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Ann

My favourite cookery book is not one I use! It belonged to my Grandmother when she worked as a cook to a Colonel in Edinburgh Castle 100 years ago. It is a very well used copy of Mrs. Beetons. I remember, as a teenager, reading the recipe for Snow Pancakes with utter astonishment! The book is a treasure, and I am the current guardian.

Fran H-B

The Radiation Cookbook; its dark brown cover, now very battered and worn is a reminder of my childhood. It belongs to my mother who no longer cooks so I asked her if I could keep it. Turning the pages brings back floods of memories especially of Sunday mornings after church, when we three girls all squeezed into the tiny kitchen and each made some cakes for the following week, at the same time as my mother prepared and cooked a roast dinner for five! My speciality was Date Fingers.

elaine

A Good Housekeeping cook book that I learned to cook from when I first married in the 70's. I still use it today, it is very battered, has no covers and is stained with all the residue of food cooked. I still use it today. The library sounds fascinating - a bit like the Library of Lost Books in Shadow of the Wind.

Dark Puss

Just one favourite cookery book?! Given your literary themed give-away on "the other side" I'll chose Claudia Roden's A New Book of Middle Eastern Food which is not only full of wonderful recipes but an enormous amount of fascinating cultural anthropology related to food in the Middle East too.

Freda

Am currently browsing Maw Broons's But an' Ben Cookbook - what a nostalgia trip for any Scot! So it's my favourite right now...

Marianne Wheelaghan (@MWheelaghan)

I have been using the Readers Digest The Cookery Year for years and still love it :)

Great post, thanks :)

AnnP

For reading I'm enjoying Persephone's Kitchen Essays by Agnes Jekyll. But for baking I have an old paperback book from the 70s issued by Be-Ro. It has been used so much the cover has fallen off so I don't know the title but it is full of excellent straightforward recipes.

Janet

My favourite cook book (of the moment, as I have a fairly large collection)is Nigella Lawson's "How to Eat" for the variety of recipes, for feeding one person to as many as your house can contain.
My favourite library would be the London Library,( http://www.londonlibrary.co.uk/)a private library in St James Square. I've only visited once, but it is an amazing place, and many authors use it for their research.

Cornflower

I have been to the London Library and it is wonderful! (My husband is a member and often visits when he is in London, or takes advantage of the Library's efficient postal service to have books sent to him here at home.)

craftygreenpoet

I love my Malawian Cookbook

Georgina Glover

Claire Macdonald's 'seasonal cooking' and its sequel 'More seasonal cooking', used regularly since they were first published.

Dancing Beastie

Innerpeffray is one of the hidden gems of Scotland, always a delight.
Of the far too many cookbooks I own, it's always good old Mrs. Beaton I return to for every eventuality. I think we have three or four editions, the earliest being from the turn of the century and full of fascinating advice on managing servants and how to address archbishops. An edition from the early 1930s, which belonged to my granny, has wonderful advertisements for new labour-saving devices like refrigerators and modern stoves. The revised edition which I was given upon my marriage is stuffed with all the basics: I come back to it every year for jams, chutneys, summer puddings, fruit cordials, how to joint a game bird, and so on and so on...
However, I feel I shouldn't enter your tempting competition as I live near enough Innerpeffray to jolly well buy my own postcards! But thank you anyway.

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