My wish list favourites from the Observer Top 50 Cookery books would be:
- The French Menu Cookbook by Richard Olney
- French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David.
- The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater.
- English Food by Jane Grigson.
- English Seafood Cookery by Rick Stein.
- Catalan Cuisine by Colman Andrews.
- Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, Simone Beck and Louise Bertholie.
- Japanese Cooking by Shizu Tsuji.
- Great Dishes of the World by Robert Carrier.
- Mediterranean Seafood by Alan Davidson.
For good measure you could also throw in the French Classic. I know how to cook by Ginette Mathiot.
The cookbooks that currently grace my shelves are mainly Rick Stein, Nigella Lawson, The Two Hairy Bikers, Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and Stéphane Reynaud. There are also books on various subjects like wines and cheeses, 1001 foods you must try before you die, and two on British foods. This is not an exhaustive list as I have a dozen or more titles scattered around my house as well as a stack of my fave BBC Food and Travel magazines.
There is an online article about the choosing of the top fifty and I've created a link below.