I bought this as a stocking filler for my husband... he's a Potter by name and birthplace, and we regularly bring mass orders of oatcakes down to the South West - they batch freeze beautifully! I was delighted to find this a serious and well researched piece of work, covering much more ground than I'd expected from such a relatively slim volume. The history of how different cereal crops influenced the diet of our ancestors was particularly interesting. But it's not hard going ... Ms Sambridge writes well,and her enthusiasm is infectious. The book is actually hard to put down, and I know it will earn a permanent place on our bookshelves. Highly recommended for anyone who has ever eaten an oatcake, but also for anyone with an interest in domestic history.
on 25 May 2010
this is a very well researched and informative look at the social history connected to the oatcake. as someone who lived around the corner to the hole in the wall shop, featured in the book, its lovely to know it has now been made famous by the author ,and dave myers and si king from the "hairy bikers" tv show. if you love social history, love food and love staffordshire, then this is the book for you.
on 21 November 2011
Great to find a local history book that is so well written and researched. It goes well beyond a simple compilation of local, collected stories (and myths) about The Oatcake. Instead it looks at historical evidence of its origins in Staffordshire moorland life, why oats were used locally as a significant staple food and even how the 'bake-stone' as a method of cooking is linked to place names. It then comes up to date with recent developments, recipes and a list of local Oatcake shops still in business.
Well illustrated with additional page notes that make it a good browse too. Excellent.
on 29 January 2015
We Stokies always say that BY FAR THE BEST WAY to enjoy oatcakes is to have them hot, filled with hot bacon and hot melted cheese, & rolled up. They're also good filled with hot sausages (sliced lengthways) and hot melted cheese, and if you can also get some grilled sliced tomatoes in there with either of these versions they're irresistible! Bon appetit!
on 13 January 2012
This is a fascinating history of the origins of the Staffordshire oatcake. Nostalgic photographs, little-known facts, yet Pamela Sandbrook writes with such an easy flowing style that I sat totally absorbed on a dark January evening. My daughter bought the book for me at Christmas, thinking it would help me in my own research (I write novels set in the Potteries and have mentioned oatcakes in each, beginning with the first, Ring of Clay), but I made not a single note because I was reading it with such pleasure - it brought back so many memories. Highly recommended.