An important record of home cooking in England across the centuries. White was decades ahead of her contemporaries in wanting to collect 'folk cookery recipes' before they were lost. She is emerging from obscurity as a really important food historian - read her tragically sad autobiography 'A Fire in the Kitchen' too
Food photographer, writer and graphic designer
She didn't only publish this book, she also published others and founded the English Folk Cookery Association. This book combines the then rather forgotten foods of England and was my first book containing historical recipes. It is therefore also special for personal reasons.
Author and editor
Before food bloggers there was…Florence who set up the Folk Cookery Association in 1928 and enthusiastically recorded and adapted all manner of recipes that she garnered around England in the ‘20s and ‘30s. A beautiful time capsule
Farmer's market organizer
For anyone who thought that regional food didn't exist in the UK, Florence White led the way, showcasing the range and diversity of regional specialities in great detail. It’s a joy to read. I love the Persephone books edition.
Professional food writer and broadcaster
Florence White was a pioneer, she compiled her book of historic regional recipes, dutifully dated and attributed, as a result of founding the English Folk Cookery Association - a fascinating read.
Food writer and author
An invaluable resource of traditional recipes, this book is one in the eye to anyone who claims Britain doesn't have an indigenous cuisine.
Ethnobotanist, forager and creator of Eat Weeds
A classic with recipes going back hundreds of years. The original way we used to cook in Britain including many wild food recipes.