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.