Very interesting material and very well written. Probably more appreciated though by the grandparent generation as she mentions characters well known in the past and younger readers would perhaps have no idea who they were. I found it easy to read and so enjoyable that I was sorry to finish it. Reminiscent of Downton Abbey and Upstairs,Downstairs, it tells the story of food and drink from about the Edwardian times up to between the two world wars and one can imagine scenes around the table or being prepared in the kitchens etc. Arabella's recipes are lovely and worth marking . Would make a great gift for older relatives I would think or younger ones just to show that yes, there was a time when we really did have servants and had other food apart from ' fast food ' at McDonald's !
This book is informative and well thought out. It contains lots of good recipes which are simple to make and filling for the family, with lots of old favourites in all categories. No fancy full-page pictures, but the sections contain information about the reasons behind the recipes, giving a good description of the life of the times. Anyone who enjoyed the Victorian Garden and the Victorian Kitchen will find it fascinating as well as practical.
Arabella Boxer's Book of English Food is a culinary jewel. It presents the best of upper class English food from the inter-war period. The recipes are well documented and provide a glimpse into another world, a time of cooks and mistresses - and an era when more cooking was done by the hostess. It is a fascinating, mothwatering read. I would highly recommend it. Bon apetit.