Five of the Best Cook Books of All Time

When it comes to cooking we all have our favourite cook books that we dip into time and time again. Dog eared copies get replaced by new upto date ones and we pass on our most used recipes to families and friends. So which are your favourites and do you agree with our list below?

#1 – Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater – £16

Following the success of ‘Real Food’ and ‘Appetite’, this is the tenth book from Nigel Slater, the award-winning food writer and author of the bestselling autobiography, ‘Toast’. From lavish food and family roasts to quick pasta suppers and simple snacks, bestselling food writer Nigel Slater introduces us to what he cooks and eats at home, everyday throughout the year.

#2 – Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients – Ina Garten – £15.99

Here Ina covers the essentials, from ten ways to boost the flavors of your ingredients to ten things not to serve at a party, as well as professional tips that make successful baking, cooking, and entertaining a breeze. The recipes–crowd-pleasers like Lobster Corn Chowder, Tuscan Lemon Chicken, and Easy Sticky Buns–demonstrate Ina’s talent for transforming fresh, easy-to-find ingredients into elegant meals you can make without stress.

#3 – Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving – Judy Kingry & Lauren Devine – £6.99

Ball Home Canning Products are the gold standard in home preserving supplies, the trademark jars on display in stores every summer from coast to coast. Now the experts at Ball have written a book destined to become the “bible” of home preserving. The book includes comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods plus lists of required equipment and utensils. Specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for the experienced make the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving a valuable addition to any kitchen library.

#4 – Exploring Taste and Flavour by Tom Kime – £14.99

This unique book applies the Eastern theory of taste to all dishes and ingredients, with sensational results. Truly delicious and stimulating food is created when the four main tastes that we can recognise (hot, sweet, salt and sour) are present and in balance. Here are 150 impeccably designed recipes that guarantee to excite all the senses, using the fresh flavours, vibrant colours and contrasting textures of seasonal produce.

#5 – The River Cottage Fish Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & Nick Fisher – £30

With the aptly named Nick Fisher as coauthor, you’d expect this book to know its stuff and it doesn’t disappoint. This is a great big book with lots of simple fish recipes, many of which are designed around more unusual British species rather than just sticking to the usual suspects. Packed with information and it reminds you that cooking is fun.