British Food Pictures, Images of Traditional English Food { 18 galleries }

Food picture galleries, images and photo galleries of traditional British food.

British cuisine has been described as "unfussy dishes made with quality local ingredients, matched with simple sauces to accentuate flavour, rather than disguise it.

In the eyes of the world British cuisine used to be limited to the full breakfast, fish and chips, and the Christmas dinner. The famous traditional British dishes include the Sunday roast, steak and kidney pie, shepherd's pie, and bangers and mash. Each region of Britain also developed its own regional or local dishes, such as Cornish pasties, the Yorkshire pudding and Cumberland Sausage.

The Protestant Reformation in the 16th and 17th centuries introduced a plain and substantial cooking style which remained the mainstay of the British diet. In the 18th and 19th centuries British cuisine was influenced by its colonies in particular the strong, penetrating spices and herbs from India.Britain developed a worldwide reputation for the quality of British beef which led to one if the iconic British meals namely roast beef.

The rationing of the second world war, which was not lifted until 1953, led to a generation of cooks that only had memories of traditional British cuisine. This led to a decline in British cuisine that left it with a poor international reputation.

The advent in the 1960s of foreign holidays, and foreign-style restaurants in Britain, widened the popularity of foreign cuisine. TV chefs became popular and were responsible for re-educating the British and giving them the skills to cook again.

The British were not slow to adopt the cuisine of the immigrants from the old colonies that came to live in Britain. The Indian community opened restaurants and created Anglo-Indian dishes derived from traditional British cuisine, such as roast beef, modified by the addition of Indian-style spices, such as cloves and red chillies. Fish and meat are often cooked in curry form with Indian vegetables. Today the most popular dish in Britain is Chicken Tikka Masala, invented by British Indian chefs.

Today British cuisine is creative and diverse. British palettes are used to eating all the foods of the world and the combination of flavours and the search for new techniques has led to Britain having some of the best restaurants in the world. Pubs though still serve up traditional food and fish and chips remain one of the great take away foods enjoyed by millions.

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