Review: The Really Quite Good British Cookbook

Review: The Really Quite Good British CookbookTitle: The Really Quite Good British Cookbook: The Food We Love from 100 of Our Best Chefs, Cooks, Bakers and Local Heroes
Author: William Sitwell
Publisher: Nourish
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: March 21, 2017
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

What do you cook for the people you love? Asked this question, 100 of Britain's food heroes have shared their most beloved recipes to make this extraordinary cookbook. Nigella Lawson divulges how to bake her Chocolate Guinness Cake and Rick Stein fries up Shrimp & Dill Fritters with Ouzo. Yotam Ottolenghi would serve Pea & Mint Croquettes and for Jamie Oliver, an unrivalled Fantastic Fish Pie. These are just a few of the incredible recipes provided by the best and brightest on the British food scene, including chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay, Delia Smith, James Martin, Nigel Slater, Thomasina Miers, Mark Hix, Jason Atherton, Marco Pierre White, Claudia Roden and more.

Compiled by award-winning food editor and author William Sitwell, The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is keenly anticipated and a stunning object in its own right. Ultimately it is a celebration of the breadth, creativity and richness of Britain's unique food culture.


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Really Quite Good British Cookbook

The Really Quite Good British Cookbook absolutely defies that old adage that the British serve bland and tasteless food. In this large collection of recipes from so many celebrated British chefs, you will find many interesting and exceptional dishes to prepare at home. Also, the images that are peppered throughout this book include breathtaking images of beautiful scenery as well as mouth-watering food.

potatoes in a casserole dish

❀ So Many Different Types of Dishes to Choose From

What is most fascinating about this compilation of recipes is the fact that there are so many different types of dishes to choose from. There are breakfast ideas, fish, game, poultry, pasta, sides, and a number of desserts to create that really shows the breadth and changing palette of this diverse land. The Really Quite British Cookbook really has it all and if you are looking for one book that has a variety of recipes, this is the one you will want to check out.

❀ Some Ingredients might be difficult to find

For those of us who are not British, some of the ingredients may require a little bit of investigation if you are not familiar with some of the British terms. I definitely had to learn about caster sugar when creating the yummy Brioche French Toast recipe by Joanna Brennan, which really only required a little bit of molasses added to sugar. This was a really easy and delicious recipe that puts a twist on your standard french toast recipe with the use of brioche and vanilla paste.

french toast on a white plate with bacon and banana

Most notably, the images in the book are gorgeous and each recipe/chef is shown on a map to further describe the food of that particular region of Britain. This part of the book really demonstrates the changing landscape and food evolution that is taking place in Britain. Also, some the proceeds from the sale of the book go to the Trussel Trust, which is a charity that runs Britain’s food banks. All the more reason to pick-up a copy of this amazing book!

If you are looking to try some new and interesting recipes, The Really Quite Good British Cookbook is one that I highly recommend. I can’t wait to try out a few more of the recipes included in this wonderful book. It is one that has something for everyone.

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21 thoughts on “Review: The Really Quite Good British Cookbook

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    I just want to eat both of the plates you pictures. YUM! I have never had British cooking so I can’t comment on it, but if it tastes as good as it looks, again I say YUM!

  2. Kelly says:

    This review made me hungry…I think I’m going to be making French toast this weekend now! Both the pictures are gorgeous, and it sounds like this could be a recipe book that is ideal to turn to time and time again. Great review! =]

  3. Beth F says:

    Oh wow. This looks like my kind of cookbook — I lived in the UK for a year (many years ago) and I’d love to see if some of my old favorites were included.

  4. Mae says:

    I was just looking for British recipes online — maybe I’ll buy this cookbook when it is available. I assume you had a free pre-publication copy since it’s not really published yet. Good deal, it’s pretty pricy!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspotcom

  5. jama says:

    You had me at the title with the word “British” on the cover. Sounds like a great compilation. Will have to look for it at the library.

  6. Phantom Paper says:

    Don’t know if it’s some reference only Brits will understand, with all the jarring colours, but the cover’s terrible. Maybe that’s what they’re aiming for since it’d stand out from all the beautiful covers?

    The contents, I must say, sounds good. I have a preference for cooking books with some background stories/history for each of their recipes. I find them very interesting!

  7. Rosie says:

    I love everything British and this sounds like a winner. This reminds me I have some vanilla paste and haven’t tried it yet – I must get it out and give it a whirl!

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