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Great British Cooking: A Well-kept Secret Paperback – May 6, 1992
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The volume is not exhaustive, but presents many classic dishes, most easily prepared (and some which would appeal to, for example, one so avidly traditional as to spend the two months it takes for genuine plum pudding.) It is a pleasant sampler of varied main dish, savoury, pudding, and tea favourites.
I would highly recommend this book to those who enjoy cooking. There are many items here which do not require unusual effort or odd ingredients, and can have wonderful results.
Jane Garmey's book does much to dispel this myth. British cooking, done correctly, is indeed quite good. Some of the best and most distinctive dishes of the cuisine are the savory pies and both the sweet and savory puddings. We have tried and enjoyed many recipes from this book, including the one with the horrifying title "Steak and kidney pudding." This turned out to be a flaky steamed dumpling, filled with beef and mushrooms in a rich gravy. The small amount of beef kidney only served to enrich the sauce. It was delicious. Possibly our favorite recipe in the book is the deceptively simple dessert called Summer (Hydropathic) pudding. It consists only of three ingredients (fresh berries, sugar, bread), which are combined in a unique way. We made it with fresh blueberries and raspberries, and topped it with whipped cream. My wife and I both agreed that this pudding was arguably the best dessert either of us have ever had: pure culinary genius!
The British clearly have nothing to be ashamed of with their national cuisine, as demonstrated by this fine book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book when it first came out in '82 or '83. I had been to England and knew there was some really good food to be had..... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Unapologetic Bibliophile
Very Useful this book. I grew up in the UK & frankly, I miss some of the food. I also know when I hear someone who tends to be eating a burger say UK food is crap, that is a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Neill Bell
We bought this book upon returning from a stint in London in graduate school. The first treat in the book is the foreword which could be a narration of our visit to a friend's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Woodward
This is a fun cookbook, full of recipes for dishes that I've seen mentioned in a lot of English fiction. Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. B. Dian
I bought this as a recommendation from a girl I follow on YouTube but it's not my cup of tea. There are a lot of recipes with liver and that's just not what I eat. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Raquel Gonzalez
A wonderful collection of classic British Recipes. So many old favorites and also unusual ones I hadn't thought of in years. Read morePublished 6 months ago by momoftwinz
One of the best books on British cooking I've run across. The recipes are excellent. Have made the plum pudding for years -- it is the best!Published 8 months ago by CW Hawes
As a transplanted Brit. of a certain age I had forgotten so many of these recipes existed! Highly recommend. Or, just keep it on the shelf for posterity.Published 9 months ago by Eliza