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Complete Traditional Recipe Book [Hardcover]

Sarah Edington
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Book Description

4 Oct 2010
This classic British cookbook, newly updated and redesigned for 2010, contains a wealth of tempting traditional recipes. Choose from time-honoured family favourites such as Toad in the Hole or Rice Pudding, or discover local gems from around the country such as Stargazey Pie from Cornwall or Singin' Hinnies from Northumberland. As well as the conventional cooking method, instructions are given for each recipe to be cooked on an Aga. The book also explores the history behind some of the key dishes in British cooking, from 14th-century Macaroni Cheese to 19th-century Mulligatawny Soup, and the introductions to each chapter provide a fascinating account of our culinary tradititions and influences. Sarah Edington's research has uncovered long-forgotten but delicious tastes of history from the roots of British cooking. The book's recipes are arranged by: soups; fish dishes; meat dishes; vegetables and side dishes; hot puddings; cold puddings; breads, teabreads and scones; jams and preserves; drinks and confectionery.

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  • Hardcover: 424 pages
  • Publisher: National Trust; New edition edition (4 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905400969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905400966
  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 19.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 343,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're into cooking, you're bound to have a shelf full of cookery books but you'll always have one or two that you return to again and again when you need failsafe recipes. The National Trust Complete Traditional Recipe Book is this kind of book. It contains no-nonsense, family-favourite recipes such as Toad in the Hole or Rice Pudding. In the author's capable hands, you'll learn the low down on many of y our favourite recipes and feel confident in producing heart-warming meals for your family and friends with a bit of background knowledge thrown in for good measure. Enjoy! --Julie Sheridan for Making magazine, Decembere 2010

About the Author

General Editor Sarah Edington is the author of many books on food. She was a professional cook for many years, running her own catering business with the National Trust and the Victoria and Albert Museum among her customers. As well as writing about food she specializes in tours of historic kitchens.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy 5 May 2009
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I bought this because my husband likes "proper British food". The recipes are many and varied. Im not a skilled cook but have sucessfully made many of the dishes featured. There are no hard to come by ingredients and the history behind each dish is really valuable if you have an interest in British food tradition (and a hungry man to feed).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 12 Oct 2010
By Fergie
I had recently taken out the earlier edition from the library and thought what a fantastic book(especially the puddings), when I realised an updated vesion was coming out I thought I must have it. The main difference is there are now AGA instructions along side conventional cooking methods. I couldn't see anything else different ie. no new recipes. This is still a good book but unless you have an AGA it is the same as the previous edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mouth watering delight! 23 Oct 2006
I'm not much of a cook but I found the recipes very easy to follow and also very tasty. There's a lot to get through, and the history behind each receipe is well worth a read. More importantly, it has a great chocolate pudding which tastes just as good as the the picture in the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only recipe book you will ever need 10 Aug 2013
In this book, Sarah Edington has collected, on behalf of the National Trust, the best of British cuisine. There is a delightful mix of national treasures and local specialities of sweet and savoury dishes alike. When you mention British cuisine to people outside the UK, the first thing they often think of is Spotted Dick, which coincidentally, does not make an appearance in this book. Instead, you have a rich collection of dishes from all over Great Britain, some dating back to 17th an 18th century.

I have to say, when I first picked up this book and flicked through its pages, I was barely past the soups and I was already in love with it.

The book is divided into chapters, each one covering a different food type, such as fish, meat, soups etc. There is a comprehensive collection, with chapters even covering drinks and sauces.

As you would expect from the National Trust, they never miss an opportunity to educate. Each section has a detailed history of that type of dish or main ingredient, as well as a little note on each individual dish.

As the recipes are British in origin, none of the ingredients are particularly hard to get hold of. There are a few ingredients that may have fallen out of favour such as quince that you may find a little difficult, but if you have a good local grocer they should be able to get them for you.

One of the features in the book I rather liked, although not much use to me, is that for each recipe there are instructions how to cook it on an Aga. If you know anyone with an Aga style cooker, then this could be a Godsend to them.

The recipes are a mixture of complexities, although even the most complicated should be achievable by anyone with a modicum of experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed 1 Aug 2011
Easy-to-follow instructions producing relatively impressive results. There is nothing pretentious or difficult about this book. The recipes are simple, yet you could serve any of the dishes to dinner guests. A sort of educational, modern-day Mrs Beeton (without the advice on how to run your household).

Lots of comfort food :)

Best of all, the proceeds go to a good cause...
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilllant 24 Nov 2011
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this book is much more than i expected first class pictures and the range of recipes are super i am very pleased thankyou
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Recipes. 1 Nov 2011
By Sheila
I have done a few recipes out of this book which I found to be very tasty,but there are flaws in the recipes and sometimes some ingredients are totally ignored. Once they are listed they are never spoken about again,BIZARRE !!Having said all that I love owning it.
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