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Gentleman’s Relish and Other Culinary Oddities

A Gourmet's Guide for Anyone Who Relishes Sampling the Exotic and Unexpected

National Trust

National Trust


ISBN: 9781905400553

Price: £6.99

Publication date: 17 June 2007

Series: National Trust Food

Category: Cookery

A comprehensive, foolproof manual for even the most inexperienced of cooks to master some classic culinary oddities at home.

The recipe for Gentleman’s Relish has remained a secret since it was first invented by John Osborn in 1828 and no doubt some, whose taste buds recoil at this intensely salty blend of anchovies, butter, herbs and spices are happy for it to remain secret.

However, as ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’, the book Gentleman’s Relish is packed with a range of exotic, strange and downright unexpected English culinary oddities. From Piccalilli and marmite through to Bombay duck, Brown Windsor Soup to Sloe Gin and Samphire, the book has histories, recipes and anecdotes on a range of eccentric eats that delight the taste buds of the English.

This is an essential reference for anyone who relishes sampling the exotic and the unexpected.


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