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Tastes of childhood,
This review is from: Cherry Cake & Ginger Beer: A golden treasury of classic treats (Hardcover)
What a charming idea, to recreate treats from the golden era of children's literature. There are lots of favourites here: Milly-Molly-Mandy's baked potatoes, which always made my mum nostalgic for her 1920s childhood; Mr Tumnus's wonderful tea; kaffee und kuchen at the Chalet School; Anne of Green Gables' liniment cake and that wonderful box, full of Debby's jumbles and sugarplums, that reached Katy and Clover just in time to console them for Christmas at school. My only criticism is that Jane Brocket relies a bit too heavily on Enid Blyton's ripping teas, wonderful as they are ... and the book, which gives the impression of being written in rather a hurry, does get rather repetitive. Still, what a jolly wheeze it would be to pull molasses candy or make Swallows and Amazons bunloaf. And taste all those mysterious treats that used to puzzle me when I read these books as a child.