One of my favorite cookery books and one which is a constant source of inspiration is ‘Plat du jour ‘ by Patience Grey and Primrose Boyd first published in 1957. Inspired by their experiences of simple meals abroad, most notably in france and Italy PG and PB in their own words ‘Evolved a system of cookery by which a variety of dishes was replaced by a single ‘plat du jour’ accompanied, as a rule by a green salad, a respectable cheese, and fruit in season, and whenever possible, by a bottle of wine’. This conception of a meal underlies this book. This central idea is beautifully realised and illustated with drawings by David Gentleman. As with all the best cookbooks it has no photographs, the recipes themselves, notes, comments and occasional illustations or diagrams are evocative and inpiring enough, often poetic .