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Fine English Cookery Michael Smith

Fine English Cookery

256 pp paperback, b&w drawings

ISBN 978 1 897959 36 7



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Foreword by Geraldene Holt

English food is enjoying a revival after decades spent in the shadow of European and other cuisines. Michael Smith's highly acclaimed book is centred on eighteenth-century recipes, but also delves back into Elizabethan and Stuart kitchens, and his skill in adapting historic dishes for the contemporary cook puts Almond Soup, Asparagus and Bacon Fraze, and Caveached Sole within easy reach of today's reader.

Traditionally, English cooking was generous in its use of herbs and spices and adventurous in its combining of flavours, and Michael Smith's wide-ranging research uncovers dishes with a surprisingly modern air: Mustard Soup, Salmon in Red Wine, and Gooseberry and Rosemary Ice Cream, for example, sit alongside classic potted meats and fish.

For too long, breakfast and tea have been seen as the only meals at which English cooking has anything to offer the world. This refreshingly contemporary collection of classic recipes proves once and for all that the inventiveness and diversity of English food deserve to be recognised—and enjoyed.

'Of the many books on our food, his is my favourite, the one I use most'
Jane Grigson

'A masterpiece'
Derek Cooper

'The best book on the subject'
Financial Times

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