This is not a recipe book. You will find an occasional recipe but the book is more of a collection of stories about food and the people who cooked them. It is about growing up in a city by the seaside at a time when life was altogether more simple. It’s an homage to the women in the author’s rambling family, many of whose faces now grace the walls of her house and whose lives linger only in the food they once lovingly cooked for the family. This book is a throwback to a way of life whose rhythm was punctuated regularly by mealtimes. It is a gathering of stories, some long forgotten, some readily remembered but every tale a delicious mouthful.