Back in 1998, Delia Smith wrote the first of her 'how to cook' series of books that covered all the very basics of cookings, starting with how to cook an egg. I know, because I owned all three. My husband bought me Book One when our first born was 6 months old and we'd just moved from Saigon to Sydney. After 3.5 years being spoilt by cooks and helpers, I hadn't stepped foot in a kitchen for quite a while. He assumed, perhaps rightly, that I'd lost many of my culinary skills.