Dear Busy Bee,
The first edition of the original The AGA Book by Mary Berry was published in 1989. It has been revised with minor excisions and additions over the years, the most major change to the main body text of recipes was the removal of the section on bottling fruit which appeared in the first five editions. The few pages this relieved allowed the inclusion of further often called for dessert recipes, such as lemon meringue pie.
Over the years the cookware images have also been updated, to reflect the changing ranges of AGA cookware; the original edition showed the two ranges that were the only ones available when the book was originally written: Agaluxe aluminium (in plain aluminium only) and enamelled cast-iron AGA cookware. Later hard anodised Agaluxe aluminium pans were offered as an addition to the original plain aluminium range. Later on, when Agaluxe was withdrawn, the stainless steel AGA range of saucepans and casseroles were used in the photography; similarly, when the original enamelled cast-iron range was replaced with the newer, flat-topped versions, photographs of these again replaced the former images.
With the introduction of the three-oven models and the innovation of AIMS (the AGA Intelligent Management System), references to these variants were also added.
If you are trying to track down a second-hand copy of one of the early editions (annoyingly, they do not give their printing date on the frontis page!), if you can see an image of the cover, go for one of the early editions which have a rustic country kitchen image, with a kitchen table in the foreground and a four-oven AGA in the background, in either claret or pillar-box red.
Finally, you might like to know that there is also a new, updated version of this book – with a lot of the original material, plus lots of new recipes – that was published last year, now co-authored with Lucy Young, its title being, “The Complete AGA Cookbook”, 24th September 2015, Headline, ISBM: 978-1472222640 – this is available from AGA shops and AGA Distributors and online from www.agacookshop.co.uk
I hope that helps.
If you require any further information at this time, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
Assuring you of our best attention at all times.
The AGA Cookery Doctor