The first recipe book I remember having is the Be-Ro Home Recipes book. It's been a book I've referred to time and time again, especially for uncomplicated, basic things. Be-Ro have just launched an updated version, the 41st edition, so I thought I would update my own copy.
It's still got all the basics in there, but there's lots of new things too. Some of the recipes would never have been included in the first edition in 1923. I don't think a scone base pizza would have featured on many home menus then, but it's one I'd quite like to try.
Inside the new edition, it shows a photograph of the very first edition. I remember using a very similar Be-Ro recipe book when I was a child, though I'm not saying it was the first edition, I wonder how long my mum had had that book, it was very well used. Unfortunately, she no longer has it, lots of things got thrown out in her recent house move. The book was more of a chubbier shape than the narrower pages of the more recent editions.
I remember having my own Be-Ro recipe book from before I was married, but don't know if it's the same one that I've still got. I'm not sure when this 38th edition was first published, but it's served me well.
If you'd like a copy of the new edition, you can get one from Be-Ro for just £2.50.