What happens when you put the best chefs and food personalities together, then you ask them what they would serve someone they loved? That is easy, you get “The Really Quite Good British Cookbook” (because the British are simply too polite to call it “The Most Awesome, Because We’re The Best Cooks In The World, British Cookbook).
The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is a celebration of all that is awesome about British cooking. William Sitwell, who is probably best known for BBC’s MasterChef acted as editor and wrote the forward.
It has long been kind of a joke to talk about English cooking as being bland, tasteless, and unimaginative. Of course, now that Britain has chefs famous the world over, this is no longer the case. That still doesn’t mean they really changed the perception of British cooking. Now, the world can no longer dismiss the British contribution to the culinary arts. This book proves that, in the kitchen, British cooks are a force to be reckoned with.
With a mere one page introduction from the editor, it quickly jumps right into the best bits, the recipes. RQGBC is stuffed full with luscious recipes from 100 of the best chefs and food personalities in Britain, many adapted from the chefs’ own cookbooks.
The origins of the dishes come from all over so there really is something for everyone here. The full-color pictures for each recipe are mouthwatering. I enjoyed the information about the many chefs who submitted these recipes because frankly, being from Canada, I wasn’t familiar with all of them.
RQGBC could have one improvement in my mind. The book comes with a bookmark built-in. The only problem is, there is only the one. Because there is such variety and so many recipes which I would actually cook more than once, I would really have loved to have seen seven or eight bookmarks, maybe more. But I won’t hold that against the publishers.
The recipes themselves all seem to be very easy to follow and well explained. I do particularly like how many of them have a brief description that explains a little bit about the recipe itself or how you use it. The prep time, cook time, and skill level required is clearly spelled out for each recipe, which I was especially happy about. With this book you don’t have to worry about getting into the middle of a recipe and realizing you just don’t have the time, or skill, to do it.
- Entrées and snacks
- Fish and seafood
- Poultry, meat and game
- Pasta, risotto and sides
- Baking and desserts
The entire book is created as a charity event in support of the Trussell Trust, one of the UK’s largest food bank networks. For that reason alone it is worth the purchase, but I would recommend it as a staple in any cookbook library.
Below, for your enjoyment, is the second last (but certainly not least) recipe in the book. Yum!