Luscious but not louche, this would make a great Christmas present and conversation starter. It's a book by a cook who sounds as if she has been around the kitchen a few times: in the tradition of Claudia Roden, Hodder not only talks you through the recipe but provides scholarly excursions into its history and glimpses of her own philosophy of cooking. She writes with an engaging conviviality and none of the irritatingly contrived sensuality of la Grande Nigella. Her rich repertoire of recipes reminds us of how barren our traditonal culinary landscape has become, with native ingredients like elderflowers, gooseberries and walnuts supplanted by supermarket exotica.Try "Mucky Mouth Tart" or "Folkestone Pudding Pie". And for those who have always wanted to know the difference between a pie and a tart....tarts have bottoms. I should have guessed.
This has to be one of my favorite cookbooks.For tarts it's streets ahead of anything else I've seen in print. Christmas, birthdays, parties and just 'something nice for lunch' days, this book has something for them all. My only comment would be take a close look at the instructions for shallow/deep flan tin (I've occasionally been caught out with too little filling) Please don't let it be out of print!
Loads of interesting recipes that are easy to do. Good instructions and great pictures so you can see what your finished tart should look like. The book contains a tart for every occasion. This is my second Book of Old Tarts as someone 'borrowed' my first copy and as I use it a lot, I just had to get another.
A real treat. The book works through the ages with recipes in modern terminology, easy to follow and delicious. I put this book to use immediately, unlike some cookery books that rarely get opened, and so far the comments from friends and family have been full of praise.
These were presents for my mum and sister for Mother's Day. I've got a copy and love it. So do they. My favourite- mucky mouth tart- blueberries and mint, though the modern bake well is pretty brilliant too. Did I mention the strawberries and beer pie... .
What an interesting little book. Full of tarty ideas with historical explanations. I would recommend buying secondhand books when they are no longer in print. This one was in really good nick and worth every penny.