Best Cookbooks of All Time, recommended by Nigel Slater Read 1 How to Eat by Nigella Lawson Read 2 The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander Read 3 French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David Read 4 The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan Read 5 Thai Food by David Thompson Best Cookbooks of All Time, recommended by Nigel Slater Which is the one cookbook the cookery writer can’t do without? Who writes the best recipes? Who is the best writer? Who does he turn to for a breath of fresh air? Nigel Slater picks his all-time favourite cookbooks.