When her sons inherited their father's childhood home, once a commercial building for storing and packing pilchards, in a Cornish fishing village, Lindsey Bareham thought it would be a nice idea to record some of the recipes and memories of this extraordinary place. It started as a notebook for her sons' eyes only, with lists of favourite ways of cooking mackerel, monkfish and sole and how to make mayonnaise to go with the gift of a handsome crab or crayfish, but then it took on its own momentum and became this very special book, full of recollections and anecdotes and fabulous holiday food.
Lindsey Bareham made her name as a restaurant critic and food writer. Twenty years of reviewing many of the best and some of the worst restaurants provided her with a unique background for cookery writing. She has written ten cookery books including A Celebration of Soup, The Big Red Book of Tomatoes and Just One Pot and she was the Evening Standard's cookery columnist for seven years. She is now a freelance food writer and broadcaster, regularly contributing to Saga magazine, the Mail on Sunday and Radio 4.