First this note book which I started in 1964. Money was tight. Food was expensive compared with wages. I used to write down recipes as I tried them and comment on them. My husband was a guinea pig.
|Note books of recipes, reactions and cost|
|The Trex recipe book showed a new method of baking|
In 1966 I was given this Mrs. Beeton's Book of Cookery and Household Management. It was full of recipes and information, such as how to gut fish and I used it a lot. There were not many pictures in it, though. Nowadays, we like to see pictures of the food we are going to cook.I also have Delia Smith's Frugal Food which was published in 1976. Like Mrs. Beeton's book though, there are hardly any pictures in it.
|Mrs. Beeton's books didn't have many pictures|
Then came a bit of a breakthrough. the lovely Mary Berry together with others wrote recipes for this book. Every single recipe had a picture. This became my food bible and my friends and I all used it when we gave dinner parties for one another. We thought we were so sophisticated at the time!
|We thought we were so sophisticated......|
At the beginning of the 1980s Sainsbury's published a great little series of cookbooks with really simple recipes in them. Their title ranged from, Entertaining", to "Family Meals", "Soups and Starters", "Cheese", "Ices and Cold Desserts", "Wholefood Cooking" and so on. Every page had a picture. Every recipe was simple. Food was becoming a little bit more exotic because people were going abroad for holidays and getting a taste for things like chilli,kiwi fruits,and peppers and avocado pears. I still use some of these recipes today. I remember my daughter trying out recipes from them when she was young and just learning to cook. I suppose the idea from Sainsbury's point of view was to persuade us to buy different and new ingredients. We thought these were very exotic!
|Really exotic ideas from Sainsburys|
|Celebrity Chefs recipes|