The Tradition of the British Savoury Pie.
This is a butchers shop in Southwold a traditional English seaside town on the Suffolk coast. The reason I wanted to feature this was to show some of the wonderful Savoury Pies that have a long British history. I’m sure they’re very popular at the seaside, to pick up a pie, with some tomatoes and salad, there you have a take out al fresco picnic.
Meat pie and mushy peas is traditional grub fare.
When I was at Persephone books in London I bought one book and it was Good Things In England, by Florence White.
Originally published in 1932 it says:
A Practical Cookery Book For Everyday Use
Containing Traditional and
Regional Recipes suited to
Modern Tastes contributed by
English Men and Women between
1399 and 1932 and edited by
I think Americans would like this book as it has all USA measurements and makes some wonderful 1932 comparisons of cooking culture. For instance she says:
In a new and vast country far from Europe they have been able to preserve the integrity of their own kitchen far better than we have, and to develop it on individual lines. If we want to learn to improve our own cookery – and we should want to do this – it is to American we should turn, not to France.
She also writes:
We can learn from the Commonwealth countries. They have the same advantage as America of developing the cookery of the Homeland in a new setting.
Florence White says a whole book should be written on The Pies of Old England. To be sure though the heritage of the local savoury pie has a long history in the UK. I will share one recipe with you from Bungay, Suffolk; which seems appropriate:
I would give this Persephone Book a Five Star rating *****