Where it all Began….

A lot of you know that I have a bit of a cook book obsession, even though I rarely use my cook books for anything other than looking at the pretty pictures 😉 

I still have the first cook book, I was ever given (well a copy of the same one anyway) and I love it as much now as I did when my Nana gave me her copy when I was ten years old….

Be-ro cookbooks have been around since 1923 when the first edition, consisiting if 19 pages was first introduced and to date they’ve sold over 38million copies and they’re up to the 40th edition which is the one I currently have.  I had a much earlier edition but seeing as the pages were all stuck together and it was torn and faded, I decided to upgrade a few years ago.

My Be-ro Home Recipes book is definitely the most used cook book in my collection, there’s a recipe in there for every occasion and they’re all simple and use basic, store cupboard ingredients.  I know it sounds like I’m on commission for it but really, I’m not, I just love the book!  We’ve just made the Swiss Shortcakes from there and they were gorgeous and because I’m the lovely blogger that I am, I’m going to share the recipe with you….


Swiss Shortcakes
175g softened butter
50g sugar
175g plain flour
10ml milk

  • Preheat the oven to 160 c
  • Cream the butter and the sugar together, then add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Spoon the mixture into a piping bag and pipe it into cake cases.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes
  • When cool, sprinkle with icing sugar and spoon a small spoonful of jam on to them.

So I guess that’s where my cookbook obsession began, with a tatty copy of my Nana’s Be-Ro cookbook, she’d be so proud now if she saw it nestled in with Jamie,Gordon and Nigella on my cookbook shelf….

This post is part of the Friday Club, which is all about our favourite books this week.  If you want to join in the Friday club, pop over to Notes from Home and read all about it.

Bero images courtesy of the Be-ro website.

Here are the other entries in this Book Carnival:

Jax from Making It Up reviews ten favourite books she loves to read with her children in My favourite books.

Kelly from Domestic Goddesque posts about the book that gave her back the joy of losing yourself in a book in I read books once. Now I have small children.

Jenny from GingerBread House reviews her favourite book: Orla Kiely – Pattern.

Nova from Cherished By Me posts about the books that fuelled her passion for reading in My favourite book.

Not So Single Mum from Diary of a (not so) Single Mum reviews The Lady in the Tower.

Becky from Book Reviews for Mums reviews the book that opened her up to her responsibilities and the choices she makes in life in My Favourite Book.

Helen from Cheeky Wipes reviews her favourite books in From Riders to The God Delusion – my favourite books

Cara from Freckles Family reviews a favourite from the past few years in A Favourite Book.

Maggy from Red Ted Art reviews a recent gift, a Pop-up, Pull-out, Picture Atlas.

Ella from Notes From Home reviews Sad Book.

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  1. parklover says

    I love cookbooks, but like you, I never use some of them. The ones I use most are Anjum Anands Indian cookbooks. Amazing, relativley simple and delicious. (She did those "Indian food made simple" progs on BBC) I've also made quite a few things from Tana Ramsay's book.

    • says

      I just like looking at the pictures, I nearly bought a Tana Ramsay one the other day but I decided not to as I thought it would probably just gather dust – I might have to go back and get it now lol

  2. says

    Aw this made me smile – my Grandma had a Be-ro cook book. Brings back so many memories.
    p.s. Not had a spare minute and now I'm ill so haven't been able to do cupcakes this week :(

  3. says

    Like Jax, I think I might buy this for my oldest, he's become quite a chef and I think he would really like this, thanks for the recommendation

  4. superlittlemen says

    My mum has a Bero cookbook that was my Grannie's and she still uses it to make her Christmas cake. I have to say my favourite cookbook is my Good Housekeeping one which is all ripped and stuck together now but is my old faithful and I know it will always have what I am looking for


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