Waitrose supermarket recently released a list of the top ten cookery books that no kitchen should be without. Is your kitchen stocked with these titles?

1. Roast Chicken and Other Stories

Simon Hopkinson with Lindsey Bareham

Simon Hopkinson's 40 favourite ingredients include such everyday basics as potatoes, chicken and cod as well as more exotic foods such as asparagus and truffles. Unable to hide his great love of food, Hopkinson writes about why he likes each particular ingredient, and gives sesnsible advice on quality, variety and good cooking principles together with a selection of his recipes.

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2. Delia's Complete Cookery Course

Delia Smith

Clear and comprehensive, the recipes are suitable for beginners as well as more experienced cooks. Delia also gives advice on new and widely-available ingredients like easy-blend yeast, filo pastry and fromage frais. Illustrated with 24 mouth-watering new photographs, Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course provides all you need, and more, for a lifetime of cooking and entertaining

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3. Real Fast Food

Nigel Slater

The 350 recipes cover classic snacks like croque monsieur to ideas such as pasta with whole garlic, goat's cheese and thyme or hot raspberry and mascarpone brulee. Nigel Slater won the Glenfiddich Award in 1989 for his down-to-earth style of cooking featured in "Marie Claire".

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4. The River Cottage Meat Book

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The author offers recipes for meat classics from both British and foreign food cultures, placing particular emphasis on the best-loved British dishes - shepherds pie, steak and kidney pie, roast pork with crackling, glazed baked ham, Irish stew, roast grouse with all the trimmings and more.

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5. A New Book of Middle Eastern Food

Claudia Roden

This book gives us more than 800 recipes, including the aromatic variations that accent a dish and define the country of origin: fried garlic and cumin and coriander from Egypt, cinnamon and allspice from Turkey, sumac and tamarind from Syria and Lebanon, and pomegranate syrup from Iran

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6. Leith's Techniques Bible

Susan Spaull and Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

Learn how to prepare meat and fish, make perfect pastry and bread, as well as equip a kitchen. Understand what makes recipes work and what has happened when they haven't. With answers to every cookery question from how to make perfect mashed potatoes to making a spun sugar cage, this is a cookbook for everyone from the novice cook to the experienced chef.

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7. Elizabeth David Classics

Elizabeth David

This volume contains three of Elizabeth David's most popular cookery books: Mediterranean Food, French Country Cooking and Summer Cooking.

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8. Rick Stein's Seafood School Cookbook

Rick Stein

Discover the techniques for preparing and cooking the different types of fish found in the A-Z guide section of the book. There are 200 tried-and-tested recipes, which include essential basic recipes, such as stocks, sauces and batters. Also learn how to select fish and complementary ingredients.

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9. Chez Panisse Café Cookbook

Alice Waters

In the Chez Panisse Café Cookbook, the follow-up to the award-winning Chez Panisse Vegetables, Alice Waters and her team of talented cooks offer more than 140 of the café's best-recipes--some that have been on the menu since the day café opened and others freshly reinvented with the honesty and ingenuity that have made Chez Panisse so famous.

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10. The Cook's Companion

Stephanie Alexander

The complete book of ingredients and recipes. The Cook's Companion has established itself as the kitchen 'bible' in over 300,000 homes since it was first published in 1996. Stephanie Alexander has added over 300 new recipes as well as 12 new chapters to this thoroughly revised and updated edition. She has invaluable information about ingredients, cooking techniques and kitchen equipment

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