A few weeks ago I sent my husband to England to buy me some books and Thornton's chocolate. While he was there, of course, he also did some work for the company that employs him. Actually, I sent him for the chocolate, and assembled the list of books after he left, and faxed it to him at his hotel in London.
The chocolate wasn't as good as the last batch from England. Might have been because it got sort of mashed in his suitcase on the way home. But I did get five new cookbooks, which I'll enjoy longer than the chocolate anyway.
The only two he could find in the bookstoes from a page full of faxed titles I got off Amazon.com's UK website were: Just Like Mother Used To Make, by Tom Norrington-Davies, and Tea-time Recipes by Jane Pettigrew. They are both good looking, substantial hardcovers. I'll list some of the recipes below.
One of our sons also happened to be in England at the same time, so they joined up to visit my husband's relatives in Cornwall. They brought me two cookbooks from there: The Pasty Book, by Hettie Merrick, and A Taste of Heligan: the best from the bakery, by Tina Bishop and Paul Drye. My final delicious morsel came, I think from Cornwall, but it might have been London, chosen by my son: Celtic Cookbook: Traditional Recipes From The Six Celtic Nations, by Helen Smith-Twiddy.
I have a thing about British cookbooks. Don't know quite why. Might be because I love the names of the recipes, might be because I love baking, and they have interesting and delicious recipes for baked goodies and desserts.
Cornish Splits, Poverty Pudding, Moonshiners' Pudding, (lots of different pubbings) Woodcock With Whiskey Sauce, Fruit Bonnag, Fish Gazey Pie, Roast Chicken With Sage and Onion Stuffing, Jugged Kippers, Rowanberry Liqueur, Mead, Onion Nettle And Cheese Bake, Cornish Pork and Cider, Sultana and Treacle Bread.
Figgy Pudding, Coconut Ice, Tunis Cake (The Tunis Cake recipe is in my Recipe category on this site), Bitter Chocolate Syllabub with Hazelnut Praline, Summer Pudding, Rose Petal and Peach Cheesecake, Raspberry Fool with Cat's Tongues, Fiery Chocolate Fudge Cake, Gingerbread Women, Cheese Scones.
Apricot Swiss Roll, Blackberry Tea Bread, Sussex Apple Cake, Grantham Gingerbreads, Norfolk Tart, Dolce Torinese, Cherry Bakewells, Cut and Come Again Cake, Bara Brith, Welsh Seed Cake, Welsh Lardy Cake, Boiled Whiskey Cake, Gypsy Creams, Pratie Cake, Boxty Bread, Chocolate Digestives.
Millionaire's Shortbread, Mash, A Simple Rice Salad, Risi e Bisi, Chocolate Biscuit Cake, Salmon Fishcakes, Pub Chicken, Eton Mess, Lemon Cotswold, Poor Knights of Windsor, Bread and Butter Pudding, Rhubarb Crumble, Chicken and Dumplings in Broth.