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    • moggins
    • By moggins 29th Mar 05, 8:10 AM
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    One I use all the time and is falling apart through overuse is "The Cost Conscious Cook" by Maggie Brogan.

    It's so easy to use, the recipes are all very simple and cheap to cook. I think I paid a fiver for it new and it's worth it's weight in gold.
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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    • Magentasue
    • By Magentasue 29th Mar 05, 8:35 AM
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    "Real Fast Food" by Nigel Slater is a book I've borrowed from the library several times. Have just got it with seven other cookery books (including Real Fast Puddings) for 10 + p&p from TheBookPeople.

    I also like How to Eat by Nigella and Delia's Cookery Course from the 70s or 80s.

    Problem is I read these books and then just cook the same stuff I've always cooked! In fact I think I like books that use the same recipes I've always used - as soon as I see words like half an inch of lemon grass, I'm off!
    • elona
    • By elona 29th Mar 05, 11:05 AM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 11:05 AM
    I love "The Paupers Cookbook" by Joanna Innes and "The Goode Cookbook" by Shirley Goode as they are simple and not fiddly or expensive. They also have good tips like buying a whole chicken and then jointing it yourself as it is much cheaper that way.
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    • moggins
    • By moggins 29th Mar 05, 11:11 AM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 11:11 AM
    I love "The Paupers Cookbook" by Joanna Innes
    by elona

    So do I but it looks like I have mistakenly thrown away my copy with the 11 carrier bags full that I got rid of this weekend

    I still have the new revised edition but it's nowhere near as good in my opinion, especially after she took out the programmed eating section.
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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  • filigree
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    • 29th Mar 05, 2:15 PM
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    • 29th Mar 05, 2:15 PM
    You could try this thread for ideas:

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=30526&highlight=book
    • catznine
    • By catznine 29th Mar 05, 2:22 PM
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    My favourite is the Good Housekeeping cook book I have had my original copy in regular use for 29 years now and it is falling to bits! I prefer the older edition and managed to replace it at a car boot sale last year for 50p! Roll on Car Boot sale season!
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    • crana999
    • By crana999 29th Mar 05, 2:46 PM
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    You could try using your library then perhaps buying your own copy of a book you really like from there..?
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    • 29th Mar 05, 3:21 PM
    You could try using your library then perhaps buying your own copy of a book you really like from there..?
    by crana999
    have tried my library but it is total pants when it comes to cook books.......

    have just ordered the cost conscious cook and real fast food for about 1 each on amazon.... saves me trecking into town and getting sidelined by the bookshops i suppose

    thanks everyone
    • hilstep2000
    • By hilstep2000 29th Mar 05, 3:26 PM
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    I've got 3 I use all the time. 'Delia's Complete Cookery Course' (all the basics, plus some) , 'How to feed your family for 5 1 day' by Berndine Lawrence, and 'Bubble and Squeak, the leftover cookbook' by Jan Arkless.
    I think the second two are out of print, but you could get the library to find you copies!
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    • moggins
    • By moggins 29th Mar 05, 6:23 PM
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    The Bubble and Squeak one is good too, I don't use it as often as I should though.

    I have to admit to being a cookbookaholic! I have about 80 now, I must try and have a clear out as I only use about 6 regularly, most of the time I am experimenting with concoctions of my own.

    I picked up a copy of The Austerity Cookbook at a car boot sale yesterday for 10p, there's some good ones in there too.
    Organised people are just too lazy to look for things

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  • stellagypsy
    I like good old Delia. I also use the Dairy Book of Home Cookery - got it from one of those book club things at work and it is very good, lots of basic recipes in there. Also, the one by Bernardine (feed the family for a fiver) was a godsend for us a few years ago (when we couldn't afford a fiver!), as was "Grub on a Grant" and "Peckish but Poor" by Cas Clarke. I picked up the last 3 at car boot sales. Charity shops have a lot of cook books too.

    Stella
    • debbym
    • By debbym 29th Mar 05, 7:09 PM
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    Delia also did one called "Frugal Food" which I use quite a lot, this was first published in the 1970's but reprinted recently.
    • catznine
    • By catznine 1st Apr 05, 12:33 PM
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    All the Shirley Goode books are great. There are 3 paperbacks:-
    The Goode Kitchen (pink gingham cover)
    Goode for One (blue gingham cover)
    Have a Goode year (green gingham cover)
    They are out of print now I think but you can pick them up in charity shops for about 20p to 50p. I wear mine out so try to pick them up whenever I can.
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  • KK
    cookery books
    Although I'm not really a veggie now I have 2 cookery books which I use all the time - Cranks Cookbook which has great recipes in and Rose Elliott's Vegetarian Cookbook - don't know if you can still get them though as I've had mine for years. Delia's complete cookery is brilliant as are her How to Cook books - both used a lot in my household. My mum used to have some cookbooks which she used a lot from the 70s one called, 'what's for lunch mum?' and another called 'Feed your family for ? per day' (can't remember the amount!). We also used the Dairy Cookbook a lot.
    • Debt_Free_Chick
    • By Debt_Free_Chick 1st Apr 05, 3:56 PM
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    Another Delia fan and the "How to Cook" series is superb. Lots of modern twists on good old fashioned British dishes, plus the usual Mediterranean ones too.

    She's not the only one on my bookshelf, but I turn to her time & time again - bless 'er
  • KTFrugal
    Invaluable Cookbooks
    I suggest Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book and Jane Grigson's Fruit Book. Both are available in paperback and probably at your local 2nd hand book shop as they're so old. Great for those strange veggies in your weekly box, or for those who want to learn how to cook broccoli 10 different ways.
    • ashmit
    • By ashmit 1st Apr 05, 4:19 PM
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    Anyone want these?
    I have three cookbooks I never use - tried to sell them on ebay recently and not a flicker of interest. If anyone wants them they can have them for the postage.

    to save me putting in the details, they are here, here and here. They're not bad, but I've incorporated all I'm going to into my repertoire now

    PM me if you're interested and I'll let you know what the postage would be.
    • ldeakin
    • By ldeakin 15th Apr 05, 3:21 PM
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    Have you tried the discount book shops, I think one is called "The Works" - they have some bargain books. When I was a student I bought a very big book with some lovely recipes in, it was called something like "Healthy eating guide" recommended price 17.99 I bought it for 5.99 - I love a bargain!
  • bluesnice
    Delia's How to Cook collection is great. I have Jamie Olivers lastest 'Jamies Dinners' which I'm really enjoying.

    But my favourite is Nigel Slaters 'Appetite'. Its rustic cooking - stews, fish pie, casseroles. He doesn't list precise quantities but gives an estimation with lots of alternatives/variations for each recipe, such as adding or swapping bits ect so you can be a bit creative!
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