Purnell's Complete Cookery
If you can afford one cookery book, then "Purnell's Complete Cookery" is the all-purpose cookery book you need.
Uniquely comprehensive, this superb book covers a complete range of recipes - more than 8,000 - meticulously checked and rechecked to guarantee only the best and most interesting selections. These recipes reflect the tremendous scope and interest in cooking of the modern housewife. With classic dishes from France, Italy, Germany, America, India, China, Mexico (many Kosher dishes are included too), yet not forgetting the homely "standard" dishes which are the foundation of any cook's repertoire.
This encyclopedia contains, in addition, among many other features: quick and eays tips for busy people; planned menus; glossary of foreign terms; descriptions of unusual utensils and ingredients; hints on ways to use leftovers; cooking for two; one-dish family meals; ideas for entertaining; deep-freeze guide.
Perhaps most important for today's cook is an exceptionally fine index; more than 15,000 entries are included in the 50 page index, cross-references for recipes, food, special and foreign terms and cooking techniques. This is a most complete cookery book, which faithfully and flexibly meets the needs of today's homemaker.