British Cuisine

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Some time ago Somerset Maugham said that ‘to eat well in England, you should have breakfast three times a day.' To be perfectly honest, most British food was considered by many people as terrible. It included overcooked vegetables, boring sandwiches and greasy sausages. It was definitely not an enjoyable experience. However, these are now only stereotypes. Things have changed a lot and food has become very important in British culture. Not only TV cooks are more famous than writers, but also their recipes and books are well-known across the Europe. The ‘New British cuisine' is changing the ‘fish and chips' image and has become multicultural. There are about 80 different international cuisines and British restaurants may compete with those…show more content…
Many people like Italian pizza and pasta dishes.' Even though many people believe that there is nothing like typical traditional English dish and that Britain has the fast-food reputation, the traditional cuisine has survived. It is practiced mainly in the countryside and among the British upper classes. It includes: roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, toad-in-the-hole, pie and mash, black pudding, roast chicken, roast lamb, bangers and mash, bubble and squeak ploughman's lunch, hotpot, shepherds pie, Welsh faggots, syllabub, cock-a-leekie, mulligatawny soup and many other. What is worth mentioning here is that some world known food was invented in Britain. For instance, mayonnaise, HP sauce, marmite or simple sandwich. Many people also believe that steaks originated in the USA. However, they are so much British that in the past times British ‘elite troops were referred to as beefeaters.' Additionally, Britons try to guard their ‘inventions.' Traditional food and drinks are protected under European Union Law. From the end of World War II, large numbers of population have turned vegetarian. In 2003 it was estimated that ‘there are between 3 and 4 million vegetarians in the UK.' It is one of the highest figures noted in this time in the western world. What is more, ‘Guinness Survey of pub food done in Jan 1991 showed that 96% of British pubs now cater for vegetarians.' Though

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