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Reviews

A classic book without any worthy successor - a must for any keen English cook
DELIA Smith
Dorothy Hartley's ingenious ideas were one of my first inspirations; they show that English food should never be dismissed as boring
JOSCELINE DIMBLEBY
extraordinary, idiosyncratic and utterly absorbing
BBC COUNTRYFILE MAGAZINE
Dorothy Hartley's Food in England has been in print for 58 years - and no wonder. It's a sharp and funny compendium of cooking tips and treats
Guardian
A classic book without any worthy successor - a must for any keen English cook
Delia Smith
Dorothy Hartley's ingenious ideas were one of my first inspirations; they show that English food should never be dismissed as boring
Josceline Dimbleby
Extraordinary, idiosyncratic and utterly absorbing
BBC Countryfile Magazine
This is not a book of recipes but it celebrates food, the history of food and almost, you might say, the philosophy of food. It changes the way you think; the article about tracklements is particularly wonderful. You don't know what a tracklement is? The answer is here
Terry Pratchett, Sunday Express
A curious mixture of cookery, history, anthropology and even magic ... I'd always been a big fan of FOOD IN ENGLAND for its readability and exuberance
Lucy Worsley, Daily Telegraph
Dorothy Hartley's FOOD IN ENGLAND has been in print for 58 years - and no wonder. It's a sharp and funny compendium of cooking tips and treats, from medieval times to the modern day ... The past is not a foreign country to Hartley. It is ever-present in her kitchen, among the spices and preserving jars. The book is a compendium of favourite tips and treats, many of which just happen to be several hundred years old ... To spend time in Hartley's untidy but fantastically well-stocked kitchen is to feel that the food of England past is not entirely dead
Bee Wilson, Guardian
[FOOD IN ENGLAND] captures the very essence of English cooking
Tom Parker Bowles, Daily Telegraph
A history of British food that has the same, odd, dreamy, lysergic air as THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS. Takes you through an England of roast swans, possets, syllabubs, gold-leaf jellies, boiled elvers and elderflower fritters
Caitlin Moran, New York Times
A true source-book, a labour of love ... a plum-pudding of a book - stuffed with all manner of delicious things, all the better for the keeping
Elisabeth Luard
A treasure-house of knowledge and delight
TLS
For food scholarship at its best see Dorothy Hartley's robust, idiosyncratic, irresistible FOOD IN ENGLAND ... As packed with diverse and fascinating information as a Scotch bun with fruit, this untidy bundle of erudition is held together by the writer's huge enjoyment of her subject, her immense curiosity about everything to do with the growth, preparation, preservation and eating of food in this country since the Middle Ages
The Sunday Times