My interest in cooking started at 17, when I quit the parental home and began fending for myself, discovering the wonderful world of taste and flavour so lacking in my mother's kitchen. When I married and had children, I learned about nutrition - and how to tempt reluctant palates.
I collected recipes from magazines, newspapers, friends and books, pasting or writing them onto a card index, which has been gathering dust on my shelves ever since. Once I thought them old-fashioned - now I realise they're too good to waste - Time may have moved on, but we're moving backwards into a new Age of Austerity, and they have renewed appeal!
Most of the recipes in this book can be cooked by anyone, using the most basic equipment. At the time I began the collection, we lived in a one-up one-down back to back house in a condemned slum. In those days cookers did not even have a grill - it was four burners and an oven. No fridge - food was stored in a 'keeping cellar' and used before it went off. There were no convenience foods - no ready meals - no take-aways except fish and chips. You went out with a shopping bag and came back with a pile of raw ingredients, which you had to learn how to cook. My mother-in-law's wedding present to me was The Good Housekeeping Cook Book - and very useful it was.
The food we ate then could make a comeback today, when we seem to be going backwards into an Age of Austerity, rather than forward into a bright future. You`ll find lots of economical and innovative ways to feed yourself, your loved one and your family. There are extensive sections using vegetables, beans, sausage - still relatively cheap - and what`s more important - tasty and filling.
So here it is . . . . my Retro Cookbook . . . . get out the pans, knives and chopping boards . . . . and enjoy!