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Just Like Mother Used to Make [Paperback]

Tom Norrington-Davies
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12 Aug 2004
This book takes you on a culinary tour of British comfort eating from nursery staples to school canteen classics, from inside the officers mess to City dining rooms. Tom Norrington-Davies asks why we all love the recipes we grew up with, why comfort food has become synonymous with junk food and what we can learn from days gone by. There is corn beef hash sticky toffee pudding, cottage pie, macaroni cheese, eggy bread, welsh rarebit, kedgeree, kippers, toad-in-the-hole, lemon curd, spotted dick and many more mouth-watering recipes that will make you feel ten and a half again.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated; New edition edition (12 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844032655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844032655
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 390,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tom is a cook and writer. He currently runs the kitchen at The Eagle Public House in London, and contributed to their book Big Flavours and Rough Edges in 2001. Tom learned his craft as a youngster. His grandmother was a Cordon Bleu cook and his parents were determined to teach all their children to be self sufficient before leaving home. He has been cooking ever since and still feels like he is not so much following a career as induiging his favourite hobby.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - for the 'foodie' or the beginner. 11 Dec 2004
What a wonderful cook book!
This book is full of what used to be known as "nursery food", purely for comfort eating, but in the pages of this book, we learn very early not to sit in judgement. Just because the food does not originate at some isolated Italian Mediteranean location doesn't mean that it's 'bad' or 'junk'. In fact, good British food was always crying out for a champion and this book does the job admirably.
Eat Welsh Rabbit, Lancashire Hotpot or beef and ale casserole and eat it with relish! It's how we should have been brought up to eat and it's GOOD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars what everyone over 30 should have 6 Dec 2003
this is the way I cook - soup to feed the nation- casseroles to fill the hungry & everything I've tried to pass on - a wonderful book to give to everyone from 5 to 80 to enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Book 11 Mar 2010
Tried so many of the recipes in this book, each one a perfect winner. Literally just like mother used to make.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 10 Jan 2008
I love it, my husband loves it and so do my kids. You don't really need any other book for family cooking. We eat the melting moments literally in a moment LOL
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recipes you can't find anywhere else 11 Mar 2014
I knew there was a bread pudding that wasn't a 'bread and butter pudding' and that wasn't loaded with eggs (yuck), one that my mother used to make, and here I found it, in this unassuming but essential book. My copy is all splodged and cracked down the spine, it is the most used on my shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST LIKE MOTHER USED TO MAKE 28 Jan 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really wonderful book 29 April 2013
I live in Japan. I have had this book for a few years, and would read it for a burst of nostalgia every now and then. A Chinese family came to lunch yesterday and had asked for typical real English food! I did the mushroom soup from this book and it was truly perfection. After that we had the cottage pie. I followed the recipe exactly, as my cottage pie has morphed into a rather hybrid creation over the years. It turned out as I remembered.

You will find almost everything you had growing up. I only missed meat pies and suet crust pastry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yum Yum!!! 10 Nov 2003
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What a wonderful and increadibly useful cook book. From instant meals to something a little more challenging, it all in here and can make anyone look like a real chef!!! I love the way the book gives you ideas on how to modify traditional recipies and the wonderful colour photographs would make anyone's mouth water.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comfort food
Good simple comfort food recipes. Nothing fancy, just the good recipes that we grew up on and forget to make because we are focusing on newer recipes!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like mother use to make.
I bought this for my daughter, who has had our copy for a while, she loves it so much I felt obliged to replace it.
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