Introduced by Emma Balch at Tom Murrin’s £1 book stall, Hay-on-Wye
This book caught my eye today at Tom Murrin’s £1 book table at the weekly market in Hay.
“You’re not ‘avin’ it!”, snapped a fellow shopper. A cheeky smile followed, and then, in defence, she added, “I am hoping it has some good medieval recipes. It’s mine! [clutching the book close to her chest] …but you can take a photo of it if you like.”
So I did. I had a flick through the book, and said I would write a blog post about it on A Book a Day in Hay.
I returned home and looked up the book online. It is out of print, and second-hand copies sell for around £7 online. I also found a connection to Hay! The author, Maxime McKendry, also wrote the Foreword to Richard Booth’s autobiography, My Kingdom of Books (under her name from her first marriage, Maxime de la Falaise). I happen to have that book on loan from Hay Library, so here’s a photo of the Foreword:
While I am disappointed I missed out on the £1 copy of Seven Hundred Years of English Food, I am glad to have found this connection to Hay. Oh and I do hope my market friend has used the book to cook up a warming potage on this chilly autumn evening.