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Marguerite Patten's Best British Dishes Hardcover – 30 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; Rev Upd edition (30 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906502234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906502232
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.8 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fabulous new book ... the recipe for rabbit stew couldn't be easier... it makes for a perfect family supper, especially in these credit-crunching days. They are all family favourites: fish pie, Lancashire hot pot, braised beef in beer, jam roly poly and lots of classic cakes.

One of the most important cookbooks of the year comes from a food writer aged 93, who is still flying the flag for simple British home cooking. --Bristol Evening Post

This is a thoroughly practical new cookbook from one of the great stalwarts of British food, and emphasises the importance of good home cooking and economy. --BBC Good Food Magazine

From traditional breakfasts to high teas, Marguerite Patten has put together more than 400 delicious recipes showcasing the great variety of British cooking and produce.

The recipes are straightforward and easy to follow and each section has an introduction explaning things such as which cuts of meat are best for particular dishes and tips on how to get the best out of your baking ... you'll find plenty of mouth-watering dishes. --NFU Countryside

Patten's recipes are happily uncluttered; she has, after all, had a lifetime in which to refine her thinking about and approach to food preparation and her writing about the processes is in simple and easy to follow prose.

In Marguerite Patten's Best British Dishes, one of the grand dames of British cookery writing looks back over a career's worth of recipes from these isles. With few photos, it packs in more than 400 recipes, mostly for tasty old-school fare such as mock turtle soup, bacon-and-egg pie, trout in cider, and cauliflower cheese. Patten's wise words illuminate proceedings throughout. --Jamie Magazine

Marguerite Patten is the undoubted doyenne of writers about British food and cooking and, in her own quiet way, has been as influential as more sophisticated food writers such as Elizabeth David or Jane Grigson.

In some respects Patten's Best British Dishes is a distillation of a lifetime's thinking and writing about the range and variety of British food and, as such, it is an invaluable companion for both the kitchen tyro and old hand.

Patten's recipes are happily uncluttered; she has, after all, had a lifetime in which to refine her thinking about and approach to food preparation and her writing about the processes is in simple and easy to follow prose.

There are no real surprises here, rather this is a book of tried-and-tested recipes for meals which should satisfy even the most pernickety of eaters and which should tempt into the kitchen even those idiots who proudly boast that they cannot so much as boil an egg. --Peter Burton, 3Sixty Magazine

If you stay long enough on the planet and are as distinguished in your field as Marguerite Patten, you become a national treasure. Ms Patten, author of around 170 cookbooks, presenter of her own cookery show from the late 1940s through the 1950s, winner of the 2007 Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award, has just celebrated her 93rd birthday with the pubpublication of a handsome collection of more than 400 of her favourite recipes. All the classics are here ... As you'd expect of a woman who rallied the nation's cooks in wartime, the recipes are delivered in clear workman-like English with appropriate tasting notes, tips and historical background, and all without recourse to the f-word. Such a relief. Buy it as a Christmas present for all your friends, old and young. --Elisabeth Luard, The Oldie

...some of the dishes that helped put the 'Great' before Britain --Cambridge Style

Marguerite Patten is a great British institution and her new collection of best British recipes is set ot become one of her classics ... reignite your pleasure in good British cooking. --Townswoman


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I bought this book because to me Marguerite Patten is one of those cooks that always seems to make things simple. The book contains many excellent recipes and I really only gave it 4 stars because there are not as many pictures as I like. However, this should not take away from the fact that it is an excellent book to add to one's collection. It is just one of those books that you would turn to for some basic good home cooking. I would define a lot of the recipes as comfort food. I bought the book recently but as autumn approaches I hope to make a lot more use of the recipes and ideas. It is always good to have a book of good recipes with normal ingredients at hand.
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Bought this cookery book for my mother-in-law as she has lots of foreign and exotic ones and she was thrilled to bits. I have also been having a good look at it and was really impressed, easy to follow proper recipes.
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This is a great book for people who enjoy the good old fashioned British recipes, from main meals to cakes and bread, how to cook meat and poultry, everything is explained very well. Weights are in metric as well as imperial measurements. I love this book, you can make lovely meals just like your Mum or Grandma made. I got this book to replace my old Marguerite Patten's Everyday Cook Book which I have had for about 30 years. If you like traditional British cooking you will love this book.
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It took a long time to receive the book, but it was well worth the wait. I come from the UK and have lived in the US for several years. My mother bought a cook book by Marguerite Pattern in 1965 which I aquired after her death. I did some research and was surprised to find she is still alive, I even saw her on YouTube! She has written about 170 books.

This book has nice thick pages and indeed the recipes are certainly the best. It has a lot of the familiar traditional recipes I grew up with. It actually has most of them, Cornish pasties, Victoria sponge, Eccles cakes, Flapjacks, Almond Macaroons, Brandy snaps, Christmas pudding, Yorkshire pudding, Mincemeat, Brandy butter, toffee apples, Steak & Kidney pie and Trifle just to name a few.

My first recipe will probably be Flaky pastry and Hot Cross buns, Yum! The cover is also nice and thick, there are about a dozen or more pictures. I love the fact that it includes U.K and U.S measurements. I can't wait to get started. A great book.
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