How to Get the Best of Mary Berry on Your Bookshelf

Posted on 24 Sep 2016 by Anna Scott
She might not be on The Great British Bake Off for too much longer, but her role as the nation’s favourite grandmother is well and truly cemented, no matter what happens on screen. And even if it’s a while before we see her judge anyone’s bakes on the TV again, rest assured you can still get your Mary Berry fix by investing in one of her cookbooks. She’s certainly not short of a title or two, so here are a few suggestions if you want to try out one of her hundreds of recipes between now and the next inevitable baking show she may or may not judge…



Fast Cakes by Mary BerryWell, it’s what she’s most famous for after all, so it figures that we should start with her baking books. Let us just say straight off, there are quite a few of them. More than quite a few if we’re to be perfectly honest - this really is just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve narrowed them down in terms of bargain criteria and what represents the best value right now, so first off it’s Fast Cakes (£6.99 with Waterstones promo codes), with most of the recipes taking under 10 minutes to prepare and can be baked in under an hour – the perfect cookbook for today’s busy lifestyles. There’s also My Kitchen Table: 100 Cakes and Bakes (£6.99 with The Works discount codes), a slightly older title, but a great resource for essential recipes such as banana muffins, Christmas cakes and children’s birthday cakes. Between these two Mary Berry books, you’ll certainly have all your baking needs sorted for the foreseeable future.



Mary Berry CooksShe’s not just a dab hand with the sponges and pastry cases you know – Mary Berry has written many a cookbook for those savouries and main courses too. In fact, there might even be more Mary Berry cookbooks than Mary Berry baking books – hard to believe, we know. First up is Mary Berry Cooks (£5.99 with The Book People promotional codes), in which Bezza shares her favourite recipes for pretty much every kind of meal including the classic Sunday roast, as well as tips on preparing and making your own ingredients. If you want to go back to basics, try Foolproof Cooking (£9.99 with The Book People promotional codes), which can not only offer plenty of recipes suggestions for every course, but also tips on how to prepare your kitchen for every eventuality such as impromptu dinner parties, and if you’re a novice, you might also like Mary Berry’s Cookery Course (£10 with The Works discount codes). There’s also Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites (£20 with Waterstones promo codes), something that contains, well, her absolute favourites. No other explanation or recommendation required.


And Finally…

Recipe for Life by Mary BerryIf you have your own kitchen aspirations, you might want to find out how the lady herself rose to such great heights, so as well as investing in a Mary Berry cookbook, why not have a read of her very own autobiography? Recipe for Life (£5.99 with Waterstones promo codes) tells her story, from developing a love of cooking and baking after suffering from polio as a teenager to a becoming a cookery writer and magazine editor and eventually one of the UK’s most loved TV personalities and yes, style icons.





So invest in a Mary Berry cookbook or two and prepare your kitchen for some autumnal bakes as well yourself for those Mary Berry withdrawal symptoms, once this series of Bake Off comes to an end in a few weeks’ time.

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