"British Bouquet is based on this series of articles that began in "Gourmet" in January, 1960, under the title of "The Beauty of Britain," and that continued over a span of almost four years. It is the third of a series on European travel and gastronomy. The first, Bouquet de France , was published in 1952 and the second, Italian Bouquet, appeared in 1958. The present volume follows the procedure of it predecessors, visiting Britain county by county, seeking out the towns, historic sites, and architectural treasure most worth seeking, and also naming a few country inns and hotels where the traveler will find hospitality and good cheer.
Our story does not begin in London, since this is a book about the provinces, but it ends there, in a brief guide to the epicurean strongholds of the capital. Finally, to demonstrate the virtues of the much maligned British cookery, a Treasury of British recipes brings the book to a close."