'To discover the real Devonian you have to talk about food,' claims Catherine Rothwell in her introduction, and true enough, after a lifetime of collecting authentic local recipes the length and breadth of the country, she finds that this 'beautiful county of fulfilled promise and pleasant surprise' is the spiritual home of so many of Britain's best-known and best-loved dishes. The recipes include Sheep's Head Soup, Salmon Pie, Devonshire Pasty, Stewed Ox Kidney, Plymouth Lamb, Snow Pancakes and Blackberry Wine. Guest cook Sir John Gielgud offers his speciality, Roman Pie, and we travel to Rockford to make Tomato Chutney and to Lynmouth for Blackcurrant Fool. A few seconds with this book and you are guaranteed to have an appetite the size of 'Heavenly Devonly'!
Catherine Rothwell has been interested in cookery, since, as a toddler, she set up a doll's teaset in her mother's Lancashire kitchen. Here, she watched the preparation of traditional dishes, remedies, drinks, preserves and pickles being prepared for a family of six. Since then she has amassed a huge collection of recipes - including many old, handwritten ones which have been part of the family life for decades. She has written over eighty books.