A guide to cooking a selection of fish and shellfish found in British coastal waters. It includes advice on shopping, varieties, preparation and basic cooking. The book won the 1989 Glenfiddich Award for Food Book of the Year. The author believes that it is quite possible to produce exciting fish dishes at home and that it needn't be too time consuming. He realises that most people need to be able to produce a meal in an hour or so, so each recipe is self-contained and there are not sauces and butters that have to be produced long before you can think of cooking.