This is possibly the first cookbook I read from start to finish like a novel, entranced by Jane Grigson's authority, good sense and humour. So many of the ideas in this book have been woven into my everyday cooking for so many years, I almost forget I read them here first, ideas such as seasoning a grated carrot salad, leaving it to chill for an hour or so and then draining it of excess liquid. And the lovely writing... 'Cooking something delicious is really much more satisfactory than painting pictures or throwing pots. At least for most of us. Food has the tact to disappear, leaving room and opportunity for masterpieces to come. The mistakes don't hang on the walls or stand on the shelves to reproach you forever.'