William Verral

William Verral was publican of the White Hart Inn in Lewes, Sussex from 1737–1760. Having been apprenticed to the French chef, St. Clouet, Mr. Verrals’ recipes were an inspired combination of the French and English traditions and stood apart from those of his contemporaries. Published in 1759, the ideas in his Complete System of Cookery are strikingly modern and many dishes, which include turkey braised with chestnuts, rabbit with champagne, and ham hock with peach fritters, would not be out of place on restaurant menus today.

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Behind every cookbook, there’s a tale with a lot of backstory.

William Verral’s Recipes from the White Hart Inn provides a splendid example of that truism.