Welcome to my library pages.

I have collected these books over many years and I see them all as a valuable resource, no matter how old, battered or falling apart.

Each book has place in the development of myself as a chef/cook and illustrates the changing fashions and trends in the world of recipes.

The books are also a window into the way life was ordered, recipes for meals and times that are fast disappearing.


The books I have most recently referred to are set out below.

Click on the book to be taken to the library page.


Recipes for the new wok.

China MoonKen Hom



Marcella Hazan


Carluccio La Pizza Malgeri

Latest Books

All Books

Only the best: the art of cooking with a master chef image

Only the best: the art of cooking with a master chef

Roux, Michel

Here, top chef Michel Roux has created a compendium of culinary techniques, whilst at the same producing a collection of 130 recipes that can be achieved at home. The book is arranged by style of cooking, from sauces and marinades, through steamed and poached dishes, pan-fried food, grills and roasts, to baking. Each technique is demonstrated by means of a master recipe with one or two variations, but each recipe is given a modern twist.

The books are linked to Amazon so you can buy straight from the page.

Most are available through Amazon in the UK, some only as second hand copies.

Where there is no direct link, the book is only available in the US.