Good Taste By Caroline Scott
‘Good Taste’ is the latest book by Caroline Scott.
England, 1932, and the country is in the grip of the Great Depression. To lift the spirits of the nation, Stella Douglas is tasked with writing a history of food in England. It’s to be quintessentially English and will remind English housewives of the old ways, and English men of the glory of their country. The only problem is –much of English food is really from, well, elsewhere. So, Stella sets about unearthing recipes from all corners of the country, in the hope of finding a hidden culinary gem. But what she discovers is rissoles, gravy, stewed prunes and lots of oatcakes. Longing for something more thrilling, she heads off to speak to the nation’s housewives. But when her car breaks down and the dashing and charismatic Freddie springs to her rescue, she is led in a very different direction.
Stella is a writer but unfortunately, her style of content isn’t in big demand so when her publisher offers her the opportunity to write about the great British food. She seizes the chance with a generous advance and hopes this will provide a better life for herself and her father, who’s heartbroken after her mother passed away.
I really enjoyed this story, set in the 1930’s, it gives an insight into being a woman during this time and the lack of respect they receive to be taken seriously. I loved Stella, fiercely strong and independent, she’s takes on her opportunity with gusto and it’s lovely to join her as she delves into some of Britain’s beloved recipes. She works hard to be respected as not only a woman but also as a writer. This book is not only heartwarming but it’s also mouthwateringly delicious in parts with tasty recipes and dishes.
‘Good Taste’ is a wonderful story to get lost in. It’s thoroughly researched and authentic in the setting, food and society and it’s a heartwarming story of self discovery through food and life experiences.
You can buy ‘Good Taste’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.