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Dishes with Strange Names-bookcover

By: Ian Grierson

Dishes with Strange Names

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British and Irish cuisine, rich in tradition and flavour, has faced challenges in adapting to the modern world. Renowned for its hearty ingredients and lengthy cooking times, this style of cooking often clashes with today’s fast-paced lifestyle, where time is precious and health consciousness prevails. Moreover, these cuisines are known for their quirky and sometimes whimsical dish names.

This cookbook celebrates the unique and oddly named dishes of British and Irish fare, offering just under 200 recipes for culinary exploration. Each recipe is preceded by a story delving into the dish’s history and distinct features. While some dishes remain widely recognized and cherished classics, like ‘the full English,’ ‘colcannon,’ ‘toad in the hole,’ and ‘bubble and squeak,’ others are regional favourites, such as ‘scouse’ in Merseyside and ‘parmo’ in the North East. There are also lesser-known, rarely eaten delicacies like ‘apple hat’ and ‘collier's foot.’

For those intrigued by the misleading, such as ‘squab pie’ (made with lamb, not pigeon) or ‘Glamorgan sausages’ (meatless, cheese-based sausages), this book is a treasure trove of culinary surprises. And for the more adventurous, how about trying ‘toenail pudding’ or a slice of ‘fly cemetery’? This book promises to pique your curiosity and introduce you to the charming eccentricities of British and Irish cooking.

Ian Grierson was a medical research professor in the University of Liverpool and earlier at other academic centres. He has an interest in nutrition and he is an enthusiastic amateur cook. He travelled country wide and internationally as part of his job but also for fun with his family. This boosted his interests in British and World foods. He has published five cookery books, contributed to three Readers Digest books on wellbeing and has written articles for local newspapers and magazines.

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