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Village Cooking - Joanna Smith

Readers Union, 1974, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “Foreign travel, supermarkets, convenience foods, and the passion for slimming are all undermining traditional English cooking skills. Now, however, rising food prices are sending people back to home produced fruit and vegetables and less expensive kinds of meat and fish. At the same time herbs such as garlic, basil, chervil, marjoram, once popular in English cooking, have made a comeback from the continent and are once more grown in English gardens.

This is the time to rediscover the joys — and economies — of our village cookery, our delicious home-made soups, braises and casseroles, suets and batters, pies and puddings.

The book includes recipes peculiar to Kent, but many Kentish dishes are very similar to country cooking elsewhere in Britain, and indeed in Europe; and the south east has for some time been a magnet for the rest of Britain. Kentish cooking, like Scottish, has benefitted from local ingredients beer, cider, apples, pears, cherries, pork, hare, rabbit, and pigeon.”

Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 174 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.