'Larousse Gastronomique' Cookbook
One of the go-to cooking repositories, ‘Larousse Gastronomique’ is all that is needed to attempt a crossover into the world of fine cooking. A wealth of classic recipes, largely French, ranging from ‘Artichokes a la Florentine’ to ‘Braised leg of lamb with spring onions, cover its 1000 pages. Knowledge of the recipe origin is also given, accompanied by charming photography and biographic profiles of influential chefs. The updated design of both cover and case ensures that the book will sit well on any modern shelf. Despite all this, ownership in no way entitles self-referral as a ‘foodie’.
£48 / $80 from Waterstones.