Here’s another book from my culinary library. And mind you this is a very, very, very old book. It was published first in the 1970’s. Looking at the appearance and the pictures on the cover made me think of Keith Floyd (bless his soul) in his hey days. Everything about this book screams the charm of old school. Why did I purchase such an outdated cooking book? Well, to me recipes, ingredients and food never grow old and books that are outdated or out of print usually comes cheap. This one I got it for maybe RM5 – for a hard cover, that’s a lot cheap.
The illustration on this page (pic below) is what you call the window art illustration, which was very popular back then. If it was fully coloured, it would look rather retro.
The book’s content is pretty direct, just name of the dish, ingredients and steps. No fancy shmancy photography here or there. Even the cooking steps hardly ever exceed 6. Here are some interesting dishes to note (below);
Unfortunately, I did find some discrepancies. This book is called Joy of British Cooking but then you have dishes like Boston Baked Beans and Spaghetti Milanese (below) thrown in. Now, unless there’s a small town in Britain that’s called Boston, I’ll have to assume this Boston is the same as where the Red Sox resides and famed for their cream pies. I don’t need to tell you where Spaghetti Milanese comes from either.