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Ploughman's Lunch and the Miser's Feast: Authentic Pub Food, Restaurant Fare, and Home Cooking from Small Towns, Big Cities, and Country Villages Across the British Isles

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Celebrity television chefs like Jamie Oliver and culinary stars like Hugh Fearnely-Wittingstall have made Americans newly aware of the great potential in British cooking. But the new British food revolution is not limited to fine restaurants and television. Within Britain, pub and country inn chefs, newspaper and magazine food writers, and everyday home cooks are taking a ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Harvard Common Press (first published February 14th 2012)
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Trish
When Brian came to stay at our country retreat with his wife and my friend Maria Grazia, I did not know his culinary history. But spending a couple days with this intrepid traveler and food taster was like taking an international vacation without leaving home. We spent several fascinating hours listening to his opinions on everything, ranging from the state of local and domestic politics to home decorating television, to say nothing of international affairs. He is as enthusiastic and daring a fo ...more
Catherine Gillespie
So I read another book about Britain. Shocked, aren’t you? The Ploughman’s Lunch and the Miser’s Feast: Authentic Pub Food, Restaurant Fare, and Home Cooking from Small Towns, Big Cities, and Country Villages Across the British Isles is an interesting combination of information and recipes, from which I learned several things. For example, I have always thought of deep frying random foods as a State Fair thing, but apparently it’s a British thing too! Deep fried candy bars, deep fried pizza…thes ...more
Vivian
My forbears may have eaten food such as this. In another life-time I may have skills, ingredients, and time to try some of the fare presented here. But certainly not all.
Breakfast:
fried bread, baked beans, kedgeree, black pudding, jugged kippers, scotch woodcock, grilled tomatoes
Lunch:
coronation chicken, jellied fish cream, galantine of chicken, kipper pate, pickled eggs, potted ham, scotch eggs (nestled in sausage balls), salmagundi, potted asparagus, and more...
Soups: Lamb & Barley, cock-a
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Rachel
I originally picked this up for my hubby, who is English, as we are always on the lookout for good British cookbooks. It was written by an American who is fascinated by British traditional food and culture, thus making a thorough study of the countries it contains. It was cool because the week before my hubby had a Full English Breakfast at one of few British-run establishments in the area and we were talking about making British beans for my son, and then I opened this cookbook and that was one ...more
Lindsey Duncan
This is a charming overview of British cuisine, and how it has grown from a reputation as bland non-food (nearly) into its own culinary tradition. Unfortunately, while the travelogue sections are entertaining, and the love of the food shines through in the descriptions of each recipe, this book seems - to me - to be more style than substance. About halfway through the book, I found that the lengthy descriptions of how the author tried out a signature cuisine at several locations started to wear ...more
Simon
So far this book is stirring up my excitement for travel and cuisine. I am in the Culinary industry and getting the options to get quality ingredients for classic and exciting recipes from other parts of the world that I do not call home is a joy to me.

I have already indulged in the glory that is the Coronation Chicken and traditional (and quite divine tasting) Oat Cakes.

I can only imagine what other goodies are in store in this well written and well informed read.

All in all this book was very i
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Autumn
A lovely, down-home UK cookbook. Brian Yarvin takes a Jane and Michael Stern approach that celebrates vanishing food traditions as well as today's street food. There's a sense of discovery in this cookbook -- Yarvin is an American, so he is delighted and charmed by the chicken tikka masala and deep fried pizza that might horrify a self-conscious British foodie.

This would be a great pick for Nigella and Jamie Oliver fans who are in it for the fairy cakes rather than the risotto.

Maurynne  Maxwell
Lovely cookbook. Interesting that he uses only one pastry recipe (haven't tried it yet). I will be comparing it to the recipe our family uses. My grandma's Da came from Cornwall and of course his Polish wife had to learn to make pasties for him to take down the mine. We enjoyed the pasties and other pub food when we were lucky enough to cross the pond, so I'll be attempting to recreate the tastes. Savory pies and Strongbow, here we come!
Melody
The photos are beautiful. The food in the photos, on the other hand, doesn't look so great. I loved the narrative parts but most of the recipes didn't make me excited. I do want to try the British Baked Beans (I'm a huge fan of beans on toast) and Yarvin made haggis sound seriously delicious. Well worth a look.
Kathleen
Was very enjoyable to read... who would think British food - the Horror! - would come across sounding so good?
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