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May 08, 2004

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lucinda

Hi
Sorry to hear about the gastro. Isn't it awful!!
Happy Mother's Day to you.

For Mother's Day I received Nigella Lawson's Domestic Goddess. This has made me wonder about what your favourite cookbooks are and why.

The ones I use as a touchbase tend to be:

Stephanie Alexander's Cook's Companion (the orange tome): like a foodie dictionary and good reference but sometimes too purist for me. Her beef casserole is so easy and delicious;

Donna Hay Magazine: tries to be as simple as possible, good for ideas but not always what this family needs;

Cookery the Australian Way: from when I did Home Economics in Year 9 -- such a trusty, basic book. This one sometimes has the answers when the foodies are too over the top. Recent example: Oscar wanted a recipe to make pancakes for brekkie. Donna Hay would have us folding whipped egg whites into the batter along with blueberries. The Year 9 text gave Oscar the old 1.5 cups milk, 1 egg, 1 cup flour, mix, go.

Robin Barker's Feeding Your Baby and Toddler: great, simple family friendly meals. Not exotic, very every day.

Rita Erlich's 15 Minute Food: a tiny book but some of the simplest ideas ever. Use this all the time.

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