You can forget the drizzling of oil and the latest trendy fish recipes – there’s nothing like a classic dish. Except of course, no self-respecting restaurant sells them. So why not try out some retro recipes yourself with the aid of The Prawn Cocktail Years by Simon Hopkinson and Lindsey Bareham.
Yes, the Prawn Cocktail is here, along with Steak and Chips and Black Forest Gateau. Or, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, how about Coquilles St-Jacques, Sole Veronique, Beef Stroganoff, Mixed Grill, Swedish Meatballs, Wiener Schnitzel, Chicken Maryland, Crepes Suzette, Peach Melba or Profiteroles?
The book’s also something of a British food history, taking in the more famous hotel dining rooms, the gentleman’s clubs, coffee bars and the sixties bistros – and the culinary delights they offered.
Buy it – and never look at a sun-dried tomato or Jamie Oliver recipe again. Available now in hardback for £15.