This is a book that you will either love with fond memories, hate with not-so-fond memories or be totally bemused as to its contents.
For some reason traditional British school dinners have a capacity to polarise opinions. Maybe things are different today but for those who went to a British school before the 1990s will surely have a veritable trip down memory lane with this great little book.
This book is filled full of recipes that will let you recreate those school-time culinary creations at home. Although the book doesn't tell you how to make custard extra lumpy or how to make the boiled eggs turn out green and hard as a gobstopper. Some of the recipes are unfamiliar to this reviewer, possibly coming into vogue after school had finished, such as chicken curry but the other recipes can be a total trip down memory lane. Spam Fritters, Jam Roly-Poly, Minced-meat Pie and Pink Custard... yummmmm!
The recipes give a little bit of knowledge at the start, such as a Beef Cobbler acting as a hot-water bottle, keeping you warm for a time after consumption as well as providing a means for many a schoolboy snigger at its name. Each recipe is written in an informal, yet easy-to-understand way and there are even some groan-worthy jokes and similar factoids thrown in for good measure.
It would have been nice, for the benefit of the uninitiated, to have had some photographs of the recipes and to perhaps show those with dire memories of school food how a dish should have in fact looked if the school kitchen had not managed to mangle it out of all recognition. Yet this was a great, quirky, different and considerate book that perhaps should be in every cook's collection - if not just for novelty value. Although there are many good, honest recipes here that could provide nutritious, affordable food for the entire family. So, please miss, can we have some more (recipes)?