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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (6 Aug 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091926688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091926687
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A richly enjoyable defence of the world's most unfairly derided cuisine" (Christopher Hirst The Independent)

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Tom Parker-Bowles tells the story of the British through our love-affair with food

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Livsey on 16 Jan 2012
Format: Paperback
I have tried to read this book twice now, and both times I found it uninspiring, cherry picked a few chapters and given up reading it. The style of writing isn't too bad and I get the impression the author is probably a decent enough chap to hang out and talk food with, but the book doesn't work for me. The Midlands chapter is about Balti. He starts off going into a nice level of detail, and introduces a road trip he is taking with a couple of friends to explore Balti. But just as it gets interesting, the chapter fizzles out and he's on to a different region of the country. It definitely isn't "full" English as he barely scrapes a very tiny bit of part of the surface. Focusing on Balti, Black Pudding and Pie and Mash shops does not make a very interesting book about the British and their food. It smacks of a book that was largely written without setting foot outside of London; picking up on tired stories of well known regional specialities. Bury market black pudding is famous because Tom and many celebrity chefs keep talking about it, not because it tastes any better than many other black puddings made around the north. Sooner or later someone will realise that a better book would depart from the same old stories about the same old food. Sorry Tom.
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By Chef Keene on 5 April 2014
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Nice easy book to read, written in TPB's usuall witty style. Slightly cynical in places and it seems forced at times...I happen to love Lord Woolton's pie!
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By michelle sharp on 6 Jan 2013
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This book was bought for my son in law who is very into cooking food and this book was different from others that he owned. He loves it
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE on 15 Jan 2010
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Whilst not professing to be a comprehensive expose of English food, Full English is nonetheless an informative, entertaining and stunningly well researched tour of some of England's more widely accepted regional delights. The emphasis here is on 'some' as great gastronomic swathes of the country have been all but ignored. The "North" ends at Fleetwood and the oyster bays of Kent constitute the "East" while the pie and mash shops of London get a chapter all to themselves. Perhaps the omission of such delicacies as Cornish pilchards, Norfolk crab or Melton Mowbray pork pie can be rectified with a follow up to this book.
The titular meal also gets a chapter to itself, this more fittingly with the author not only delving into the history of the breakfast but also road testing the versions available from a local 'caff' through to the Blumenthaled Little Chef at Popham. His writing, as always, provides plenty to smile about as well as filling in some of the gaps in our knowledge of what is turning out to be a national obsession. I do differ with him on one point though; baked beans do have a place on the English breakfast plate but you have to build a barrier (sausage or bacon) to prevent the tomato sauce from blending into the yolk of your perfectly fried egg. Go on Tom, try it!
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