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English cooking is world-famous. Most Europeans do not like it. If you were to go into an English kitchen one day, you might be surprised. You might find the housewife cooking French, Italian, or even American dishes. Yes — English cooking is taking on an international look —and taste.
Really well-cooked English dishes are just as as those from any other country. If the cook reads her book carefully each time and has a little experience, she can do . As in so many other things, it is interest that counts.
If you dash hurriedly into the kitchen ten minutes before meal-time, what can you expect? Burnt potatoes, meat and cold soup! The good cook walks briskly to the gas-stove at least an hour before the meal is required. The most famous English cookery book is Mrs. Beaton's Book of Household Management. She wrote it in great , half a century ago. It was intended for wealthy households. Most of her require huge quantities of ingredients. But it is useful, even for the housewife of modest , because it contains so much that is basic for good cooking and baking.
Written recipes are not always easy to . The writer may have recorded his own experience quite accurately in his book, at the time. But his instructions may be difficult to follow correctly in your own kitchen, some time later. There are, of course, some differences between German and English cooking. Germans use spices more , when they cook. We cook more plainly, here, as a rule. German food is also much more often pickled, or salted or smoked, and eaten like that, without further cooking, away.
Many kitchens are fitted with up-to-date equipment in both countries, these days. More and more people are going over to electric-stoves and grills, but in England gas-stoves are still in the .
If you want to prepare the food sometimes, a pressure-cooker is the thing for you. You can then put it straight on the gas for just a few minutes, and in next to no time your meal will be .
When your husband comes back home at night, you can have everything prepared and still be fresh and cheerful, yourself. That is modern cooking and modern household . It is surprising, however, how many housewives still to the old-fashioned methods. Very few have the new washing-up machines, for . Most stick to the one they have been using for years — father! Yes, the men wash up quite in England, as a rule. They first help mother to clear the dishes away quickly, when the meal is over. Then they wash up or wipe up or even take over the whole operation quite in the kitchen after that.
The virtuous feeling they get from this helps their digestion. The German housewife will no doubt be thinking: "There must be something in this English cooking, after all!"