Thursday, January 26, 2012

Harrods Cookery Book

I love Harrods Food Halls. A stroll amongst the counters and shelves filled with meats, cheeses, confections, and other delectables certainly can cause one to fall victim to the "eyes bigger than your stomach" syndrome. And the food isn't the only draw. I remember back in 1990 when a friend and I were there, we saw this very tall, big, mustachioed man walking quickly past us. It was Tom Selleck! The older British women standing near me were apoplectic. And well, okay, I admit that I might have been in a dither too.

Anyway, a friend recently gave me a 1985 copy of
Harrods Cookery Book. I haven't had time to test any of the recipes, but I'm anxious to do so. There are so many dishes that look perfect for entertaining. But it's not only the recipes that are enticing. The photos are as well. So, to whet your appetite, take a look below.

PS- Click here to visit Harrods' website to see a few fashion illustrations from the store's archives.

Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding

Veal Meatballs with Caper and Cream Sauce

Smoked Salmon Pate with Melba Toast

Raised Game Pie

Tomato Water-Ice with a Julienne of Smoked Salmon

Summer Terrine

Port Wine Jelly with Frosted Grapes

Fruits Dipped in Fondant

A Garden Party table set with Vanilla Souffles with Pistachio Nuts, Celebration Trifle, and Strawberry Tart with Praline Cream.


  1. What a great gift! In case the recipes are in metric measurements I have weigh scales and weights that you could borrow if you wish ever to make some of the dishes. The fruits in fondant and the smoked salmon terrine look wonderful - actually, all you show looks delectable.

    I have Harrods book of Jams, Jellies and Chutneys which has proved a treasure over the years.

  2. What a FAB book dahhling and better yet what a wonderful gift books make, they keep giving for ever!

  3. Tomato water ice?? I think I'm going to need the recipe for that one. Sounds unique and probably simple and tasty!

  4. When I visited London I was addicted to Harrod's Food Hall. A lot of my meals I assembled picnic-style from their fruits, cheeses and crackers. It was autumn, so there were many English "heirloom" apples, etc.
    --Road to Parnassus

  5. Harrods, YES + a lovely book, YES. I posted blog on Harrods. thank you for the peek.

  6. I love coming here for a look into the past. The thought of tomato-water ice makes me nostalgic and I've never even tried it.

  7. This book is a bible. I can't wait to grab a copy soon. Thanks for sharing!

  8. I've just found your blog and have really been enjoying it, but a post on Harrod's seals the deal! we moved from MI to England when I was in high school, as my father accepted a position with Harrod's and I was able to spend four amazing years drooling over the amazingness that is that store. This post has made me very nostalgic!

    1. Liz, Lucky you that you lived in England and got to spend so much time at Harrod's. It's such a wonderful store!