Favourite Cookery Books?
Now it's come up again and again that it's cheaper to cook than buy processed food. What I wanted to ask was, what books (or even recipe websites) do people have that help them through lean times? I know I find that with a lot of cookery books, they're too... fiddly for me. It's a pinch of this, a snippet of that, a million ingrediants in tiny amounts to the point that you don't save money so much because you have a cupboard full of ingrediants you will never use again. This is my baby. It's out of print now (frankly a crime against humanity), but fairly easy to find secondhand in the UK, both online and at car boot sales. It IS possible to get in the US (I got a friend a copy for her birthday) but you have to hunt a bit more. My mum got our first copy as a wedding present. When I grew up and moved out, I was not allowed to take it with me, alas, but managed to find a copy secondhand. It's a fairly old book (you can tell by the fact it has several recipes for brains. Seriously) but because it's old it doesn't bother with mucking about trying to make food look pretty. It's market was housewives who needed something they could make cheaply and that would stick to their family's ribs, and that's what it has. Everything from soups and starters, to meals, to cakes and biscuits, to preserves. I love it to death, despite the fact I probably haven't even used a tenth of it'=s recipes ever. What works for you?