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Trifle: The English Kitchen [Paperback]

Helen Saberi , Alan Davidson

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Sept. 1 2001 English Kitchen
The English Kitchen is a series published by Prospect Books to explore and explain the course of English cookery over the last 300 years. Some of the series delves into historic cookery books to find the origins of particular dishes, other titles concentrate on modern favourites and the ways in which they have been interpreted today and in the recent past. Trifle is the first in the series and comes from the pens of Helen Saberi, author of Afghan Food and Cookery and Alan Davidson, author of The Oxford Companion to Food and other classics of the kitchen, particularly relating to fish. Trifles have been a perennial of English summer lunches, tennis parties, and schoolboy dreams. The authors trace their origins to the earliest recipe for trifle of 1596 and its gradual transformation from a mere cooked cream to the many layered custardy extravagance that we know today. The stages on its journey, described with the lightest of touch, are illustrated by recipes extracted from classic English cookery books. The authors thereafter range far and wide in search of the perfect trifle, from Zuppa Inglese to American aphrodisiac trifle to a fruit and tapioca trifle from Laos.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Prospect Books (Sept. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903018099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903018095
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.7 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,967,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Sparkles with anecdote and generous whippings of erudition," wrote Glen Baxter when nominating it as his book of the year in The Observer. "A fascinating book and a great stocking-filler." Mark Taylor, Bristol Evening News. "A knees-up romp through jelly, custard, whipped cream and nuts, as the authors dig greedily through layers of culinary archaeology." Jill Dupleix, The Times. "The result is a gem." Orlando Murrin, Daily Express. "What a brilliant idea. Another triumph for Prospect Books." Derek Cooper. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Helen Saberi has written Noshe Djan. Afghan Food and Cookery. She was principal assistant to Alan Davidson on the Oxford Companion to Food and is currently writing a book on Tea for Reaktion Books. The late Alan Davidson was one of Britain's most distinguished writers on food. His books on fish and seafood and the Oxford Companion have severally been hailed as masterpieces. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected Dec 31 2007
By Joanne M. Edelstein - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is really the history of the trifle. There are some recipies
but they are more traditional. There were few pictures. I returned this book and got the other trifle book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly erudite Feb. 28 2014
By Kaleberg - Published on Amazon.com
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We've been big trifle fans forever, but we've been out-fanned here. This is a great book giving the history of the trifle in all of its varying forms. Trifles generally have some kind of cake as a base and may have a variety of sweet liquids and gels to infuse it with flavor. For our favorite, we use an English recipe based on pound cake, creme anglaise and raspberry jam, but this book offers a much broader, multicultural pallet. This isn't the book to read when you are hungry, but if you are interested in the history of desserts and want a real feast for the mind, it offers a wonderful introduction and has some great recipes and ideas.
3.0 out of 5 stars Trifle (English Kitchen) Nov. 23 2011
By Michel Bouton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was mighty tiny for $25! I bought it to accompany a trifle dish for my mom for Christmas, and I hope content is SUPERB, because it is near pamphlet size.

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