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December 12, 2009 at 6:51 am #250789musterMember
I’m thinking of giving recipe books as Christmas gifts to a couple of ‘average’ cooks – and would be interested in hearing about any favourite titles. What is your favourite recipe book and why do you prefer it to others?December 12, 2009 at 7:03 am #447333EmbersMember
Hands down, the old red NMAA Cooks cookbook that I inherited when a sharehouse I was living in all went their separate ways (one of my housemates’ mother was an NMAA (now known as ABA) counsellor).
I love it because it has just about every recipe an average cook could need – breads, drinks, lollies, baking, mains, appetisers, etc – and you don’t need exotic hard-to-source ingredients like so many fancy recipe books. They have all come from NMAA/ABA members too, so they’re tried and true and don’t require chef training.
ETA: Tried to get a link directly to it online but it didn’t want to work, search for it here anyway:December 12, 2009 at 9:12 am #447334Eira ClaptonParticipant
Stephanie Alexander’s Cooks Companion, closely followed by the textbook of our home economics in the 70s -the Golden Wattle!December 12, 2009 at 11:05 am #447335Penny AMember
I second the red NMAA cookbook. Our children have all requested a copy when they leave home. It is the best down to earth cookbook Ive come across. 😀December 12, 2009 at 11:46 am #447336bluezbanditMember
The internet: there are squillions of recipes on the net and I hate having books cluttering up my kitchen.
DebDecember 12, 2009 at 12:47 pm #447337dixiebelleMember
I don’t use recipes, or cook books often (I just make it up as I go! If I do need an actual recipe, I Google or try Taste.com) but did receive a handy general cookbook as a present once, which has pretty much everything covered! Good for beginners, or to have on have for basic recipes/ techniques…
“Family Circle” Recipe Encyclopedia (Step By Step Cookery) 1998
A bit more glamarous, the Marie Claire cookbooks make great presents, with a wide range to choose from. I have the Food & Drink one, which I have used for inspiration and recipes back when we actually entertained! None of it is too hard…
Marie Claire Food & Drink
I also have a great Asian one, A Taste of Indochina, which has easy cooking and covers a range of styles.
What about something more than cooking/ recipes, like the Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion, or Maggie Beer’s Maggies Harvest??
I would def. recommend this one as a gift, it is cross between a garden book, a cook book and a glossy coffee table book! I borrowed from the library but would love to own a copy,
Garden Feast by Melissa King
Good luck…December 13, 2009 at 1:10 am #447338RobyneMember
I have a large collection of cook books from teaching days plus what I have picked up over the years.
My oldest and dearest is one my uncle gave me that belonged to my dads Mum. It was printed in 1912. Lovely old recipes. I have it in acid paper in my favourite box.
I have Maggies Harvest love her type of cooking.
Have a few of Nigellas as I love her cooking style as well
Did have all of Jamie Olivers Books but Son2 claimed them. Do have his at home book so that will dissapear when he comes back. He has a great recipe for pizza sauce every one likes
Old school books Green and Gold and Cooking with Confordence both from teh late 60s.
Favourite would have to be the one Hubby bought me for our first anniversray. Australian and New Zealand Cook Book, use that over and over through the yearsDecember 13, 2009 at 1:35 am #447339BullseyeMember
Here’s an unashamed (very proud) plug for books by my cous… :tup: Dixiebelle you already have one there! 🙂December 13, 2009 at 1:50 am #447340Kookaburra DreamingMember
“Cranks Fast Food” by Nadine Abensur, vegetarian meals you can make in 30 minutes and all of them scrumptious.
PDecember 13, 2009 at 2:20 am #447341marzMember
I have several I use regularly: Traditional British Cookery, International Cookery (both at least 30 yrs old) and my school cookbook ‘Cookery the Australian Way’ from 1965. The school one has all the basics and recipes that can easily be modified according to what you have on hand.December 13, 2009 at 8:53 am #447342Rebecca80Member
I generally steer away from anything ‘celebrity chef’ as I often don’t have/can’t afford the ingrediants.
I like women’s weekly cookbooks generally.
Also CWA recipe books are good – cheap, on hand ingrediants and not overly fussy on presentation or preparation.December 13, 2009 at 9:03 am #447343dixiebelleMember
Oh, & I noticed a cookbook in the store the other day, called The Thrifty Kitchen, which looked good, but nothing too new to me… but might suit the people you are buying for?December 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm #447344ErthgirlMember
“Wholefood” and “Coming Home to Eat”
Both from natural food chef Jude Blereau.
I love them because it gives fantastic advice on how to cook from scratch… which would be a good thing if the people you’re buying for don’t have much of a clue on the cooking front.December 13, 2009 at 9:15 pm #447345Lotus BlueMember
I just love the cookbook my mother had. it was brought out by the W.M.U. (Women’s Missions Union). It also is a red book so not sure if it is the same as the ones mentioned above. Its really special to me as it has her handwriting in it. There’s circles around her favourites and some adjustments of others. It also had ‘household tips’ in the back – some of these are really good and useful and others are totally WHAT THE!!!!! but it does make good reading.
My other favourite is an old Italian cookbook I got from the op shop it must be at least 30 years old. It has a lot of traditional recipes which I love, slow cooked food has a flavour all of its own.
I think buying new cookbooks are a ripoff some of them are very expensive especially the “Celebrity / coffee table ones” I have seen them turn up in the opshops less than 6 months after christmas.
Maybe a hamper of yummy foodstuffs from the markets or yourself could entice them to expand their cooking skills – just an idea.December 13, 2009 at 9:25 pm #447346AnonymousInactive
Stephanie Alexanders Cooks Companion, tasty, simple down to earth recipes.
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