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Imaginative, clever, mock-facsimile of a Scottish family cookbook. One for both keen back to basics cooks and Broons fans.
on 1 May 2017
This is just lovely, an absolute must-buy for anyone who enjoys good honest cooking and is a fan of The Broons. The Broons are timeless, and so is this book. These are recipes with a very strongly Scottish flavour, exactly those that would have come down the generations. Most schools no longer teach cookery but many of the recipes that featured here featured in my school cookery lessons forty-five years ago.
The scrapbook format is so imaginative and the 'handwritten' notations by various Broon family members are a joy. The Twins and The Bairn have used it as a drawing and 'flicker' book, mostly with portraits of others in the family. My own best - used cookbooks have notes and magazine articles poking out of them. The cover of my Marguerite Patten Seventies cookbook is even the same faded maroon shade as Maw's book.
The book is in standard sections - soup, meat, puddings, baking etc. - and what rescues it from novelty and makes it useful, is a very well organised index. Maw''s copperplate handwriting is easy to follow once you get the hang of it, and I had a quiet chuckle at many of the asides. This is a beautifully put together labour of love. Impossible to give it anything other than five stars