Indian Cookery" - minced lamb with a spicy yoghurty sauce - and it's lovely.

For French cooking, I have the Larousse des Cuisines Régionales, it's a mega-compendium of French regional cooking. So in Normandy it's all apples and butter, in the Périgord they put truffles and foie gras in everything, and in Marseille they love the fish. Highly recommended, if you can read recipe French.

I've mentioned Paula Wolfert's Moroccan Cuisine here before, but I'll do it a second time, because I really think it's the best cookbook I've ever read. Not just because Moroccan food is euphorically wonderful, but also because every recipe I've made from it has worked first time.
 

quasiquasi

New Member
Joined
Dec 9, 2004
Messages
922
Location
merrie ingalund

The Leith's is the only one of those I have, I wouldn't call it essential though. It's good on general cooking knowledge, but I don't think there's any recipe in it I've wanted to make twice. McGee on Food and Cooking is much better on the science side.

Of course, you can never have too many cookbooks...
 

Mormon Nailer

Well-Known Member
Supporter
Joined
Dec 6, 2005
Messages
8,779
Website
skin-of-our-teeth.blogspot.com
The Leith's is the only one of those I have, I wouldn't call it essential though. It's good on general cooking knowledge, but I don't think there's any recipe in it I've wanted to make twice. McGee on Food and Cooking is much better on the science side.

It's not one for recepies - I'd have the Larousse Gastronomique as a dictionary and leiths as a basic manual. They both have their place but neither would be the place to look for a recipe.

That Harold mcGeee book is great.

Simon Hopkinsons books are good too - Roast Chicken and Other Stories and Second Helpings of Roast Chicken.
 

minka

New Member
Joined
May 15, 2002
Messages
1,598
Website
Visit site
hotsauceworld_1981_76421862


Meals from under wheels.
How does "windshield wabbit" or "hushed puppies" grab you?

actually, that kind of reminds me of another top book - rose prince's the new english kitchen. it's sort of half a home economics book and half really good recipes - loads of stuff about buying good quality local food (and why a lot of cheap shit is false economy and generally bad) and getting the best/most out of it (you'll believe you can get about five meals out of a chicken!). and yes, the game chapter briefly mentions roadkill.

oh, and the author is the sister of one of the moro chefs. i suspect there's top scran round their place when they do family dinners.

i love that harold mcgee book as well. and i really must try some simon hopkinson.
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Latest Activity

Loading…

We're listening to...

  • Somethin' Else (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
    Somethin' Else - Remastered
    Cannonball Adderley
    Somethin' Else (Rudy Van Gelder Edition)

Support thumped.com

Support thumped.com and upgrade your account

Upgrade your account now to disable all ads... If we had any... Which we don't right now.

Upgrade now

Latest posts

Trending Threads

Latest threads

Top