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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2012
An excellent book, well crafted and sure to be appreciated by all would-be chefs, but also an enthralling read for those of us that are just interested in what we eat.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful book, as are all Dorothy Hartley's books.It is the one I would choose too to take to a desert island,when I first read this in the 1970s it changed my life.My copy (luckily in hardback) is very battered now but I refuse to lend it to anyone else,they should buy their own !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2014
A huge book! A very important historic piece, although I wish she had referred to her sources for each recipe; sometimes she does but for others there are quotation marks and no source cited. This would have made it more useful academically which is the reason why I bought. But at the time of its original publication, (as war-time rationing was coming to an end in Britain), it served to make readers aware of British food and many links to the past. There is a bibliography which would need more research to dig out some of her references as it's a bit vague. This reprint is good quality for a paperback. 676 pages will keep anyone busy; presenting a massive stepping stone for those interested in the history of food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2012
Don't be put off by other review about poor production quality of Paperback edition. I nearly was but when attempting to track down Harback copy I discovered they tend to fetch over £100 - so thought I'd risk PB as my wife really wanted a copy. Arrived today and current Paperback edition is fine - Paper's OK and printing is fine so maybe they took note of previous reviewer's disapointment - But the wife seems happy with this current edition so everything's Groovy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 2013
Dorothy Hartley is a little (oh! All right then, very . . . ) rambling and unfocused which many readers perhaps wont like and the person I bought this for was one of them. I rescued it from being a doorstop and, as one does, began to read it again.

It's a kind of conversation really, the parts you are not interested in must be tolerated for the flashes of relevance, powerful insights and useful nuggets of knowledge that appear from time to time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2012
Dorothy Hartley doesn't simply discuss food in England, she presents the spirit and history of the realm by examining it's culinary culture. Turning each page you meet the rich and the poor, the sea-man and the shepherd, the hunter and the farmer. You come away with the taste of mead on your lips and the smell of peat on your clothes. If you love England, this book is the gift you need to give yourself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2010
I found this book intreesting in both a practical and quirky way. It documents processes that have largely been left by the wayside by the advent and subsequent ubiquitous presence of freezers and microwaves, and supermarkets that stock products from around the globe. Some of the processes, such as how to plant up your own sea kale patch, I found highly entertaining! Excellent sections on preparing food from the ground up, without the intervention of cling film and polystyrene trays! A joy, and something that I think will continue to be an interesting image of mid-20th century lifestyle - perhaps a later-day Mrs Beeton!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2013
It is unfortunate that if you survive for more than say fifty years you discover items of your early years become part of HISTORY. This book is great but reminds me that I have lived through many of the times within the the story line of this book. Bought as a gift following Lucies TV show it has been, happily, well received
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2013
Used as a Christmas gift and the service met all requirements. Prompt handling of the order made my life much easier. The quality/reproduction of the print is excellent and the book was well worth purchasing. The recipient has already started to use the information contained in the book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating book, especially for someone like me - passionate about both food and art. But my son-in-law picked it up and couldn't put it down, either: he was a little disappointed that it mentioned Sage Wine, but didn't give a recipe, but otherwise found it a great book. So did I, when I got it back!
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