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Food and Drink and Scottish Recipes

From the beef farmer tending his herd in grassy, rural Aberdeenshire to the salmon farmer nurturing smolts in the cool, clear waters of the North Atlantic to the master blender perfecting a combination of single malt and grain whisky in a Highland distillery - Scotland's food and drink producers are blessed to work with beautiful unspoilt landscapes, fertile land, clean air and clear waters. Scotland truly is the world's 'land of food and drink'.

What's for Tea?

  • Cook and Housewife's Manual
    By Margaret Dods (pdf)
    Were he around today, there’s no doubt how Sir Walter Scott would have voted on this question. He was unhappy to see any of Scotland’s heritage disappearing and, besides campaigning for other causes, he welcomed the publication in 1826 of the first Scottish cookery book to feature native culinary traditions: The Cook and Housewife’s Manual by Mistress Margaret (Meg) Dods. These distinctive food traditions, he argued, should not be allowed to ‘fall into oblivion in our day’
  • The above book but now in its eleventh edition in 1862 (pdf)
  • The Scots' culinary heritage
    An interesting article by Catherine Brown
  • Scotland's Larder
    A video series by STV
  • Cooking with Eggs
    A few simple egg recipes explained through video demonstrations
  • A Tudor Feast at Christmas
    A great video to watch
  • Glasgow Cookery Book
    Fourteenth Edition
  • English Australian Cookery Book
    By an Australian Aristologist (1864) (pdf)
  • The Best Way
    The fourth edition of "The Best Way", published in the UK circa 1920. Aimed at new housewives, it contains mostly recipes together with laundry tips and even a method for preventing kettles rusting using lard! Printed on inexpensive paper that has turned a lovely brown colour over the last century. Pages one to five are missing, containing some of the soup recipes alas. Author unknown (1920) (pdf). Give the recipes a try - some of the ingredients may be difficult to obtain these days (beef skirt?) but most will need little adaption, other than working out the oven temperatures. I can recommend the curried potatoes (p31) and the blackberry pancakes (p40) especially.
  • Backwoods Cooking
    By the Scouting Magazine
  • Our Favourite Links
    Links to sites that we believe provide some outstanding information.


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