Just over a year ago I was having a conversation with some other veterans, ex-Royal Navy Sailors. The subject soon turned, as it so often does, to food.
All serving and ex-military personnel will tell you how important is a good, hearty meal. Food is the mainstay, a necessity in keeping the spirits up; especially when you are away from home for a length of time.
Food keeps one’s morale high and give the troops something to joke and joss about; however good or bad any meal may actually be.
Mealtimes are sociable occasion, a time to share stories and tales, to catch-up with mates and comrades, to bounce ideas, hopes, dreams and wishes for the future off old friends.
This is one reason why so many military personnel carry with them a like, a fondness of certain foods, of certain dishes, often giving them strange names which civilians find unfathomable.
I looked, searched the bookstores and internet, trying to find a book which contained those very dishes I loved, or loathed, during my own Naval career.
I could find recipes books from the American Navy, even one written by an Australian sailor. Yet I could not find a single book which housed the main, the regular, the most popular and well-known dishes from the Royal Navy.
I decided it was about time such a book existed. So, I wrote one!
Hence ‘The Pussers Cook Book’
Luckily, I was a Naval Cook during the 1970’s. This enabled me to compile a book which not only gives recipes for food, but also explains many of the Naval terms, the slang, the colloquial language given to foodstuffs, kitchen equipment and canteen etiquette.
Along with Twenty-two traditional recipes for food from the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s, are a few insights into things such as Limers, Grog and Khai.
This book confirms historical facts and dispels some myths that ‘Jack & Jenny’ believed true.
The Pussers Cook Book finishes with a round of observations from ‘Jolly Jack Tar’ himself, on memories of the places he could once find ‘Big eats’ after a ‘run ashore’.
If you are a serving member of the armed forces, particularly Royal Navy, Royal Marines, WRNS, Fleet Air Arm or Royal Fleet Auxiliary, or if a family member once served and is now a veteran, then The Pussers Cook Book is a must to own yourself, or as a gift to someone you love.
The Pussers Cook Book is more than a simple book, it is a book of memories, a historical record of military social life and it is a legacy. One which can be cooked, smelt and savoured, bringing those loved and missed dishes, along with those fond memories, back to life once again in a way no other book could possibly manage to do.
The Pussers Cook Book is full colour, fully illustrated and available in both Hardcover and Paperback.
To order the Hardcover version go to: www.peecho.com/print/en/282666
To get the Paperback from Amazon: goo.gl/eTwfWN