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Best of Traditional Welsh Cooking [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Annette Yates
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

25 Mar 2010
Traditional Welch recipes are characterized by what was the standard diet of the local working population - coal miners, fishermen, farmers and labourers - and the ingredients available to them. For many years, Welsh cooking was a well-kept secret, with recipes passed from generation to generation only by word of mouth. This oral tradition means that recipes often have regional variations, and have also been altered over the years to adjust to times of hardship or plenty. After an exploration of the geography and culinary history of the region, this new book presents a section of traditional Welsh fare from the hills, valleys and fishing villages, The Best of Traditional Welsh Cooking provides an inspiring insight into the food culture, the local produce and the heart-warming food of this unspoilt region.


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Southwater (25 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844768155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844768158
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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'.


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About the Author

Annette Yates has contributed to many magazines, including Ideal Home, Waitrose Seasons and Prima, and has written over 20 cookbooks. In her native Wales she is a keen supporter of food producers, farmer's markets and local chefs, working with them to create individual recipes and food events. She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the Guild of Food Writers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 16 Jun 2013
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It is a very good book, which is well illustrated, and full of genuine excellent Welsh recipes. It is Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back home 21 Mar 2013
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Love this book, takes me right back to my gran's kitchen. Tried out lots of recipes already and will probably buy son a copy.
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By Jerry
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I think this range of menues reflects want i fell want to acheive in simple health, nutrition and low cost
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK but not perfect 2 Dec 2012
By Alandil
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Arrived in good time and bought for someone leaving our shores. Unfortunately some of the recipes are not those which I've enjoyed in Wales in the last 60 years! Still, sitting on a bookshelf in Oz, I'm sure it will bring a feeling of nostalgia anyway; as this was one of the reasons for buying the book, I'm sure it will suit its purpose. Overall, good value for money, but their version of 'Cawl' which they have listed as 'Leek Soup' is nothing like the traditional 'Cawl' I've grown up with. As far as I know traditional cawl involves a long slow cook of Breast or Neck of Lamb, Onions, Leeks, Potatoes, Carrots, Swede, Parsnips - then my own slant on it includes 1 clove of crushed garlic, 2 stalks of celery and a small bunch of parsley. Leave to mature overnight and when cold, skim off any fat and if breast of lamb is used, remove complete breast to a board and dissect my hand (a bit messy but satisfying)- there's quite a bit of meat in-between the very thin layers of fat which can be very sweet and delicious, so worth the effort of operation. Replace all the lean meat into the cawl - sorry, have to rush after that - mouth watering and supermarket calls ...............
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1.0 out of 5 stars Review -The Best of Traditional Welsh Cooking 16 Nov 2012
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A VERY disappointing buy
Being very interested in the heritage of my country and frequently researching for new information - particularly about the local food I bought this book hoping to further widen my knowledge
This book has been published before - by Lorenz Books under a different title - "Welsh Heritage Food and Cooking" Annette Yates Front cover different but otherwise text and photography identical
What a con
I feel really cheated
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