British food, yes. British dinners, yes again. But British cuisine, no. There is something about what we, the British, call British food that rests uneasily in a broader context of, for example, European cookery. As if roast beef and Yorkshire pudding give food a bad name. British food, orthodox opinion has it, is just an embarrassment to the rest of Europe. Even Americans laugh at British food. There can be no escaping the strong negative connotations of British heritage cookery, but James Martin here makes the most of some very simple dishes and recipes, not all of them British (there is more to British dinners than British food). Food nostalgia is popular and there is some evidence that traditional British food is fashionable, perhaps with a younger demographic.
About the Author
James Martin - regular presenter on Ready Steady Cook and Housecall, has his own series Delicious on UK Food and is author of Delicious and Eating in with James Martin. Jean Cazelle - successful food photographer, who is best known for his books with Raymond Blanc and his work in lifestyle magazines.