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    Your favourite cookbooks
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    • 20th Feb 05, 1:51 PM
    Your favourite cookbooks 20th Feb 05 at 1:51 PM
    I spotted a new book in the shops, "The Ration Book Diet" which was quite tempting but I'll put it on my Amazon Wishlist and wait for Santa. I try not to buy full price cookbooks

    I recommend www.abebooks.co.uk if you are trying to find out of print books, you can order through Greasypalm and get cashback. Otherwise I got most of mine as hand-me-downs or from charity shops.

    I've got some that are designed with economy in mind, and some that teach you the basics so you can cook anything without resorting to packaged food. Here's my list:

    Jocasta Innes "Pauper's Cookbook" ISBN:0140461647. Has useful tips on Programmed Eating, the idea is that you only cook once a week and eat lots of disguised leftovers.

    Bernadine Lawrence "How to feed your family for 5 a day" ISBN 0722525710. Uber economy, she makes her own bread and everything. Personally I'd spend 5.05 per day and allow myself a cup of tea!

    "Get Stuffed" 9781852834043 - based on the TV show. Aimed at students, most of the recipes have cheap ingredients and don't require elaborate equipment.

    Marguerite Patten "500 recipes for families" ISBN 0600034003 - My mum gave me this when I left home. Really basic recipes including scrambled eggs!

    Gladys Man "Good meals on a small budget" this overlaps with the Marguerite Patten book, they are part of the same series

    Audrey Ellis "Budget Cookery Book" ISBN 090423035

    Cas Clarke writes books aimed at students ie "Grub on a Grant"

    There's the classic Katharine Whitehorn "Cooking in a bedsitter"

    The Be-Ro book available from here: http://www.be-ro.com/about.htm

    Can anyone else suggest their favourite cookbooks with economy in mind?
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    • moggins
    • By moggins 20th Feb 05, 2:18 PM
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    • 20th Feb 05, 2:18 PM
    I have both the original Paupers Cookbook and the updated one, personally I prefer the original, she's trying too hard in the new one I think.

    I have around 80 cookbooks but my personal favourite is Cooking on a Shoestring. It has some brilliant recipes for those more 'unpopular' cuts of meat and offall that you can get for pennies from butchers nowadays.
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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    • debbym
    • By debbym 20th Feb 05, 2:22 PM
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    • 20th Feb 05, 2:22 PM
    Cas Clarke also did a follow up book "Peckish but Poor" for when you are cooking as a couple, and also a family one (for those with young children) but haven't managed to find a cheap version yet!
    • MATH
    • By MATH 20th Feb 05, 2:58 PM
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    • 20th Feb 05, 2:58 PM
    We too hoard cookbooks. Some are used regularly, some I've no idea why I bought them, and others like my Bero Cookbook, and my 1970's TV Farmhouse Kitchen Collection, and my 1960's New World Gas Cooker Cook Book I keep for sentimental reasons.

    For everyday cookery I would recomend "The Dairy Book of Home Cookery" I'm on my second copy cos I wore the first one out.
    Deilia's Cookery Course is also well battered and well worth a thumb through when you are confronted with a freebie crop of unusual vegetable and don't know what to do with it.
    I've also got three ring files (Savoury - Sweet - Entertaining) of clipped recipes from over a decade of "Good Food Magazine".

    Not one of them tells me how to make fish fingers interesting!
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    • 20th Feb 05, 3:06 PM
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    • 20th Feb 05, 3:06 PM
    Ooooh thanks for the link for the Be-ro Book! Been meaning to get a new one for ages...mine used to belong to my gran so is very dog-eared now. Pity you have to buy it now!
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  • frizz_head
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    • 20th Feb 05, 3:07 PM
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    Not one of them tells me how to make fish fingers interesting!
    by MATH
    Stick them between two slices of bread, and add a big dollop of Salad Cream. Yum.

    My favourite Cookery Book is Good Housekeeping Step-By-Step Cookbook. It had loads of pictures - I need pictures.
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    • MATH
    • By MATH 20th Feb 05, 3:28 PM
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    Thanks for the fish finger recipe! Nigella Lawson better look to her laurals
    I find cookery books with pictures give loved-ones unrealistic expectations of what they are getting for tea, so I avoid them or I paste a piccy of pot-noodle over each photo so they're not dissapointed. heheheh
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    • 20th Feb 05, 3:49 PM
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    • 20th Feb 05, 3:49 PM
    Thanks for the fish finger recipe! Nigella Lawson better look to her laurals
    I find cookery books with pictures give loved-ones unrealistic expectations of what they are getting for tea, so I avoid them or I paste a piccy of pot-noodle over each photo so they're not dissapointed. heheheh
    by MATH
    My 'loved-one' has never even cooked me a pot noodle before - I'm sure he would burn it if he tried. lol

    Oh to have married a chef.

    Wish I had a domestic god like you around the house MATH.
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    • 20th Feb 05, 4:54 PM
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    • 20th Feb 05, 4:54 PM
    Not one of them tells me how to make fish fingers interesting!
    by MATH
    My Marguerite Patten "Every Day Cookery Book" recommends grilling them and then sprinkling a bit of grated cheese on top

    In addition to many of the one's in the OP, I also have the "We'll Eat Again" series which Past Times were selling a few years ago. (Got my 3 in their sales). Really interesting stuff (cheap, cheerful and healthy too!). I believe there is a cheapo version with all the 3 combined that some garden centres sell so they're still around, just no longer in Past Times

    Off to look up that "Ration Book Diet" - sounds very interesting
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    • moggins
    • By moggins 20th Feb 05, 6:27 PM
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    Another good one is The Cost Conscious Cook, they have a couple of copies going for a 1 on Amazon marketplace at the moment.

    I only know this as I've nearly given up sellotaping my copy back together
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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    • elona
    • By elona 20th Feb 05, 6:30 PM
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    I like the books by Shirley Goode " The Goode Kitchen" "Goode for one " etc.
    She has a good range of recipes and it is not all old fashioned English stuff either. ):
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    • MATH
    • By MATH 20th Feb 05, 6:51 PM
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    • Sarahsaver
    • By Sarahsaver 20th Feb 05, 7:00 PM
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    ANY book is a favourite! As a student I used to read recipe books quite a lot, but never made many of the recipes, so many of them are expensive. I love reading things like Leith, Escoffier (50p from the charity shop), Larousse gastronomique, a huge 600 odd page Madhur jaffrey book... Its cheaper to read about it than eat it!
    my fave cheapie books are one called 'Just One pot' meals that can be done in one pot, and i actually use Leith or Larousse to refer to for obscure things, because one of those usually has the answer if I manage to get something exotic like pigeon or rabbit
    Nigella Lawson, aside from the plummy voice and OTT sexy woman in the kitchen thing is actually quite down to earth and practical if you read her books - I have her 'How to eat' D***a Smith is expensive and over fussy, IMHO.
    My Nanna had a copy of Mrs Beeton, and I used to sit in her kitchen reading it whilst Nanna cooked. Nanna knew how to cook anything that you could imagine, and very well too. If she'd have written a book it would have been the best!
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    • moggins
    • By moggins 20th Feb 05, 7:03 PM
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    What is it with Delia? I knew that woman and I were not on the same wavelength the day I saw her use two bottles of wine to cook a leg of lamb!

    If I had the money to buy a leg of lamb I would rather eat it unadulterated and drink the wine
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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    • arkonite_babe
    • By arkonite_babe 20th Feb 05, 7:23 PM
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    Mrs Beeton and Nigella would be my favourites. Followed by Nigel Slater's real food.
    • SnowyOwl
    • By SnowyOwl 20th Feb 05, 7:55 PM
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    I've been copying recipes from here and putting them into Word, then printing them off into a ring binder. I probably haven't got them all, however they are all mostly tried and tested by people on here, and most of them are money saving, reliable, unpretentious and easy. Some may have been borrowed from Nigela, Delia or other sources, but lots are original made up dishes that work. If there are any tricky bits or if someone has made a comment eg for a variation or where to get an ingredient etc then I put those notes in too.

    If a recipe is too difficult or whatever then I simply exclude it. My aim is to end up with a collection of recipes suitable for a variety of purposes, eg slow cooker, freezing, to go with a cup of tea, to serve to visitors, things to make when I'm v.skint. So far it is working and I am very chuffed with it.

    I am thinking of tarting the Word docs up a bit (but leave in any funny comments originally written by whoever first posted the recipes), print onto pretty coloured paper and put into nice ring binders and give them to friends as Christmas presents.

    • arkonite_babe
    • By arkonite_babe 20th Feb 05, 8:00 PM
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    Very good idea snowy. I daren't print any off or oh will have a fit. I'm a bit of a cookbook and recipe freak you see
    • Sarahsaver
    • By Sarahsaver 20th Feb 05, 8:29 PM
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    What is it with Delia? I knew that woman and I were not on the same wavelength the day I saw her use two bottles of wine to cook a leg of lamb!

    If I had the money to buy a leg of lamb I would rather eat it unadulterated and drink the wine
    by moggins
    My ideal would be down one bottle, then go and catch me something to cook in the other one
    You try costing any of delia's recipes, expensive. She tells people they MUST have free range eggs from hens that face south or something, my puddings with cheapo eggs are yummy. Sometimes somerfield magazine is good but i dont know if they do it anymore.
    I think we all need to adopt an old person and write down all their recipes before thay are lost forever.
    Also check out www.route79.com
    that guy is cool, he has recipes amongst a lot of other things about life, very entertaining, and very tasty biryani, which is on my menu tomorrow night
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    • tiff
    • By tiff 20th Feb 05, 8:31 PM
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    I love cookery books too, I have most of Delias but never use them as I think they contain too many ingredients which makes it expensive. I like Jamie Oliver, its interesting that his books started off as trendy young single person meals and now that he's a father of 2 his latest book is more about family meals. I love these books and use them now and again but I'm the same as Snowy Owl, I save recipes from here that are easy and nearly always cheap. I also print recipes from Allrecipes.com as those have reviews and people make comments on what they did to adapt the recipe.

    I'm not a brilliant cook which is why I like using recipes from real people who dont necessarily have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen but want to make good, healthy meals for their family. I only started cooking from scratch around Christmas time, my husband still cant believe I've kept it up this long as I was a bit of a lazy cook. I sat down with my children during half term and make chocolate chip cookies for the first time ever and they loved it! The next day all the cookies had gone so we then made coconut cookies which disappeared just as fast. Most of all I really enjoyed myself and its great to see them enjoying something that I've made for a change. Sorry, gone off topic AGAIN!
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    • vanoonoo
    • By vanoonoo 20th Feb 05, 8:35 PM
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    Stick them between two slices of bread, and add a big dollop of Salad Cream. Yum.
    by frizz_head
    I quite like 'em with thai chilli sauce

    not had fish fingers for ages though *pout* might have to resolve that. I like those fancy fishcakes you can get in tesco - they are always reduced in my local store
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