If you remember lusting after a Chopper, a Space Hopper or even The Milky Bar Kid, then chances are you'll also have had school dinners. Steaming pies, sloppy mash and puddings drowning in custard evoke a plethora of memories, some good, others frankly awful - depending on what you had served up when you reached the front of the lunch queue. This is the book that will transport you back to those halcyon days, evoking the smells, flavours, tastes and textures of school dinners, covering everything from beef cobbler and spam fritters to chocolate concrete and jam roly-poly. "School Dinners" is replete with full recipes to make over fifty dishes, including both traditional favourites and meals that were strictly school-canteen-only. They are all tried and tested, prised from the apron pockets of school cooks or otherwise recreated as authentically as possible. Cook yourself back to a golden age when tank tops were cool and lapels were so wide you could catch them on door frames. If you've got a craving for a food not eaten since school, chances are you'll find it here - at last, an opportunity to reproduce the flavours of youth. Fill the kitchen with glorious smells and fill the stomachs of loved ones with custard - you could even round up a few friends and have a 'back-to-school' dinner party. This book is the ideal antidote to 'overcooked' celebrity chef and gastroporn cookbooks, and represents the newest and most original contribution to the nostalgia craze, with great food that combines kitchen simplicity with dinner-table success.