Four Seasons Cookery Book
This is one of my favourite recipe books and it was one of the Observers’ Top 50 Recipe Books of All Time. It was first published in 1970 in the days before glossy pictures became a standard feature of recipes books and I’m glad to say that when they reprinted it they resisted the temptation to add any. It is packed with recipes, tips and facts. As the title suggests the recipes are arranged by season with chapters devoted to appropriate ingredients or dishes. I refer to this book constantly, either when looking for inspiration or to check traditional proportions and quantities when I am adapting recipes. I’d feel lost without it.