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The Perfect Picnic by Hilda Leyel


 The Perfect Picnic, published tomorrow, is just the book to ensure a certain sophistication to your al fresco dining activities this summer.

Hilda Leyel, who originally wrote The Perfect Picnic in 1936 was an expert cook and founder of the Society of Herbalists. She had a number of forward thinking ideas about food, such as eating seasonally and perfecting traditional British dishes, which chime perfectly with our current culinary fashions.

Recipes include egg mayonnaise on crusty bread, watercress, beetroot and nasturtium salad and spiced plum cake with salted almonds all of which promise delicious possibilities for summer dining.

You can buy The Perfect Picnic from Amazon for £4.99 here.