In recent years, eating out in Britain has undergone a quiet revolution. The Gastropub has brought us some of the best home cooking we have ever tasted. Many of Britain's finest chefs have gone back to basics, setting up good food pubs all over the country. They combine regional techniques with first-rate ingredients to bring us the kind of food we want to eat - gutsy dishes such as Fish casserole, Rib of beef with shallots, and Chocolate tart - often using local produce. "The Gastropub Cookbook" features more than 150 of the best pubs from all over Britain and Ireland, and there are over 100 recipes from the top 20 pubs. These recipes are for homely food, much of which is based on traditional British and Irish cooking. The book is divided into regions, and each region features recipes from at least one profiled pub, plus a guide to all the top pubs in the area. This is the first book to really define the gastropub - a relaxed environment in which you can eat gutsy food with a taste of the region. Photographs by Jason Lowe capture the essence of each pub and the wonderful food served in it.
"A new Diana Henry book is an occasion... Henry has perfect pitch when it comes to cooking - her recipes are never less than delicious." The Spectator
If your kitchen doesn't yet include a Diana Henry title - you don't yet know what you're missing. Her first book 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' (first published in 2002) set the tone for the genre. Her passion for food is undeniable and her amazing writing makes even the most exotic of recipes simple to make and understand.
Best known as the food writer for the Sunday Telegraph, Diana Henry has twice been named Cookery Writer of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2007 and 2009. She is the author of six books including the much acclaimed 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' which was shortlisted for a Glenfiddich Award for best cookbook. Her other titles include 'Roast Figs, Sugar Snow', 'The Gastropub Cookbook', 'Cook Simple', 'Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons' and 'Food from Plenty' which has been shortlisted for Food book of the Year by the Andre Simon Awards. She is a contributor to many magazines including Red, House and Garden, Sainsbury's Magazine and Waitrose Kitchen.