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Good Things in England

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A collection of 853 regional recipes dating back to the C14th. It is full of fresh ideas and appetising descriptions of English specialities.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 2000 by Persephone Books (first published 1932)
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Geranium Cat
I already love this book and I've only just skimmed the surface. I find old recipes endlessly fascinating and this is an excellent collection. Not so much a book to cook from (Dorothy Hartley might be better if you want to experiment) but a piece of social history which disproves the popular fallacy that the English can't cook.
May 15, 2009 Veronica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: keen English cooks
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I'd been looking for this book for literally years, so I was pleased to find it at Abebooks for a reasonable price. I was even more pleased when I received it within two days, and it was in immaculate condition -- the previous owner had clearly never been near the kitchen with it. It is a beautifully produced book, complete with gorgeous patterned endpapers and a matching bookmark!

I love old cookbooks, particularly English ones. Both Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson refer to this in their books
Apr 26, 2014 Rosemary rated it liked it
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I'd never sit down and read cookbooks if Persephone didn't publish them. Their cookery books always have some social and historical interest. They're never just a collection of recipes.

Here we have recipes collected from different parts of England and different periods in history. Florence White with her English Folk Cookery Association comes across as a well-meaning enthusiast but it's sad to think that within a few years the Second World War with its rationing, egg substitutes and lack of fre
May 19, 2009 Eliane rated it really liked it
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This is as much an historical document as a cookery book. A collection of recipes from all over England and from the last two centuries prior to its publication in the 1930s, Good Things in England is really fascinating, containing gems such as rook pie and the enormous variety of things people used to eat for breakfast together with still easily made puddings. I'm not sure I'll cook from it but I love having the book around.
Jan 10, 2013 Julie rated it liked it
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Charming & old fashioned. How many of us have use for a recipe for "Mock Turtle Soup from a Sheep's Head"? Some recipes were a source of amusement such as "A Hedgehog Tipsy Cake", "Grassy Corner Pudding" & "Fat Rascals". Other recipes were informative such as "How to make Good Toast" & "How to make Coffee in a Jug or Billy-Can". A piece of history perhaps & worth preserving, however, not much practical use in my kitchen.
Jan 28, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
Love this book, a piece of culinary history, filled with British traditional recipes some with literary references. I do have to look up measurement conversion for the recipes but otherwise this is a great resource for anyone with an interest in food and it's history, some of these recipes date back to the middle ages.
May 11, 2015 Meg rated it really liked it
I am unlikely to ever cook from this but as a historical document of food, recipes and regional differences, it was a delight.
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Florence White was a food writer who established the English Folk Cookery Association, and published a number of books on cookery and other domestic matters.
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