My mum has a scrapbook of cut-out pages of her Listener food columns. Some of my favourite dishes of my childhood are recipes of Lois’ made my mum, and later by me as my interest in food and cooking grew.
Through reading and making Lois’ recipes I am struck by how contemporary they are, and how modern the style of writing is. Good Food could have been written and published this decade, rather than the 1980s. Yet Lois Daish is not a familiar name for many and I strongly believe that should change. Frustratingly, Lois’ books are out of print and it would be an extremely fortunate day if you found one in a second-hand store (if you do – buy it immediately). This indicates to me that Lois’ books are still much-loved and much-used in many households. These are books that will fall open on favourite recipes, and whose pages that are splattered and marked by slightly grubby fingers.
Through this blog, I will cook my way through a selection of Lois’ recipes from her books including Good Food, Dinner at Home and A Good Year, as well as from her Listener columns. I will also talk to some of the cooks and foodies for whom Lois has been an important source of recipes, learning, and inspiration and find out which Lois recipes they continue to make.