Nigel Slater's 5 Best Cookery Books of All Time
1.) Nigella Lawson, How to Eat.
2.) Stephanie Alexander, The Cook’s Companion
3.) Elizabeth David, French Provincial Cooking
4.) Marcella Hazan, Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
5.) David Thompson, Thai Food
Read the reasons why:
Interesting, thanks for that. After years of thinking about Thompson's Thai Food and nearly buying it a few times, I just broke down and ordered it from Amazon after reading this.
How to Eat is also my best-loved, best-used cookbook, the one I'd save from a fire. I completely agree with Slater's take on it.
And for the record, I think Slater's Appetite is pretty far up my list, too.
I'm now curious about The Cook's Companion, based on Slater's comments about its discussion of ingredients; the others I'm familiar with (and own, or once did in the case of the Lawson, all but the David). Interesting that he says some of Elizabeth David's recipes simply don't work.