BETTER-CLASS BRITISH COOKERY
(For the Socially Unfortunate)
This Book Came About.
ONE: FIRST THINGS FIRST: SETTING THE STAGE. An Exclusive
Post Code is a Must. A House is Not a Home Unless It Is a Centre of Culture
and Taste. Nothing Continental. Decorating Up to and Beyond British Standards.
Dressing for the Occasion. The Tasteful Accessories of a Well-laid Table.
The Musical Accompaniment. Rehearsals All Important!
TWO: BREAKFAST FOR THE FAMILY. Normal
Everyday Fare Breakfast. Getting It All Done at Once. TheTea. The
Grapefruit Half. The Toast. The Announcement. The Exclusive European High-fibre
Breakfast Cereal. The Perfect Full English Breakfast (for those “Special
THREE: COFFEE. Ordinary Coffee for a Neighbour (with
or without tinned biscuits). Having Coffee “out”. Aromatic Nut-Roasted
Special Coffee with Cotswold Cremes (for times when making the right impression
FOUR: LUNCH. A Simple Lunch for the Family. An Even
Simpler Lunch for a Husband Left ‘on His Own’ – Temporarily! An Elaborate
Ladies’ Luncheon with Guest Speaker. Pre-luncheon Cocktails and Canapes
at Home When the Actual Luncheon is Scheduled “Out” (and not always at
an exclusive restaurant)
Making the Perfect Pot of Tea. Casual Tea
for a Neighbour. Tea and Light Refreshments for a Vicar. Formal Afternoon
Tea (for Entertaining an Executive’s Wife). A Serious Tea for a Mrs Councillor
Nugent. Tea and Nautical Light Refreshments. Hyacinth Bucket’s Country
Crème Tea. Tea at home with Your Husband.
SIX: THE CANDLELIGHT SUPPER. The All-purpose Candlelight Supper.
The Candlelight Supper with Guest of Honor: When You've a Major on Your
Left; When You've Got the Director of Your Local Amateur Operatics Society
on Your Right.
SEVEN: THE ORDINARY FAMILY SUPPER. The Every Day Supper. The
Casual Holiday Supper. Suppers for When You've Time to Prepare. Suppers
for When You Don't. The Special Occasion Family Supper. Hyacinth Bucket's
Boxing Day Candlelight Supper.
EIGHT: BETTER-CLASS BARBECUES.
The Exclusive Outdoors-Indoors
Luxury Barbecue with Finger Buffet. The Well-Planned Country Cottage
Affair. Merry England Barbecue. Casual Dining Alfresco: The Bon Vivant
Buffet with Alfresco Munchiettes.
NINE: PICNICS. A “Special Needs” Event Planned with
One’s Daddy in Mind. The Waterside Supper with Riparian Entertainments.
TEN. MOMENTS MISCELLANEOUS AND MUSICAL. The Little Evening
Musical Soiree: The Three-Piece Suite Warming Party; SIR EDWARD (!!); A
Security and Alarm Warming Party. The Impromptu ‘Midnight Snack’.
FINAL WORD ON ENTERTAINING. (For the Socially Unfortunate).
I know you're eager to begin! But first it's important that you read The Preface: How This Book Came About.