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.
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'.