I Taught Them to Cook - my food memoir of teaching cookery in 1970s in an east London comprehensive school. It was a first time for many things - cooking spaghetti, recipes in metric, boys learning to cook, just like Nigel Slater might have done. It's a story of a cookery year, as me made things through the seasons - pickling in the autumn, Christmas cakes in December, marmalade in January, rhubarb crumble in early spring, pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. The summer term is judgement time when my students take their 2 hour practical exam - much harder than the Great British Bakeoff. New foods like avocados arrive in London food markets and the diverse communities open restaurants with food from around the world. Click the cover and get the free sample.
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