This title offers more than 70 classic step-by-step dishes from all around Britain, beautifully illustrated with over 250 photographs. It includes a guide to British ingredients and a fascinating introduction to the culinary traditions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Chapters cover Breakfasts, Soups and Appetizers; Fish and Shellfish; Poultry, Meat and Game; Vegetable Side Dishes; and, Desserts and Baking. This title is beautifully illustrated with more than 250 stunning images, including a photograph of each finished dish. Cook's tips, variations and complete nutritional information are provided throughout. Opening with a fascinating introduction to the rich culinary history, culture and traditions of the British people, this book provides an insight into some of the best ingredients and dishes on offer. The informative directory includes vegetables, herbs, fruits, fish and shellfish, meat, game and poultry, dairy products and baked goods, outlining the different types and how to use them to best effect. A selection of 70 recipes then follow, covering some of the best-loved local and national highlights from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Clear step-by-step instructions enable both new and experienced cooks to discover favourite dishes.
Annette Yates was born in South Wales and grew up in the Brecon Beacons. She is married and has two grown-up daughters. After many years living in and around London, Annette now lives near Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, Wales. These days, she spends much of her time designing and making silver jewellery (see www.facebook.com/annetteyatesjewellery).
Annette loves cooking and creating new recipes. In particular, she enjoys cooking and eating out of doors. Though living in Wales often makes this a difficult pastime, Annette has a clay oven in her garden (for days when she is sure the weather is going to stay fine) and a gas barbecue (for cooking between showers of rain!). In summer, she enjoys spending long weekends with her husband in their camper (when Annette likes to cook all-in-one-dish meals in her electric wok). Her family and friends are usually the best (and most honest) critics of her culinary creations!
Annette's career as a cookery writer and home economist has been varied. As well as being the author of more than sixty cookbooks she has:
been a food consultant to several major food and equipment companies,
written cookery and recipe features for many consumer magazines,
developed recipes for dozens of leaflets, features and books,
organised and given cookery demonstrations,
styled food for photographs,
run microwave cookery classes,
developed and run a consumer advice line on food and cooking,
edited education publications.
Her books have attracted much praise including, above all, the doyenne of British cookery Marguerite Patten, O.B.E. who said of Fresh & Fast: Meals From the Microwave 'It is an excellent book... not surprising in view of the outstanding ability of both Annette Yates and Norma Miller'.