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Eating for England: The Delights and Eccentricities of the British at Table

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The joke has it that in heaven, the police are British, the chefs are Italian, the mechanics are German, the lovers are French, and it's all organised by the Swiss, and in hell, the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and it's all organised by the Italians. In fact my complete digestion of Nigel Slater's observational memoir would suit his style perfectly: I enjoyed it a few pieces at a time while crunching celery, cheese, and on occasion a chocolate bar during my work lunch (half) hour. He lives in the Highbury area of North London, where he maintains a kitchen garden which often features in his column. Traditionally it consists of roast meat, (cooked in the oven for about two hours), two different kinds of vegetables and potatoes with a Yorkshire pudding.

I don't know Nigel Slater, but based on this book, I'm guessing he would snort and chortle at this description: the perfect read for colonoscopy prep.As shiny as a lovingly polished army boot, saltier than a mouthful of seawater, stickier than treacle, and somehow the work of the devil. Towards the end I finally get rid of these two people in my life I did not like [his father and stepmother, who had been the family's cleaning lady] - and to be honest I was really very jubilant - and thereafter all I wanted to do was cook. A celebration of the glories, humour, eccentricities and embarrassments that make up that extraordinary thing that is the British at table. Listen in as she takes six different people on a career change journey to help them figure out what work they would really love to do and create a plan of how to make that career change happen. Split into short paragraphs about British foodie topics, anyone who enjoys food or indeed wants to rekindle some nostalgia for childhood will enjoy this book.

New York, late autumn, and I have just taken the short walk from Central Park to Carnegie Hall, where I am being interviewed for a radio show.From high end restaurants to simple, humble eateries dishing out one cracking dish after another… Go through our Top Foods to try when in the Queen’s Land. Toad in the hole, Welsh rarebit, and bangers always tickled our curiosity, and it was quite an experience tasting our way through some familiar, and lots of unfamiliar foods. Eating for England’ is an entertaining, detailed and somewhat tongue-in-cheek observation of the British and their food, their cooking, their eating and how they behave in restaurants, with chapters on – amongst other things – dinner parties, funeral teas, Indian restaurants, dieting and eating whilst under the influence. Review the copyright credit lines that are located underneath the image, as these indicate who manages the copyright (©) within the artwork, and the photographic rights within the image.

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