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MMRuth | | Feb 5, 2009 11:40 AM

Ever since I learned about Simon Hopkinson’s book Roast Chicken and Other Stories, and started to cook from it, I’ve become more and more interested in British cooking. I’ve cooked from a number of books, and have more to try (well, isn’t that always the case), but don’t think I’ve posted about them. So, I’m starting this thread, and will post on it from time to time. I think part of my fascination stems from the drubbing that British food has gotten over the years, and, from making just a few recipes, learning that traditional British food can be delicious. I know that some recipes from some of the books aren’t strictly British, but I am going to go ahead and post about them anyway!

Here are the books I have:

Jane Grigson: “English Food” & “Fruit”
Elizabeth David: “Elizabeth David’s Christmas”
Simon Hopkinson: “Week In, Week Out” & “Second Helpings of Roast Chicken”
The Duchess of Devonshire: "Chatsworth Cookery Book" (Yes, I'm a fan of the Mitford sisters.)
Annie Bell: "In My Kitchen"
William Black: “The Land that Thyme Forgot (“On a journey the length and breadth of the British Isles William Black talks to chefs, restaurateurs and producers, visits the great and the awful, and seeks out the country’s disappearing specialties – searching for the heart and soul of Britain through the food we eat, reclaiming our very rich culinary tradition.” Has recipes as well.)

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