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This beguiling book is best bought in hardback because you will be thumbing through it again and again. The section on Meat & Game is incredibly authoritative. --John Lewis, Waterstones
A contemporary of Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson is the unsung hero of British food. Good Things ...takes ingredients and explores each one with scholarliness and humour. --Sainsburys Magazine
About the Author
Jane Grigson was born in Gloucester, England and brought up in Sunderland, where her father George Shipley McIntire was town clerk. She attended Sunderland Church High School and Casterton School, Westmorland, then went on to Newnham College, Cambridge University, where she read English. On graduating from university in 1949, she spent three months in Florence.
I just bought a new copy of this book, it's years since I lost my mum's copy and I'd forgotten how wonderful it is. It seems to me that if this small book were introduced today with all the bells and whistles that go with fashion cookbooks it wouldn't be a small book, but a whole series of volumes. The recipes and text are incredibly interesting, it's a joy to explore. I've bought lots of cookbooks and keep them on the shelf only to use only a handful of recipes, now I'm reading this book it's like finding a little pearl. It's bone dry, no photos of ingredients or work in progress, just a few line drawings. It's slow food, even better if you're good with listening to the radio whilst you cook, but not so good if you like books that follow tv shows or give time-saving keep it simple ideas.
A very rewarding book up there with Elizabeth David. Many traditional methods explained (salting beef, meat cures etc) and plenty of British and continental recipes included. Interesting to see what was not readily available in the '70s that we take for granted now. Many ingredients had to be obtained from specialist shops.
Jane Grigson manages the beguiling combination of great recipes with good writing. This is one of her best books, & along with English Food, preserves a genuine culinary tradition that forms a large part of our cultural heritage describing much loved favourites from childhood as well as excellent dishes & techniques that would otherwise be lost . It deserves a place in any serious cook's library.
I bought this book because I wanted to know how to salt beef, and I was not disappointed. Perfect. boiled beef and carrots. I was pleasantly surprised to find that contrary to other cookery books the chapters are broken down into MEATS: sub-divided into beef, pork, venison, poultry, fish; etc., VEGETABLES: sub-divided into potatoes, courgettes, carrots, etc., DESSERTS: peaches, apple, blackcurrants, etc., so it makes it easy to find a recipes for an individual product and gives a selection of recipes using the this. So when you have a glut of, say courgettes or carrots from the garden, it is a simple matter of looking in the Vegetable chapter to find the appropriate vegetable, where there are several recipes for this particular product. This helps the modern conception that to eat seasonally produced food is good for you, and cheaper to buy, and will certainly be fresh and full of flavour.
I really like Jane Grigson cook books and bought this hardback edition to replace my very dog-eared original paperback. I was a bit disappointed because it looks a bit bland and doesn't quite have the charm of the original edition that I owned, with little drawings. However the gist of the book is the recipes and they are unchanged.
It is a little dated now as many of the ingredients which were unusual or little used are now in every supermarket. However the methods and interesting writing are much better than many modern offerings.