Across the pond, British foodies have been working for decades to dispel the notion that their food is bad. And despite some unfortunate names (mushy peas), dedication to beans for breakfast, and preoccupation with savory pies, there’s a lot to love about British cuisine.
From the classic English breakfast to the nuances of Anglo-Indian dinners, this array of typical eats includes a couple of important lessons, like how to apply cream to a scone and how to brew a cup of tea that an Englishman won’t scoff at. Even more crucial, our panelists have given us the best-ever recipes for spectacular puddings (Eton Mess, Treacle Tart), meats (Roast Chicken, Steaks), and breakfasts (Crumpets, Homemade Marmite).
In fact, this panel of experts took a sort of panoramic view of British cuisine. While some recommendations focused on particular specialties, like marmite or cranachan, others sounded a more general tone, noting that any decent British cook should know how to make a proper sandwich, a good fruit crisp, a satisfying salad, and a soup to warm your insides after hanging out in the moors amid all that dense English fog.
Don’t mess up your fish and chips or botch your fish pie. Here are the 25 recipes you need to cook the British classics like a pro.
Kathryn Westmore, blogger at London Bakes, a UK-based baking blog focused on creating recipes with whole grains, good fats and natural sugars.
Edward Smith, blogger at Rocket and Squash, food writer, and private cooking tutor.
Helen Graves, food writer and author of the blogs Food Stories and The London Review of Sandwiches. She eats more sandwiches than is normal or advisable and has written a book about the best examples from around the world, called 101 Sandwiches.
Regula Ysewijn is a Belgian Britophile, food photographer and blogger at Miss Foodwise. She is currently writing a book about British food culture and history.
James Ramsden, a 27-year-old food writer and broadcaster who has written about food and cookery for the Guardian, the Times, the FT, delicious, Sainsbury Magazine, London Evening Standard and many others, and presents the Lad that Lunches on BBC Radio 1. His latest book is Do-Ahead Dinners and his website is www.jamesramsden.com.
Jacqueline Meldrum, blogger and recipe developer at Tinned Tomatoes.
Cara Eisenpress, editor at Big Girls Small Kitchen, author of In the Small Kitchen, and First We Feast contributor.