A Hastiness of Cooks: Essays on the Jewels & Gems of English Cookery Through the Ages

There’re “flocks of birds, “murders of crows,” and “grists of bees.”

And then there’s a “hastiness of cooks.”

Perhaps harkening back to the hastiness required to slap a meal together for King Henry VIII at Hampton Court, the last-minute rush to stuff the rooks and wring the heavy pastry blackbird pie from the roaring flames of the hearth.

Whatever the meaning, the reality is that soon, and I’ve idea how to define “soon” in this case, I will be publishing A Hastiness of Cooks: Essays on the Jewels & Gems of English Cookery Through the Ages, a large number of my essays on English cookery that appeared on Gherkins & Tomatoes over the years.

Fence at Yorktown, Virginia