A charming collection perfectly-sized for bedtime reading. -- The Independent, 10 November, 2004
Gentle, humane, chatty. Nice assortment of domestic ingredients and plenty of cakes and puddings. -- Mail on Sunday, 21 November, 2004.
From the Inside Flap
Eats, cooks and writes just about sums up the existence of award-winning food writer Charles Campion. As a writer and editor of the Rough Guide to London Restaurants(now in its seventh edition) and a restaurant critic on the London Evening Standard, Campion has built up an army of followers who place absolute trust in his sound judgements and unrivalled knowledge. Campions passion for food is equalled only by his love of cooking. In Fifty Recipes To Stake Your Life On he introduces us to the recipes on which he has come to depend, garnered from his life as a manabout-town, professional chef and family cook. It includes family favourites like Auntie Lenas Ginger Biscuits; simple dishes like Fiercely Barbecued Lamb; novelties like Kedgersotto; thought provoking variations like Not Lardy Cake; eye-catching creations like Smart-Looking Salmon; rich desserts like Chinese Caramel Ice Cream; simple combinations of flavour like Dill Parsnips; and homespun items like Banana Tea Bread. Together they make up a complete armoury of easy to follow recipes for the busy cook. Each recipe comes with its own story. Guaranteed to get the gastric juices flowing, Charles Campions culinary memoir is the most fun a foodie can have outside a fridge.